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					Network Convergence Gateway (NCG)
For Mobile Operators

Network Convergence Gateway for Mobile Operators

CounterPath Network Convergence Gateway (NCG)
MobileVoIP and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) applications for Service Providers,
Mobile Network Operators (MNO) and Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNO)

CounterPath delivers a broad range of end-to-end MobileVoIP applications and single identity
phone number services over mobile, cable, DSL and Wi-Fi networks. When service providers
and network operators deploy our NCG and MobileVoIP applications to consumer and business
users, they improve cost, coverage, capacity and continuity of services across networks—while
simultaneously growing service revenue and promoting customer loyalty and retention.

Network Convergence Gateway (NCG)
The NCG is a carrier-based, core network, fixed mobile                          NCG MobileVoIP Applications:
convergence (FMC) server that bridges broadband and mobile                      Convergent Voice and Messaging for Consumers
networks– in both pre-IMS and IMS environments. The NCG
                                                                                Transforms a PC or laptop computer into a mobile phone
is the core enabling technology behind CounterPath’s suite of
                                                                                and messaging portal using a CounterPath Multimedia
MobileVoIP applications. The NCG converges the personalization
                                                                                Communicator, like Bria.
and mobility of mobile phone services with the flexibility,
innovation and outstanding cost economics of the rapidly growing                Dual-mode Handover
VoIP sector.                                                                    Provides seamless voice and data services between mobile
                                                                                and Wi-Fi networks via dual-mode handsets.
The NCG enables service providers to extend single-number
mobile voice, text, multimedia messaging and video services                     NomadicPBX
to residential, corporate and hotspot locations with broadband                  This mobile network-based solution enables the delivery
access. This is achieved via SIP on a service provider’s existing               of a unified presence-based, fixed and mobile voice,
network—while preparing them for the IMS (IP Multimedia                         and Instant Messaging/Short Message Service (IM/SMS)
Subsystem) platform of the future.                                              communications experience across multiple endpoints,
The NCG bridges SIP and SS7 Cellular Networks, acting as                        including desktop computers and mobile phones.
a SIP registrar/proxy/server to broadband networks and either:
                                                                                MNO / MVNO Interconnect
•	 A Serving Mobile Switching Center (S-MSC)/Visitor Location                   Enables numbers from a Mobile Network Operator (MNO)
   Registrar (VLR); or                                                          and a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) to roam into
•	 A Gateway Mobile Switching Centre (G-MSC) to                                 a partnering MNO’s network.
   the mobile network.

                                                            Text & Multimedia
                                          Voice                                          Presence

                                      Network Convergence Gateway (NCG)

                                                      Single Identity
                                                    Seamless Services

               Mobile Access                                                                         Broadband Access

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Convergent Voice and Messaging for Consumers
Convergent Voice and Messaging enables mobile subscribers to start using their PC or laptop
as a virtual mobile phone with their existing mobile voice and messaging services, plus a host of
compelling new features—without adding a new phone number or changing phones.

Where Mobile Meets VoIP                                          Convergent Voice and Messaging Availability
Convergent Voice and Messaging is a CounterPath MobileVoIP       Convergent Voice and Messaging is available through
application that integrates a CounterPath softphone with         softphone distribution only. When purchased, the Bria
mobile services and a mobile phone number. Using the             clients will be designed to authenticate directly to the
Network Convergence Gateway (NCG) within the mobile              operator’s core network through RADIUS.
operator’s core network, a bridge is formed between the
mobile network’s SS7 signaling and the SIP signaling of a
broadband network.
                                                                      Benefits for Consumers
By connecting a CounterPath softphone to a broadband                  •	 Mobile number is the prime identity – one identity, one
connection, it is registered and authenticated by NCG in the             voice mail box, one message store with message
mobile network. The result is an ability to associate these              waiting indication
two user devices (PC and mobile phone) with a single phone
number and set of services—effectively turning the softphone          •	 Receive voice calls, SMS, MMS on PC
into a virtual mobile phone capable of SMS, MMS and                   •	 Send voice calls, SMS, MMS from PC (shows mobile
bypassing metered cellular minutes with low-cost VoIP calling.           number caller ID)

                                                                      •	 Simple to use (i.e. drag & drop SMS, click to call)

                                                                      •	 Calling features (call transfer, hold, barring)
     Benefits for Mobile Operators
                                                                      •	 Call handover between PC and handset
     •	 Provides a distinctive and strategic mobile Unified
        Communication and Fixed Mobile Convergence                    •	 Sequential or simultaneous ring
        (FMC) Service                                                 •	 Video calling between Bria, 3G
     •	 Grows use of mobile number and voice /                           mobile handsets
        messaging usage

