• ENABLING SIGNALING SCENARIOS ACROSS 3G, 4G, 5G, FIXED/WI-FI, M2M/IOT AND IT
    ENABLING SIGNALING SCENARIOS ACROSS 3G, 4G, 5G, FIXED/WI-FI, M2M/IOT AND IT
  • EXPERTS IN SS7, DIAMETER, ENUM, RADIUS, HTTP, SIP AND MORE
    EXPERTS IN SS7, DIAMETER, ENUM, RADIUS, HTTP, SIP AND MORE
  • SOFTWARE PRODUCTS FOR ROUTING, INTERWORKING, SECURITY AND NUMBER PORTABILITY
    SOFTWARE PRODUCTS FOR ROUTING, INTERWORKING, SECURITY AND NUMBER PORTABILITY
  • LEADER IN INTELLIGENT SIGNALING SOFTWARE
    LEADER IN INTELLIGENT SIGNALING SOFTWARE

Signaling Transfer Point (STP)

The BroadForward Next Generation Signaling Transfer Point (STP) is a complete solution for intelligent routing of SS7 signaling traffic in 2G and 3G networks. It can run standalone or combined on a single engine platform with other BroadForward products, such as the BroadForward Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC).

Dealing with end-of-life STPs

Even though mobile network technology is evolving fast, older generation networks (2G and 3G) based on SS7 will continue to exist for many years to come. Therefore, STPs will remain vital components in operator networks and will require vendor support for the foreseeable future.

However, many operators today are faced with STPs and ITPs that are End-Of-Life or End-Of-Support, as multiple suppliers have decided to discontinue their legacy products. Operators therefore have to look for an STP / ITP replacement. While this is unfortunate, it also offers the opportunity to reduce operational cost and move away from the limitations of a legacy SS7 product, often running on proprietary hardware. Most legacy solutions are silo-based point-solutions, meaning they are designed to address a single technology, single protocol and single function. In contrast, The BroadForward STP is a 100% software solution by design, enabling converged signaling scenarios across 2G/3G, 4G and even 5G. The BroadForward STP allows operators to achieve consolidation across signaling technologies by combining it with other BroadForward applications such as the Diameter Signaling Controller (DSC) on the same single engine software platform.

BroadForward Next Generation Signaling Transfer Point
The BroadForward STP provides intelligent routing of SS7 signaling traffic in 2G and 3G networks. As it is part of BroadForward’s portfolio of converged, multi-protocol signaling products, it can be extended to enable signaling scenarios across 2G/3G, 4G and 5G (SS7, Diameter, HTTP and more). The BroadForward STP therefore offers a future-proof choice, with major benefits compared to legacy STP products:

  • STP support according to international standards and variants, including mixed modes for ITU and ANSI
    • M3UA interface (ASP/SGP)
    • M2UA/M2PA interface
    • Global Title translation
    • Final GT routing based on SCCP layer
    • Mated pair support
    • SS7 (congestion) management
    • Application (MAP/INAP) layer routing (Application Peeking Function)
    • Flexible Number Register (FNR)
    • GUI based central configuration, management and provisioning
  • Supports SIGTRAN, as well as low speed (T1/E1) and high speed (T1/E1) links via the use of a TDM gateway (optional third party component)
  • Extensive feature set for screening, tracing, filtering, congestion control and throttling
  • Screening capabilities can be based on one or multiple layers (e.g. SCCP, TCAP, MAP, INAP, etc.)
  • Flexible routing on any parameter from M3UA, SCCP and TCAP layer, and/or specific parameters in MAP/INAP via the application peeking functionality
  • Robust and proven, carrier grade solution, highly scalable
  • Supporting high available and geo-redundant deployment models
  • GUI based services orchestration and system management, configurable service logic, no need for scripting or development
  • On-board (optional) support for:

Combining network functions
The BroadForward STP runs on a unique single engine software design, allowing operators to combine multiple functions on the same platform. This provides many benefits, such as:

  • Reduction of integration points, and on-board capability for interworking and interoperability
  • Centralized IT integration, signaling management, configuration, provisioning, subscriber management, reporting and control
  • Centralized use of common network applications (e.g. firewall, number portability, steering of roaming)
  • Easy to operate, uniform operations across domains
  • Single capacity license with free traffic mix across supported protocols

Hardware-agnostic solution, supporting NFV
The BroadForward STP runs on any off-the-shelf hardware or in a virtualized environment. It is a 100% software based solution, supporting virtualization and cloud deployment (VMware, KVM, OpenStack, Amazon etc.) as well as containerized application deployment (Docker, Kubernetes). The STP does not rely on specialist hardware or proprietary operating systems. The ability to deploy the BroadForward STP on a common (shared) platform supports operators and vendors in migrating away from proprietary based appliance systems to a standards based hardware and cloud based infrastructure.