Our “ProSBC on Azure – A Tutorial” webinar where we give a step-by-step tutorial and demonstration of the process to activate and configure ProSBC on Azure is now on YouTube. Watch it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYoKQVf5rOc
Coming up November 26 at 11AM ET, “ProSBC on Azure – A Tutorial”, a free webinar where we’ll give a step-by-step tutorial and demonstration of the process to activate and configure ProSBC on Azure. Register here.
by Alan Percy, CMO @ TelcoBridges
Universal CPE and Virtual Network Functions are seeing explosive growth in popularity with service providers, delivering SD-WAN and SIP Trunking to their multi-site enterprise customers. Our most recent monthly webinar “uCPE and VNFs Explained” describes what’s under the covers and how they work.
Delivering services to retail stores, branch offices and other locations has traditionally resulted in a stack of networking devices in the facility network closet. You know you’ve found the right closet when faced with a stack of a network termination devices (cable, ethernet or optical terminal), a router, a firewall, VPN security, and network switch, all fixed-function devices interconnected by a tangle of ethernet cables. If you are lucky, the whole combination was installed by a pro using a 19 inch rack and carefully organized cables. Most likely not.
Our “uCPE & VNFs – The Foundation for Network Flexibility” webinar with Telco Systems, where we show how to offer new SIP Trunking, SDWAN and other services while improving network security, is now on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/YMlWb9HGYKM
By Alan Percy, CMO @TelcoBridges
According to the Communications Fraud Control Association (CFCA), telecom fraud has cost service providers and enterprises upwards of $22.9 Billion in lost revenue or subscriber losses. Fraud is not just about lost revenue, but unfortunately, is all too often a source of illicit funding to international organized crime syndicates and terrorist groups. Many service providers and enterprises never realize they have been the victim of a fraud scheme until the end of the monthly billing cycle. By then it’s too late and the damage (or loss) is done.
Our “How to Prevent Telecom Fraud in Real-Time with Billing and SBCs” webinar with JeraSoft, where we show various methods that utilize real-time billing and SBC’s to stop telecom fraud, is now on YouTube here: https://youtu.be/QxFQIx3M-bA
By Alan Percy, Senior Director of Product Marketing, TelcoBridges
The battle to stop illegal robocalling is about to get teeth with introduction this week of the TRACED Act, introduced as a bill to the US Senate by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and Ed Markey (D-Mass) Continue reading The Battle against Robocallers Gets Teeth – Round 4
by Alan Percy, Senior Director of Product Marketing at TelcoBridges
The question came early and often during our participation at Astricon 2018 in Orlando. “What’s the difference between an SBC and a SIP Server like Kamailio or OpenSIPs?” Reminding us that in our world of telecom jargon, sometimes we need to stop and explain what we are talking about. Continue reading SBC vs. SIP Server – What is the difference?
by Alan D. Percy, Senior Director of Product Marketing
As a greater range of communications applications are migrating to the cloud, there is a greater need for affordable cloud-hosted session border controller network services. To answer this need, TelcoBridges recently announced that the company’s FreeSBC session border controller software is now available on Amazon Web Services. Offering feature-rich services comparable to native bare-metal installations and virtualized platforms, the AWS Amazon Machine Image (AMI), provides core network security, interoperability and media services for service providers and enterprises.
Across the industry, cloud-based communications is on a steady growth trend. As application architects piece together their solutions using cloud-bases services, it makes sense to have an affordable SBC to provide security, interoperability and media services.
Greg Collins at Exact Ventures forecasts that by 2022 nearly 75% of all session border controller shipments will be cloud-based
Luc Morissette, Director of Customer Support at TelcoBridges will be joining me for a live webinar on Tuesday, September 25th to deliver an overview of the new FreeSBC on AWS offer, covering the capabilities, limitations and demonstrating the activation process.
During the webinar we explain the three distinct offerings, including:
- FreeSBC on AWS as a fully hosted offering – making testing and evaluation much easier for prospective customers, allowing evaluation without dedicating a VM or hardware servers.
- FreeSBC PRO-edition – offered as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) with all the PRO-edition features and standard support for $1/session/year
- FreeSBC free-edition – offered as an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) without support
The session will wrap up by putting a spotlight on the many use cases, showing how hosted contact centers, hosted Unified Communications and traditional telephony services will benefit from cloud-based FreeSBC.
Register for the live event today at: https://www2.telcobridges.com/FreeSBConAWS
For more information on FreeSBC, visit www.freesbc.com
By Alan Percy, Senior Director of Product Marketing, TelcoBridges
The battle to tame fraudulent robocalling made some significant advancements this week as the SIP Forum released two new technical reports.
If you’ve been following along, you know that fraudulent robocalling and caller-ID spoofing have become the tools-of-the-trade for criminals trying to trick unsuspecting victims into their scams. (By now you’ve come to realize that you can’t trust the caller-ID on your phone.) The FCC and the CRTC have put deadlines in front of the carriers, requiring implementation of secure caller-ID technologies to prevent spoofing of caller-ID.
The first specification Technical Report on a Framework for Display of Verified Caller ID (ATIS-1000081) defines a standard user experience for calls from known callers, likely SPAM callers, suspect and potential fraudulent callers with color icons and information on screen-based devices. The specification details the user experience study that went into the graphical images, providing data on real-world user responses and behaviors to the information displayed.
The second specification Technical Report on SHAKEN API for a Centralized Signing and Signature Validation Server provides a proposed RESTful API for the implementation of the SHAKEN specification, used to authenticate and verify caller-ID for network-based calls. This recommendation is an alternative to the SIP-based mechanism as specified in the SHAKEN recommendations, as is currently used by a number of vendors, including TransNexus and TelcoBridges.
“These two new resources are critical to helping service providers implement SHAKEN,” said ATIS President and CEO Susan Miller. “They are products of ATIS’ continued collaboration with the SIP Forum and are instrumental to industry efforts to address the robocalling problem and maintain consumer trust in the voice network.”
“The SIP Forum is committed to working together with ATIS to continue to develop the operational documents for the SHAKEN Framework, and these two new reports provide important additional guidelines and details essential to the successful deployment of the SHAKEN standard,” said SIP Forum Chairman Richard Shockey.
In addition to the above announcement, we’ve made significant progress with TransNexus on their SHAKEN fraud prevention framework, recently posted detailed configuration notes on how to configure both FreeSBC and TransNexus OSPrey server and completed our bench testing milestones.
Looking ahead and demonstrating the level of interest on the topic, a dedicated track and session on Robocalling is scheduled for SIPNOC 2018.