SS7 Signaling Transfer Points (STPs) and Diameter Signaling Controllers (DSCs) are at the core of service provider networks, protecting and managing signaling that is required for all real-time services, such as voice, messaging and roaming. Traditionally, these network functions have been deployed on proprietary hardware. However, over the past several years, service providers have been actively planning, investing and now executing the migration of real-time services and their core networks to virtual, cloud deployment models.

So what does this migration mean for signaling?

This webinar will provide insights into the current state of the signaling market, where the market is headed and why STPs and DSCs should be expected to be deployed in a virtual, cloud environment. As this transition to the cloud takes place, it is important to understand some common myths associated with this migration and to learn what the reality will be when deploying cloud-optimized signaling solutions.

Featured Speakers:

  • Jim Hodges, Principal Analyst – Cloud and Security, Heavy Reading
  • Bill Welch, Senior Signaling Product Manager, Sonus

As the feature set of Skype for Business Online grows, so too does business interest in expanding usage of the platform. Still, for many, questions remain.

What components should stay on premise and what components should be moved to the Cloud today? What path should one take to be ready for additional features as they become available?

While the answers to these questions differ for each organization, Microsoft MVP Josh Blalock and Matt Hurst provide a comprehensive look at the various Microsoft Cloud PBX adoption scenarios and how organizations can best utilize Sonus in these scenarios to improve their journey to the Cloud.

Topics include:

  • A review of a range of options and considerations, including Microsoft Cloud Connector Edition (CCE), pure Cloud, and on-prem PSTN calling;
  • A discussion of high-value scenarios and best practices; and
  • An overview of how to simplify, accelerate, and secure your Sonus deployment.

As nationwide wireless operators put the finishing touches on their macro LTE networks, they are increasingly looking at ways to improve the reach of their services into buildings, stadiums and other major indoor venues. How might this trend play out in the years to come, for carriers and vendors alike?

Featured Speakers:

  • Stefan Pongratz, Industry/Technology Analyst, Dell'Oro Group
  • Doug Lodder, Senior Vice President of Business Development, Boingo Wireless
  • Michael Whitley, Executive Director of Business Development East U.S. & Government, ExteNet Systems
  • John Hoadley, Director - Wireless Product Management, Sonus Networks

Network operators have indicated the number one use case for moving to virtualized networks is for virtual customer premises equipment (vCPE). Service providers, for their part, are turning vCPE into managed services including IP VPN, firewalls and network monitoring. The next step is with voice and unified communications (UC), by migrating enterprise session border controllers (SBCs) into the vCPE model. For service providers this offers the ability to create new revenue streams through managed services while enterprises gain peace of mind as upgrades and security are outsourced. This webinar not only provides insight into the benefits of moving enterprise SBCs, which have historically sat at the enterprise edge into the operator cloud, but also discusses important considerations that need to be taken into account.


  • Diane Myers, Senior Research Director, VoIP, UC, and IMS, IHS Markit
  • Walter Kenrich, Director of Product Management, Sonus Networks
  • Allen Tatara, Manager, Webinar Events, IHS Markit (Moderator)

Securing voice communications used to be very simple since it was generally a closed system. However, with unified communications (UC) you no longer have the “walled” protection offered by a dedicated voice network used to support legacy PBX infrastructures.

And, while security breaches attributable to UC may not be widespread, that is changing as hackers look for new penetration points. They prey on the vulnerabilities created by a lack of understanding of the risks and subsequent lack of best practices to address these new threats and protect the communications network.

Moreover, just because you have not experienced a UC security breach does not mean the network has not been compromised. Hackers may be monitoring the network without your knowledge and just waiting for a port to be left open, enabling them to go about their business with impunity, or have already penetrated and compromised your network already and are waiting for ‘the right time’.

In this webinar, we will discuss how enterprises can protect their UC networks from a broadening attack surface with session border controllers (SBCs). You will learn why you need a “zero-trust policy” to protect your UC network from both internal and external threat vectors that could cause harm to your business.


Irwin Lazar, Vice President and Service Director, Nemertes Research
Walter Kenrich, Director of Product Management, Sonus Networks
Michelle Burbick, Associate Editor, No Jitter, Program Coordinator, Enterprise Connect

One underlying tenet of the move towards virtualized platforms using NFV, SDN and cloud technologies has been the need for open source architectures that can allow for greater interoperability between vendor solutions and a broader platform for innovation. This webinar will look at the challenges and benefits surrounding the use of open source for virtualized platforms, how the industry has juggled challenges between open source and the needs for standards, what impact open source has had on the pace of network deployments, and the use of open source in support of new service offerings like WebRTC and VoLTE.

Jim Hodges, Senior Analyst, Core Network Evolution & Analytics, Heavy Reading
Walter Kenrich, Director, Product Management, Sonus Networks
Andrew Dugan, Chief Technology Officer, Level 3 Communications

Virtual Customer Premises Equipment (vCPE) has become an attractive solution because it promises to deliver profound positive change to service delivery and operations models. Service providers and enterprises can take advantage of shorter and more flexible deployment cycles for new services, as well as cost savings from virtualization. Orchestration and automation eliminates costly and manual turn-up/turn-down processes, and seamlessly and dynamically scales resources.

