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September 01, 2010

Session Border Controller Enhancements Offered by Network Border Switch

By Anil Sharma, TMCnet Contributor

360networks (News - Alert), a full-service provider of Private Line Transport, VoIP, IP Transit, and Local Access services, has added capacity and advanced IP peering capability to its network using the Sonus NBS (News - Alert)-9000 Network Border Switch.

Officials with Sonus said that the Sonus NBS-9000 Network Border Switch supports a hybrid configuration, which serves both TDM-to-IP and IP-to-IP traffic through a common platform, which will only enhance IP Peering and session border controller capabilities.

360networks owns and operates an 18,000 route-mile fiber optic backbone, one of the most advanced networks in the country, providing deep and dense coverage from the Mississippi River to the Pacific. 

Company officials said that by leveraging this backbone, 360networks' service provider customers can quickly pursue next-generation strategies, migrate from legacy networks, expand their geographic footprint and services, and increase network diversity.

"We are witnessing consistent growth and market demand for VoIP as well as other IP services," said Brady Adams, chief technical officer at 360networks, in a statement.

Adams said that the company needed to be able to scale to meet this growth cost effectively with an integrated solution for both TDM and VoIP services. 

He said that the Sonus GSX9000 media gateway has proven reliable for 360networks and the company looks forward to adding the NBS functionality as a catalyst for continued expansion of services.

"360networks is a great example of a network where the hybrid approach, unique to Sonus, demonstrates a positive return on investment," said Guru Pai, chief operating officer at Sonus networks. 

Pai said that by combining TDM-to-IP and IP-to-IP traffic on the same platform, 360networks can migrate their networks to IP, while keeping pace with demands faced by its wholesale customers. 

“We are pleased that 360networks has trusted us with their business," he said.

Company officials said that 360networks will deploy the Sonus NBS-9000 Network Border Switch that is based on the GSX9000 platform and the PSX Call Routing Server in a centralized configuration, along with the Sonus Insight Element Management System for centralized network management and reporting.

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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