Sonus introduces SBC 7000 capable of 150,000 sessions

Plantronics' Lync integration features call transfer, presence.

Sonus has introduced the SBC 7000 Session Border Controller (SBC), offering a highly scalable solution for  multimedia communications with the capability to license up to 150,000 sessions.  The SBC is purpose-built to support emerging services such as high definition (HD) voice and video, Voice over Long-Term Evolution (VoLTE) and Rich Communications Services (RCS) according to the company’s announcement.  It is  designed from the same common network core architecture found across the Sonus SBC 5000 portfolio.

According to the recent Infonetics Research report “SBC Strategies and Vendor Leadership: Global Service Provider Survey 2013,” session capacity and scalability have been consistently rated among the top requirements for service providers deploying SBCs. That requirement is driven in part by the uptake of residential voice networks offering Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) services to many millions of subscribers.

Commenting in a statement on the latest SBC in the SONUS portfolio, David Tipping, vice president and general manager, Sonus SBC Business said, “Service providers today are facing insatiable demand for multimedia communications applications – voice, video and data – and many of them are struggling with how to meet this demand. The SBC 7000 is designed to scale to service providers’ highest projections, with full media, transcoding and security enabled. Sonus now offers a disruptive platform that resets service providers’ expectations for real-time dependent sessions with scale."

In other UC-related news, Plantronics recently demonstrated new applications that work with Microsoft Lync and Plantronics’ sensor-enabled wearable devices; the latest features are designed to help improve productivity for users.  Plantronics’ new Smart Presence application and seamless transfer technology was on display at the LyncConf 2014 held last month in Las Vegas.   The company showed how a connected worker can use their headset to seamlessly transfer an active Lync call from their computer to their mobile phone when moving away from their desk. Plantronics also showcased an application that can provide more accurate presence information in Microsoft Lync when a user is on a mobile or desk phone.

Giovanni Mezgec, General Manager of Lync Product Marketing at Microsoft, commented in a statement on the integration saying “We are excited that Plantronics is providing workers in multiple environments with a variety of devices that can transition communications more easily from Lync and Skype to a mobile device. This provides customers the flexibility to choose a solution that meets their specialized communication and collaboration needs."

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