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Dutch Carrier Taps Oracle for SBCs

June 29, 2017

By Paula Bernier, Executive Editor, TMC

Dutch company gnTel is employing session border controller technology from Oracle as part of its network functions virtualization implementation. The companies this week also announced that gnTel will be using the professional services of Oracle partner NetAxis Solutions.

“At gnTel, we recognize the fast pace of technology evolution in the telecom industry. We wanted to invest in a proven solution from a company that brings together expertise in cloud, virtualization, IT, and telecommunications,” said Onno Speekenbrink of gnTel. “Oracle’s solution and NetAxis Solution’s implementation will position us well for future growth.”

The service provider, which delivers services to small and medium sized businesses in the Netherlands, is replacing its existing solution with the Oracle Communications Session Border Controller running on Acme Packet 4600 purpose-built hardware. This new solution will provide gnTel and its customers with peering infrastructure and scalable access, according to Oracle.

What’s more, Oracle says, the fact that the physical and virtualized instances of                   its SBC allow for close interworking, and the supplier offers a flexible licensing program, means that service providers like gnTel can preserve their investments as they migrate to NFV.

 “In today’s marketplace, operators are looking for long-term, cost-effective and verified solutions that can improve their agility, streamline operations and accelerate time to market,” said Doug Suriano, senior vice president and general manager at Oracle Communications. “Oracle Communications SBC provides CSPs, such as gnTel, the unconstrained flexibility that supports their efforts now and in the future.”

Others in the SBC marketplace include AudioCodes; Cisco; GENBAND and Sonus Networks Inc., which last month announced plans to merge; Edgewater Networks; Huawei; Ingate; InnoMedia; Patton; Mavenir, which Mitel bought in 2015 and sold this year to Xura; Metaswitch; and Sangoma.

According Exact Ventures, the  service provider SBC market was worth $189 million in the fourth quarter of last year. That was a year-over-year increase of 21  percnet, and was driven by wireless/VoLTE revenues. Meanwhile, the enterprise SBC market grew 15 percent year over year, to reach $134 million in the fourth quarter of last year.

Edited by Maurice Nagle



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