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Netcentrex buys NeoTip

Converged voice and video solutions player Netcentrex has signed an agreement to acquire NeoTip, in order to speed up its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) portfolio expansion.

Converged voice and video solutions player Netcentrex has signed an agreement to acquire NeoTip, in order to speed up its IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) portfolio expansion.

This initiative is part of Netcentrex’ strategy to bring increased security, interoperability and quality to voice and video communications over IP. New network architectures such as IMS and TISPAN (Telecoms & Internet converged Services & Protocols for Advanced Networks) specify an elaborate network access layer for solving these issues, opening up a new market for network access control devices.

NeoTIP’s range of Session Border Controllers (SBC) provides the required technology for both fixed and mobile networks. SBCs represent a high growth market segment since they are installed at the access point or at the interconnection of multimedia networks. Demand for SBCs therefore increases with the rapidly growing number of multimedia networks and end-users.

"As IP technology is becoming the foundation for delivering advanced applications to consumers and enterprises, network operators demand increased security and quality of service, without increased complexity or cost. NeoTIP’s SBC expertise reinforces Netcentrex’ ability to meet these requirements and strengthens our rapid evolution toward a full IMS architecture," says Olivier Hersent, chairman and CTO of Netcentrex.

NeoTIP’s technology will be folded into Netcentrex IMS developments and in particular the P-CSCF (Proxy Call Session Control Function) component. It will also add new features to existing SBC functionality provided by the Netcentrex Business Services Suite and IP Trunking offerings, enhancing interoperability with IP-PBXs and adding security without increased complexity. The combination of Netcentrex’ voice and video solutions and NeoTIP’s SBC technology delivers a powerful solution for operators looking to cost-effectively deploy quality voice, video and rich media services over IP networks.

“The trend towards IMS is becoming unstoppable, and the P-CSCF technology that NeoTIP will contribute is right at the core of that transition,” says Graham Finnie, senior analyst at Heavy Reading. “This acquisition will allow Netcentrex to concentrate its development efforts on other aspects of IMS, and quickly bring a complete IMS solution to market,” he adds.

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