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Session Border Controller Week in Review

January 18, 2014

It was a busy week in the session border controller sector. Here are some of the major stories.

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) have a particular set of needs to meet and tools to meet these needs. For instance, bringing in video communications for an SMB is a tempting way to reduce costs and improve collaboration to boost productivity, but getting such systems in can be difficult. Edgewater Networks is eager to change that with its new EdgeProtect 4550 Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC). The EdgeProtect 4550 is specifically geared toward SMBs, offering the ability to use just one appliance to bring in video conferencing services thanks to its support for both H.323 and standards-based SIP.

In addition, FaktorTel’s recent acquisition of ATPNet is important news for the sector. FaktorTel is one of Australia’s largest privately owned VoIP providers and it is apparently eager to become even larger as it now owns the subscriber base and trademark of ATPNet, a division of Australian Technology Partners (ATP (News - Alert)). The acquisition should expand FaktorTel’s customer base by around 5 percent and is said to be the first step in a long-term plan by the VoIP provider to grow its share in Australia through the acquisition of several other providers. Looking ahead, FaktorTel technical director Chris Cowling said the company will make at least another two acquisitions within the next 12 months alone.

It was reported, too, that as 4G/LTE (News - Alert) networks grow in popularity and increase in importance, a trend is emerging that drives the demand for more DSC devices. Global Industry Analysts Inc. noted in a recent report, “Diameter Signaling Controllers,” that LTE packages are seeing a high variety of usage. 4G/LTE networks are increasing in popularity because they are being used for IMS, SMS messaging, file transfer and VoIP communication.

Securus made an important announcement recently, as well. The company announced the launch of a new mobile personal emergency response system for seniors, called eResponder. It is a small, lightweight, and comfortable-to-wear system designed to provide freedom to users who could previously use this kind of service through landline-based systems only. The two-way voice system connects users to a certified emergency care specialist by simply pressing a button.

And SIP communications company Sonus Networks has released new software enhancements for its SBC 1000 and SBC 2000 session border controllers. They help customers increase quality of experience (QoE) in Microsoft (News - Alert) Lync Enterprise Voice environments. In particular, Sonus is helping enterprises to optimize their Lync Enterprise Voice deployments by securing SIP trunking services at the border network, while providing a more seamless flow of SIP-based multivendor media for unified communications. With release 3.1 of the SBC 1000 and SBC 2000, Sonus is the first company to support native media quality monitoring for the entire Lync call, including the SIP trunk.

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