     •	 Grows ARPU via subscription and usage fees

     •	 Expands usage of mobile portal and
        advertising audience

     •	 Lowers roaming and churn costs

     •	 Leverages and enhances existing network infrastructure

     •	 Service bundles which offer convenience and value can
        increase ARPU through Minutes of Use (MoU)

     •	 Enables direct response to internet VoIP competitors

     •	 Enables low CapEx and TCO, fast ROI and is
        engineered for:

        - Turn key deployment, fast time to market
        - Simplified network architecture
        - Simplified logistics

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Dual-mode Handover
Seamless handover enables users to automatically connect to send or receive MobileVoIP calls on
secure Wi-Fi, and seamlessly hand the call over to cellular when transitioning between networks—
without dropping calls. Also referred to as Voice Call Continuity (VCC), seamless handover is the key
subscriber demanded capability of MobileVoiP and Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC).

Voice Call Continuity (VCC)
All Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) must offer VCC           Benefits for Mobile Operators
as part of their MobileVoIP offering to ensure deployment       •	 Delivers near term voice and messaging services
in core IMS and Pre-IMS networks. VCC provides mobile              and revenue
providers, fixed providers, cable providers and MVNOs
the ability to offer single phone number voice services that    •	 Seamless bridging of current mobile and IMS networks
can seamlessly hand over in-process voice calls between         •	 In call handover based on 3GPP technical requirements
circuit-switched cellular and Voice-over-IP over Wi-Fi access
networks.                                                       •	 Certified against tier one NEPs existing suite of products

Many NEPs are making build versus buy decisions on VCC          •	 Standards based solution for all – wireline, wireless,
handover. CounterPath’s Network Convergence Gateway                cable, MVNO providers
leads other independent VCC providers in functionality,         •	 Coverage, churn reduction, capacity, and continuity with
market readiness and handset support.                              Cellular/Wi-FI IMS VCC
A growing number of dual-mode cellular/Wi-Fi handsets are       •	 Opportunity to bundle VCC with other services to
compatible is single phone number and seamless cellular to         increase share of user’s total telecom spending
Wi-Fi handover capabilities of the CounterPath NCG. These
include GSM/Wi-Fi Windows Mobile® devices targeting the         •	 Flexible 2G+ and IMS Architectures for
enterprise and low cost Linux smartphones, suitable for            Consumer Services
mass consumer use.                                              •	 Controlled user experience and billing relationship

                                                                Benefits for Mobile Consumers
    Dan starts the day early, joining a conference call
    with the London office. This call uses his home             •	 Convenience of a single handset with improved in-
    Wi-Fi network.                                                 building coverage

    He leaves his condo to get on the train. The call           •	 Customer benefits by saving wireless minutes and
    automatically performs a seamless handover from                gaining an unlimited pool of VoIP minutes
    Wi-Fi to cellular.                                          •	 Eliminates need to purchase ATA or SIP handsets
    Dan arrives at the office and transitions onto the          •	 Single-number identity allows users to cancel other
    corporate Wi-Fi network—never dropping the call.               POTS or wireless accounts

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NomadicPBX Mobility Application
This mobile network-based solution enables the delivery of a unified presence-based, fixed and mobile
voice, and Instant Messaging/Short Message Service (IM/SMS) communications experience across
multiple endpoints, including desktop computers and mobile phones.

The NomadicPBX solution
The NomadicPBX solution is based on CounterPath’s Network     Benefits for Mobile Operators
Convergence Gateway (NCG) platform and Bria softphone         •	 Ability to offer a business service that provides real
client. For businesses with a large mobile workforce, the        business features instead of just a single bill or shared
Nomadic PBX provides a simple, economical solution that          minutes bucket
increases productivity and provides business-class services
                                                              •	 Ability to replace a business’ existing phone system,
that are hosted in the mobile network. These include:
                                                                 wireline service with a wireless solution that increases
•	 Single phone number converged across                         their productivity and mobility
   multiple mobile and office devices
                                                              •	 Increased service availability, usage and stickiness
•	 Voice calls with voicemail
                                                              •	 Increased device options (mobile phone,
    - Sequential ring based on presence
                                                                 softphone, desktop phone)
    - Simultaneous ring
                                                              •	 No special mobile clients required; NomadicPBX
•	 Short code dialing (Private dialing plan)
                                                                 works with any mobile phone
•	 SMS / MMS
                                                              •	 Differentiation from competitors
•	 Video calls
                                                              •	 New options for revenue generation

Mobile Number Extender Capability
•	 Provides single-number phone communications
   that converges the mobile phone with desk phones,
   softphones and other SIP compliant devices
                                                              Benefits for Enterprises
                                                              •	 Increased mobility for employees
•	 Replaces or eliminates the need for PBX or Centrex
   systems with simple and economical service                 •	 Increased productivity for employees

