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TR-45.2.VI/2001-2.

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Telecommunication Industry Association Subcommittee TR45.2 Global Title Around the Globe Source:

David Crowe Consultant to AT&T Wireless 2636 Toronto Cresc. NW Calgary, AB T2N 3W1 Tel: +1 403.289.6609 Fax: +1 403.289.6658 Email: crowed@cnp-wireless.com

Abstract:
This contribution reports on an assignment to query IFAST members for the status of global title support in various national SS7 networks. The original email is attached for reference.

Recommendation:
The only information obtained from this query was that Peru is examining support for global titles to support wireless.

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Original Email (for reference)


To: ifastmember@lists.atis.org From: David Crowe <crowed@cnp-wireless.com> Subject: TR-45.2 Request for Information: SS7 Global Titles Cc: Bcc: ":Telecom:International:Global Titles" X-Attachments: As the chairman of Working Group VI (International) within TIA Standards subcommittee TR-45.2, I have been asked to circulate this email to the IFAST membership requesting information on national SS7 global titles. I would appreciate any response, including extracts from national SS7 standards if possible. What is a global title? ----------------------A global title is a virtual SS7 address. Whereas a point code is a numeric address that identies a network element on an SS7 network, a global title identies a telecom resource (such as a block of phone numbers) and must be translated into an SS7 point code by a process that is similar to call routing. Why are global titles important to international roaming? --------------------------------------------------------An SS7 point code is a national resource. Not only do point codes differ in size (24 bits in North America and China, 16 bits in Japan and Brazil, 14 bits in most other countries), they are assigned nationally and are not necessarily unique -- the same numeric point code might be in use in many countries. It is impossible to address an SS7 message with a point code from one country and have it routed to another, except through the interim measure of 'alias' point codes described below. A global title, however, may be an international resource (although it doesn't have to be). Those that are of most interest to ANSI-41 system operators are based on international phone numbers (E.164 numbers), on IMSI (E.212 numbers) or on MIN/IRM. There may need to be several global titles based on the same type of number for different purposes. For example, in ANSI SS7 networks, some of the global titles are: 3 - Routing to HLR based on MIN 9 - Routing to GSM HLR routing based on E.212 IMSI 10 - Routing to Network Entity based on non-portable E.164 number 12 - Routing to Message Center based on MIN 13 - Routing to Message Center based on IMSI 14 - Routing to HLR based on E.164 directory number 15 - Packet data interworking based on E.212 IMSI 16 - Routing to ANSI-41 HLR based on E.212 IMSI 17 - Routing to Message Center Addressing based on E.164 directory number

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Global Title Around the Globe

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How does International Roaming Work Today? -----------------------------------------International roaming works today without global titles, by assigning an ANSI point code to every wireless network entity that wants to roam with North American systems using ANSI-41. To allow the use of national SS7 networks, national point codes may also be required, with gateways doing the mapping. This is an inefcient use of point code resources. Furthermore, this system may require the assignment of one point code in every country that direct routing is required to. It is likely that this is only an interim solution. What TR-45.2 wants, and why --------------------------TR-45.2 already has a list of relevant global titles for ANSI SS7 systems in standards IS-807 and TSB29, along with some information on ITU SS7 global titles. We would like to expand this to include information on the global titles provided in other countries. This will help the implementation of fullfunction international gateways and will reveal missing global titles, which will hopefully stimulate their specication within the relevant national SS7 standards. This information can be sent via email to me, and I will distribute it within TR-45.2. Regards, David Crowe Chairman, TIA TR-45.2 Working Group VI

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Global Title Around the Globe