July 26, 2013
Sonus Networks and F5 Networks Enter Strategic Partnership
By Monica Gleberman
Sonus Networks (News - Alert), Inc has formed a strategic partnership with F5 Networks to offer a new set of solutions that are designed to help simplify the way service providers deliver unified communication solutions.
Sonus Networks, Inc, based out of Massachusetts, has been working as an SIP communications provider. The company currently offers solutions that include VoIP and video and unified communications through IP Networks. It seemed like a perfect plan to partner with F5 Networks (News - Alert) who also works in the Internet world. F5 networks focuses its talents on performance, security, and cloud solutions.
By bringing these two sets of technology together, the companies will be able to offer a mobile UC and multi-media experience across various networks. “The joint solution will enable growth for Service Providers through the deployment and maintenance of high performance LTE (News - Alert) networks and while providing the seamless roaming required in the use of broadband mobile networks and smart devices,” the companies said in a press release.
The main focus will be to combined Sonus SIP-based Session Border Controller (SBC) and F5 Network’s Traffix Signaling Delivery Controller (SDC). The SBC was designed to offer SIP communications by “delivering embedded media transcofing, robust security and advanced call routing,” while the SDC enables subscribers to demands for data.
“When combining the advanced, robust solutions of F5 Networks and Sonus, operators can remain confident in delivering LTE roaming and VoLTE services that will satisfy customers and generate revenue,” said Mallik Tatipamula, vice president of Service Provider Solutions, F5.
“We view addressing the requirements to deliver these services as a natural blend of our two product areas. Looking forward we envision other innovative joint scenarios, such as supporting operators to benefit from offering premium OTT services with our SDC gateway to enable real-time billing and charging. Through our partnership with Sonus, customers will benefit from working with the experts in SBCs and Diameter signaling control.”
Edited by Rich Steeves