BT uses outsourced network services from Epsilon to support its migration from TDM to IP and delivers IP-based Sigtran signalling for its growing mobile customer base
International communications services provider BT selected Epsilon to extend its IP signalling infrastructure and serve more mobile network operators (MNOs) on IP. It is in the midst of its migration from TDM to IP and was looking for a way to add new IP capabilities efficiently.
Almost all international network operators have begun their transition to an all-IP infrastructure but many are being challenged to make this transition seamless and cost-effective. IP offers them the ability to deliver new services and capture new revenue but managing both TDM and IP networks during this transition can be difficult and resource-intensive.
TDM is reliable and delivers valuable but declining revenue while in the mobile world LTE deployments are ushering in the need for new IP networks. Increasingly, MNOs want to use IP networks to deliver services and service providers like BT need to accelerate their adoption of IP and enable their customers with IP networking.
The challenge for BT was to offer MNOs more services on IP and deliver its Roam Connect service using IP-based Sigtran signalling rather than TDM. Signaling underpins voice and messaging services and MNOs often use wholesale providers like BT to connect these services globally.
The market for Sigtran signalling services is growing but at this point in time, it would be costly to overhaul its entire signalling infrastructure and then operate both TDM and IP-based signalling services. As IP is phased in and TDM phased out, both networks often have to be operated in parallel, which leads to cost-inefficiencies and a challenging environment for monetising new services.
It also needed a solution that could scale to match growth in its business as well as the on-going migration of TDM to IP amongst existing customers. The migration from TDM to IP has been happening for a long time but this is accelerating and service providers need to be prepared to scale up their services to match customer demand.
Overall, BT needed to expand its Sigtran signalling capabilities but do it in a way that was efficient, flexible and ready to grow with IP adoption. The key was to add these new capabilities without adding complexity to its operation.
”Epsilon understands how to make the move from TDM-to-IP seamless and simple. They offered us a solution that was quickly deployed and ready to serve our growing IP customer base.Mike BygateNew Voice Business Manager AT BT
The Epsilon model allows BT the ability to change and develop as customer demand for IP increases and its business grows
Using an outsourced solution means reducing demands on CAPEX and internal resource while increasing IP capabilities
An outsourcing partner can add new capabilities without the need to design, build, and manage new infrastructure
As demand for IP services grow, Epsilon can scale its services to match its customer’s appetite for IP services
An outsourced networking solution meant BT could integrate network capabilities into its offering rapidly and deliver services quickly
Epsilon is supporting service providers around the world as they migrate from TDM to IP with a team of dedicated experts in IP
”Network outsourcing accelerates the adoption and delivery of IP services and enables operators to monetise IP faster and more efficiently. The management of both TDM and IP networks in parallel can be challenging, as they require expertise and resource to operate. This is where Epsilon’s outsourcing model can streamline the migration and ensure the profitability of new IP services.Jerzy SzlosarekCEO at Epsilon