Siemens in Softswitch Stew
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.
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