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April 26th saw the release of the much anticipated final chapter in the Avengers film franchise. With plenty of Avengers fans in the office the Squire Technologies team were treated to a private viewing of the film. Following this our colleague Adam Blythe in engineering has given us his thoughts on Avengers Endgame…

How do you describe the end of an era?…

Make no mistake, that is what Avengers: Endgame is, the end of a bold experiment that actually worked more than not.

If you haven’t managed to keep up with the Marvel Comic Universe, then this probably isn’t the movie for you. The investiture needed is part of the hook of the movie; without it, you will not get it.

For those who have the needed investiture, this movie is a densely packed combination of action, tension, and resolution. For three hours you will be almost bombarded with plot resolution, set piece fights, and call backs to previous films (needed for how dense this film is in backstory).

This film does what it sets out to do, which is to finish the Myth Arc the series started way back when in the end of the Avengers Assemble film – a remarkable achievement for such a diverse set of films to end on.

There are people who have grown up with the titan (no pun intended) that the Marvel Cinimatic Universe became, and with the end of this movie does everything change. It has to.

I just hope the same amount of care and forethought goes into the next period of this remarkable exercise.

Adam Blythe | Senior Production Manager at Squire Technologies.

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Squire Technologies expands its core network offering for MNOs, MVNOs and MVNEs by adding Summa Networks’ HSS and HLR to their stable of signalling products.

Dorchester (UK), April 8th, 2019 – Squire Technologies Limited are a UK based signaling specialist to the telecoms industry. They provide carrier grade core network signalling products and solutions such as Gateway MSC (GMSC), Signalling Transfer Point (STP), Diameter Suite (DRA, DEA, IWF) & SMSC to Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers and MVNOs (Mobile Virtual Network Operators) and MVNEs (Mobile Virtual Network Enablers). They are expanding their offering to their customers by including Summa Networks’ NextGen HSS (Home Subscriber Server) and HLR (Home Location Register) in their product portfolio.

Summa Networks’ carrier grade HLR/HSS technology for MVNOs and other broadband and telecommunications service providers combines LTE HSS, IMS HSS and HLR in a single piece of software and enables seamless interworking between 3G, 4G and 5G. NextGen HSS is particularly suitable for IoT deployments.

“Squire Technologies help carriers overcome signaling interworking challenges across all generations of networks, allowing them to future proof their core network while maintaining backward compatibility. Our biggest strength is sharing what we have learnt working for 400+ operators in 150+ countries in the last 20 years. We choose partners who have similar ability and experience to adapt to the interworking challenges, and we have pleased to have chosen Summa Networks.” says Mike Peck, General Manager – Sales, at Squire Technologies.

According to Javier Martin, Chief Executive Officer at Summa Networks: “Our NextGen HSS starts to be recognized in the industry as a great choice for legacy replacement on the way to explore IoT and 5G as new lines of business for carriers of all sizes and geographies. The joint solution with Squire products goes beyond the HLR/HSS reach and represents an opportunity for carriers of any kind to own their subscribers’ data and therefore customize their services to optimize their revenues. We recommend it for a complete and scalable offer, adaptable to the needs of each Network Operator.”

Squire Technologies will exhibit at the Mobile Carriers Show 2019 which will take place in Denver (CO), between the 8 – 10 April. Click here to arrange a meeting.

About Squire Technologies
Squire Technologies Limited are a UK based signaling interconnect specialist to the telecoms industry, providing product solutions and expertise in LTE, VoLTE, VoIP, SS7 and Network Fraud Prevention markets.

With an enviable reputation for finding innovative solutions to complex networking challenges we deliver to Tier 1 and Tier 2 providers in the fixed, mobile, alternative and virtual space including MVNO’s, ITSP’s, wholesale carriers, equipment vendors, integrators and solution providers.

Operating since 2001 and with deployments in over 120 countries we combine a comprehensive range of proven, carrier grade network products with cutting edge, flexible interface technology.

