Sonus Networks announced on March 11 its partnership with Chinese ICT solutions provider, Huawei, to ensure the full interoperability of Sonus' Session Border Controllers (SBCs) with Huawei Enterprise's Unified Communication (UC) and Contact Centre (CC) solutions.
In this partnership, Huawei will distribute and resell Sonus SBCs with Huawei UC and CC solutions to enterprises worldwide. According to a joint media statement, Sonus' SBCs were selected for their rich functionalities, flexibility, broad interoperability and superior calls per second (CPS) performance, which will help Huawei secure and enable real-time communications across its key, mission-critical customer sites.
Huawei UC applications can be used in various scenarios by enterprise employees to access Voice over IP (VoIP), collaborative conferencing, remote training and office applications anytime, anywhere.
Sonus SBCs enable enterprises to enhance their network by implementing new services such as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking and safeguard Cloud-based UC. Featuring both hardware and software options, Sonus SBCs provide a scalable platform delivering session management capabilities, such as multi-vendor interworking, built-in media transcoding, line-rate encryption and advanced routing capabilities. The relationship can allow customers to securely and reliably deliver enhanced UC and CC services, including voice, video and web conferencing, instant messaging (IM) and presence.
The cornerstone solution for the partnership is the Sonus SBC 5110, a platform that addresses the real-time communications requirements of medium-to-large enterprises in an all-Internet Protocol (IP) multimedia environment. The SBC 5110 (supporting up to 10,000 sessions) provides robust security, scalability, flexible SIP routing and interoperability, as well as secure multimedia support for audio, video and data.
Gartner predicts that the total annual spending on enterprise UC infrastructure components will reach US$20 billion in 2016.
"As Unified Communications technology implementation continues to increase, enterprises will place a high priority on platform offerings with a vision and road map to support the UC functionality their organisation may need," said Steve Cramoysan, Research Director, Gartner, Inc. "It is paramount that platform ecosystems deliver interoperability to ensure customers fully realise the benefits from an integrated platform offering."
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