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August 17, 2010

Acme Packet Exhibits Next Generation Session Border Controllers

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

Acme Packet (News - Alert), a major player in session border control solutions, is exhibiting next generation session border controller solutions at annual CableLabs Summer Conference which is being held from Aug. 15-18, 2010 in Keystone, Col.

The members-only event provides attendees, which include CTOs and CEOs from the industry's leading cable operators, with current information about technologies that support their business and strategic objectives.

Officials with Acme Packet said that for this year's conference, the company and Acme Packet Pinnacle Partner NetNumber (News - Alert), Inc. (NetNumber) are exhibiting Open Session Routing (OSR) solutions that feature the company’s Net-Net session routing proxies (SRPs), session border controllers (SBCs) and management tools and NetNumber's Transactional IP Telephony Addressing and Numbering (TITAN) server.

According to company officials, these products play key roles in Acme Packet's Open Session Routing (OSR) architecture.

Acme Packet is also showcasing a live demonstration of its new Net-Net Route Manager Central (RMC) application.

Company officials said that Acme Packet's OSR architecture encompasses products from its broad partner ecosystem that includes leading routing database vendors such as NetNumber. Acme Packet SRPs and SBCs use standard ENUM, SIP or DNS protocols to query highly-scalable centralized databases such as NetNumber's TITAN routing database to deliver a broad and flexible set of services and capabilities including IP-based number portability (NP), trusted calling party name (CNAM), geo-redundant access to routing databases, and source-based SIP session routing.

OSR simplifies, consolidates and optimizes SIP session routing infrastructure for cable, as well as other types of service providers throughout the world.

Net-Net RMC, a management tool launched in February of this year that complements Acme Packet's Net-Net Element Management System, enables service providers to efficiently manage and distribute SIP routes to Acme Packet SRPs and SBCs.

Company officials said that the Net-Net RMC demonstration at the CableLabs (News - Alert) Summer Conference will highlight its ease-of-use, as well as key capabilities including manipulation of local route tables, dynamic collection of offline routing rules and automatic propagation of the edited local route tables to any individual or group of managed Net-Net SBCs.

"Cable MSOs have consistently articulated a desire to deploy solutions that enhance the customer experience while simultaneously driving down the cost associated with the delivery of ubiquitous services," said Douglas Ranalli, founder and chief strategy officer at NetNumber, Inc, in a statement.

Ranalli said that Acme Packet's Open Session Routing architecture embraces this vision by supporting open standards that enable operators to integrate best-of-breed platforms like the TITAN routing database into a complete next-generation network design.

"CableLabs' Summer Conference is an event that offers us the opportunity to demonstrate our innovative solutions to a select group of equally innovative cable service providers," said Seamus Hourihan (News - Alert), executive vice president of marketing and product management, Acme Packet.

Hourihan said that Acme Packet is committed to developing next-gen session routing solutions designed to give these service providers a competitive edge in their markets.

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

Edited by Erin Monda

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