About Summa Networks
Summa Networks is exclusively specialized in the development of state-of-the-art telecom software that ensure carrier-grade performance. Our unique NextGen HSS reaches further than current HSS and HLR solutions and can be seamlessly deployed in-house and in Cloud environments. It enables smooth interworking between 3G and 4G thanks to LTE HSS, IMS HSS and HLR open standard technologies in one piece of software and is ready to evolve into 5G. Summa Networks is the solution of choice for IoT applications, VoLTE in-a-box and VoWiFi. Summa Networks is part of Within Reach Holding, which prides itself in the success of companies such as the Dutch and German telecom provider Voiceworks, the leading German PBX provider Swyx and the French software company Centile. Website: www.summanetworks.com

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Why SMS is Purpose Built for IoT

Quite a bold statement considering SMS is a technology that’s 30 x years old and nobody had heard of IoT 5 x years ago. So how come?

In the first instance the use of SMS to transport data to and from remote devices is not new. We worked with a Swedish carrier in 2003 delivering messaging to and from remote devices used in industrial applications to monitor temperature / pressure etc. This was and still is described as Machine 2 Machine (M2M) messaging.

Aside from the historical perspective that its tried and tested there are both some very practical reasons why IoT developers should consider SMS as well as some more technical ones:

  • COVERAGE
    Perhaps the most obvious practical reason is the near universal coverage offered by 2G/3G/4G networks upon which SMS is transported.

  • MATURITY
    2G / 3G and 4G networks are mature networks deployed over decades and clearly SMS works.

  • CAPACITY
    There is plenty of capacity in existing networks. In 2014 the death knell for SMS was ringing loud and clear. Those pesky WhatsApp / Messenger etc were disrupting the consumer messaging market and decimating the P2P SMS market. A2P rode to the rescue in 2016 with handy text messages reminding us about dentist appointments or parcel delivery but the volumes of messaging have by no means returned to pre 2014 levels.

  • COST
    Operators charge for data bundles and large numbers of SMS are offered at a low cost.

  • POWER USAGE
    Many remote IoT devices will be battery powered and obviously power usage becomes critical. You need to maintain a permanent connection to an IP enabled IoT device. To do this it is problematic over IP for a centralised application to initiate a connection to the remote end device as the packets can get blocked by firewalls in the network.

    To get around this the remote IoT device needs to routinely “wake up” from a low power state and establish a connection with the central application. Further this “wakeup” message has to be authenticated by the centralised application and an acknowledgement relayed to the remote IoT device. This process drains power.

    SMS has a far simpler mechanism as at the SMS transport layer there is no idea of a permanent connection. There is at the physical radio layer but this has a very, very low power usage. If you want to send an SMS to a remote device and that device is out of range / turned off then the SMS is simply stored. When the remote device comes in range or is switched back on the SMS is simply forwarded. Further the identity of the device is explicitly carried in the SMS message there is no external authentication and acknowledgement cycle.

    Enabling IoT over SMS therefore offers a very low power solution enabling a battery life of years rather than hours.

  • DATA
    SMS carries a 140 byte payload which for the vast majority of remote telemetry based applications like sensors is more than enough. Of course more data can be sent over multiple SMS messages.

  • THRIVING ECO SYSTEM
    There is a thriving eco-system of vendors and service providers delivering SMS solutions. If an IoT developer is looking to deliver their service over SMS they can choose from a range of providers offering hosted API’s like Twilio or if they feel more adventurous hook up to networks directly with flexible next generation SMSC vendors providing a wide range of API interfaces like the Squire SVI-SMSC.

    Quite simply an IoT developer can focus on what they are good at knowing end-to-end transport is taken care of. We know Smart Meter deployments are opting for SMS and in the UK this reversed the decision of one of the major UK mobile operators from decommissioning its 2G network.

  • THE FUTURE
    GSMA https://www.gsma.com/iot/the-gsma-iot-infographic/ predict celluar IoT connections are due to surge from 760 million today to 3.1 billion in 2025. Of the 3.1 billion,1.3 billion ( 42%) will run on 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G and the rest will run over LPWA ( Low Power Wide Area ) networks.

    There is some significant barriers to launching an LPWA network such as LoRa, Sigfox, RPMA or Weightless not least of which is the significant investment needed to provide enough base stations to provide adequate coverage.

    Of course IoT connections over 3G / 4G / 5G will be IP based as well as SMS but when you simply don’t have an IP connection to the remote IoT device or its not guaranteed and you want a fall back mechanism then you are left with SMS.

