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Press Release -- August 15th, 2012
Source: Sonus Networks

Sonus SBC 5100, Purpose-Built for SIP-Based, Cloud-Ready Unified Communications, Now Generally Available

New Sonus Mid-Sized Session Border Controller Field Tested by Customers and Partners for Use by Enterprises and Tier 2/3 Service Providers

WESTFORD, Mass.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings):

Key Takeaways:

  • Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller (SBC) has been field proven by customers and partners, who lauded the product’s performance, ease of use and out-of-box experience including: West Corporation, Arrow S3 and inetwork.
  • Sonus SBC 5100, now generally available to service providers and enterprises, targets the 250 to 10,000 session market; ideal for medium to large enterprises and tier two/three service providers.
  • Sonus SBC 5100 is purpose-built to help enterprises and regional service providers take advantage of SIP trunking and SIP-based, Cloud-ready Unified Communications – trends that are driving mid-sized SBC market growth of 26% year-over-year.

Sonus Networks (NASDAQ: SONS), a global leader in SIP communications, today announced that the Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller (SBC), orderable on a limited basis since May 22, 2012, is now generally available to service providers and enterprises.

As the most recent addition to the Sonus SBC portfolio, 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 new applications such as video and Unified Communications.

SBCs provide secure access to SIP trunking, which enables enterprises to reduce costs and deliver new feature-rich SIP-based applications that can improve enterprise productivity. SIP trunking, trunking consolidation and the move to VoIP can reduce traditional enterprise telecom bills by up to 75%. Further, an April 2012 study conducted by Webtorials for Sonus revealed that a SIP-based Unified Communications infrastructure can reclaim up to 23% of the productivity lost on inefficient communications in large enterprises. A recent Infonetics Research report shows the enterprise SBC market up 60% from 2010 to 2011 and expected to grow 26% year-over-year through 2016.

Targeted at the 250 to 10,000 session market, the Sonus SBC 5100 is ideal for medium to large enterprises and tier two/three service providers and has been field proven with several key customers and partners including West Corporation, Arrow S3 and inetwork. These users have benefited from the simple to use and deploy features of the Sonus SBC 5100 that includes a new graphical user interface for an improved out-of-box experience.

Sonus’ entire portfolio of SBCs support advanced media transcoding for video and HD voice and has been performance verified by Miercom. To access the Miercom reports visit


  • “Sonus’ Session Border Controller SBC 5100 provides SIP interworking, media transcoding and SIP trunking termination services for enterprises and service providers,” said Jason Groenjes, Director of Enterprise Architecture, West Corporation. “We have found that this product provides excellent features and scalability. This SBC provides the flexibility of either standalone operation, or in our case, centralized routing intelligence that will allow us to manage our network more efficiently, implement with greater agility and help reduce operational overhead. With Sonus, we are able to quickly activate new inter-connections which drive greater customer satisfaction and faster revenue generation.”
  • “Our field experience with the Sonus SBC 5100 has affirmed that the product is easy to use as the entire out-of-box experience was highly intuitive, from the e-learning modules to the graphical interface,” said Chas Frazier, Vice President, Support Services, Arrow S3. “As our customers strive to realize the transformative business benefits of moving to SIP we are confident that they will find the Sonus SBC 5100 easy to use and manage while providing them with the scale and capability to grow.”
  • “We pride ourselves on providing signature support to our customers,” said Mary Tuten, Senior Vice President of Operations for inetwork. “The Sonus SBC 5100 gives us great new tools like Universal PXPAD, Media Capture and Platform Manager, helping us better support our customers’ needs from regulatory compliance and reporting.”

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About Sonus:

Sonus helps the world’s leading communications service providers and enterprises embrace the next generation of SIP-based solutions including VoIP, video and Unified Communications through secure, reliable and scalable IP networks. With customers around the globe and 15 years of experience transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and enterprises to capture and retain users and generate significant ROI. Sonus products include session border controllers, policy/routing servers, subscriber feature servers and media and signaling gateways. Sonus products are supported by a global services team with experience in design, deployment and maintenance of some of the world’s largest and most complex IP networks. For more information, visit or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

The information in this release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Although Sonus believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. All statements other than statements of historical facts contained in this report are forward-looking statements. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. For further information regarding risks and uncertainties associated with Sonus’ business, please refer to the “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” and “Risk Factors” sections of Sonus’ filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Any forward-looking statements represent Sonus’ views only as of the date on which such statement is made, and should not be relied upon as representing Sonus’ views as of any subsequent date. While Sonus may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point, Sonus specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law.

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