Profile: Sonus Networks Inc (SONS.OQ)
Sonus Networks, Inc., incorporated on August 7, 1997, is a provider of networked solutions for telecommunications, wireless and cable service providers and enterprises. Its products include session border controllers, Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) session management servers, Voice over IP (VoIP) switches, SIP application servers, multiprotocol signaling gateways and network analytics tools. Its solutions address the need for communications service providers and enterprises to seamlessly link and leverage multivendor, multiprotocol communications systems and applications across their networks, around the world and in a changing ecosystem of internet Protocol (IP)-enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets.
The Company sells its products principally through a direct sales force. Its customers include AT&T, Belgacom ICS, BT Group, CenturyLink, COLT, KDDI, Level 3, Orange, Softbank Corporation, TalkTalk, Tata Communications, T-Systems Business Services (a division of Deutsche Telekom Group), Verizon, Vonage and XO Communications. The Company provides communication solutions to service providers and, increasingly, to enterprises that enable them to advance, protect, secure and unify their communications and improve collaboration. Its solutions help its customers realize the intended value and benefits of Unified Communications (UC) platforms, such as Microsoft Lync by enabling disparate communications environments, commonplace in enterprises, to work seamlessly together. Likewise, the Company’s solutions facilitate the deployment and adoption of cloud-based application delivery.
Sonus Session Border Controllers
The Company’s portfolio of session border controllers (SBCs) addresses the network 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 largest number of Lync-certified SBCs from any vendor on the market.
Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch
The Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch (GSX9000), bridges IP and time division multiplexing (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 very large configurations, such as those required by large national service providers. A single GSX9000 shelf can support up to 22,000 simultaneous calls, while a single GSX9000 in a multiple-shelf configuration can support 100,000 or more simultaneous calls.
Sonus Diameter Signaling Controllers
To address the anticipated growth of Diameter traffic in the network, 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 an 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.
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, resulting in significant operational savings for its customers. The PSX is based upon a modular architecture that is designed for high performance and scalability, as well as interoperability with third-party gateways, devices and services. The PSX is an all-IP component and can perform most 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 via the Sonus Virtualized PSX (SWe) product.
Sonus Network Management Solutions
The Company offers its customers a variety 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 Performance Assurance Suite, which provides tools to monitor, analyze and improve network quality and performance through key performance indicators, call detail record (CDR) analysis, dynamic threshold alarms and more; Sonus Element Management System for centralized management and provisioning of Sonus network elements, and Sonus DataStream Integrator for integration of 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 worldwide.
The Company competes with Alcatel Lucent, AudioCodes Ltd., Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson LM Telephone Company, GENBAND Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Mavenir, Metaswitch, Nokia Systems Network and Oracle Corporation.
Sonus Networks Inc
4 Technology Park Dr
WESTFORD MA 01886-3140