Monday, April 28, 2008

Cricket Deploys GENBAND's G9 Converged Media Gateway

Cricket Communications, an operating subsidiary of Leap Wireless, is deploying the G9 Converged Media Gateway controlled by GENBAND's C3 Signaling Controller, to deliver enhanced voice quality and advanced IP services as they continue to evolve to an all-IP architecture. The deployment of the G9 platform complements existing GENBAND products, the GENBAND 8000 Media Gateway and the GENBAND C3 platform, already operational in Cricket's network. Financial terms were not disclosed.

GENBAND noted that in addition to a wide range of features to provide voice quality enhancements (VQE), it is adding Enhanced Variable Rate Codec (EVRC) support over IP. The G9's ability to support EVRC over IP allows Remote Transcoder Operation (RTO) throughout the Cricket network. An added advantage is that the G9 gateway can now interface with a wider range of MSCs, providing added flexibility for future Cricket network growth.

  • In April 2008, GENBAND announced a five-year OEM agreement under which Nokia Siemens Networks will be the preferred supplier of trunking media gateways for their global fixed network market. The companies have also reached a definitive agreement for GENBAND to acquire Nokia Siemens Networks' SURPASS hiG fixed line trunking media gateway product line. Nokia Siemens Networks will continue with its fixed core networks solution portfolio and provide service and support to its current installed base and future customers.