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December 07, 2010

HanseNet Selects Acme Packet's Net-Net 4500 Session Director Session Border Controllers

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

German service provider HanseNet Telekommunikation GmbH (HanseNet) selected and deployed Acme Packet’s Net-Net 4500 Session Director (SD) session border controllers (SBCs) for use in its Alice DSL consumer VoIP service.

The eight Net-Net 4500 high availability (HA) pairs are positioned in HanseNet’s access network, operating in a fully-meshed topology that delivers resilience, security and traffic load management to all of HanseNet’s installed softswitches and media gateways.

Founded in 1995, Hamburg-based HanseNet has operated as a subsidiary of Telefonica (News - Alert) O2 Germany GmbH & Co. OHG since February, 2010. HanseNet offers voice and data services as well as multimedia and Internet access and complete telecommunications solutions over its extensive broadband access network.

Besides Alice DSL, HanseNet offers fixed line, mobile and HDTV triple play services to consumers and businesses. An Acme Packet (News - Alert) customer since 2007, HanseNet currently services more than 2 million residential and business subscribers in its fast-growing footprint.

Officials with Acme Packet said that HanseNet chose the Net-Net 4500 SD to offload key functions from its softswitches and to block certain types of traffic from reaching its core network.

Company officials said that by reducing core signaling load, HanseNet was able to avoid expensive softswitch capacity upgrades and implement more effective distribution and controls over the signaling traffic that is processed by its core switches.

“Acme Packet’s session border controllers helped us save money by enabling more efficient use of our core network capacity,” said Sebastian Seggert, network development project manager for HanseNet, in a statement.

Seggert said that the Net-Net 4500 is helping the company manage the growth of voice traffic over the company’s network so that the expansion into new PoPs throughout the country can be conducted more efficiently.

 “We are pleased that long-standing customers such as HanseNet are continuing to invest in Acme Packet solutions as a way to extend and expand its service offerings,” said Dino Di Palma, vice president of worldwide sales and business development for Acme Packet.

Palma said that as the leading regional service provider in the north of Germany, HanseNet is intelligently positioning itself for further growth by leveraging the many capabilities of the company’s industry leading SBC solutions.

Acme Packet is a major player in session border control solutions.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Jaclyn Allard

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