GENBAND Unveils Vision and Product Roadmap for Simplifying the Path to Next Generation and IP Multimedia Subsystem Networks

 




Plano, TX, June 22, 2010 – GENBAND, a leading developer of IP solutions and services, today announced its vision and roadmap for an innovative and simplified path to next generation and IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) networks. The Company’s roadmap integrates products and services from the recently acquired Nortel CVAS business, creating a comprehensive portfolio of IP application and switching solutions and services for fixed, cable and mobile operators.

GENBAND’s product and service foundation is based on the following:
 

  • Innovation - focused on IP multimedia applications, switching and security solutions
  • Open, standards-based architectures
  • Network simplification
  • Turn-key services

“GENBAND continues to introduce innovative IP solutions and services that cost-effectively simplify and advance our customers’ networks,” said Charlie Vogt, President and CEO of GENBAND. “We now possess a powerful combination of technology leadership, service capabilities, financial strength and global scale, enabling GENBAND to provide end-to-end, turn-key IP solutions that fulfill the most demanding expectations from our customers and business partners. The roadmap unveiled today clearly reflects our unparalleled focus on operator requirements and our commitment to both simplify and fuel next generation and IMS networks.”

GENBAND recognizes that all service providers have a unique set of requirements, challenges, opportunities, timelines and budgets. The Company’s vision and strategy is predicated on allowing service providers to architect and design their networks to their specifications – whether it is an evolutionary design or new implementation. GENBAND’s commitment to fixed mobile convergence allows operators to invest in next generation IP networks today with confidence that the products deployed from GENBAND are IMS and LTE supported network elements.

An overview of GENBAND’s marketing-leading product portfolio follows.

GENBAND GENiUS Platform

As a cornerstone of the roadmap unveiled today, GENBAND announces an all-IP ATCA “GENiUS” Platform that will encompass GENBAND’s application, call control, session border and security product lines. The GENBAND GENiUS platform will incorporate high-performance, high-density computing hardware and sophisticated Service Availability Forum (SAF) compliant middleware, delivering the highest functionality, availability and robustness in the market. By utilizing open standards-based components in a common platform, GENBAND is simplifying the network for service providers, partners and suppliers, and laying the foundation to deliver future applications.

Applications

The GENBAND A-Series™ Applications Portfolio is a central component of the Company’s vision for Next Generation Networks (NGN) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS). By supporting a wide range of applications, from Messaging and Collaboration to Business Services and Cloud-based communication capabilities as well as third-party applications via open interfaces, the Adaptive Application Engine or A2E and the Wireless Call Continuity platform or WMG 6000 acquired from Nortel are essential elements of GENBAND’s NGN and IMS product portfolio. Moving forward, these product brands will be known as the A2™ and A6™ respectively. This suite of application products is hardware-independent and can also leverage the GENBAND GENiUS ATCA platform strategy, allowing service providers to quickly add new revenue-generating services and enhanced service customization over multiple IP access networks.

Call Control

The GENBAND C-Series™ Call Control Portfolio includes the C3 platform as well as Nortel’s market-leading softswitch platforms, the CS 1500 and the CS 2000. Moving forward, the CS 1500 will be known as the C15. Leveraging the GENBAND GENiUS ATCA platform, GENBAND unveils the C20 with a greatly-reduced footprint, higher capacity, a broadened feature-set and simplified installation and turn-up compared to its CS 2000 predecessor. For IMS networks, the CS 2000, C20 and C15 will support both Access and Media Gateway Control Functions (AGCF / MGCF) while the C3 will support Media Gateway Control Functions (MGCF).

Gateways

The GENBAND G-Series™ Gateway Portfolio includes the G2™ and G6™ Universal Gateways, the G9™ Converged Gateway as well as the former Nortel CVAS MG 9000 and MG 15000 media gateways. GENBAND’s G2 and G6 access and trunking media gateways cost-effectively simplify the network transformation by grooming and consolidating TDM lines and by implementing a unique packet line gateway function. GENBAND’s flagship G9 Converged Gateway is recognized as the most advanced, second generation converged media gateway in the industry. The G9 supports fixed, wireless and emerging solutions such as IMS voice and video transcoding as well as Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC). The G9 product roadmap includes integrated session border control, video and enhancements to its high-definition voice functionality.

Security

The GENBAND S-Series™ Session Border Controller (SBC) Portfolio includes the S3™ and S9™ as well as the SR3™ Session Router, providing market-leading scalability, unmatched service visibility, routing flexibility and interoperability for access and interconnect solutions. Based on the GENBAND GENiUS ATCA architecture, the S9 SBC provides the highest scalability in the market. These products are further enhanced by added IMS edge capabilities that provide maximum deployment flexibility with standalone as well as decoupled options in various form factors. These SBC products are fully integrated into GENBAND’s end-to-end offerings, allowing service providers to offer a wide range of solutions such as Hosted Services for small and medium enterprises and Consumer Voice over Broadband solutions.

The S2 Security Gateway is a key building block of FMC solutions such as Femtocells, and WiFi-based Mobile Data Offload and Coverage solutions, providing leading-edge security at the highest scale in the market. The ATCA-based security platform, now coupled with GENBAND’s A-Series Application products, provides service providers with complete session continuity for both their voice and data applications.

Universal Management

Complementing the GENBAND GENiUS platform is GenView™ which brings GENBAND’s entire product portfolio under one universal management system. GENBAND is aggressively investing and expanding its open management platform that will integrate the newly-acquired Nortel elements as well as other complementary elements within the Company’s ecosystem.

Global Services

GENBAND now offers the industry’s broadest VoIP Professional Services Portfolio to assist operators in maintaining, augmenting, transitioning and replacing their existing networks. Leveraging years of operating experience, the GENBAND Professional Services organization delivers best-in-class services and support to assist and perform network functions such as network planning and design, network and capacity optimization, implementation and deployment, operation, network management, disaster planning and emergency recovery, as well as software release upgrades and updates. These services can be used as part of a service provider’s network transformation, augmenting critical IP resources and delivering turn-key and managed services.

GENBAND acquired substantially all of Nortel's CVAS employees, product portfolio and relevant patents on May 28, 2010. To date, the majority of the combined customer, partner and supplier contracts have been assumed or negotiated. As a result of the acquisition, no content has been removed from the existing 2010 Plan of Record for either company’s products. GENBAND has now deployed 200 million VoIP ports, with over 600 customers including two-thirds of the world’s marquee service providers spanning 80 countries. The Company has vast resources in R&D, sales and support spanning nearly 50 countries and delivers innovative IP solutions that lay the foundation for an all-IP future.

About GENBAND
GENBAND is a global leader of IP applications, switching and service solutions. The company offers the industry’s most comprehensive, open, standards-based switching portfolio, with products deployed in over 600 customer networks and two-thirds of the world’s marquee service provider networks spanning more than 80 countries. GENBAND is headquartered in Plano, Texas, has legal entities in nearly 50 countries and operates product, sales and service Centers of Excellence globally. To learn more, visit us on the web at www.genband.com.

Contacts:
Kim Lee
GENBAND
+1.972.265.3766
kim.lee@genband.com

Frank Puglia
GENBAND
+1.972.265.3612
frank.puglia@genband.com


 


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