- Hardcover: 744 pages
- Publisher: Cisco Press (2 August 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587050404
- ISBN-13: 978-1587050404
- Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 5 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
Signaling System No. 7 (SS7/C7): Protocol, Architecture, and Services (Cisco Press Networking Technology) Hardcover – Import, 2 Aug 2004
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About the Author
Lee Dryburgh, BSc MIEE, MIEEE, AMBCS, is an SS7/C7 specialist, who focuses on SS7/C7 services and next-generation solutions. Lee has worked with SS7/C7 throughout his entire career, approaching the subject from a number of perspectives, including software engineering, testing, training, security auditing, and architectural design, in both fixed-line and cellular networks, including 3G. Currently, Lee provides SS7/C7 training and consulting through his company, Bit Tech Limited. Lee is a member of several professional telecommunications bodies and holds a degree in computer science. He is currently studying for an engineering doctorate at the University College of London, focusing on SS7oIP issues.
Jeff Hewett is a technical leader at Cisco Systems and is currently working in voice over IP software development. Having been involved with SS7 for more than 16 years, Jeff has worked in SS7 software development, testing, and training. He is a patent holder in SS7-related software development and has written about SS7 in popular journals. He has provided a broad range of SS7 training for Regional Bell Operating Companies, independent operators, and telecommunications vendors, dating back to the initial rollout of SS7 in the U.S. network. In more recent years, Jeff has been involved with voice over packet solutions as an engineer in the Cisco Networked Solutions Integration Test Engineering (NSITE) lab.
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Some minor mistakes mostly typos that are counted to the fingers of both hands may be forgiven for a book of almost 700 pages covering such a complicated technical subject as the SS7 Signaling System, which gives such a detailed,elaborated and beautifully structured knowledge useful and digestible even for the most unfamiliar reader.
Also, unlike someone's assumptions that since the book is published by Cisco Press it would give Cisco point of view and solutions description for SS7, it is not the case.It is cleverly written as a no-vendor technical tutorial in SS7, based exclusively in the standard bodies specifications (ITU-T, ETSI, ANSI etc) as well as in various no-vendor reference sources (more than 150 in number).To this the authors vast experience in SS7 apparently contributes greatly.
Consequently, a future work on SS7 that we would greatly welcome is a book of how to program in SS7, install SS7 hardware and configure an SS7 network.
This book was easier to understand than the other popular book on SS7 (which I also own), contained better explanations, more practical details, and covered European network implementations in addition to US networks.
It seems very comprehensive as I was not forced to look up some other literature since all relevant topics are already covered.
The book has a very understandable introductions to SS7 AND full details of the protocol stack (MTP, ISUP, SCCP, TCAP) as well as its interaction with Intelligent Network services, GSM cellular networks like and IP.
There is even a chapter dedicated to SigTran, specifying the way how SS7 messages can be transported over IP networks.
It seems that the authors also have a clear understanding of IP networks which is very beneficial for the book, since it helps bridge over the two worlds.
I am glad to have a copy of this book in my library. It's probably the most comprehensive, best written and most up to date SS7 book available.
This text is written in a manner that is easily understood by those new to the topic of SS7, and as such can be used as a training resource. Anyone who buys this book will keep it as a referral document for a long time to come.
I highly recommend Signaling System No. 7 (SS7/C7) Protocol, Architecture, and Services.
What I particularly like are the examples of the flows which make things very clear.
I was also pleased to discover that SIGTRAN and the various User Adaptation layers are covered as there is not much written on this technology yet and that seems to be where things are headed these days.
The explanation of MAP is also excellent. Many good diagrams to give an understanding of how things work in the wireless network.
Overall, an excellent and comprehensive reference on SS7.