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Belgacom ICS chooses Sonus Networks for NGN migration

Sonus Networks stated that the IP-based network will enable greater capacity and efficiency through centralized routing, multi-media gateways and secure session control.

Sonus is expected to deliver a next-generation network to support Belgacom International Carrier Services’s (ICS) strategy for growth throughout Europe, Africa and Asia over the next 10 years.

The next-generation network (NGN) migration, expected to be completed by the end of 2009, will enable seamless migration to a SIP core while assuring inter-working with the legacy ISUP connections; supporting the multitude of international standards currently in use by Belgacom ICS.

Sonus is deploying a next-generation network that is expected to centrally manage policy and routing on the Belgacom ICS network regardless of the traffic type. The same implementation will concurrently support Belgacom ICS legacy TDM traffic and next generation IP traffic. As their wholesale customers move to all IP environments, the Belgacom ICS investments in Sonus gateway hardware will transition to IP session border security and media transcoding.

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Johan Wouters, vice president service delivery and engineering at Belgacom ICS, said: The IP-based network delivered by Sonus will expand our capacity, open new opportunities for IP peering and reduce operational expense. We have a diverse group of wireless and wired operators worldwide and chose the Sonus next-generation infrastructure to efficiently connect to all of our customers; some using the newest SIP core and others still with a legacy network. Sonus offers the best technology and vision to support our objectives to grow our business faster and more cost effectively.

Mohammed Shanableh, vice president of worldwide sales for Sonus Networks, added: By moving to an all IP core for voice services, Belgacom ICS can increase their return on investment as compared to maintaining a traditional network and more quickly get enhanced services into the market; staying ahead of the competition.


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