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Sonus is a leader in IP networking with proven expertise in delivering secure, reliable and scalable next-generation infrastructure and subscriber solutions. With customers in over 50 countries across the globe and over a decade of experience in 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.
From VoIP to SIP, session border controllers to session management, the world communicates better on Sonus Networks. Since 1997, Sonus has built some of the world’s most advanced IP communications networks—both as the preferred technology partner to the world’s largest service providers, and as a trusted partner to Global 500 enterprises that require secure, real-time communications. Today, Sonus solutions drive more VoIP traffic than any other vendor: over one billion minutes every day.
It all comes down to the network you need for today and the network you want for tomorrow. Right now, you need a SIP network that’s reliable, flexible and scalable—and that’s Sonus. Sonus networks deliver 99.999% availability and reliability, provide robust interoperability with other networks and network devices, and scale to serve millions of subscribers and sessions. Tomorrow, however, you’ll want a network that handles multimedia applications seamlessly across multiple devices—and that’s Sonus too. The Sonus SIP session management architecture is designed to bring multimedia applications and multimedia-ready devices together for a richer communications experience.
The Sonus SIP session management architecture provides a secure, SIP-based communications infrastructure that’s easy to manage, easy to expand and easy to integrate with products and applications from a wide variety of vendors. The Sonus portfolio includes best-of-breed solutions for:
Session Border Controllers
Sonus was at the forefront of the SBC evolution from the beginning, and today that evolutionary thinking is reflected in the advanced SBC 5200™ session border controller. The Sonus SBC 5200 is the first truly second-generation SBC, combining advanced network security with sophisticated features like separate encryption processors and built-in media transcoding. The SBC 5200 provides a powerful, reliable network border solution for SIP-based communications that supports seamless interoperability between different networks and devices, high performance even under attack and heavy loads, and advanced features designed for the multimedia, multidevice communications of the future.
The power of SIP is its ability to bring different media—voice, video, text & data—together into a multimedia experience. But power without control is meaningless. Sonus offers a powerful SIP session management solution that allows service providers to create and control truly Unified Communications using multimedia, third-party applications and SIP-based network devices (SBCs, gateways, etc.), and deliver them as a hosted service to customers. With Sonus session management, service providers have a reliable, proven management layer that can deliver multimedia sessions from a multitude of partners and vendors as a single, seamless session.
Centralized policy management has been at the core of Sonus networks from the very beginning as a way to reduce costs and simplify SIP network management. Today, policy plays an even more important role as the engine of intelligence that drives Sonus’ SIP session routing, least cost routing, centralized dial plan, number portability, Diameter routing and SIP interoperability solutions.
The Sonus Centralized Policy Server provides a highly scalable, highly flexible policy platform for SIP communications that allows service providers to enforce a wide variety of call admission control, routing and security policies across both Sonus and non-Sonus network elements.
Voice Application Server
The Sonus ASX™ Voice Application Server delivers a rich set of residential and business phone services—call waiting, call forwarding, multiparty calling, etc.—from a centrally hosted platform to both VoIP and non-VoIP subscribers. But the ASX Server goes beyond current phone features to deliver exciting new services like fixed-mobile convergence. It also allows service providers to integrate and manage a variety of third-party applications as part of the subscriber experience including voicemail, prepaid calling cards, unified messaging and call center applications.
Sonus Global Services
Sonus Global Services helps service providers transform their legacy networks, launch new revenue-generating services and optimize their networks for maximum efficiency. Sonus offers a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end service solutions—from initial IP network design through migration to ongoing optimization after deployment—with a global team of experienced service professionals who understand how to help you get better performance and more revenue from your network.
In 1997, Sonus developed the world’s first carrier-class VoIP switch, ushering in a new age of high-quality voice communications over IP networks. Since then, Sonus has remained committed to being at the cutting edge of communications. Sonus offered hosted voice services long before the Cloud craze, supported a multimedia network before the arrival of smartphones, introduced a second-generation SBC that’s the fastest-growing on the market today and continues to anticipate the future with a complete SIP session management architecture.
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Communications Integrated to Optimize Business Processes.
UC integrates real-time and non-real time communications with business processes and requirements.
Uses presence capabilities for coordination, and presents a consistent unified user interface and experience across multiple devices and media types.
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