Global Telecom Cloud Peering Advances Secure and Reliable Interconnection: Ribbon Moves Datora Telecom Higher with Software Session Border Control

By Juhi Fadia, Correspondent  |  January 25, 2021

While Session Initiation Protocol (News - Alert) (SIP) originally manifested more than twenty years ago in Voice over IP (VoIP) applications, in today’s hyperconnected world, it plays a role in delivering advanced video conferencing, desktop sharing, team collaboration, presence management and multiple forms of messaging across a broader Unified Communications (News - Alert) (UC) landscape.

The work-from-everywhere environment driven by the global health crisis in 2020 put additional pressure on network operators to support not only high quality, reliable real time communications capabilities, but extremely secure services given new and more sophisticated attacks on voice, video, and messaging platforms.

The adoption of SIP continues to climb, and while the concept is simple - sending messages in the form of data packets between two or more IP endpoints, or SIP addresses – establishing the connection and then tearing down the session, there are challenges including interoperability between vendors and quality interconnection between carriers in our increasingly global workspace.

Datora Telecom, a wholesale service provider to the largest telecommunications operators in Brazil and several other countries, pioneered VoIP over 25 years ago. They recently selected Ribbon Communications (News - Alert) to upgrade their platform to cloud- and software-based SBC infrastructure, supporting the over one billion calls the company processes monthly.

As the first VoIP operation in Latin America, and the first Virtual Mobile Network Operator in Brazil, Datora operates an in-house data center with interconnections to all major carriers in the market.

Datora is migrating its network from Ribbon’s appliance-based SBCs to Ribbon’s cloud-native SBC Software Edition (SBC SWe), and will leverage the SBC SWe for both network interconnect and network access use cases.

“We’re pleased to entrust our network modernization to Ribbon – thanks to our long-term relationship, we are familiar with the quality of their solutions and their ability to execute,” said Samy Uziel, Engineering and Operations Director, Datora. “The SBC SWe performed extremely well during our trials, making complex routing decisions flawlessly even when dealing with high volumes of call traffic.”

Ribbon’s SBC SWe replicates the features and capabilities of its award-winning appliance-based SBCs in a cloud-native, software footprint. Customers deploying the SBC SWe benefit from secure real-time communications on any private or public cloud environment, without compromising scale or performance. The SBC SWe eliminates CapEx spend on unused capacity and delivers flexibility by allocating virtual cloud resources on demand.

“This deployment showcases our ability to help our customers migrate to the cloud easily and efficiently, enabling them to gain increased flexibility and efficiencies in their network,” said Julio Villafañe, Ribbon’s Vice President of Sales for the Caribbean and Latin American Region. “We look forward to continuing our relationship with Datora for years to come.”

SBCs are designed to control communication that navigates through an organization or service provider IP network. A session border controller also handles all the signaling and media functions required to make SIP work seamlessly by manipulating IP communications signaling and media streams.

SBCs protect against Denial of Service (DoS) and Distributed DoS (DdoS) attacks, address toll fraud and service theft, and use signaling encryption to maintain privacy and protection, benefits that have become even more important as more sensitive work is being done remotely.

Juhi Fadia is an engineer, analyst, researcher and writer covering advanced and emerging technologies.

Edited by Maurice Nagle