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Sonus Networks, Inc. (Sonus), incorporated on August 7, 1997, is a provider of networked solutions for communications service providers (telecommunications, wireless and cable service providers) and enterprises. The Company's products include session border controllers (SBCs), diameter signaling controllers (DSCs), policy/routing servers, network intelligence applications (VellOS), which is designed to network-wide security and other cloud network exchange services, media and signaling gateways and network analytics tools. Sonus helps communications service providers and enterprises hold the next generation of Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) and fourth generation/long term evolution (4G/LTE)-based solutions, including Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), video and Unified Communications (UC) through Internet Protocol (IP) networks.

The Company's solutions enable the delivery of real-time communication applications over wireline and wireless Internet Protocol infrastructure. Its product, the GSX9000 VoIP softswitch, provides a carrier-class IP telephony switch that supports the transition from circuit-switched to IP-based network communications. Other products, such as the Sonus ASX Feature Server and the Sonus PSX Centralized Routing & Policy Server, allows communications service providers to replace circuit-based and space-consuming network equipment with smaller IP-based servers. It offers multimedia services through mobile, cloud-based and real-time communications. The Company's Sonus SBC 7000 SBC (the SBC 7000) supports emerging services, such as high definition (HD) voice and video, Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Rich Communications Services (RCS). The Company's SBCs and other networking products provide network security through a range of methods, including endpoint authentication, signaling and media encryption, prevention of denial-of-service (DoS) and distributed DoS (DDoS) attacks, Network Address Translation firewall support and user-defined security policies, such as whitelisting and blacklisting.

The Company's products are compatible with a range of voice and data networking standards and interfaces, including: SS7 and other telephony signaling protocols, including various country variants, number and intelligent services routing; Call signaling standards, such as signaling system 7/signaling transport (SS7/SIGTRAN), session initiation protocol (SIP) and its variants: BICC, MGCP and H.323; Narrowband and Wideband media encoding/decoding formats and standards, such as G.711 and G.722; All bearer interfaces over both packet- and circuit-based bearers, such as time division multiplexing (TDM), Optical and Ethernet; Management and accounting interfaces, such as Radius, Diameter and simple network management protocol (SNMP); Interoperability with enterprise systems, including Private Branch eXchanges (PBXs), interactive voice response (IVR) applications and Microsoft Lync Server, and Interoperability between second generation/third generation (2G/3G) networks and 4G/LTE networks.

Sonus Session Border Controllers

The Company's portfolio of SBCs addresses security and interworking requirements for small, medium and large businesses, as well as regional and global communications service providers. The Company offers a range of SBCs that scale from a handful of SIP sessions to hundreds of thousands of sessions, and collectively represent the Lync-certified SBCs from any vendor on the market. The Company offers over eight SBC products, including Sonus SBC 1000 for small businesses and branch offices that require performance of over 160 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 2000 for mid-size enterprises, branch offices and regional Points of Presence that require performance of approximately 600 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 5100 for enterprises and service providers that require performance of over 10,000 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 5200 for enterprises and large national/global service providers that require performance of approximately 64,000 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 9000 for large enterprises and service providers that require a hybrid gateway/SBC solution for a mix of time-division multiplexing (TDM) and IP voice traffic; SBC VX, a hybrid solution sold to the United States Government and its agencies; Sonus SBC SWe (Software edition), a software-based SBC for virtual environments, remote deployments and instances where virtualized software-based implementations are required, and Sonus SBC 7000 for real-time, multimedia communications that require performance of over 150,000 sessions in a single appliance.

Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch

The Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch (GSX9000), bridges IP and TDM networks by converting any type of voice signal into IP packets and transmitting those IP packets over a data network. It then converts whatever type of signal is necessary to be deposited back onto non-IP networks and delivers such signal to its intended destination. The GSX9000 is designed to deliver voice quality that is equal or superior to that of the legacy circuit-switched public network. Further, it supports multiple voice encoding schemes used in circuit switches and delivers a number of other voice compression algorithms. The GSX9000 scales to configurations, such as those required by national service providers. A single GSX9000 shelf can support over 22,000 simultaneous calls, while a single GSX9000 in a multiple-shelf configuration can support over 100,000 or more simultaneous calls. The GSX9000 also operates with its PSX Policy & Routing Server and with softswitches and network products offered by other vendors.

Sonus Diameter Signaling Controllers

The Company offers its Diameter Signaling Controller, the Sonus DSC 8000. The DSC 8000 is designed to provide high performance, capacity, scalability and interoperability for 4G/LTE networks. The Sonus DSC solution is also available as a software-only product, DSC SWe, which can be run on common-off-the-shelf hardware and in virtual instances for superior price/performance.

