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MERA and SMC Jointly Serve VoIP and Billing Applications

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July 08, 2009

MERA and SMC Jointly Serve VoIP and Billing Applications

By Vivek Naik, TMCnet Contributor

MERA Systems reportedly announced that its MERA VoIP product line has been cleared as interoperable and compatible with WebCDR, which is a hosted billing service from Switch Management Corporation (SMC) for wholesale telecom carriers.

“This partnership serves to confirm what our long-time mutual customers have known for years,” said Adam Nathanson, president of Switch Management Corporation. “Namely, when it comes to wholesale billing, WebCDR provides a readymade billing solution adding excellent value to MERA Systems’ (News - Alert) industry leading Softswitch platforms.”
Official sources at the company claim that interoperability stamp of approval means that the MERA VoIP Transit Softswitch (MVTS) systems can now be used with WebCDR because the latter supports any platform that uses either Time-Division Multiplexing (TDM), Voice over IP (VoIP), Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) applications, or even possible hybrid solutions of any combination of TDM, VoIP and SIP.
The WebCDR solution also offers, claim officials, wholesale traffic and profit margin reporting, Least Cost Routing (LCR) output, low latency and high volume Portable Data File (PDF) generation, and can handle extremely vast simultaneous data such as available in the North American Numbering Plan (NANP) for telephone numbering.
The company says that its Softswitches are specifically designed to be at the core of service providers’ VoIP network to perform routing, collection, switching, transcoding and billing of VoIP traffic.
Sources claim that the two companies have joined hands since each one’s relevant product portfolio complements the others’ solution, and are thus able to offer a comprehensive solution that is able to leverage a wider market reach.
Collaborative efforts, such as this one between MERA and SMC, are in keeping with one of the seven mantras of the time, which dictates that organizations must make serious efforts to reach out and work with each other. The seven guidelines for succeeding in current economic environment are collectively called the CES (News - Alert) 7 and were pronounced and initiated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2009.
“The challenging environment as well as the downturn in the global economy encourage competition at VoIP market stimulating wholesale carriers to choose the best-in-class solutions in order to derive benefit,” said Konstantin Nikashobv, the Chief Executive Officer of MERA systems, “MERA Systems is proud to cooperate with Switch Management, that has developed one of the best billing solutions currently available on the market, thus contributing to wholesale carriers’ business success.”
Readers may recall that earlier MERA had announced that its MVTS II and D-Link International’s VoIP Gateways product line were certified as interoperable, again to provide a wide array of combined solutions to global customers.
MVTS II is a soft switch with fully distributed modular architecture and highly intelligent traffic handling options that is designed to increase the efficiency of VoIP traffic management on large scale networks and includes new mechanisms of Database replication and management node redundancy.

Vivek Naik is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Vivek's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Tim Gray

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