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. 

“Our NFV solutions allow forward thinking service providers like du to optimize their networks for cost and traffic in a very efficient manner and effortlessly evolve as their network and market demands change.”

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. 

“Deploying the Genband Interconnect SBC in a cloud environment gives du significant advantages because of the ease and speed by which virtual instantiations of an SBC can be deployed. This provides elasticity - the ability to have on-demand instantiation of a virtual SBC to match dynamic traffic demands. Elasticity gives du much greater flexibility in how to meet dynamic traffic demands. We are embarking on major transformation towards virtual converged IT/Telecom cloud hosted in our data centers. This transformation will helps us reduce costs, virtualize our networks beyond hardware limitations, automate our services, and deliver agility and flexibility.”