Ingate Systems, a provider of enterprise session border controllers that enable session initiation protocol (SIP) communications such as SIP trunking and unified communications beyond the protected enterprise network, introduces the IX78 Enterprise Session Border Controller (E-SBC) from sister company Intertex Data AB. The IX78 E-SBC is a security edge device designed to enable and accelerate service providers’ large-scale SIP trunk services.
Intertex said the IX78 E-SBC simplifies and speeds up carrier deployments of SIP trunks by solving the NAT and firewall traversal problem and interoperability issues between the service provider and the very many SIP-enabled private branch exchanges (PBXs) on the market. It allows the service provider to deploy SIP trunks either over the Internet or via dedicated IP connections, and customer installations with separate PBX telephony systems as well as unified communication IP-PBXs on a common VoIP and data network are directly supported.
“Rather than offering a limited service offering after long and expensive PBX testing, with Ingate, service providers can deliver seamless, secure SIP trunks to a much larger number of customers — immediately,” said Ingate Systems president Steven Johnson. “Service providers are offering SIP trunks to increase ROI on VoIP installations, quickly. The IX78 E-SBC offers them a cost-effective solution designed specifically for these kinds of mass deployments.”
The IX78 E-SBC is being marketed as a plug-and-play device with provisioning tools, management and support capabilities adapted to the carrier’s service. The IX78 E-SBC also normalizes the SIP signaling between the SIP trunk service and the SIP-enabled PBXs, the company said. The solution can handle up to 50 concurrent calls over the SIP trunk based on licenses installed. It can be used in parallel with the customer’s existing firewall (as an Ingate SIParator) or as the full SMB firewall or router for both VoIP and data.
The solution prioritizes voice over data traffic to help ensure quality of service and it connects to the wireless area network (WAN) via ethernet or a built-in ADSL 2+ AnnexA/M modem. The IX78 E-SBC can also be used for hosted Voice over IP (VoIP) services utilizing the full potential of SIP devices on the local area network (LAN), supporting video, presence and Instant Messaging in addition to traditional telephony. The IX78 E-SBC offers provisioning, monitoring and management capabilities such as logging, resolving interoperability issues, system maintenance, as well as reporting jitter, mean opinion score (MOS) value and other call quality statistics.