Convergin Seeks Accolades for Fixed-Mobile Convergence

Newly announced platform unifies mobile, fixed, legacy, and IP.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Aug 22, 2005
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Convergin announced its Wireless Convergence Server for Fixed-Mobile Convergence called Accolade last week.

The company, formerly known as PhoneDo Networks, claims that Accolade converges legacy, mobile, and IP network components into a seamless platform.

Tal Zoller, Vice President of Business Development at Convergin explained that although transport networks are typically deployed with softswitches and now MSC (Mobile Switching Center) servers, the network intelligence layer for services and mobility is not yet converged.

"One of the main barriers to Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC) has been the expansive diversity of network protocols being employed at the core of the network," Zoller noted. "In order to offer true convergence at the core of the network a solution has to be protocol agnostic in all domains both toward SIP and IMS where new extensions are constantly being drafted and toward the mobile domain where numerous protocols exist with various proprietary varieties."

Convergin claims that its Accolade platform supports all the different protocols at the core and is constantly updated as new protocols are drafted and deployed into the network core.

Scalability is also an issued for Fixed-Mobile Convergence as solutions need to be highly scalable in order to reach a larger market. "Our unique architecture allows the Accolade to easily scale to support millions of BHCA (Busy Hour Call Attempts)," Zoller said. "We actually see this as reinforcement for a core solution in the long term rather than an edge solution, which is deployed to quickly launch services."

The Accolade platform enables unified number services across different access networks. However, unlike edge solutions, which typically have all the services integrated into one box, according to Zoller, Convergin uses the core WCS (wireless communications services) approach. "This allows application servers to control the various networks by offering advanced converged services such as unified numbers on a large scale while also offering a broad range of value-added services (including hosted) all while taking advantage of convergence."

Zoller explained that Accolade is intended to be easily integrated into virtually any networking including wireline, mobile, and MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) since it is a core network element.

The Accolade platform supports CDMA, TDMA, and 3G networks and according to Zoller is already being offered through leading operators around the world.

"We see major opportunities through our partnerships with Tier-1 vendors where our Accolade is deployed either with softswitch solutions or application servers," Zoller said. "These deployments will help to advance the evolution of the network and introduce advanced new services typically targeted at the enterprise market."

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