Operator solutions and services for secure, high quality LTE networks coming under scrutiny at IMS World Forum
There is a consistent trend that operators are layering networks and running them in parallel, says Blue Telecom Consulting (BlueTC®). According to the international telecoms consultancy, this is not financially sustainable in the medium or long term.
Being an all-IP network, LTE is another network and is not intrinsically compatible with 2G and 3G. As an all-IP network, it provides customers with a better mobile broadband experience and can deliver services which require bandwidth on the move, such as video, which is high in demand.
Given the realisation that 2G and 3G networks will at some point be turned off, naturally, there is a compelling desire from the operator’s perspective to support voice with a superior quality of service over LTE. This though requires further investments in the core IMS and LTE for radio, which together with compatible handsets are the basic ingredients for VoLTE.
Madrid-based Blue Telecom Consulting will be discussing this as both a panel session sponsor and an exhibitor at the IMS World Forum 2017. The company will also be presenting new solutions and services that aim at solving challenges around the evolution and optimisation of mobile networks.
Key questions to ask
All-IP networks are also exposed to new security risks and vulnerabilities, which again call for new tools and solutions in the area of network security.
In order to assure that the commercial launch and roll-out of services like Voice over LTE (VoLTE), Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWiFi) and IP-video is a success from day one, BlueTC recommends considering a series of questions of technical and operational art:
- Core Network Readiness: It is crucial that the Core Network has the right foundation in order to successfully support legacy and new IMS-based services.
- IMS & VoLTE E2E Testing Automation: Functional Automated Testing is typically applicable in Use Case testing services, needed for E2E service functional acceptance. The Time to Market and testing cycle costs may be reduced by applying different testing automation tools and methods to an existing service testing environment.
- VoLTE E2E Service Readiness: In addition to the core network services, VoLTE E2E service readiness and quality need to be tested.
- IMS/VoIP Security Management: A comprehensive Security Validation is recommended, complemented by a real-time Intrusion Detection System (IDS).
BlueTC’s major focus at the IMS World Forum will be the presentation of a new series of advanced security solutions for security management of IP networks. These solutions address the early detection, classification and elimination of security threats to IP-based services and also offer protection against future attacks, all at an affordable cost. BlueTC’s Validation service has a focus on the SIP-messaging protocols and access to a library with millions of real and theoretical threat cases, against which exhaustive testing may be performed. The validation service may be complemented by a real-time intrusion detection system (IDS) system.
Ian Ginn, BlueTC’s sales director in the UK, will also be participating in a panel session on mobile network security, where he will be sharing his vision on this current topic. “The audience will be able to acquire a good vision of today’s threat landscape and how to proactively handle this,” said Ginn.
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