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Signaling System No. 7 (SS7/C7): Protocol, Architecture, and Services by Jeff Hewett, Lee Dryburgh

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Chapter 2. Standards

Standards are documents containing agreements reached by standards bodies responsible for that particular area of telecommunications. They are the result of study, discussion, and analysis. Standards may be endorsed at different levels—company, national, regional, and international—as appropriate. This chapter provides an overview of the organizations that set Signaling System No. 7 (SS7) standards at the national, regional, and international levels.

The standards process works through agreement among relevant experts from across a spectrum of private and public sectors. These experts debate, contribute views, and investigate, often with a multitiered political backdrop, to arrive at an agreed-upon specification. The process ...

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