Mobile or fixed number portability is now adopted in many developed countries and the process of implementation of this technology is taking place in many developing countries. The MNP environment implies ability of a phone user to change the telecom carrier without changing his phone number. The information about which carrier is the new owner a particular phone number is stored in central database. Retail and transit carriers which don't have access to this database are likely to loose margin on calls to numbers that have been ported in case they attempt to send calls to the carrier who used to own this number previously. Alaris Labs solution allows to easily connect to central ported numbers database without the need to dramatically change call routing procedures on local switches, which in its turn results in more efficient call routing and eliminates margin losses.
When Alaris MNP/LNP Server is installed on the carrier network and operates in client mode — it gets updates from the central MNP/LNP database using a protocol advertised by the central MNP/LNP provider (normally, FTP or SCP). On the other side it provides real-time dipping interface to local switching equipment to supply the switch routing layer with up-to-date ported numbers data. Alternatively, requests to central MNP/LNP database can also be real-time (in case central MNP/LNP provider supports that). In this case Alaris MNP/LNP Server is able to cache responses in order to cut costs of those real-time dips.
What’s important is that Alaris MNP/LNP Server uses standard SIP protocol to communicate with the switching equipment, which simplifies the overall initial integration process. At the same time the product architecture, which is modular in its nature, allows to easily implement any other protocol (including proprietary ones) to integrate with the switching layer of a telecom carrier.
Extra-high throughput capacity — more than 10'000 requests per second with more than 1 billion of records in the database — allows to make Alaris MNP/LNP Server a central point in nation-wide MNP/LNP infrastructure, in which local national carriers query the server to get ported number data. In the North American market the product can help LRN service providers provide quality LRN dipping service to an unlimited number of customers without significant infrastructure costs.
The first commercial release of Alaris MNP/LMP Server will be freely available in the 2nd quarter of 2013. Additional information should be requested at [email protected]
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Alaris Labs is a leading developer of telecommunication carrier-grade solutions. The company offers billing & routing systems and business automation tools for wholesale interconnect and voice transit operations. Alaris Labs has got more than 10 years of technological and marketing expertise in the telecom business. Company website: www.alarislabs.com.
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