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Automatically Reestablishing a Disconnected Call

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000198120D
Publication Date: 2010-Jul-26
Document File: 19 page(s) / 6M

Publishing Venue

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Abstract

A system, method, and computer program product are provided for automatically reestablishing a disconnected call. In use, an undesired disconnection of a call that is established utilizing a first network path is identified. Further, the call is automatically reestablished utilizing a second network path, in response to the identification.

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AUTOMATICALLY REESTABLISHING A DISCONNECTED CALL

Field of the Invention

[0001]           The present invention relates to communication networks, and more particularly to connections established via communication networks.

Background

[0002]           Communication networks have traditionally been utilized for establishing connections between remote parties.  Unfortunately, various limitations exist with respect to the traditional communication networks maintaining the established connections.  For example, network outage is a major problem in providing reliable service. 

[0003]           The traditional communication network has number of network components, all of which work in tandem for a particular call.  Once a connection is established, the network path among such network components that is used to establish the connection is dedicated to the call until the call is completed.  When the call is ended (disconnected) the network components are freed and made available to establish other calls.  If there is an outage due to failure of a network element, every effort is made to restore the network availability in shortest time, however, under the limitations of traditional communication networks, any call in progress is simply disconnected and must manually reestablished by the parties to the communication.  Furthermore, even if a completely redundant network is made available, which is extremely expensive, an outage may typically affect both such networks the same way such that the call will be disconnected.  There is thus a need for addressing these and/or other issues associated with the prior art.

SUMMARY

[0004]           A system, method, and computer program product are provided for automatically reestablishing a disconnected call.  In use, an undesired disconnection of a call that is established utilizing a first network path is identified.  Further, the call is automatically reestablished utilizing a second network path, in response to the identification.

Brief Description of the Drawings

[0005]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture, in accordance with one possible embodiment. 

[0006]           Figure 2 illustrates an exemplary system, in accordance with one embodiment.

[0007]           Figure 3 illustrates a method for automatically reestablishing a disconnected call, in accordance with another embodiment.

[0008]           Figure 4A illustrates a system for establishing a call utilizing a first network path, in accordance with yet another embodiment.

[0009]           Figure 4B illustrates the system of Figure 4A automatically reestablishing a disconnected call utilizing a second network path, in accordance with still yet another embodiment.

 


Detailed Description

[0010]           Figure 1 illustrates a network architecture 100, in accordance with one possible embodiment.  As shown, at least one network 102 is provided.  In the context of the present network architecture 100, the network 102 may take any form including, but not limited to a telec...