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August 02, 2006

Sonus Intros New IMS-Ready NBS

By Erik Linask, Associate Editor,
Internet Telephony magazine

Sonus Networks (News - Alert), provider of VoIP infrastructure solutions to service providers, announced the general availability of its new Network Border Switch (NBS). This new network element has been designed specifically to provide carrier-class IP peering and security capability to both smaller IP-based voice networks and to less densely populated regions of larger IP-based networks. The introduction of the product expands the breadth of Sonus’ IMS-ready architecture, offering both new and existing customers greater flexibility in designing their networks and offering smaller footprint solutions without sacrificing carrier-class functionality.
Unlike traditional peering and security products — like Session Border Controllers (SBCs), which some believe may be becoming outdated — Sonus’ NBS incorporates session control, PSTN gateway services, and security into a single carrier-class system.  Sonus has designed its IP-based NBS to allow network operators to leverage sophisticated media handling functionality, IP signaling options, network privacy and protection features, and traffic control features the system offers.
“Today, network operators have embraced the value of IP and are looking for ways to grow their IP-based networks seamlessly and securely,” said Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO, Sonus Networks. As our customer base becomes more diverse, we’re committed to delivering a broader range of solutions that meet the requirements specific to their size and growth strategies. The latest NBS product does just that, enabling network operators to deploy a carrier class solution that protects the integrity of their networks when connecting via IP to either enterprises or other IP-based networks.”
In addition to bringing an integrated solution to the market, the small form factor of Sonus’ NBS should draw new customers, as they will be able to enter the market at a lower price point, yet with a solution that can scale seamlessly as needed.  Like all Sonus solutions, the NBS is standards-based, leveraging IMS standards, which means existing Sonus customers can easily integrate the new NBS into their existing infrastructures.
For new competitive network operators or incumbent network operators looking to scale their networks into new regions, the NBS will facilitate increased operational and CAPEX efficiencies, introduce new revenue generating opportunities through media transcoding, and ensure the signaling and media security functionality required to ensure network integrity.
Erik Linask is Associate Editor of INTERNET TELEPHONY. Most recently, he was Managing Editor at Global Custodian, an international securities services publication. To see more of his articles, please visit Erik Linask’s columnist page.

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