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Press Release -- May 22nd, 2012
Source: Sonus Networks
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Sonus Expands Session Border Controller Portfolio with Purpose-Built Solution for SIP-Based, Cloud-Ready Unified Communications

New Sonus SBC 5100 Targets Medium-to-Large Enterprises and Tier 2/3 Service Providers — the Fastest-Growing SBC Markets

WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sonus Networks, Inc.

Sonus Expands Session Border Controller Portfolio with Purpose-Built Solution for SIP-Based, Cloud-Ready Unified Communications: New Sonus SBC 5100 Targets Medium-to-Large Enterprises and Tier 2/3 Service Providers - the Fastest-Growing SBC Markets. (Photo: Business Wire)

Key Takeaways:

Sonus® SBC 5100 is purpose-built to help enterprises and regional service providers take advantage of SIP trunking, video and Unified Communications — trends that are driving mid-sized SBC market growth of 26% year-over-year.
Sonus SBC 5100 targets the 250 to 10,000 session market; ideal for medium to large enterprises and tier two/three service providers.
A new release of software is also available for the high-capacity Sonus SBC 5200; improving ease-of-use as well as several new features.

Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings), a global leader in SIP communications, today announced the introduction of the Sonus SBC 5100, a session border controller (SBC) that targets the 250 to 10,000 session market. The Sonus SBC 5100 is purpose-built to leverage SIP-based networks as enterprises and tier two/three service providers look to simplify their infrastructure and deploy video and Unified Communications features.

As the third product in Sonus' portfolio of SBC solutions, the Sonus SBC 5100 possesses the same characteristics that have made Sonus the fastest-growing SBC brand among service providers ("Infonetics Research Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers," 4Q11 report); growing almost 4x faster than the market average.

SBCs provide secure access to SIP trunking, which enables enterprises to reduce costs and deliver new applications such as Unified Communications and video. SIP trunking, trunking consolidation and the move to VoIP can reduce traditional enterprise telecom bills by up to 75%. A recent Infonetics Research report shows the enterprise SBC market up 60% from 2010 to 2011 and is expected to grow 26% year-over-year through 2016.

Unique features of the Sonus SBC 5100 include:

Voice codecs, routing and call control in a simple-to-use, easily managed solution
Flexibility for use in a variety of deployment scenarios — access, peering, or solely as an enterprise SBC
Premium SBC features with full hardware redundancy, advanced SIP message manipulation, and advanced Denial of Service protection are all built in

The Sonus SBC 5100 is available for immediate order.

The Sonus SBC 5100 comes with a new version of software which is consistent across the complete Sonus SBC 5000 family of products, including the industry-leading Sonus SBC 5200. The Sonus SBC 5200 is specifically designed for high-capacity environments demanded by tier one service providers and Fortune 500 companies. The Sonus SBC 5200 supports 64,000 sessions on a single server, more than twice the capacity of a similar product from the leading SBC competitor.

The new release 3.0 software will deliver the following features on both the Sonus SBC 5100 and the Sonus SBC 5200:

DSP density improvements that take Sonus SBC capacity up to an industry-leading number of transcoding sessions (17,200 for Sonus SBC 5200) plus HD codec-based routing capabilities
Support for Microsoft Lync, Lawful Intercept, and key Access Service Provider features
New and improved application-level management user interface as well as new platform-level management user interface

The Sonus SBC 5200 with release 3.0 software can be ordered today.

Quotes:

"SBCs are playing an increasingly important role as today's SIP-based networks are being asked to carry many types of traffic including voice, video, and multimedia over many different technology manufacturers' products. Sonus helps normalize various vendors' interpretations of SIP usage," said David Lover, Vice President of Strategy and Technology for Arrow S3, a leading systems integrator and managed services provider of Unified Communications solutions. "We have tested the Sonus SBC 5100 in our lab and have packaged it with Arrow S3 services and support so growing companies can simplify their networks and gain the benefits of SIP-based Unified Communications."

"We are impressed with the performance of the Sonus SBC 5100," said Robert Smithers, CEO of Miercom, an independent test lab. "Our testing showed that the Sonus SBC 5100 is resilient and robust in thwarting attack traffic. It can quickly recover from outages, and successfully processes up to 3,000 concurrent sessions at 150 calls per second. Miercom is proud to award Performance Verified for the Sonus SBC 5100."

"We have had the world's most sophisticated enterprises turn to us for carrier-grade scale and capabilities as their multimedia traffic grew exponentially," said David Tipping, Sonus Vice President and General Manager, SBC Business. "The introduction of the Sonus SBC 5100 brings the most advanced SBC features demanded by service providers and packages them in a form that propels enterprise networks to perform efficiently so businesses can communicate smarter, faster, and more collaboratively than ever before."

Other Facts:

A SIP-based Unified Communications infrastructure could reclaim 23% of the productivity lost on inefficient communications in large enterprises, or 1.21 hours per employee per day, as noted in the "2012 Economic Impact of SIP in the Enterprise" State of the Market report conducted by Webtorials and commissioned by Sonus
Infonetics Research shows Sonus as the fastest-growing SBC vendor ("Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers," 4Q11 report); growing almost 4x faster than the market average
Sonus recently announced the first-edition of Session Border Controllers For Dummies reference book in partnership with John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
The Sonus SBC 5100 has been performance verified by Miercom. To access the report visit www.sonus.net/miercom.

Additional Resources:

Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller: Product information and resources

Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller: Product photo, front view

Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller: Product photo, angle view

Sonus SBC 5200 Session Border Controller: Product information and resources

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