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Acme Packet, MetaSwitch reel in customers for joint offering

Tue, 06/17/2008 - 8:20am
Mike Robuck

Acme Packet and MetaSwitch today announced that more than 35 service providers in North America, Europe and the Caribbean have deployed a joint platform from the companies to deliver advanced communications over carrier IP networks.

Encompassing incumbent, competitive and municipal service providers, these customers include BTC Broadband, Independence Light & Power, Telecommunications, POPP.com and TeleBarbados.

BTC Broadband is an independent telecommunications company offering broadband communications services to 8,000 residents in and around Tulsa and other areas of northeastern Oklahoma. Using fiber-to-the-premises (FTTP) technology, the integrated communications provider is deploying a MetaSwitch class 4/5 softswitch to deliver hosted PBX services to business customers, as well as SIP peering for long-distance and VoIP-based telephony services to residential subscribers.

Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) protect the core of the MetaSwitch-powered network from denial-of-service (DoS) attacks, in addition to offering access control and topology hiding. Acme Packet's SBCs enabled BTC to quickly re-provision customers, which was critical in its CALEA implementation for tracking and monitoring customers, according to the two companies.

At this week’s NXTcomm show in Las Vegas, MetaSwitch today announced enhancements to its MetaSphere application suite, which it said will help accelerate the adoption of next-generation services and bring an "energy boost" to legacy carrier networks.

MetaSphere-based services can now be deployed to subscribers hosted on legacy-end office switches, enabling carriers to deliver advanced, next-generation features to their entire subscriber base without requiring a complete migration of the network to IP, according to MetaSwitch. The MetaSphere application suite delivers a range of enhanced services, including Web-based service configuration, flexible management of incoming calls, Web/TV/mobile telco service mash-ups and fixed/mobile integration.

Also at NXTcomm, MetaSwitch today announced the MetaView Service Assurance Server (SAS), which is a new component of its MetaView Network Management System. The initial release of SAS provides detailed call traces that allow technicians to diagnose many common configuration, network and interoperability problems affecting user service.

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