•	 Provides availability and status information among         •	 Single number reach for all employees
   members of groups or companies information using
                                                              •	 Availability of SMS on all devices
   presence (including mobile call status)
                                                              •	 Availability of PBX features on employees’
•	 Brings text messaging (SMS) to the desktop client
                                                                 mobile phones
•	 Delivers calls and text messages based upon                For more information, please contact:
                                                              •	 Low-cost rich internal business communications
  presence information                                        CounterPath Corporation
                                                                 (voice, video, IM/SMS)
•	 Allows users to seamlessly move active calls               Toll Free: 1.877.818.3777
  between the softphone and mobile device                     •	 Easily 604.320.3344
                                                              Tel: (+1) deployed and managed
•	 Improves productivity and lowers overall costs             •	 Lower 801.640.0011
                                                              Fax: (+1)overall communications costs
  for increasingly mobile workforces                          Email:

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MNO / MVNO Interconnect
Enable Mobile Network Operator (MNO) and Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) numbers to
roam into a partnering MNO’s network. End-user customers will maintain single number identity while
roaming between partnering mobile networks and their VoIP networks, seamlessly. CounterPath’s
Network Convergence Gateway Solution can help you extend your mobile network into the largest free
roaming network in the world—the Internet.

VNOs Roam Into the MNO Network                                   Benefits for Mobile Operators
Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) have the opportunity to          •	 Increase revenue through network expansion of non
expand network usage and transactions by enabling other             overlapping customer base of the MVNO.
non-mobile operators to roam into the MNO network. With
the MVNO Interconnect solution, MVNOs may roam VoIP              •	 Reduce CapEx and OpEx by moving significant
DIDs directly into the mobile network and offer service parity     amounts of traffic from the mobile radio access
between the mobile and VoIP networks. This enables a               network to the broadband access networks
win-win model for the MNO and MNVOs by increasing overall          (cable or DSL, with a Wi-Fi option)
network usage and seamless service interaction between the       •	 Grow the overall MobileVoIP subscriber base by
two networks.                                                       extending the service offering between the MVNO
The solution is typically hosted by the MNO which gives             and MNO networks
total control over service delivery and feature enablement       •	 Acquire and grow subscriber base by extending
of the MVNO. The CounterPath NCG performs the role of               products and offering new opportunities for
a Gateway MSC (Mobile Switching Center) in the mobile               bundled services
network, providing an entry point for VoIP numbers into the
Mobile Network.                                                  •	 New opportunities to gain a higher share of the
                                                                    subscribers telecommunication spending
Fixed Number Extender Capability                                 •	 Reduce churn through bundling
•	 Takes existing Fixed, Cable, or MVNO VoIP phone               •	 Create new opportunities to gain a higher share of
   number and integrates into mobile network                        the subscribers’ telecommunication spending
•	 The NCG MSC locates subscribers on mobile                     •	 Reduce subscriber churn through improved
   or IP networks                                                   service bundles
The CounterPath NCG captures inbound and outbound
calls and provides the interface for Call Detail Records (CDR)
integration with prepaid platforms and billing systems. The
MVNO Interconnect application also provides optimal long
distance routing and keeps local calls in local LATA.            For more information, please contact:
                                                                  For more information, please contact:
                                                                 CounterPath Corporation
Mobile Number Extender Capability                                 CounterPath Corporation
                                                                 Toll Free: 1.877.818.3777
                                                                  Toll Free: 1.877.818.3777
•	 Roams VoIP numbers on the Mobile network                      Tel: (+1) 604.320.3344
                                                                  Tel: (+1) 604.320.3344
•	 Turns non mobile operator into a peer roaming                 Fax: (+1) 801.640.0011
                                                                  Fax: (+1) 801.640.0011
   partner to the MNO                                            Email:
•	 Extends mobile services to SIP endpoints            
•	 Turns mobile handsets into VoIP endpoints