    Legend has it SMS was included in the specs to test end-to-end connections while rolling out the first GSM networks. No one predicted its success in the consumer market, many wrongly predicted its demise in 2014 and with the potential of IoT just starting to materialise it would take a brave pundit to predict anything else than its continued success.

     

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Quite a bold statement considering SMS is a technology that’s 30 x years old and nobody had heard of IoT 5 x years ago. So how come?

In the first instance the use of SMS to transport data to and from remote devices is not new. We worked with a Swedish carrier in 2003
delivering messaging to and from remote devices used in industrial applications to monitor temperature / pressure etc. This was and still is described as Machine 2 Machine (M2M) messaging.

Aside from the historical perspective that its tried and tested there are
both some very practical reasons why IoT developers should consider
SMS as well as some more technical ones:

COVERAGE
Perhaps the most obvious practical reason is the near universal coverage offered by 2G/3G/4G networks upon which SMS is transported.

MATURITY
2G / 3G and 4G networks are mature networks deployed over decades and clearly SMS works.

CAPACITY
There is plenty of capacity in existing networks. In 2014 the death knell for SMS was ringing loud and clear. Those pesky WhatsApp / Messenger etc were disrupting the consumer messaging market and decimating the P2P SMS market. A2P rode to the rescue in 2016 with handy text messages reminding us about dentist appointments or parcel delivery but the volumes of messaging have by no means returned to pre 2014 levels.

COST
Operators charge for data bundles and large numbers of SMS are offered at a low cost.

POWER USAGE
Many remote IoT devices will be battery powered and obviously power usage becomes critical. You need to maintain a permanent connection to an IP enabled IoT device. To do this it is problematic over IP for a centralised application to initiate a connection to the remote end device as the packets can get blocked by firewalls in the network.
To get around this the remote IoT device needs to routinely “wake up” from a low power state and establish a connection with the central application. Further this “wakeup” message has to be authenticated by the centralised application and an acknowledgement relayed to the remote IoT device. This process drains power.

SMS has a far simpler mechanism as at the SMS transport layer there is no idea of a permanent connection. There is at the physical radio layer but this has a very, very low power usage. If you want to send an SMS to a remote device and that device is out of range / turned off then the SMS is simply stored. When the remote device comes in range
or is switched back on the SMS is simply forwarded. Further the identity of the device is explicitly carried in the SMS message there is no external authentication and acknowledgement cycle.

Enabling IoT over SMS therefore offers a very low power solution enabling a battery life of years rather than hours.

DATA
SMS carries a 140 byte payload which for the vast majority of remote telemetry based applications like sensors is more than enough. Of course more data can be sent over multiple SMS messages.

THRIVING ECO SYSTEM
There is a thriving eco-system of vendors and service providers delivering SMS solutions. If an IoT developer is looking to deliver their service over SMS they can choose from a range of providers offering hosted API’s like Twilio or if they feel more adventurous hook up to networks directly with flexible next generation SMSC vendors providing a wide range of API interfaces like the Squire SVI-SMSC.

Quite simply an IoT developer can focus on what they are good at knowing end-to-end transport is taken care of. We know Smart Meter deployments are opting for SMS and in the UK this reversed the decision of one of the major UK mobile operators from decommissioning its 2G network.

THE FUTURE
GSMA https://www.gsma.com/iot/the-gsma-iot-infographic/ predict celluar IoT connections are due to surge from 760 million today to 3.1 billion in 2025. Of the 3.1 billion,1.3 billion ( 42%) will run on 2G / 3G / 4G / 5G and the rest will run over LPWA ( Low Power Wide Area ) networks.

There is some significant barriers to launching an LPWA network such as LoRa, Sigfox, RPMA or Weightless not least of which is the significant investment needed to provide enough base stations to provide adequate coverage.

Of course IoT connections over 3G / 4G / 5G will be IP based as well as SMS but when you simply don’t have an IP connection to the remote IoT device or its not guaranteed and you want a fall back mechanism then you are left with SMS.

Legend has it SMS was included in the specs to test end-to-end connections while rolling out the first GSM networks. No one predicted its success in the consumer market, many wrongly predicted its demise in 2014 and with the potential of IoT just starting to materialise it would take a brave pundit to predict anything else than its continued success.

