Multimedia Generation Network (MGN) specialist Veraz Networks, which provides application, control, and bandwidth optimisation products, has announced a programme to enable service providers using Nortel's legacy DMS circuit switches to quickly migrate to a next-generation IP network powered by Veraz's MGN portfolio. Over 100 wireline and wireless service providers worldwide already use the MGN portfolio to carry billions of minutes of VoIP and data services traffic each month.
Nortel's recent bankruptcy filing and shift in focus toward enterprise customers leaves many service providers uncertain of on-going support from Nortel for their legacy DMS switches. Given the critical role the switch plays in an operator's network, Veraz claims its programme "will help Nortel customers migrate traffic from their legacy infrastructure while simultaneously putting in place a cost-effective next-generation IP platform that scales to handle new traffic and services.
"Nortel's service provider customers need a way to quickly migrate their critical network assets to platforms from vendors committed to their business," said Doug Sabella, CEO and President, Veraz Networks. "With the Nortel replacement programme, we are offering a product and support package that will not only minimise service providers' near-term exposure to potential changes to Nortel's business but will also serve as a next-generation platform for growing their business in the future."
Providing what is described as "a complete platform for migrating service providers of legacy TDM switches such as the Nortel DMS", the Veraz MGN portfolio includes the ControlSwitch VoIP switching platform, Network-adaptive Border Controller and I-Gate 4000 family of media gateways and session bandwidth optimisers. The ControlSwitch VoIP platform includes a distributed policy-based routing engine as well as support for the interworking of SS7, SIP-I and SIP protocols.