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Press Release -- August 21st, 2012
Source: Sonus Networks
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Sonus Session Border Controller Selected by Telenet as its Unified Communications Platform

onus SBC 5100 to Provide SIP-Based Unified Communications for Belgium's Leading Provider of Broadband Cable Service

Key Takeaways:

Sonus SBC 5100 selected to connect Telenet's existing PBX and Microsoft® Lync™ systems and provide SIP trunking services to Telenet's 2,000 employees across 11 locations
Sonus SBC 5100 expected to lower Telenet's operating expenses by eliminating costly PRI trunks, reducing phone charges and simplifying its network management
Sonus SBC 5100 was chosen for its scalability and powerful media transcoding
Telenet is the first Sonus customer in Europe to take shipment of a Sonus SBC 5100

WESTFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Sonus Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings), a global leader in SIP communications, today announced that Telenet, the largest provider of broadband cable services in Belgium, has selected the Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller (SBC) to unify SIP communications for the cable operator's approximately 2,000 employees.

Telenet currently has 2.1 million service subscribers and offers Triple Play services (voice/video/high-speed Internet) to residential and business customers in Belgium and Luxembourg. The Belgian cable operator selected the Sonus SBC 5100 for its unique scalability (which is approximately 2X that of competitive mid-sized SBCs) and powerful media transcoding. The Sonus SBC 5100 will be deployed in Telenet's internal network as the centerpiece of a new SIP trunking solution that is expected to help the cable provider lower its operating expenses by eliminating costly PRI trunks, reducing its internal long-distance phone charges and simplifying its network management.

Telenet will also leverage the Sonus SBC 5100 to consolidate its communications by connecting with its existing Private Branch eXchange (PBX) and Microsoft® Lync™ systems.

The Sonus SBC 5100 was introduced in May 2012 as a mid-sized SBC that targets the 250 to 10,000 session market. The Sonus SBC 5100 is purpose-built to leverage SIP-based networks as tier two/three service providers and enterprises look to simplify their infrastructure and deploy video and Unified Communications features.

The Sonus SBC portfolio, which also includes the higher-density Sonus SBC 5200, provides communications service providers and enterprises with a consistent set of robust communications features, including built-in media transcoding, intelligent session routing, advanced SIP message manipulation and complete network security.

Telenet's selection of the Sonus SBC 5100 marks a new milestone in a relationship that began in 2008 when the company chose the Sonus SBC 9000 for its SIP trunking needs. The Sonus SBC 9000 provides SIP trunking services to Telenet's business customers and will connect directly with the Sonus SBC 5100 as Telenet's own gateway to the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).

Quotes:

"We've been very pleased with the performance of Sonus' solutions as the SIP trunking platform for our business customers, so Sonus was the obvious choice when it came time to adopt SIP trunking for our own business," said Sonja De Ganck, Manager of Telephony Service Engineering at Telenet. "The Sonus SBC 5100 delivered all of the features we needed — interoperability with our current communications systems, media transcoding, security and scalability in a package that is easy to use, simple to manage and uncomplicated to deploy."

"The Sonus SBC 5100 delivers the scalability and feature-rich functionality of the Sonus SBC platform in a solution that makes sound financial sense for mid-sized enterprises," said David Tipping, Sonus Vice President and General Manager, SBC Business. "It is the right technology at the right size for companies like Telenet that need to reduce costs, streamline their network management and unify their SIP-based Unified Communications."

Other Facts:

The Sonus SBC 5100 is available for order today and has been performance verified by Miercom. To access the report visit www.sonus.net/miercom.
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 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 built in
Sonus counts several Fortune 500 enterprises among its SBC customers, including some of the world's largest banks, airlines, retailers and healthcare providers
Sonus is the fastest-growing SBC vendor in the service provider market for 2011 according to research firm Infonetics ("Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers," 4Q11 report); growing almost 4x faster than the market average
A SIP-based Unified Communications infrastructure can 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 by Webtorials" commissioned by Sonus
Sonus Session Border Controllers are recipients of TMC's "2010 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award" and INTERNET TELEPHONY and Next Gen Mobility's "2012 NGN Leadership Award."

Additional Resources:

Download a complimentary copy of Session Border Controllers for Dummies, Sonus Special Edition by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., the publisher of the For Dummies® book series
Sonus SBC 5100 Session Border Controller: Product information and resources
Sonus SBC 5200 Session Border Controller: Product information and resources
Sonus SBC 9000 Session Border Controller: Product information and resources

Tags/Keywords:

Sonus, SONS, Telenet, SBC, SBC 5100, SBC 5200, SBC 9000, session border controller, SIP, SIP trunking, IP, IPsec, media transcoding, IPv6 interworking, enterprise SBC, IT priorities, IT cost savings, Unified Communications, UC, Cloud VoIP communications, session management, employee productivity, enterprise communications, SIP-based solutions, VoIP

About Sonus Networks:

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 www.sonus.net or call 1-855-GO-SONUS.

About Telenet:

Telenet is a leading provider of media and telecommunication services. Its business comprises the provision of cable television, high speed internet and fixed and mobile telephony services, primarily to residential customers in Flanders and Brussels. In addition, Telenet offers services to business customers across Belgium under the brand Telenet for Business. Telenet is listed on the Euronext Brussels Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol TNET and is part of the BEL20 stock market index.

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.

Sonus is a registered trademark of Sonus Networks, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

For Sonus:
Sonus Networks, Inc.
Alison Steel, +44 782-550-8333
asteel@sonusnet.com
or
Lois Paul & Partners
Anastasia Efstratios, +1 617-986-5873
anastasia_efstratios@lpp.com
or
For Telenet:
Telenet
Evelyne Nieuwland, +32 (0)15/33.55.44
evelyne.nieuwland@staff.telenet.be

Source: Sonus Networks, Inc.

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