Ericsson Mobile Switching Center Server

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    The Mobile Switching Center Server (MSC-S) provides control of high-capacity switching in mobile circuit core networks.  It is available as a native MSC-S or as a virtualized MSC-S, (vMSC-S). 

    The MSC-S on BSP platform has the smallest footprint and lowest power consumption on the market. The vMSC-S takes the step into the Telco Cloud area.

    Customer situation

    - Defend top line
    - Evolve the business
    - Reduce costs

    Ericsson’s Mobile Switching Center Server (MSC-S) provides control of high-capacity switching in mobile circuit-core networks for operators who need powerful and reliable servers to control services and switching. To keep OPEX low these servers also need to be both operationally and cost efficient.

    The MSC-S meets these challenges with its outstanding in-service-performance and the smallest footprint and lowest power consumption on the market. It is available as a dual blade or blade cluster configuration.

    Ericsson's offering

    - Centralized control
    - Ultra-high capacity
    - Wide range of services
    - Best in class availability
    - A green product

    Main values

    Full support of 3GPP standards and the world’s largest multivendor interoperability program ensure a smooth integration into mixed-vendor networks.

    Features include:

    • call control for circuit-based services, including bearer services, teleservices, supplementary services, charging and security
    • user-plane resource control for circuit-based services in the M-MGw
    • mobility and connection management with capabilities to support mobile multimedia
    • control of different transport networks including TDM, ATM and IP
    • support of GSM and WCDMA traffic control in the same node
    • hardware and software adjustment capabilities according to the mobile operator's needs and dimensioning requirements
    • a set of services allowing co-existence of circuit switched voice and voice over LTE (VoLTE)
    • Ericsson Blade System (EBS)

    The product supports all ETSI, ANSI and TTC (WCDMA) standards and a wide range of standardized protocols, including RANAP, BSSAP, N-ISUP, SIGTRAN, BICC, MAP, CAP, INAP, SIP, SIP-I and GCP.

    Proof points

    Over 300 operators in about 175 countries use our mobile switching solutions to serve over 2,500 million subscribers. Our MSC-S offers efficient and centralized control of the distributed switching the media gateway provides for mobile networks. This ensures flexible, cost-effective network design and a smooth evolution towards Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

    Blade Cluster

    Our next-generation MSC-S, the Blade Cluster, is a key component of our successful mobile softswitching solution (server and gateway combined). This provides ultra-high capacity – supporting over 15 million subscribers with only two, single-depth cabinets. It also cuts the footprint by up to 90 percent.

    With Blade Cluster you can easily scale server capacity in line with future traffic increases and changing business needs. Node availability is also increased, allowing operation and maintenance at any time without disturbing traffic and therefore calls in the network. Blade Cluster can also be introduced in an MSC pool, dramatically increasing network-level redundancy.

    With Blade Cluster, you can reduce server power-consumption by up to 60 percent, making our solution – already the most power-efficient solution on the market – even more cost effective.
    And, as network design using Blade Cluster requires fewer nodes, operation and maintenance costs can be reduced by up to 45 percent.

    Improve performance and efficiency

    MSC-S is scalable, reliable and offers proven telecom-grade in-service performance.

    It utilizes highly integrated hardware to ensure the smallest equipment footprint and lowest power consumption on the market. OPEX is further cut through centralized control and distributed switching, which reduces both operation and maintenance requirements.

    Through efficient circuit-core network design, Ericsson's well-proven MSC-S pool* functionality contributes to MSC-S capacity gains by up to 25 percent, while substantially improving network-level redundancy.

    *In a pooled network, several MSC servers work together to handle the total traffic load in the network and balance the peak load in individual servers during peak traffic hours.