Net-Net session border controllers deliver security and service assurance, positioning German service provider for expansion with next-generation services
BEDFORD, MA, FEBRUARY 13, 2012 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced that German service provider M-net Telekommunications GmbH (M-net) has deployed the Acme Packet Net-Net Session Director as session border controllers (SBC) to support its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-based next-generation services. The SBCs, operating as high availability (HA) pairs in multiple locations, control IMS sessions at M-net’s access and interconnect borders. M-net is leveraging Acme Packet’s broad functions and features to secure its network, assure service quality and reliability and extend its services with functions such as lawful intercept (LI) and IPv6-IPv4 interworking.
“Acme Packet’s certification with our primary IMS vendor Nokia Siemens Networks, and the high availability features and flexibility of the SBCs to perform as both access and interconnect points were critical factors in our selection as the SBC for our IMS initiative,” said Norbert Erl, head of central planning, M-net. “Additional capabilities such as IPv6, Quality of Service monitoring and lawful intercept bring additional value to our services that will benefit our customers.”
“M-net’s vision of its network architecture and commitment to IMS has them well-positioned for subscriber growth and service expansion,” said Dino Di Palma, chief operating officer, Acme Packet. “Their successful migration to IMS-based service delivery will allow them to further strengthen their position as a leading provider of VoIP services throughout Germany.”
The Net-Net Session Directors, certified to interoperate with M-net’s Nokia Siemens Networks IMS and LI platforms, are performing access SBC (A-SBC) as well as IMS Interconnect Border Control (I-BCF) functions. Overload protection is applied at M-net’s access border to assure high quality of service by ensuring that M-net’s IMS service delivery platform is not flooded with excessive signaling messages. Session routing and load balancing are used at M-net’s interconnect borders to ensure calls are connected over optimal network paths. With steady growth anticipated in the use of IPv6 endpoints, M-net also intends to leverage Acme Packet’s ability to interwork IMS signaling between those endpoints and its IPv4 core.
About M-net Telekommunications GmbH
Based in Munich, M-net is a service provider that delivers telephony, Internet, DSL and enterprise connectivity services to a wide variety of fixed line subscribers. M-net offers optical and Ethernet-based services for business and residential users. The company also operates an optical fiber network serving a number of German regions. M-net expects its IMS subscriber base to grow from twenty thousand to approximately one hundred thousand over the next several years. M-net was founded in 1996. Its shareholders are six locally public services.
About Acme Packet
Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 220 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,600 customers in 107 countries have deployed over 16,000 Acme Packet systems, including 88 of the top 100 service providers and 41 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.
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