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September 03, 2010

Infonetics Research Reports Significant Growth of Session Border Controllers Market

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

For those playing in the session border controller (SBC) market, the news from Infonetics Research (News - Alert) is this space is on fire. One analyst noted that worldwide revenue is up 27 percent sequentially and up 70 percent from the same quarter last year. Such jumps indicate that IP-to-IP connectivity is continuing to overtake IP-to-TDM connectivity.

Diane Myers, the directing analyst for service provider VoIP and IMS at Infonetics Research highlighted that session border controllers and media servers will be the main growth engines of the carrier VoIP equipment market for 2010. In addition, the IMS market is enjoying strong and healthy growth as fixed-line VoIP services gain and key operators in Asia Pacific and EMEA begin the fixed-line transformation with IMS.

An increase to $564.7 million was seen for 2Q10 in the total service provider VoIP equipment market, including trunk media gateways, session border controllers, media servers, softswitches and voice application servers. This was an increase of 5.3 percent from the previous quarter in the global market. Every product category – save for trunk media gateways – grew sequentially in the second quarter. At the same time, session border controllers is the only segment up year-over-year.

Session border controllers are flexible, session-aware devices that control real-time traffic as it passes across the border between packet networks or network segments. They are designed to facilitate secure and reliable service connections between adjacent VoIP networks to deliver seamless, end-to-end transmission of voice calls over multiple network segments.

SBCs enable interoperability between disparate network neighbors in order to streamline the flow of media across network boundaries. Session border controllers also police the traffic attempting to move across network boundaries by only allowing authorized traffic. This process prevents network overload and ensures Quality of Service (QoS).

In other session border controller news, TMC (News - Alert) reported in Aug. that Acme Packet, a major player in session border control solutions, planned to exhibit next generation session border controller solutions at annual CableLabs (News - Alert) Summer Conference 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.

Also in Aug., China Mobile selected Nokia Siemens Networks, a global enabler of telecommunications services, to implement its IMS Core platform, hiQ MMTel (News - Alert) application server and session border controller to introduce this converged communications experience aimed at improving end-user satisfaction.

Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMCnet and has also written for To read more of Susan’s articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Erin Monda

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