Agilent Helps Service Providers Maximize Billing Revenue with SS7

11/5/2003 - Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) announced two significant enhancements to one of its revenue-assurance solutions that provides U.S. service providers with critical insight into use of their Signaling System 7 (SS7) high-speed signaling network so they can maximize revenue for interconnect services.

The continuous growth in communications usage has caused a dramatic increase in the volume of non-circuit related SS7 traffic, pushing the limits of the current signaling infrastructure and causing carriers to turn to the high-speed SS7 protocol, an advanced protocol that expands network bandwidth, simplifying infrastructure topology with fewer links and improving messaging throughput.

The Agilent acceSS7 AMAT7, Agilent's newest enhancement to its revenue-assurance portfolio, precisely measures high-speed SS7 traffic volume and network conditions quickly and cost-effectively. It captures and generates real-time usage data from any SS7 network and gives an accurate picture of resource consumption. With this scalable solution, service providers can validate both billing for their services and invoices from interconnect partners for use of their networks.

Most interconnect agreements among service providers include a stipulation that interconnect partners pass into the owning operator network only pre-processed calls that have the local number portability (LNP) lookup completed -- to minimize use of the home network database bandwidth. Adherence to this policy is difficult to measure, however, and many interconnect partners do not comply, requiring the service provider's system to perform the lookup. acceSS7 AMAT7's new default LNP query feature enables service providers to account and charge interconnect partners for this additional use of their SS7 network.

In addition to acceSS7 AMAT7's support for the U.S. market, Agilent's acceSS7 AMAT7-ITU enables international service providers to bill wireless interconnect partners for previously unaccounted short message service (SMS) and roaming signaling usage. These services have increased traffic in many wireline network gateways more than 60 percent, fueling costly network capacity expansion. The acceSS7 AMAT7-ITU solution offers service providers an alternative to increasing tariffs to fund network expansion by enabling them to accurately bill for each interconnect partner's actual network consumption.

"Our acceSS7 portfolio of proven revenue-assurance solutions helps RBOCs (regional Bell operating companies) to verify billing records, detect fraudulent behavior, jurisdictionalize traffic and account for VoIP services -- recovering tens of millions of dollars," said Tom Walls, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Telecommunications Systems Division. "And with acceSS7 AMAT7, interconnect partners are held accountable for their share of SS7 signaling usage."

Learn more about the acceSS7 AMAT7 solution at TeleManagement World, Booth 60, in Dallas, Nov. 11-13, 2003.

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