Optical/IP Networks

Siemens in Softswitch Stew

Siemens Information and Communications Networks Inc. has got in a muddle over its strategy regarding next-generation voice networks, according to an article on Boardwatch, Light Reading's Website covering telecom services, software, and strategies.

Siemens wants to dump its home-grown softswitch, the HiQ9200, and instead sell the equivalent softswitch developed by Unisphere, the HiQ8000, which it retained when it sold Unisphere's edge router business to Juniper Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: JNPR).

Siemens has done just that in North America, where the 9200 is no more. Siemens expects to announce its first customer for the 8000 at the upcoming Supercomm 2003 tradeshow.

Life isn't so simple elsewhere, however, because Siemens has already sold the 9200 to a number of large carriers in Europe and the Asia/Pacific. As the 9200 can't be migrated to the 8000 -- the feature sets are incompatible -- Siemens is stuck with supporting two softswitches for the foreseeable future.

To read the full story on Boardwatch click on this link.

— Jo Maitland, Senior Editor, Boardwatch

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cyber_techy 12/5/2012 | 12:02:17 AM
re: Siemens in Softswitch Stew Doesn't having to support multiple platforms mean hiring twice as many engineers? Everyone should do the same. People need jobs.
sigint 12/5/2012 | 12:02:16 AM
re: Siemens in Softswitch Stew Do any benchmarks exists that "quantify" the benefits of softsitches over regular voice switches ? No. of lines/rack, power consumption, easier billing, whatever?

Peter Heywood 12/5/2012 | 12:02:16 AM
re: Siemens in Softswitch Stew Why stick at 2 softswitches?