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Press Release -- February 13th, 2014
Source: Sonus Networks

Sonus Software Session Border Controller Showcased as Fully Featured Network Functions Virtualization Application

Sonus SBC SWe Demonstrates Accelerated Delivery of Unified Communications through the Service Provider Cloud with HP at Mobile World Congress 2014

Key Takeaways:

  • Sonus collaboration with HP highlights how service provider delivery of Cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) can be accelerated through virtualization.
  • Demonstration of the Sonus SBC SWe Session Border Controller (SBC) running on HP ProLiant servers will showcase Virtual Network Function as a Service (VNFaaS) use case, as defined by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG).
  • The joint solution will be located in HP’s Mobile World Congress booth in Hall 3, Stand 3A20.

WESTFORD, Mass. – Sonus Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings), a global leader in SIP communications, today announced that the Sonus SBC SWe (Software edition) Session Border Controller (SBC) will be featured at Mobile World Congress 2014 as part of a joint project with HP to demonstrate how delivery of Cloud-based Unified Communications (UC) and Rich Communication Services (RCS) can be accelerated through virtualization.

The demonstration – located in the HP Mobile World Congress booth (Hall 3, Stand 3A20) – will be comprised of the Sonus SBC SWe running as a fully featured Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) application on HP ProLiant servers. The goal of NFV is to reduce the hardware, power and space requirements to deploy network functions on industry standard servers, switches and storage. The virtualization of network functions reduces dependency on dedicated hardware appliances for network operators and leads to improved scalability and customization across the entire network.

The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for NFV is working to define the requirements, use cases and architecture for the virtualization of network functions. Together, Sonus and HP will demonstrate the Virtual Network Function as a Service (VNFaaS) use case, the goal of which is to allow service providers to virtualize enterprise customer premise equipment (CPE) on service providers’ virtual networks so that enterprises can consume the resources they require as virtual services.

The SBC SWe can be readily deployed into existing virtualized infrastructure. The SBC SWe is the industry’s first software-based SBC architected to deliver unlimited scalability with the same advanced features and functionality of Sonus’ SBC 5000 Series, powering many of the world’s largest service provider networks. The portability and flexibility of the SBC SWe makes it the ideal choice for service providers that have invested in virtualization technology, prefer pre-packaged “solutions in a box,” require remote network deployments or want to expand opportunities into new geographic markets where deploying a hardware solution would be impractical or cost prohibitive.


“Sonus is helping service providers better understand how virtualization of key network elements can open new revenue opportunities through efficient, scalable Cloud-based service delivery,” said Kevin Riley, chief technology officer, Sonus. “Collaboration among industry leaders is essential in moving this technology and market forward, which is why the work between Sonus and HP is critical in helping service providers best leverage their network assets.”

“HP and Sonus have architected a virtual SBC demonstration that showcases how service providers can accelerate the rollout of Cloud-based Unified Communications and Rich Communication Services,” said Werner Schaefer, vice president, network functions virtualization, HP.  “By aggregating the SBC function at the provider edge, the virtual SBC accelerates rollout into both consumer and enterprise markets to enable broader deployment of virtualization technology.”

Other Facts:

  • For two consecutive years, Sonus has been positioned in the Leaders quadrant of the “Magic Quadrant for Session Border Controllers” and was the largest gainer in the report published on October 21, 2013 by Gartner, Inc.

Additional Resources:

  • Download the whitepaper “Software-Based Session Border Controllers are Critical to the Evolution of Communicationshere.
  • For more information about the SBC SWe, including product videos and executive interviews, visit the product site here.
  • Click here to download electronic copies of Sonus’ reference guides: Session Border Controllers for Dummies, WebRTC for Dummies, Lync Enterprise Voice for Dummies and SIP Trunking for Dummies.


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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 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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