ControlSwitch

ControlSwitch™ System

Transform Your Network
Into a Powerful Service Delivery Machine

ControlSwitch System Helps DollarPhone Deliver

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Dialogic can show you how to gain your competitive edge and shed yourself of the limitations of your end-of-life TDM or softswitch technology and transform your switching infrastructure into a powerful service delivery machine with the ControlSwitch System softswitch.

The ControlSwitch System is an open, carrier class platform that delivers the features service providers demand like
  • Multi-protocol connectivity
  • Distributed architecture and true geographic redundancy
  • Centralized management and policy based routing
  • Interoperability with other vendors’ media gateway platforms
  • Extensive reporting and troubleshooting tools
  • Cost-effective scalability without the need for a forklift upgrade

Combine the intelligent call control features of the ControlSwitch System with the industry leading I-Gate® 4000 PRO and EDGE Media Gateways and you can start taking advantage of significant bandwidth savings, in some cases up to 93%, as you modernize your global IP network.

Transform Your Legacy Switching Infrastructure

Service providers around the globe have deployed the ControlSwitch System to replace their aging and end-of-life legacy softswitch or TDM switching infrastructure. The ControlSwitch System Class 4 softswitch scales from a few thousand ports to networks with over one million ports expanding as your demand grows and eliminating the concern of having to undergo costly forklift upgrades like some other vendor approaches. And since it is an open softswitch solution, the ControlSwitch System is field proven to work with an array of other vendors' media gateways such as from Cisco or AudioCodes to help operators leverage their existing legacy investment.

The ControlSwitch System includes Diameter protocol support for charging and postpaid applications as well as support for CAMEL protocol based services such as mobile number portability. The operationally friendly platform makes it easier to centrally manage multiple ControlSwitch System instances across the globe and reduces the time and effort to update even the most complex routing tables. Reduced footprint configurations for the ControlSwitch System gives service providers with more modest initial traffic requirements, a future-ready, cost-effective, carrier-class switching platform with advanced features to help differentiate their VoIP offerings.

Service providers have the flexibility to architect their network with true geographic diversity. That means high availability and disaster recovery as well as increased operational efficiency since you can manage your Class 4 infrastructure as a single entity.

Migrate to IMS/VoLTE With Confidence

Service providers needing best-in-class connectivity to both IP and TDM networks can deploy the ControlSwitch System to act as both the Media Gateway Control Function (MGCF) and Breakout Gateway Control Function (BGCF) in next generation IMS/VoLTE networks. I-Gate 4000 PRO and EDGE Media Gateways provide the bearer plane handling and BorderNet™ Session Border Controllers can be integrated operationally with the ControlSwitch System to provide IP-to-IP connectivity for Interconnection Border Control Function (IBCF) applications. The ControlSwitch System is part of Dialogic's comprehensive portfolio of IMS transformation solutions to help you take your network to the next level.

 The ControlSwitch System IMS/VoLTE ready MGCF
The ControlSwitch System provides operators with the best array of Class 4 softswitch connectivity options for their IMS/VoLTE networks.

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Features   Benefits
Leverages sophisticated in-house bandwidth and IP packet rate optimization technologies, while preserving the quality and reliability of the original VoIP traffic Enables convergence of disparate networks and multi-protocol support
On-the-fly service programmability and extensibility Permits customized solutions
Single point of management that includes Call Detail Records (CDR) and call tracing Supports network-wide deployments
Geographic redundancy Provides high availability and disaster recovery
Integrated security solution Allows secure VoIP interconnects
Gateway Mobile Switching Center (MSC) functionality Enables optimal routing in environments that include wireless networks
Designed to avoid forklift upgrades Provides investment protection

Technical Specifications

 
Features  
Service Policies

 

Rapid development and deployment of customized policies
  • Multi-tiered routing (no limit on number of tiers)
  • Multiple numbering plans (no limit): international, national, and private
  • Advanced call screening
  • Re-routing/route advance
  • Virtual Private Networks (VPN) support
  • Combination of TDM and IP routes
Over 160 routing/screening parameters
  • Signaling attributes
  • System attributes (for example, trunk group parameters)
  • Dynamic attributes (for example, Time of Day, ASR)

Other Service Policies

  • Announcements, account codes, personal pin, security pin, triggers, and authentication
Security
  • Provides security and NAT functions for signaling and media planes
  • Offers defenses against Denial of Service (DoS) and other IP layer attacks
  • Supports all H.323 and SIP peering traffic
  • Network-wide scalability
  • Resides in the network core or in distributed Points Of Presence (POP) as per service provider needs
  • Advanced provisioning and enforcement of security policies
SS7
(IMS/TISPAN equivalence; SGF)
  • Termination of SS7 MTP, ISUP, TCAP
  • Telcordia tested
  • VeriSign (Illuminet) certified
  • Multi-National SS7 support
    • Support for ANSI, ITU, ETSI, and dozens of country-specific variants
    • Programmable signaling framework (data-driven variant support)
  • Support for up to 126 A-links/E-Links/F-links per DSG
M3UA
  • Supports M3UA adaptation layers defined within the SIGTRAN suite of protocols
  • Uses SCTP and IP as its underlying transport
  • M3UA configurations available:
    • MTP level 3 Backhaul: Dialogic® I-Gate® 4000 EDGE Media Gateway terminates MTP and user signaling is backhauled to the ControlSwitch System via IP
    • Peering with M3UA-capable STPs; in this mode, the ControlSwitch System peers directly with STPs via IP
Service Level Assurance/QoS
  • Real-time event/statistics-driven routing and policy enforcement
  • Programmable concurrent calls limitation and monitoring
    • Prefixes, CIC, and TNS parameters
  • ASR/ACD-based routing
  • Statistics database and report
  • Several report types (co-residing with the event relay server process and event collector)
  • ASR reports
  • ACD reports
Directory Services

