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October 9, 1991

TELECOM ’91 -1

By CBR Staff Writer

Tandem Telecommunications seeks to set its stamp on Geneva tuesday with TSCP-2000…

The Tandem Telecommunications Systems Inc subsidiary of Tandem Computers Inc, Cupertino, California tried to dominate the proceedings at Telecom ’91 in Geneva on Tuesday with a flood of announcements headlined by its its second generation advanced service control point for public telephone companies. The high performance TSCP-2000 adds a new communications system that extends the Signalling System 7 range globally and is designed to enable customers to implement intelligent network services economically. The TSCP-2000 also moves toward open system standards, and migrates to a Graphical User Interface. The new Signalling Terminal 2000 communications system provides the System 7 communications interface, enabling existing systems to take advantage of a high level of compliance with CCITT Blue Book and European Telecommunications Standards Interface standards. Compliance with ANSI standards is promised for next year. It supports the Tandem NonStop transaction processing design and can be interfaced to the current Guardian 90 operating system and NonStop CLX and Cyclone host systems used in the TSCP-1000 product. The Structured Query Language database management system is now available on the Tandem NonStop. The TSCP-2000 also offers new packaging supporting Network Equipment and Building Systems, European environmental and safety requirements, and is listed with Underwriter’s Laboratories. The TSCP-2000 can be used for establishing E800 and 900 Number Services, Line Information Database, Private Virtual Network, and Network 911 services. It can also be used for Adjunct Processor, Intelligent Peripheral and Service Node functions. Wireless service operators can use the thing for deployment as a Home Location Register or Visitor Location Register node, as defined in the European Group Speciale Mobile and North American IS-4I digital cellular standards. The TSCP-2000 software is being migrated to a forthcoming MIPS Computer Systems Inc RISC-based fault-tolerant Unix machine in the works at Tandem, and the TSCP-2000 service control point graphical user interface will also be supported by a Unix workstation. Initial TSCP-2000 systems for 1991 and early 1992 are already committed to customers and European and North American deliveries are scheduled, with full production set to begin the first half of 1992. No indication of price.

…aanounced that LOGICA was doing three applications for it…

Tandem Telecommunications also announced that Logica Plc, London W, is using its TTSI-NET TSCE-1000 service creation environment to develop three packages of intelligent network applications to run on the TSCP-1000 service control point, the new TSCP-2000 upgrade of it, and the TSMS-1000 service management system. The applications are Number Translation Services, Calling Card Validation and Network Information Management System, and will be pitched at both European and US operators. Logica’s Number Translation Services includes support for Freephone, Premium Rate, Universal Number, Shared Rate – or Bargain Rate, and Personal Number with a Follow-me facility. It is based on the E800 application developed by Logica, using the Tandem TSCE-1000 service creation environment, for the intelligent network system installed by Tandem Telecom at Cable & Wireless Communications Inc in Vienna, Virginia. A version is also being developed by Logica for installation at Telecom Finland and PTT Telecom Netherlands. The Calling Card Validation application is a new development that enables a carrier to charge a call to a number other than the calling number, or to a calling card account. Other optional features include short code dialling, sub-accounts and outgoing personal number, which can be included with the card. Network Information Management System uses the TSMS-1000 service management system and is designed for collection of call detail records for billing, fraud detection analysis, collection of problem reports and gener ation of exceptions based on user-define

d thresholds. It also provides a pass-through link from Network Information terminals to network switches.

…revealed completion of its ACI Telecom acquisition…

And Tandem Computers announced that on October 1, the ACI Telecom division of Applied Communications Inc in Omaha, Nebraska became part of Tandem Telecommunications Systems, enabling the Plano, Texas-based subsidiary to offer customers a full set of Advanced Intelligent Network product offerings; the proposed acquisition was announced in April (CI No 1,653). ACI Telecom offers an Enhanced Services Platform and Advanced Intelligent Network information services and has been working with Tandem Telecom since 1989, writing applications for its systems. The products, known collectively as Info24, currently comprise Info24-esp Enhanced Service Platform, enabling multiple enhanced services to be deployed in an integrated fashion; and Info24-fax facsimile store and forward, built on the INFO24-esp, enabling service providers to offer facsimile broadcasting, mailbox, messaging and facsimile-on-demand services.

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…and highlighted its involvement in Siemens’ big Bundespost Telekom pact

And wrapping up its announcements at the show for the time being, Tandem Telecommunications reported that it was participating in the Deutsche Bundespost Telekom’s field trial to provide intelligent network service in northern Germany under subcontract from Siemens AG; also in on the trial is Siemens-Nixdorf Informationssysteme AG and parent company Tandem Computers. The pilot will enable Telekom to offer freephone, televoting, universal number, and tele-info-service services to German customers in the region by early 1993. The Tandem Telecom products will include Signalling System 7 capability and the TSCP-2000 service control point, plus a Tandem NonStop CLX system. Siemens will deliver the service switching point using the digital EWSD exchange, and Siemens-Nixdorf will provide a service management system running on an MX computer under Sinix Unix. No value was revealed.

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