SS7 and Intelligent Networking ApplicationsSignaling System #7 (SS7) continues to be an extremely important area for developers of many types of telecommunications equipment including enhanced services platforms, Voice over IP (VoIP) gateways, Central Office (CO) switching platforms, and other platforms which are deployed by carriers inside the telco network. This is primarily because the SS7 protocol is almost universally used inside the world's telephone networks to provide call control and to support Intelligent Networking (IN) applications. As competition between telcos increases, telephone companies are taking advantage of SS7 and IN technologies to deliver new services that differentiate carriers from their competitors and provide new sources of revenue. When used in combination with open systems that leverage mass-market hardware and software, SS7 and IN enable service providers to generate significant revenues by quickly bringing to market innovative services. This paper (updated May 2001) provides an overview of the SS7 protocol and the Intelligent Network, and describes a broad range of SS7 and IN applications and the benefits of using NMS Communications (NMS) enabling technologies.
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