  • Supports directory lookups and number translations natively
  • Provides optimized large database-lookup solution for applications such as ANI screening, LNP, and ENUM
  • Scales up to 400 million entries
Legal Intercept
  • Provides mediation device with two interfaces:
    • TDM based loop via the Third Party Mediation Device for call delivery
    • IP-based interface for provisioning of interception targets
Element Management

  • Unified management of distributed systems
  • Web-based GUI with local and remote interfaces
  • End-to-end real time call tracing capabilities for both PSTN and VoIP signaling
  • Dynamic modification to parameters during operation
  • Circuit-switch COT test support
  • Configuration and provisioning of all ControlSwitch System elements, SS7 network parameters, trunk groups, media gateway parameters, routing policies, and dial plans
  • Fault management
  • ControlSwitch System alarm management, media gateway alarm management, network element monitoring, and SS7 monitoring and audit reports
  • Open northbound interfaces for management system support
  • PL-SQL API and SNMP
  • Security
    • Privilege levels and security for users
    • Creation and deletion of user groups
    • Login/logoff tracking
  • Channel management at DS0 level
  • ISUP, CAS, and PRI trunks resource management
  • CDRs browsing
  • Performance management:
  • Periodic monitoring
  • Scheduled reports generation
  • Wide range of Call Setup and Trunk Usage reports
CDR Generation and Searching
  • FTP transport, text-based CDR with over 160 parameters, BAF format, Flexible CDR Query
  • Generates text-based CDRs for billing mediation systems
  • Raw call events for billing and traffic analysis
    • Configurable persistent storage for call event data
    • Generates Bellcore AMA Format (BAF) CDRs
    • Coexistence with Open Settlement Protocol Clearinghouse
Event Collection and Relay
  • Collects and stores billing and call-related events and QoS statistics
  • In conjunction with the Policy Element, automates network-wide, real-time feedback and corrective action to maintain custom SLAs
  • SLAs established per customer, per interconnection partner, per service, etc.
    • Filters and relays events to the clients in an open and standard format for:
    • Easing the integration with the customized event processing
      Monitoring and fraud management applications, etc.
Protocol Support
  • MGCP
  • H.248 v1 and H248 v2
  • ANSI/ITU/ETSI ISUP and many country variants
  • AIN/INAP/MAP
  • ISDN Q.931 (PRI): NI-2 and ETSI
  • Back-up D channel support
  • Q.931 non-facility associated signaling (NFAS)
  • SIP (RFC 3261 and others)
  • H.323 V1-V4
  • SIGTRAN - SCTP, M3UA and IUA
  • Digital CAS support (E&M, R1.5, R2)
  • CAS MF and DTMF signaling support
  • CAS wink start, immediate start, and delay dial
  • SNMP
  • OSP
Recommended Platform
  • NEBS Level 3 compliant Sun Netra platforms running Sun Solaris operating system
  • Software runs on other SUN platforms running Sun Solaris operating system

Approval Compliances and Standards

  • ITU
  • ANSI
  • ETSI
  • Telcordia
  • IETF
  • TISPAN
  • IMS
  • MSF
Installation and Configuration
  • Pre-loaded and preconfigured on the system
  • Supports software upgrades
Scalability and Performance

  • Scales to five million Busy Hour Call Attempts (BHCAs) across multiple media gateways on a SUN platform
  • Distributed, modular architecture provides scalability through addition of SUN platforms
Fault Tolerance and Reliability
  • Automatic failover of any ControlSwitch System element to active backups distributed on one or more machines
  • Auto-diagnostic and recovery mechanisms for any hardware, software, signaling link, or network fault
  • SCTP - Protocol for messaging between ControlSwitch System elements and network level redundancy
  • Events collector and CDR Manager disk mirroring
    High availability
  • Geographic redundancy
  • Routing database replication
  • CPU overload protection
  • SS7 link redundancy
Approvals, Compliance, and Warranty 
Hazardous substances
Country-specific approvals
  •  Contact your local Dialogic sales representative
Warranty
  •  Contact your local Dialogic sales representative

Data Sheet

  • The ControlSwitch System is an IP softswitch that provides a smooth migration path from existing TDM voice networks to the Next Generation Network/IP Multimedia Subsystem (NGN/IMS) by enabling the interconnection of legacy and IP-based voice networks.
  • The Dialogic® BorderNet™ 4000 Session Border Controller (SBC) is a compact, high-performance security and session management platform for the Dialogic ControlSwitch™ System. The BorderNet 4000 SBC seamlessly integrates into the ControlSwitch System architecture to provide comprehensive session security and control, interworking, and media management functions at the network border to enable operators to offer high-quality peering services.

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  • As the industry moves more towards full-scale IP networks, the issue of interconnecting diverse networks and different service providers - each with its own IP network(s) - becomes more important to resolve in order to support the seamless delivery of next generation services. There will be concerns for security and end-to-end quality of service (QoS) to be addressed to make sure the different “moving parts” that make up these services are delivered to the customer in the expected manner.  It will be important to set up the mechanism by which all the participants in the service delivery supply chain are compensated for the value they provide to the overall end-to-end service.

    The GSMA IP eXchange (IPX) provides a visionary approach to the challenges fixed and mobile service providers have with interworking IP-based services and networks. It provides multiple, service-aware connectivity models that provide QoS as well as cost efficient, optimal routing of IP traffic. The same platform can be extended to bridge the gap between IP and legacy TDM networks.

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