Methods and systems for providing message translation, accounting and routing service in a multi-protocol communications network environment

  • US 6,967,956 B1
  • Filed: 07/18/2000
  • Issued: 11/22/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/18/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A network routing element capable of receiving, from a first communication network, a first message formatted according to a first transport protocol suite containing information that is formatted according to a first signaling protocol, and subsequently generating a second message formatted according to a second transport protocol suite containing information that is formatted in a second signaling protocol and transmitting the second message to a second communication network, the network element comprising:

  • a) a first communication module capable of receiving, from the first communication network, a first message formatted according to the first transport protocol suite and containing information that is formatted according to the first signaling protocol;

    b) a second communication module capable of transmitting, to the second communication network, a second message formatted according to the second transport protocol suite containing information that is formatted according to the second signaling protocol;

    c) a Multi-protocol Routing Database (MRD) for storing protocol translation and routing information;

    d) a multi-protocol routing process for extracting information from the MRD and subsequently directing the first message to a translation process based on the information; and

    e) a transport protocol suite process for receiving the second message from the multi-protocol routing process based on the first message and for applying the second transport protocol suite and associated routing instructions to the second message.

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