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NEBS: Tekelec Introduces Single Connection for All Things Diameter


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October 29, 2010

NEBS: Tekelec Introduces Single Connection for All Things Diameter

By David Sims, TMCnet Contributing Editor

NEI (News - Alert) customer, Tekelec has introduced a single connection for all things Diameter-based this week, according to industry observer Tim McElligott.

The new network element, he says, is called the Diameter Signaling Router, and according to McElligott “it helps operators manage services and applications on 3G and all-IP LTE (News - Alert) and IMS networks.”

Diameter is a next-generation signaling protocol for the all-IP network, carrying policy, charging, mobility management, and authentication, authorization and accounting traffic, and the way McElligott explains it, “the DSR reduces the complexity of connecting, provisioning and interoperating essential Diameter-based equipment.”

Earlier this year, TMC’s (News - Alert) Madhubanti Rudra reported that to provide customers new channels to monitor and manage their assets remotely, Numerex selected short message service technology from mobile messaging company Tekelec (News - Alert).

No matter which part of the world you are in, Rudra wrote, “you can send and receive machine-to-machine text messages provided you have the availability of a basic cellular connection. Enabling rapid message delivery, machine-to-machine text messages allow the Numerex customers to carry on their businesses from any corner of the globe.”

She cites a report from market intelligence company ABI Research (News - Alert) predicting that M2M SMS will grow at a 40.06 percent compound annual growth rate from 2008 to 2014.

The DSR, McElligott says, centralizes Diameter routing, signaling traffic management and load-balancing tasks. It also supports the Diameter Routing Agent functionality as defined in 3GPP.

McElligott cites Tekelec officials who list four specific use cases for the DSR: Providing the framework to manage in-network and out-of-network roaming (from 2G/3G to LTE or LTE-to-LTE), scaling any Diameter-based network – including scaling policy, charging, Home Subscriber Service “HSS”, and IMS deployments, Diameter message mediation to enable interworking between disparate islands of Diameter implementations and network defense against potential overloads or attacks of Diameter signaling messages.

David Sims is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of David’s articles, please visit his columnist page. He also blogs for TMCnet here.

Edited by Stefanie Mosca

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