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AT&T Picks Metaswitch SBC for Software-Centric Effort

By Paula Bernier August 18, 2015

AT&T today officially revealed that it has selected Metaswitch's Perimeta Session Border Controller as part of its software-centric effort. Through this effort, the carrier aims to virtualize three-fourths of its network by 2020.

Andre Fuetsch, senior vice president of architecture and design at AT&T, in a recent interview with NFV Zone mentioned that the carrier had certified Metaswitch as one of its Domain 2.0 suppliers, and he noted the supplier’s SBC specifically. Others on that list include Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, Cisco, Ciena, Brocade, Affirmed Networks, Fujitsu and Amdocs.

NFV Zone spoke to Metaswitch CEO John Lazar a week ago to get an update on that company’s network functions virtualization and software-defined networking activities. During that conversation, Lazar said Metaswitch was working with AT&T on “four active strands on current projects.”

In addition to AT&T, Metaswitch’s NFV and SDN customers include Tiscali, which is working with the supplier’s Clearwater solution. Clearwater allows for virtualization, enabling new services and capabilities to be deployed more quickly. Metaswitch is also selling to over-the-top players (two of them at the moment) and many of the top Fortune 500 companies. In fact, the first deployments of Metaswitch’s Calico solution will be by global enterprises, he said. Calico offers a more scalable way of doing virtual networking.

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Metaswitch was early to recognize and embrace the software telco trend. In addition to being a pioneer in virtualizing its network functions, the company was the first integration partner named as part of CloudNFV. CloudNFV aims to serve as a platform by which industry players can test the integration of cloud computing, software-defined networking, network functions virtualization, and the Telemanagement Forum management. Founding members of CloudNFV included research and consulting firm CIMI Corp. Dell, EnterpriseWeb, Overture Networks, Qosmos and 6WIND. 

Edited by Dominick Sorrentino

Executive Editor, TMC

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