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SS8 Tackles IMS

SS8 has developed solutions to help carriers address regulatory requirements for the emerging IMS based networks

December 7, 2005

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SAN JOSE, Calif. -- SS8 Networks, the leading provider of Lawful Intercept solutions for telecommunication service providers, announced today that it has developed solutions to help carriers address regulatory requirements for the emerging IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) based networks. Leveraging the power of the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), SS8 Networks can now provide intercept capabilities in IMS-oriented service delivery architectures.

“As service providers deploy IMS-based networks, and start implementing the converged wireline/wireless services for residential and commercial customers, they need solutions that enable them to comply with federal mandates for security, accountability and authentication,” said Dr. Cemal Dikmen, General Manager of SS8 Networks’ Lawful Intercept business. “SS8 Networks continues to work with leading carriers and equipment vendors to deliver these LI solutions as part of next-generation IMS-based networks.”

IMS is a standardized reference architecture, designed to enable telecommunications service providers to offer a broad range of SIP-based services across packet networks to any customer - fixed or wireless. IMS promises viable fixed/mobile convergence, and is touted as a way for carriers to launch new services more quickly, efficiently and cost-effectively. Several large wireline and wireless service providers such as AT&T, BellSouth and Cingular, have announced plans to develop and launch a broad range of new personalized voice, video, data and multimedia services based on the IMS architecture. By providing a standards-based lawful intercept function for this IMS architecture, SS8 Networks will enable carriers to simultaneously meet CALEA obligations while enhancing and migrating service offerings.

SS8 Networks’ Xcipio™ architecture leverages SIP to now provide equivalent LI capabilities in both circuit-switched and IMS networks. In the IMS-based network, Xcipio receives SIP signaling traffic from the CSCF (Call Session Control Function) node and both SIP signaling and RTP media traffic from the SBC (Session Border Controller). Xcipio interprets the messages, correlates them with a specific warrant and sends the SIP signaling and RTP voice streams to the collection function nodes at law enforcement agencies (per ANSI T1.678 protocol). Xcipio can simultaneously receive traffic from several CSCF nodes in a network thereby reducing operational complexities for the service provider.

“Carriers and service providers are now insisting on compliance with the IMS specification for their entire infrastructure requirement, including a viable lawful intercept solution,” said Joe McGarvey, Principal Analyst, Current Analysis. “SS8 Networks' SIP-based Xcipio platform enables carriers to continue to comply with CALEA requirements as they migrate to IMS-based infrastructures to deliver packet voice and other IP services.”

SS8 Networks Inc.

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