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NetNumber Joins ETSI NFV Group

By Paula Bernier December 02, 2014

The ETSI NFV Industry Group that got the whole network functions virtualization ball rolling has a new member. NetNumber today announced it has joined the European Telecommunications Standards Institute group.

NFV quickly became an important new area of focus following the formation of the ETSI Network Functions Virtualization Industry Specification Group, of which AT&T, BT Group, Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telecom Italia, Telefonica and Verizon were the founding members. The key goals of the group include reducing equipment costs and power consumption, improving time to market, enabling the availability of multiple applications on a single network appliance with the multi-version and multi-tenancy capabilities, and encouraging a more dynamic ecosystem through the development and use of software-only solutions.

“Telecom operators today are dealing with a myriad of challenges – rapidly changing technology, maximizing return on investment, and architecting the network for agility and flexibility in order to change user services and offer new services more quickly. To meet these challenges, operators are drastically rethinking their network architecture,” notes Matt Rosenberg, NetNumber’s vice president of global sales, solution design and product management.

NetNumber sells signaling control solutions, and runs a service bureau through which service providers can access number port data, calling name data, toll free assignment data, and the like. Its signaling platform is known as TITAN, and NetNumber in recent months has been positioning it as a way for service providers to simplify their network cores and embrace NFV.

TITAN, which has been around for more than a decade, already supports more than 200 billion transactions per month. It is most commonly used to support ENUM applications.

In an interview with NFVZone earlier this year, NetNumber Chief Marketing Officer Kim Gibbons said that TITAN is unique in the marketplace because it can support DIAMETER, ENUM, ISUP, RADIUS, SIP, SS7, and TCAP protocols and signaling for data, messaging, and voice services as needed, and that can decrease the amount of signaling needed by two to three times.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Executive Editor, TMC

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