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Taqua Takes IP Peering to New Heights
By Erik Linask, Group Editorial Director
In the March issue of NGN magazine, Paula Bernier noted that Taqua (News - Alert), which has built its brand selling Class 5 replacement switching solutions to Tier 2 and 3 operators, is “taking its T7000 Intelligent Switching Solution in new directions.”
Taqua has delivered further evidence to support that claim, launching a new high capacity multimedia peering application following the GSMA’s IPX model. At the heart of the new IPX solution is Taqua’s next generation T7000, which combines all IP traffic – voice, video, and data – onto a common infrastructure.
As operators continue to replace their legacy switches, coinciding with a growing adoption of SIP Trunking by businesses, interconnect capabilities are becoming increasingly important to enable the next generation services that will allow providers to grow revenues. Factor in the unprecedented transition to IP networks by mobile operators and the mass interconnects required to route the growing volumes of mobile traffic, and the market has created an almost foolproof opportunity for Taqua. Frederick Reynolds, vice president of marketing at Taqua has often commented that the greatest differentiator of the Taqua 7000 is its ability to integrate legacy, broadband, and 3G/4G wireless in a single architecture.
Where Taqua’s solution truly stands out is in its combination of flexibility and scalability. We already know that not all IP traffic is created equal – even when leveraging common protocols like SIP, each provider adds its own proprietary touch, requiring the ability to quickly convert traffic without impacting delivery. There is also no question a slowdown in the growth of IP traffic is nowhere in sight, which means the T7000’s ability to handle more than 60,000 concurrent SIP sessions provides the scalability providers need to accommodate subscriber growth (that’s equivalent to 120,000 G.711 ports).
Combined with its security features and transcoding capabilities, the T7000 provides a high-capacity multimedia gateway and controller that will allow operators to drive increased margins and interconnect traffic across multilateral interconnects in today’s mixed network environments.
“The T7000’s unique architecture has allowed Taqua to change the economics of high-capacity switching applications,” says Scott Weidenfeller, Taqua’s CMO. “Carriers can benefit dramatically via reduced session costs.”At Taqua’s user conference in Dallas last fall, CEO Eric Pratt noted that the company would be more intent than ever on fostering collaboration between its users. Its IPX solution is proof the company continues to live up to that commitment, enabling operators to increase the value of their network investments to deliver next generation services to subscribers.
Erik Linask (News - Alert) is Group Editorial Director of TMC, which brings news and compelling feature articles, podcasts, and videos to 2,000,000 visitors each month. To see more of his articles, please visit his columnist page.