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Cyprus based quad-play operator Cablenet selects Squire Technologies’ virtualised Session and Media controllers to consolidate their Fixed and Mobile voice network.

 “Cablenet has always leveraged leading edge technology to support innovation, seamless service delivery and enable rapid network growth. By selecting Squire Technologies products we continue this trend. Not only will we be able to leverage the benefits of a virtual environment but also the benefits of an integrated solution from a single vendor.” – Panayiotis Kouloumbrides, Voice Network Manager, Cablenet.

Initially Cablenet was looking to replace its end-of-life Cisco PGW product but this soon widened to incorporate its incumbent Session Border Controllers. Squire Technologies innovative controller architecture allows media to be easily distributed both in legacy and IP networks. In a virtualised SIP network this can be further enhanced to provide automated load balancing, elasticty and failover.  

“Cablenet runs a high-end, forward thinking telecoms network. We understood that in the first instance Cablenet needed to migrate its existing products to a fully supported product set with a committed roadmap. Once the core services have been migrated we can then work with Cablenet to take advantage of our technology to optimise and innovate. We very much look forward to our continued partnership with Cablenet.” – Mike Peck, Global Sales Manager, Squire Technologies.

About Cablenet

Founded in 2003, Cablenet is the only independent alternative telecommunications provider in Cyprus and has grown rapidly to become a leading quad-play provider of broadband, television, fixed and mobile telephony services in the island. Cablenet continues to pioneer by virtue of its advanced technological infrastructure, its well-trained staff and the introduction of innovative applications of modern technology into the Cyprus market. 

About Squire Technologies Ltd

Operating since 2001, Squire Technologies Ltd provides product solutions and expertise in LTE, VoLTE, VoIP and SS7 markets to Fixed and Mobile operators, MVNO’s, Equipment Vendors, Integrators and Solution Providers in 100+ countries.

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UK-based telecom signalling specialists Squire Technologies are pleased to announce a brand new partnership with Tecnomic Systems.

Head quartered in Singapore, Tecnomic Systems is one of the foremost telecom distributors and system integrators in South Asia, South East Asia and the Middle East for leading edge technology in telecom hardware, software and services for service providers and enterprises.

As a reseller, Tecnomic will provide benefits to customers in these regions by offering greater distribution, installation and availability of Squire Technologies’ core network telecom products.

“Squire Technologies has been focussing on creating an ecosystem through its partners that can extend its service offerings to create better value for customers. Tecnomic, with its background and strong team, is perfectly positioned to add value right from the design phase to the project realisation, improving the ROI and enhancing the user experience for the customers. We are very pleased to welcome Tecnomic on board as a Squire Technologies value-add partner.”– Benjamin Hughes, Partner Manager, Squire Technologies.

“Tecnomic is very excited to partner as a reseller with Squire Technologies. We look forward to benefiting from Squire Technologies’ extensive product range and their expertise spanning signalling, messaging and voice across the LTE, VoIP and SS7 markets.”– Tanmoy Das, Business Head, Tecnomic.

The Squire Technologies Partner Program is built around much more than products, with features and benefits that include over 20 years of experience developing core network telecom products, pre-sales training and technical support. As well as tailored marketing support, and access to demo products.

About Tecnomic Systems Pte, Ltd

Tecnomic is a trusted regional demand creation distributor in South East Asia, ASEAN and Middle East for some of the leading brands in telecom products and solutions. The Company was established in 1991, and has over the years, developed a reputation as a reliable partner, who can provide strong technical support to customers, during the design and post-sales phases. Tecnomic has a strong presence in Defence, Telecom, Industrial, and Automation market verticals.

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Simfony offers a Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) Solution that enables immediate IoT infrastructure to communication providers such as MNOs, MVNOs, satellite providers and application developers, allowing them to benefit from the exponential growth in the IoT market.

“At the Network Layer of our platform we need to manage the signalling transport that delivers IoT between our virtual mobile core, multiple operator interconnects and our clients. It is critical for us to choose a partner whose expertise can not only bridge 2G, 3G and 4G networks but whose products offer high availability, scalability and flexibility out-of-the-box.”
– Stefan Anghel, CTO, Simfony.

