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IP networking solutions provider Sonus Networks has completed its acquisition of Network Equipment Technologies, which the company says enhances its position as an enabler of cloud-based Unified Communications.
The acquisition of NET expands the portfolio of Session Border Controller (SBC) solutions for enterprise customers and brings what Sonus calls proven engineering resources, broader channel capability and a broad, federal-government installed base to leverage into SIP-enabled platforms.
The combined portfolio of Sonus and NET offers enterprise customers an end-to-end SBC platform for real-time, SIP-enabled UC applications. The entire Sonus SBC portfolio has been Microsoft Lync certified so companies can deploy Unified Communications solutions from the core to the edge of their network with confidence.
Integration plans for customer-facing operations and support processes will begin immediately and former NET channel partners will be designated as a Sonus Partner Assure Authorized Reseller with the ability to qualify as a Sonus Partner Assure Channel Partner. Sonus Partner Assure Channel Partner designates have access to the broadest portfolio of Sonus solutions and resources.
“The completion of the acquisition of NET represents an important milestone for Sonus as it enables us to serve the enterprise market with a comprehensive portfolio of SBC solutions," said Ray Dolan, president and CEO of Sonus Networks. “The addition of NET also brings Sonus a very talented workforce across engineering, sales and services who can accelerate our ability to lead the market transition to Cloud-based Unified Communications."