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[November 2, 2005]

T-Systems Picks Sonus to Expand Business VoIP Net

BY Johanne Torres, TMCnet VoIP Minute Watch Columnist

VoIP service provider Sonus Networks announced on Wednesday it was tapped by T-Systems in order to expand he the information and communications technology company's business VoIP network. The multi-million dollar agreement calls for Sonus to provide T-Systems with a technology that will allow the company to deliver a new global peering service.

"We launched our business VoIP service targeting multi-national corporations with Sonus three years ago, and due to the good performance of the network we have been able to grow our business with enterprise customers," said Bjoern Claassen, member of the T-Systems executive committee. "This new network expansion gives T-Systems the flexibility to extend our service around the globe and continue to expand our portfolio of next-generation services."

With its extended reach, T-Systems will be able to deliver enhanced services such as their global voice virtual private network service (VPN); iST, International Service Telephony; VIP, Voice Interactive Portal and VNS, IP Voicenet Services. With the new global peering service, T-Systems will allow service providers to securely connect via IP to the T-Systems IP-based network.

"Sonus is committed to helping our customers stay at the forefront of new technology and services," said Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO, Sonus Networks. "By initiating a significant expansion of their Sonus-based VoIP network, T-Systems will be able to deliver unified next-generation services to enterprise customers around the globe that meet the requirements for scalability and reliability that business customers demand. We are pleased to be working with T-Systems to support their strategic vision for business services."

The contract also includes the Sonus GSX4000 Open Services Switch, which will enable T-Systems to expand its VoIP network to less densely populated regions around the world. T-Systems also selected Sonus to supply and deploy a fully integrated VoIP solution, including applications from partners in its Open Services Partner Alliance (OSPA). T-Systems is also using the Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch, the NBS Network Border Switch, the PSX Call Routing Server and the Sonus Insight Management System.

Sonus made news this summer when it announced that it teamed up with Intrado in order to support the delivery of VoIP E9-1-1 calls using the Intrado V9-1-1 Mobility Service. The companies have been very active in the effort to get VoIP E911 up and running in compliance to a ruling imposed to VoIP providers by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC asked VoIP providers to comply with the agencys ruling by the end of this month.

The deal asked for Intrado to use a suite of Sonus products to support the V9-1-1 Mobility Service. Specifically, Sonus will manage traffic between VoIP networks, offering carriers both the security and point of demarcation functionality critical to delivering emergency services. With the addition of the Sonus network architecture to the Intrado VoIP 9-1-1 product suite, E9-1-1 calls can be routed within the existing 911 network and the static or mobile caller's address and location information delivered to the appropriate Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP).


Sonus Networks, Inc.

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.

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