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November 07, 2007

Telecom Italia Sparkle Enhances VoIP Services with Acme Packet



By Anshu Shrivastava
TMCnet Contributing Editor


Telecom Italia (News - Alert) Sparkle (TI Sparkle) has expanded its international VoIP services portfolio with Acme Packet Net-Net Session Border Controllers (SBCs) and Acme Packet Connected Universe.


Acme Packet announced that TI Sparkle (News - Alert) has deployed its Net-Net SBCs at its network’s core borders in major cities in Italy, Germany and the U.S. At present, TI Sparkle’s global network covers Europe, the Mediterranean, North America and South America.

The latest deployment of 13 Acme Packet (News - Alert) Net-Net SBC configurations—in Milan and Palermo, Italy, Frankfurt, Germany and Newark, New Jersey—is expected to facilitate TI Sparkle’s international VoIP interconnection with other service providers using SIP, H.323 and SIP-H.323 inter-working.

In addition, TI Sparkle, the wholly owned subsidiary of Telecom Italia, has also joined Acme Packet Connected Universe, the company informs, as the first Constellation member located in Italy. As a Constellation member, TI Sparkle has access to Acme Packet’s customer base, including those seeking international services through direct VoIP interconnects.

“TI Sparkle is expanding the capabilities of its international voice service portfolio with services that are faster to deploy and more secure than basic VoIP services,” Seamus Hourihan (News - Alert), vice president of marketing and product management at Acme Packet, remarked in a press release.

Hourihan pointed out that Acme Packet’s Net-Net SBC solution delivers unparalleled protection while facilitating interconnection among different vendor equipment and protocols.

Gianfranco Ciccarella, executive vice president of network at TI Sparkle, commented that the technical merits alone warrant the deployment of Acme Packet’s SBCs, he explained, “that enable us to meet our present high standards for network security and service, and in the future, will support the deployment of multimedia session-based services.”

“We also plan to exploit the excellent business development opportunity that Acme Packet Connected Universe delivers,” added Arturo Danesi, executive vice president of marketing wholesale services at TI Sparkle.

Ciccarella explained that Acme Packet’s Net-SAFE security architecture provides denial of service (DoS) attack protection, topology hiding and access control, and the technology helps in making TI Sparkle’s network secure and available to its international service providers.

In addition, SLA assurance features like call admission control and QoS reporting and marking allow TI Sparkle to provide its customers high levels of voice quality. He also stated: “Acme Packet’s extensive protocol support facilitates greater interoperability to extend TI Sparkle’s service reach, reduce costs and speed time to deployment.

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Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To see more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.

 

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