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SIGTRAN                                                         SMS, IM and Presence
•	 User Adoption Layer (M3UA) (IETF RFC 3332)                   •	 SMPP – Short Message Peer-to-Peer Version 3.3, 3.4, and 5.0
•	 Stream Control Transmission Protocol (IETF RFC 2960)         •	 RFC 3265 – Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-Specific Event Notification
•	 GSM ITU/NA MAP and CAMEL over SIGTRAN                        •	 RFC 3856 – A presence Event Package for the Session Initiation Protocol
•	 CDMA IS-441 MAP and WIN over SIGRAN                          •	 RFC 3857 – A Watcher Information Event Template-Package
                                                                   for the Session Initiation Protocol
GSM                                                             •	 RFC 3863 – Presence Information Data Format (PIDF)
•	 3GPP 29.002 Release                                          •	 RFC 3860 – Common Profile for Instant Messaging
•	 TCAP ITU White Book                                          •	 RFC 3859 – Common Profile for Presence
•	 SCCP ANSI T1-112 1988                                        •	 RFC 3903 – Sip Extensions for Event State Publication
•	 SCCP ITU Blue Book                                           •	 RFC 4825 – The Extensible Markup Language (XML)
•	 “C” Interface to HLR                                            Configuration Access Protocol (XCAP)
•	 “E” Interface to MSC                                         •	 RFC 5025 – Presence Authorization
•	 “E” Interface to SMS-C and 3GPP 23.038                       •	 Presence SIMPLE Specification, Open Mobile Alliance,
   Extended Character Set                                          OMA-TS-Presence_SIMPLE-V2_0-20090917-C
•	 3GPP TS 24.228 Client / SIM Authentication                   •	 XML Document Management (XDM) Specification, Open
•	 3GPP TS 23.140 MMS MM1 Client Server Interface                  Mobile Alliance, OMA-TS-XDM_Core-V1_0_1-20061128-A

CDMA                                                            OSS/ BSS
•	 SCCP / TCAP                                                  •	 CDR Generation via FTP or RADIUS
   - TCAP ITU Q.771-Q.775, ANSI T1.114                             - RADIUS Accounting/CDR Generation (RFC 2866)
   - SCCP ITU Q.713, ANSI T1.112 1988                              - RADIUS Authentication Client (RFC 2865)
•	 ANSI41 – Mobile Application Part (MAP)
                                                                •	 OS Resource Monitoring / High Availability
   - 3GPP2 X.S0005-540-E (MAP Operations Signaling Protocols)   •	 SNMP v 2C Alarm Monitoring, Statistical Gathering
   - 3GPP2 X.S0004-550-E (MAP Parameters Signaling Protocols)   •	 MIB II (RFC 1213)
   - 3GPP2 N.S0005-0 (ANSI-41-D)
                                                                •	 Subscriber Trace
Intelligent Networking                                          Operating System
•	 3GPP 23.078, 29.078 CAMEL Phase 2, 3, & 4                    •	 Redhat Linux Redhat Enterprise Linux 5 Update 5
   Origination and Termination Triggers to support the
   Services Control Function (SCF)                              Hardware (Minimum Specifications)
•	 ANSI41 – WIN – ANLYZED ORREQ Parts:                          •	 IBM Blade Server (T or E Chassis)
   - 3GPP2 N.S0013-O, Version 1.0, WIN Phase 1                     -   4 Power Supplies/Chassis
SIP                                                                -   2 Management Modules/Chassis
                                                                   -   2 1 Gigabit Ethernet Switch/Chassis
•	 Session Initiation Protocol (IETF RFC 3261)
                                                                   -   NEBS 3 and ETSI certified for T Chassis
•	 Reliability of Provisional Responses in SIP (RFC 3262)
                                                                   -   19” rack width Chassis
•	 Offer/Answer Model with SDP (IETF RFC 3264)                     -   Either AC or DC power
•	 SIP Specific Event Notification (RFC 3265)                      -   No single point of failure
•	 Session Description Protocol (SDP) (IETF RFC 2327)              -   Hold up to eight (8 or 14) blades
•	 REFER Method (RFC 3515)                                      •	 IBM Blade Servers or 1U X Series Servers
•	 Message Waiting Indicator (RFC 3842 and RFC 3265)               -   2.6 6C GHz CPU
•	 Session Initiation Protocol for Instant Messaging and           -   12G RAM
   Presence Leveraging Extensions (SIMPLE) to                      -   80G Hard Disk: Two 80G SCSI drives in RAID1 configuration
   SMS (RFC 3428)
                                                                   -   Dual Gigabit Ethernet ports per server
•	 Basic Network Media Services (RFC 4240) for Tones
   and Announcements                                            Standard System Configurations
•	 HTTP Digest Authentications Using AKA (RFC 3310)             •	 Small Configuration
 System Performance                                                - 2 IBM X Series Servers or 2 Blade Servers
 •	 100,000 BH simultaneous registrations per CSG blade         •	 Scalable 2/2/2/4 Redundant Configuration
 •	 100,000 BH Voice, SMS, or MMS call/transmission                -   2 IBM Blade Center T or E Chassis12G RAM
    attempts per CSG blade
                                                                   -   2 Convergence Database (CDB) blades
                                                                   -   2 Network Signaling Handler (NSH) blades
                                                                   -   4 Convergence Services Gateway (CSG) blades

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