Today we highlight two items covering developments with session border controllers (SBCs), with separate news from Dialogic and from GENBAND. In the first announcement, Dialogic disclosed that it has completed interoperability testing between its BorderNet 4000 SBC and BroadSoft's BroadWorks application server. The collaboration between BroadSoft and Dialogic is designed to deliver solutions to help service providers more easily offer unified communications (UC) services and hosted applications such as fixed-mobile convergence, modern call center capabilities, mobile video and HD voice.
Commenting is a statement, Leslie Ferry, vice president of marketing at BroadSoft, said, "By completing our interoperability with Dialogic, service providers will have more options for the delivery of value-added services, including hosted IP-PBX, video calling, advanced messaging and UC collaboration, that are accessible on laptops, smartphones and tablets and are delivered over a more secure and robust network."
Among the features Dialogic BorderNet SBC offers:
- Registration caching and far-end network address translation (NAT) traversal to support VoIP subscribers using any kind of network;
- Support for video and voice, including high definition (HD) voice media transcoding;
- Internet protocol version 4 (IPv4) to IPv6 interworking; and
- Enhanced session initiation protocol (SIP) session handling to follow the end-user presence across fixed and mobile networks.
In separate news, GENBAND, unveiled the QUANTiX QFlex Enterprise Session Border Controller. Targeted for branch offices and SMBs, this software-based SBC can be used with common off the shelf (COTS) hardware, or virtualized together with other applications on a platform.
According to a statement from BG Kumar, president of GENBAND's Multimedia Business Unit, "[The] new QFlex Enterprise SBC creates a SMART EDGE for the enterprise, providing unique interoperability technology to manage multi-vendor PBX environments - while ensuring security and session management."
The software-based QFlex, with more than 60 built-in IP PBX vendor profiles, uses a modular approach to solve multi-vendor interoperability issues, resolving IP-PBX-related challenges by providing a demarcation point that protects both the service provider and enterprise sides of the connection.