Sonus gets invited to 360networks' IP voice network migration party

360networks has found that Sonus Networks' NBS-9000 Network Border Switch is the right transition platform for its IP voice network. 

The wholesale network provider, which provides a mix of Private Line Transport VoIP, IP Transit, and local access ervices, will deploy the Sonus NBS-9000 Network Border Switch that's based on the GSX9000 platform and the PSX Call Routing service in a centralized fashion. In addition, 360networks will leverage Sonus' Insight Element Management System for centralized network management and reporting.

"We needed to be able to scale to meet this growth cost effectively with an integrated solution for both TDM and VoIP services," said Brady Adams, CTO of 360networks in a release. "The Sonus GSX9000 media gateway has proven reliable for 360networks and we look forward to adding the NBS functionality as a catalyst for our continued expansion of services."

Deploying Sonus' NBS-9000 is just one of many upgrades 360networks is making on its overall network. As it continues to move through its cap/grow equipment and service mission, the  provider is simultaneously creating a purpose-built Ethernet-centric that will run along with consolidating the amount of long-haul optical DWDM and IP routing platforms it runs on its network.

And while it does not have the same legacy cannibalization problems of a large ILEC like Verizon, 360networks is a 20-plus year old service provider that's currently in the process of capping/growing legacy optical and voice platforms as its customers migrate over to more IP-centric service offerings.

"Basically, we're using these step functions to not get caught in the trap of continuing to barnacle on solutions to build upon a dinosaur, but rather we're burying the dinosaur," Adams revealed in an interview with FierceTelecom.

For more:
- see the release here

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