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VoIP Switch - VoIP Switch: Squire Technologies' Media Gateway Controller Sees Traction among Service Providers

March 07, 2012


Squire Technologies provides installation and support solutions for Next Generation Networks (News - Alert) (NGN), Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and IP telecommunications. With these solutions, Squire allows communications providers who are bound to legacy SS7 and ISDN platforms to access VoIP networks.

The company announced it has achieved record sales levels for their Media Gateway (News - Alert) Controllers (SVI-MGC) for this past financial year. The SVI-MGC has gained popularity mainly because it supports third party media gateways from major vendors like Cisco, Alcatel-Lucent (News - Alert) and AudioCodes. The solution enables telecom operators to interface their VoIP networks to SS7 networks allowing the rapid launch of VoIP services.

Simon Dinnage, Squire Technologies’ business development director, attributes the growing popularity of SVI-MGC to the greater flexibility the solution offers as communications providers extend out their network at a later point.

The SVI-MGC gained further traction after Cisco (News - Alert) announced the end of life of the PGW softswitch and software. The MGC has been proven to be a more than capable replacement, according to company officials.

“The end of life announcement of the PGW has certainly boosted interest levels, but we’ve been providing an alternative for a number of years now, so we want people to be assured that there are successful substitutes available,” Dinnage added.

Forum Networks, Africa’s leading provider of teleconferencing solutions, has chosen Squire MGC because it required Cisco compatibility.

“Having been in the telecommunications industry for some time, we knew that we needed a Media Gateway Controller that could act as a replacement for the Cisco PGW, and function alongside third party Media Gateways,” said Kow A. Sam, CEO of Forum Networks, in a statement. “Squire’s MGC fits this requirement perfectly, providing us the flexibility we need as we expand our network.”

Meanwhile Infonetics Research’s (News - Alert) fourth quarter 2011 (4Q11) Service Provider Routers and Switches vendor market share report revealed that the carrier router and switch market grew by eight percent over 2010 to hit a record high of $14.5 billion in 2011.

Globally, the service provider router and switch market, which includes IP edge routers, IP core routers, and carrier Ethernet switches grew 11 percent sequentially to $3.9 billion in the final quarter of 2011, the report said.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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