Simfony are deploying Squire Technologies’ Diameter Signalling Controller (SVI-DSC) and Signal Transfer Point (SVI-STP) to manage 2G, 3G and 4G signalling traffic. They will be deployed into Simfony’s cloud environment to ensure speed of deployment, scalability and elasticity for both service providers and carriers using the platform.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us. Simfony are at the leading edge of cloud-based IoT infrastructure delivery and have an innovative product offering. We look forward to working with them to deploy our own innovative signalling products and being the signalling piece of their puzzle, and continued success!” 
– Sanjeev Verma, CEO, Squire Technologies.

About Simfony
Founded with the mission to enable the next generation of IoT applications, Simfony’s products help communication service providers benefit from a new and fast growing market created by an increasingly connected life. Simfony provide a multi-tier, managed, mobile core network focused on M2M use cases, together with powerful OSS/BSS management features and innovative data analytics capabilities.

About Squire Technologies Ltd
Squire Technologies are a UK based company specialising in signalling product solutions for the IMS, LTE, VoIP & Legacy Networks. Operating since 2001 it provides both the technology and the associated commissioning and support services. Squire Technologies has a global customer base with deployments in 160+ countries consisting of Fixed and Mobile operators, MVNO’s, Equipment Vendors, Integrators and Solution Providers.

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As 4G networks are rolled out into a hybrid mix of legacy 2G & 3G networks, operators deploy Diameter Interworking Function or IWF’s to ensure their Diameter networks can successfully interconnect with multiple vendors, implementing multiple signalling standards.

We’ve produced a short video to provide an overview of how an IWF works…

How a Diameter Interworking Function (IWF) Works - YouTube

Squire Technologies SVI-IWF Interworking Function enables mobile operators 4G DIAMETER networks to seamlessly inter-op with legacy networks enabling 4G <-> 3G Roaming capabilities. The SVI-IWF also enables WiFi or Mobile Data Offloading and Legacy Integration.

Find out more about Squire Technologies’ Diameter Interworking Function here.

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Oman’s fastest growing and leading mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Renna Mobile have completed the first phase implementation of UK signalling experts Squire Technologies Interworking Function (IWF) as an instrumental part of their network transformation.

The solution provides a seamless and highly cost effective means for Renna Mobile to bridge the border between legacy SS7 and their Diameter based OCS/billing platform.

While meeting with Renna Mobile’s specific requirements as opposed to providing a costly vanilla solution; the virtualised interworking functions modular design now allows Renna Mobile to deliver further integration functionality in their network.

Group CTO Milan Jovancic commented “We required a flexible solution in delivering the specific functionality, meeting our needs and technical specifications while being on budget. Squire Technologies SVI-IWF Interworking Function delivered this. We will now use the SVI-IWF to leverage further integration in our network and our hosting operator.”

Having experience of Squire Technologies through their voice services and traditional gateway products the team at Renna Mobile approached them looking for a cost efficient end-of-life replacement plan having had vendors push overly complex solutions at prohibitive costs.

 
About Renna Mobile
Launched in May 2009 Renna Mobile is Oman’s leading Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) providing superb network coverage via Omantel’s superior telecom network. Offering fantastic value and customer service they are the fastest growing MVNO in Oman.

About Squire Technologies
UK based Squire Technologies combine a comprehensive range of carrier grade signalling products for IMS, LTE, VoIP and Legacy Networks with a flexible approach and ability to rapidly engineer creative solutions to complex networking challenges.

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A Diameter Routing Agent sits at the heart of a Diameter network. It provides scalable, centralised routing of Diameter messages in a multi-vendor, multi-node environment within a service providers IMS and LTE core.

We’ve produced a short video to provide an overview of how the DRA works…

How a Diameter Routing Agent (DRA) Works - YouTube

The Diameter Routing Agent is the central routing point in any Diameter network providing flexible routing and message manipulation to insure inter-op between multiple devices and device vendors. At the same time it prevents overload and congestion of diameter traffic through sophisticated load balancing and routing algorithms whilst delivering graceful scaling to match network demand.

Find out more about Squire Technologie’s Diameter Signalling Products here.

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