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The 3 Key Elements of Diameter Signaling Control
Date / Time: Thursday, May 11, 2017, 11:00 a.m. New York/ 4:00 p.m. London
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Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading

Satvinder Bawa, Senior Product Manager, Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE).

Diameter signaling traffic in networks is expanding because of new devices, machines and applications. This causes several issues for CSPs, including volume of traffic, complexity of topology and the risk of various threats to the network. Essentially, it all comes down to three key elements: scalability, simplicity and security. As a result of these demands, Diameter Routing Agents (DRAs) are also evolving to more effectively manage control plane demands.

Accordingly, this webinar will provide a granular view of how these key elements are impacting DRA deployments. Specific discussion topics include:

  • Scalability: The increase in different protocol versions and number of Diameter interfaces leads to poor control plane scaling and performance. As a result, the DRA needs to support a whole host of Diameter routing capabilities from server selection and partitioning to load balancing and session management while maintaining very high throughput and low latency.
  • Simplicity: Increasingly complex control topology creates inefficiency and unpredictability. Accordingly, CSPs need to simplify the Diameter interface topology to reduce signaling complexity in the control plane and optimize flows across the network. This can be done by removing the peer-to-peer aspects and creating a hub and spoke model.
  • Security: The launch of services such as VoLTE requires a robust and secure control plane across the roaming infrastructure. The DRA plays a key role in ensuring security by hiding network topology, fixing message content, filtering out unknown and unwanted data and discarding of poorly formatted messages.

This webinar will also explore how products such as the Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE) are designed to meet these demands, as well as assessing the impact that emerging technologies such as 5G and IoT will have on the control plane.



 

Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
Jim leads Heavy Reading’s research on the impact of NFV on the control plane and application layers at the core and edge. This includes the evolution path of SIP applications, unified communications (UC), IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), session border controllers (SBCs), Diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy controllers and WebRTC. Jim is also focused on the network and subscriber impact of Big Data and Analytics. He authors Heavy Reading's NFV and SDN Market Trackers. Other areas of research coverage include Subscriber Data Management (SDM) and fixed-line TDM replacement. Jim joined Heavy Reading from Nortel Networks, where he tracked the VoIP and application server market landscape and was a key contributor to the development of Wireless Intelligent Network (WIN) standards. Additional technical experience was gained with Bell Canada, where he performed IN and SS7 network planning, numbering administration, technical model forecast creation and definition of regulatory-based interconnection models. Jim is based in Ottawa, Canada.

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Satvinder Bawa, Senior Product Manager, Nokia Dynamic Diameter Engine (DDE).

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Nick Cadwgan, Director IP Mobile Network Marketing, Nokia
With over 20 years of experience in the telecommunications industry, Nick Cadwgan has held senior architectural, product marketing & management, and business strategy roles focusing on broadband access, Carrier Ethernet, Carrier/IP Routing, optical transport and mobile networks with Motorola, Nortel Networks, Newbridge Networks and other privately funded companies. Nick brings a combination of marketing, technology and business management expertise to his current role at Nokia.

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