Sonus Signal Transfer Points

The Sonus Signal Transfer Protocol (STP) acts as the switch/router in a SS7 signaling network, managing and controlling all signaling traffic. The STP's array of network interfaces provides network planners the ability to design and implement SS7 network architectures that meet both the physical and business requirements of their companies. These interfaces include TDM SS7 Links, Asynchronous Transfer Mode SS7 Links, High Speed HSL Annex A SS7 Links and the IP-based SISGTRAN Links.

Sonus PSX Policy & Routing Server

The Sonus PSX Policy & Routing Server (PSX) is the central routing and policy engine for its softswitch and distributed SBC solutions. The PSX provides both the call routing intelligence and policy intelligence for SIP sessions across the network. The PSX can act as a central control and provisioning point for hundreds of switches or SBCs. The PSX is based upon a modular architecture that is designed for performance and scalability, as well as interoperability with third-party gateways, devices and services. The PSX is an all-IP component and can perform IP-based database lookups natively. The core PSX platform is also extensible through applications to address solutions, such as Least Cost Routing, Number Portability and Breakout Gateway Control Functions (for hybrid IP Multimedia Subsystem networks). The PSX can also be deployed in virtualized environments as a software-only instance through the Sonus Virtualized PSX (SWe) product.

Sonus WebRTC Services Solution

Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is a technology that enables Web browsers to participate in audio, video and data communications, without any kind of additional plug-ins or application downloads. A WebRTC-enabled browser or mobile application allows users to place a call, participate in multi-party video and audio conferencing, and engage in screen sharing collaboration. Any device that supports a WebRTC-enabled browser can be used to communicate with another WebRTC-enabled application over the Internet. WebRTC facilitates interoperability between different communication systems and helps enable UC by allowing users, servers and applications to connect the world of Web communications to the world of UC. With the Sonus WebRTC Services Solution, customers can write WebRTC-enabled applications that securely interoperate with other WebRTC-enabled devices or with SIP endpoints. The Sonus WebRTC Services Solution includes Sonus WebRTC Gateway (WRTC), which enables interworking from WebRTC to SIP, as well as signaling from WebRTC to WebRTC solutions, and Sonus WebRTC Software Development Kit (WRTC SDK), which provides application program interfaces for voice, video, instant messenger, desktop share, session management, presence and conferencing.

Sonus Cloud Exchange Network Applications (VellOS)

VellOS provides an application-aware, network intelligence solution that allows its customers to secure their networks, as well as deliver on-demand service creation for cloud, data centers and enterprise applications and services. It provides network operation through a policy-driven architecture with logically centralized resource control to automate and orchestrate delivery of just-in-time connectivity, improve business application performance and optimize workload management.

Sonus Network Management Solutions

The Company offers its customers a range of products to help manage and integrate its networked solutions with internal provisioning and billing systems. These products include Sonus NetScore network performance analysis tool, which provides a real-time assessment of the state of a service provider's or enterprise's network, including quality of service, call delay, network effectiveness, congestion and efficiency; Sonus Element Management System for centralized management and provisioning of Sonus network elements, and Sonus DataStream Integrator for integration of call data records (CDRs) with back-office billing and accounting systems.

Sonus Global Services

Sonus Global Services offers professional consulting and services that support its IP communications solutions. Through a range of service offerings, its consultants provide the skill and expertise to help communications service providers and enterprises transform their communications networks, from network engineering and design through network integration and commissioning to network operations. In addition to end-to-end design, integration and deployment services, its Global Services team offers customized engagements, training workshops, interoperability/verification testing and around-the-clock technical support around the world. Sonus Global Services has regional service desks located in Westford, Massachusetts (the United States), Tokyo (Japan), Prague (the Czech Republic), Ottawa (Canada), Mexico City (Mexico) and Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), and a customer test center located in Richardson, Texas (the United States).

The Company competes with Alcatel Lucent, ALOE Systems Inc., AudioCodes Ltd., Avaya Inc., Cisco Systems, Inc., Dialogic Inc., Ericsson LM Telephone Company, F5 Networks, Inc., GENBAND Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Metaswitch Networks Corporation, Mitel Networks Corporation, Nokia Systems Network (NSN), Oracle Corporation, Sansay, Inc., Technicolor SA and ZTE Corporation.

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Sonus Networks Inc

4 Technology Park Dr
WESTFORD   MA   01886-3140
P: +1978.6148100
F: +1978.6148101

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