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October 20, 2009

Metaswitch Networks Unveils Enhanced MetaSphere Platform

By Marisa Torrieri, TMCnet Editor


Advanced carrier services provider Metaswitch Networks today announced a number of new developments for its MetaSphere platform at SUPERCOMM 2009 in Chicago.
 
The enhanced MetaSphere now combines a complete range of consumer calling features, compelling advanced applications and a full suite of business-communication services onto a single, SIP-based system.
 
The new, vamped-up MetaSphere application server now includes a PSTN Emulation Server for full legacy feature equivalence, which resolves many corner cases experienced when attempting to recreate plain old telephony services in IP environments. The MetaSphere platform, which includes all PES call features and advanced services (such as unified messaging), can also now be deployed in conjunction with a third-party IMS core.

“Carriers are keen to embrace IMS as the necessary foundation for the rapid generation and delivery of exciting, customer-retaining, IP-based services,” said John Lazar (News - Alert), CEO of Metaswitch Networks. “But they are moving at different speeds and in different ways. For many, it has been impossible to elegantly meet the goal of adopting IMS while simultaneously supporting the existing installed base and network infrastructure. Our MetaSphere platform solves this dilemma.”
 
With this enhancement of the MetaSphere application server, service providers can now include legacy telephony endpoints in their IMS architectures, the company said. What’s more is that carriers can deploy any or all Metaswitch solutions -- including legacy switch migration, hosted PBX (News - Alert), business IP trunking and consumer VoIP -- in any kind of network architecture, whether legacy TDM, pre-IMS/NGN or full IMS.

“IMS is the vision for many carriers,” said Diane Myers, directing analyst of Infonetics. “But co-existence has been the reality. Most carriers have pursued a twin-track approach, with VoIP services overlaid on top of the existing network. This is costly and inefficient. The enhancement to MetaSphere is a practical standards-compliant solution that addresses both network infrastructure evolution and new service innovation.”
Marisa Torrieri is a TMCnet Editor. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Marisa Torrieri



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