Profile: Sonus Networks Inc (SONS.OQ)
Sonus Networks, Inc.(Sonus), incorporated on August 7,1997, is a provider of networked solutions for communications service providers e.g., telecommunications, wireless and cable service providers and enterprises to help them advance, protect and unify their communications and improve collaboration. 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 rapidly changing ecosystem of IP-enabled devices, such as smartphones and tablets. On August 24, 2012, the Company acquired Network Equipment Technologies, Inc. (NET).
The Company sells its products principally through a direct sales force in the United States, Europe, Asia-Pacific and the Middle East. It continues to expand its presence into new geographies and markets through its relationships with regional channel partners. 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. It 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 UC platforms, such as Microsoft Lync by enabling disparate communications environments, commonplace in enterprises , to work seamlessly together. Likewise, Sonus solutions facilitate the deployment and adoption of cloud-based application delivery.
Sonus Session Border Controllers
The Company’s portfolio of SBCs addresses the network requirements for small, medium and business as well as regional and global communications service providers. SBCs are the segment of its business, and Sonus SBCs are in the service provider market, growing approximately five times the industry average between the third quarter of 2011 and the third quarter of 2012, according to industry analysts Infonetics. It offers six different SBC products: Sonus SBC 1000 Session Border Controller for small businesses, branch offices and small Points of Presence (PoPs) that require performance of up to 100 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 2000 Session Border Controller for midsize enterprises and regional PoPs that require performance of up to 600 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller for larger enterprises and service providers that require performance of up to 10,000 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 5200 Session Border Controller for Fortune 500 enterprises and national/global service providers that require performance of up to 64,000 concurrent SIP sessions in a standalone SBC; Sonus SBC 9000 Session Border Controller for enterprises and service providers that require a hybrid gateway/SBC solution for a mix of TDM and IP voice traffic, and Sonus VX Session Border Controller hybrid gateway/SBC solutions for a mix of TDM and IP voice traffic.
Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch and Sonus GSX4000 Open Services Switch
The Sonus GSX9000 Open Services Switch, or the 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 up to 22,000 simultaneous calls, while a single GSX9000 in a multiple-shelf configuration can support 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. The Sonus GSX4000 Open Services Switch allows service providers and enterprises to realize the benefits of the GSX9000 in a smaller form factor.
Sonus PSX Policy & Routing Server
The Sonus PSX Policy & Routing Server, or the PSX, is the central routing and policy engine for its softswitch and (optionally) distributed SBC solutions. The PSX plays an integral role in many of its network deployments, and provides both the call routing intelligence and policy intelligence for SIP sessions across the network. The PSX is in that it can act as a central control and provisioning point for hundreds of switches or SBCs, resulting in t 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 IP- based database lookups natively. The core PSX technology is also available as a standalone solution as the Sonus Centralized Policy Server for applications such as Number Portability and Breakout Gateway Control Functions (for hybrid IMS networks).
Sonus ASX Call Feature Server
The Sonus ASX Call Feature Server, or the ASX, provides residential VoIP call features e.g., call waiting, call forwarding, etc. to legacy TDM and IP devices in a geo-redundant architecture. The ASX allows the same features to run over various transport technologies, including analog lines, Ethernet, voice over DSL, voice over cable, fixed wireless and long-term evolution (LTE) infrastructure. The Sonus ASX integrates with a variety of third-party desk phones, conference phones and IADs, and enables TDM devices to connect to SIP networks.
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, including 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 service, call delay, network effectiveness, congestion and efficiency; Sonus NetEng network audit and visualization tool, which provides visibility into the performance and capacity levels of Sonus IP networks by collecting, analyzing and aggregating historical data from each Sonus network element and presenting the information through visual reports; Sonus Element Management System for centralized management and provisioning of Sonus network elements; Sonus DataStream Integrator for integration of call detail records with back-office billing and accounting systems; Sonus Trunk Group Activator for simplified, automated provisioning of SIP trunk groups in Sonus IP networks, and Sonus Insight Customer Portal for Web-based self-provisioning of voice subscriber services.
Sonus Global Services
Sonus Global Services offers professional consulting and services that support its industry IP communications solutions. Through a wide range of service offerings, its consultants provide the skill and to help communications service providers and enterprises transform their communications networks, from network engineering and design through network integration and commissioning to network operations. These service offerings accelerate its customers' return on investment, optimize their operational capability, enhance their network's performance and health, and help them generate new revenue. 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 Sonus Global Services provides a full-service portfolio including consulting, integration, deployment, migration and operation support services; global reach through its worldwide service organization and partner presence in all global markets; program managers who use a disciplined methodology for all deployment and integration projects; and managers who use a disciplined methodology for all deployment and integration projects, and consistent execution in the design, deployment and support of the advanced networks.
The Company competes with Acme Packet, Inc., Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes Ltd., Cisco Systems, Inc., Ericsson LM Telephone Company, GENBAND Inc., Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Metaswitch, NEC Corp. and Nokia Siemens Networks.
Sonus Networks Inc
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