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Sonus Sets New Performance Standard with the Introduction of the SBC 7000 Session Border Controller

Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS), a global leader in SIP communications, today introduced the Sonus SBC 7000 Session Border Controller (SBC), setting a new performance and capacity standard in the industry for secure, reliable delivery of voice, video and collaboration services in the world’s largest communications networks.

The foundational strength of the SBC 7000 is its ability to support high capacity requirements for real-time, multimedia Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) traffic. The SBC 7000 touts the industry’s highest scale – up to 150,000 sessions with fully enabled security, media and transcoding features. Delivering capacity without compromise, the SBC 7000 offers advanced functionality to support emerging services such as high definition (HD) voice and video, Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Rich Communications Services (RCS), and it effectively addresses the unprecedented traffic demands these services will place on networks at access and interconnect borders.

As stated in the Infonetics Research report “SBC Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey 2013,” for the past five years, session capacity and scalability have been consistently rated among the top requirements for service providers deploying SBCs. As more Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) networks approach and exceed millions of residential subscribers, the need to interwork traffic not only between service providers but also within the carriers’ networks becomes increasingly important. With scale and transcoding that is two times greater than the leading competitor, the SBC 7000 is uniquely positioned to help service providers secure and interwork the torrent of multimedia traffic that could otherwise overwhelm their networks.

For most service providers, security is the most important function of an SBC, and that function becomes even more critical as communications becomes increasingly mobile. The SBC 7000 supports more Secure Real-Time Transport Protocol (SRTP) sessions than any other SBC on the market, giving service providers maximum message authentication and replay protection for VoIP traffic.

The SBC 7000 is architected from the same common code base as the Sonus SBC 5000 portfolio of SBC core network solutions. Sonus is the only vendor on the market with a complete offering of virtualized and hardware-based SBCs that enable end-to-end, feature-rich multimedia communications from the enterprise branch office to the service provider Cloud. As more service providers consider deploying SBCs as part of network functions virtualization (NFV), the Sonus SBC portfolio provides operators with a roadmap for strategically deploying a mix of hardware and software-based SBCs to successfully scale their networks.

Quotes:

“Hardware is absolutely critical in certain segments of the market, and service providers should think about how they want to advantageously leverage a full portfolio of hardware and software SBCs. By maximizing the strength of each product – from deployment to deployment – carriers can design new service models with the capacity and agility needed to compete and win in the global market,” said Zeus Kerravala, founder and principal analyst, ZK Research. “The SBC 7000 gives Sonus a well-rounded portfolio of virtualized and hardware-based SBCs – sharing a common code base – that allows service providers to be more strategic with their deployments without fear of being locked into one platform type.”

“Service providers today are facing insatiable demand for multimedia communications applications – voice, video and data – and many of them are struggling with how to meet this demand. The SBC 7000 is designed to scale to service providers’ highest projections, with full media, transcoding and security enabled. Sonus now offers a disruptive platform that resets service providers’ expectations for real-time dependent sessions with scale,” said David Tipping, vice president and general manager, Sonus SBC Business. “Having the same architecture across our network core portfolio of SBCs allows service providers to start immediate deployment of the SBC 7000, thus eliminating the need to go through proof of concept deployments that many service providers face with competitive solutions.”

Other Facts:

  • For two consecutive years, Sonus has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the "Magic Quadrant for Session Border Controllers" and was the largest gainer in the report published on October 21, 2013 by Gartner, Inc.

Additional Resources:

  • For more information about the SBC 7000, including a product data sheet, visit the SBC 7000 site here.
  • Download the whitepaper “Software-Based Session Border Controllers are Critical to the Evolution of Communicationshere.
  • Click here to download electronic copies of Sonus’ reference guides: Session Border Controllers for Dummies, WebRTC for Dummies, Lync Enterprise Voice for Dummies and SIP Trunking for Dummies.

Tags/Keywords:

Sonus, SONS, SBC 7000, NFV, SBC SWe, software SBC, SBC, session border controller

About Sonus Networks:

Sonus helps the world's leading communications service providers and enterprises embrace the next generation of SIP-based solutions including VoIP, video and Unified Communications through secure, reliable and scalable IP networks. With customers around the globe and 15 years of experience transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and enterprises to capture and retain users and generate significant ROI. Sonus products include session border controllers, policy/routing servers, subscriber feature servers and media and signaling gateways. Sonus products are supported by a global services team with experience in design, deployment and maintenance of some of the world's largest and most complex IP networks. For more information, visit www.sonus.net or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

The information in this release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Although Sonus believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this report are forward-looking statements. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Sonus' business, please refer to the "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Risk Factors" sections of Sonus' filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements represent Sonus' views only as of the date on which such statement is made, and should not be relied upon as representing Sonus' views as of any subsequent date. While Sonus may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point, Sonus specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law.

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