In this webinar, participants will learn about various vCPE deployment models that include a cloud-based service provider offering SBC-as-a-service, service provider-owned virtualized SBC deployed as managed CPE or an enterprise-owned virtualized SBC deployed on customer premise. Accordingly, this webinar will consider the impact of vCPE, capturing the changes the technology will drive, including the role that Session Border Controllers (SBCs) will play in supporting and securing the virtualized network perimeter for real-time communications.

Consumer demand for mobile connectivity and cloud-based platforms has resulted in mobile networks transmitting more data than ever, which puts carriers in a prime spot to use analytics in order to glean insight into what is actually moving across their networks. However, growing demand for secure communications could limit that ability unless carriers and their vendor partners can come up with solutions designed to handle the challenge.

This webinar looks at current security state of mobile networks; what barriers are currently in place hindering further monetization of analytics; and how carriers and their vendor partners can bridge the gap between security and monetizing analytics in this new data- and cloud-centric world.


  • Dan Meyer, Editor-in-Chief, RCR Wireless News
  • Andy Daudelin, VP of Cloud, AT&T
  • J. Gerry Purdy, Principal Analyst Mobile & Wireless, AOTMP
  • Walter Kenrich, Director of Product management, Sonus Networks

Dan O’Shea, Analyst, Heavy Reading
John Hoadley, Vice President, Products, Sonus Networks

Over the last ten years, the operator's belief in Voice over WiFi (VoWiFi) has transformed from the unthinkable to the undeniable. As subscribers began to spread the lore of WiFi and the beauty of its download speeds, operators continued their coverage saga, venturing to seek a solution for the historic disappearance of indoor voice signal. Alas, the legend of WiFi for macro data offload awoke the mobile industry, and at that very moment voice over IP (VoIP) matured and blossomed into a technology they could embrace. VoWiFi had finally arrived, and when it was presented the golden apple, it became a must-have phenomenon to solve indoor coverage problems, extended data offload and create new types of roaming arrangements. While the legend of VoWiFi is undisputable, there remains several myths around its existence and deployment. This webinar will dispel the five ever-present myths of VoWiFi.

  1. VoLTE shall precede any VoWiFi solution
  2. VoWiFi requires the strength of a thousand men, a king's ransom and years of toil
  3. Open market devices shall not be utilized with VoWiFi
  4. Downloadable is synonymous with its evil cousin, the OTT service
  5. Thou shall only deploy VoWiFi with IPSEC

Join Heavy Reading's Dan O'Shea and John Hoadley from Sonus Networks for a wide-ranging conversation as we explore the five myths of VoWiFI and how to conquer them.

Having laid the foundation for what cloud reality looks like for Real-time Communication (RTC) services in our earlier webinar, Real-Time Communications in the Cloud – Avoid Cloud Myths With Proven Solutions, this webinar will dig into some of the more technical requirements – those often promised, seldom seen "unicorns" for RTC to be delivered in the cloud.

While RTC vendors often state their products are "free from hardware constraints," it does not always mean their products are "cloud-optimized." True cloud optimization involves new architectural approaches such as microservices and leveraging emerging technologies like Graphical Processing Units (GPUs) for media services.

This second part of our webinar series will give you a deeper understanding of the RTC requirements in the cloud and how a "cloud-optimized" SBC will meet the scale, performance and flexibility required to deploy RTC in the cloud. This webinar will give you more insight by specifically covering:

Essential SBC capabilities in the cloud

  • SBCs' adoption of a microservices architecture to increase scale, performance and flexibility
  • Leveraging optimized GPUs for media transcoding
  • Complete solutions by service chaining policy control and session management
  • Register to hear insights from Light Reading, AT&T and Sonus, which has a cloud-optimized portfolio that is a key enabler for RTC in the cloud.



  • MathWorks estimates that through the automated provisioning and call routing features of the Sonus solution, the company has freed up more than 250 IT staff hours per week for more important projects.

    MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs 2800 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A.
  • The industry-leading performance and scale of Sonus' SBC 5100 allows us to maintain a competitive edge in the market while delivering exceptional customer service. 

    Smart Tel is a major player in the Singapore telecommunications industry and aims to develop its global presence with new offices in Australia, Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines, India, South Africa, the US and the UK, with cost effective, easy-to-use and scalable telephony solutions.
  • We wanted to work with an industry-leading SBC vendor and our market analysis indicated that Sonus was the clear choice for this partnership.

    (GCS) is a software company founded in 2006 by Neal Axelrad and Jay Meranchik. GCS' goal is to be the best company in the marketplace. We are privately held and have offices in New York & New Jersey USA.
  • Sonus made the deployment, integration and migration to Microsoft Lync easy. 

    We are experts in identifying and delivering flexible communication solutions that scale and adapt to your business demands, empowering your business to do more, faster and with less effort and cost.