du selects GENBAND for SBC VNF deployment
06 March 2017 | James Pearce
UAE operator du has become the first Middle East provider to enable seamless connectivity between disparate communications networks in the region after partnering with GENBAND.
du selected GENBAND's network function virtualisation (NFV) session border controller (SBC) for high scale interconnect applications, offering high network resiliency through a cloud environment.
GENBAND’s SBC VNF uses Intel architecture and software-based media processing capabilities to offer scalable signalling and media processing functionality. It will run in a hybrid environment, giving du a seamless migration path to a full NFV cloud environment in the future.
“Our NFV SBC provides du with a revolutionary architecture that meets their current interconnect demands and seamlessly addresses the ever increasing need for scale,” said Paul Miller, CTO for networks, GENBAND.
It marks another development for du, which announced in December it was testing Nokia’s 40GB TWDM-PON technology on its network.
The carrier selected GENBAND after a comprehensive due diligence process, citing the ability of its SBC to meet du’s growing requirements as one of the reasons for its selection.
“GENBAND’s innovative architecture not only provides us with the flexibility to transition to the NFV cloud at our own pace, but offers superior interconnect, media and transcoding capabilities,” said Saleem AlBlooshi, EVP - infrastructure & technology, du. “GENBAND is an emphatic choice based on our demanding requirements.
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