SIP Delays Bring New Life to NGIN App Servers, Report Finds

Network operator's delay to SIP and IMS technologies created an interest in offerings that leverage NGIN app servers, says Light Reading's Services Software Insider

Sep 8, 2009

While network operators delay migration plans to next-gen service technologies such as SIP and IMS, interest is building in offerings that leverage existing Next-Generation Intelligent Network (NGIN) capabilities for creating telco application servers that don't require massive investment, according to the latest report from Light Reading's Services Software Insider (, a paid research service of TechWeb's Light Reading (

Telco App Servers: NGIN Revs Up for a Serious Run at SIP analyzes the service-layer capabilities that operators will need to establish to support third-party service development and evaluates the strategies of leading vendors of telco app server technology as they position themselves for the next evolution of this market. It also profiles 10 leading companies in the market.

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The past 12 months has seen much change in the service-layer market, says Caroline Chappell, research analyst with Light Reading's Services Software Insider and author of the report. "As a result of the global economic downturn, many operators are looking at ways of leveraging their existing IN services and legacy network assets, making them available to third-party developers without having to redevelop them in SIP," she explains. "Operators want to continue offering the same services, but they don't want such services and assets to remain locked into the legacy platforms."

This shift has led several key vendors of service-layer technology to reevaluate their market offers, Chappell notes. "Alcatel-Lucent and HP are redoubling their efforts to support legacy IN customers with new service platforms that operators can use as they migrate to an NGN," she says. "Both have established strategies for supporting multiple communities of developers, from trusted internal and external developers that need access to network protocols, to Web 2.0 developers."

Other key findings of Telco App Servers: NGIN Revs Up for a Serious Run at SIP include:

  --  Alcatel-Lucent claims a "passionate commitment" to JSLEE, a major
      boost for the technology and a challenge to SIP-oriented competitors.
  --  SIP app server vendors face less competition due to market
      consolidation but need to prove their value, as operators prefer to
      sweat existing assets.
  --  Charging, messaging, and voice lead the business case for service
      exposure to third-party developer communities.

  --  Vendors should set up third-party ecosystems to encourage selection of
      their platforms and must expand the range of SDP function they can
      offer to ensure they become the telco app server of choice.

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