Sonus Networks announced that it has enhanced the Sonus network border switch to help its customers target key growth markets such as IP access services with voice over broadband and SIP business trunking, while expanding its IP peering capabilities. 

"The access service market is evolving as network operators need to provide connections for both TDM and IP traffic on the same network device," Deborah Kish, Principal Analyst at Gartner, said in a stateement "Carriers and enterprises have the opportunity to reduce network operating costs through secure IP connections and enabling least cost routing."

The key enhancements are aimed to improve deployment, interoperability, security and efficiency.

"Today’s access environment requires more than a simple session border control device at the network edge," Shailin Sehgal, Sonus VP of product management and marketing, said in a statement. "The introduction of local policy management means that for the first time, the Sonus Network Border Switch will be able to act as a standalone network element with built-in call routing."

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