Level 3 tunes into IP voice security with new SBC service

Level 3 (Nasdaq: LVLT) may be one of the early purveyors of SIP trunking services for businesses, but to overcome potential security risks associated with that service it has debuted a complementary managed Session Border Controller (SBC) service.

Offered in conjunction with its SIP trunking service, the SBC service leverages Acme Packet's (Nasdaq: APKT) Net-Net SBC, one of the early pioneers in the SBC market segment.

Sara Baack, senior vice president of Voice Services for Level 3, said that "our new service establishes a 'security guard' at the border of a customer's IP network that protects against attacks, translates between different communications protocols and helps ensure network traffic efficiency."

While more businesses are migrating away from TDM-based T1 circuits to SIP trunking services to carry their voice circuits, Level 3's SBC service will provide a greater peace of mind to businesses that the new IP-based service will be protected from possible denial-of-service (DoS) interruptions--something that can significantly delay their daily operations.

The service, albeit still very new, also plays into Level 3's increasing focus on serving the business market directly as well as through channel partners and other carrier customers.

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