Sonus Networks acquires SDN technology from Treq Labs

Sonus Networks announced that is has acquired the SDN technology assets of Treq Labs. Treq’s SDN technology is designed to optimize networks for voice, video and UC for both enterprise and service provider customers.

Treq’s solutions for the enterprise give priority to latency-sensitive and business-critical traffic based on business rules. For service providers, the technology is also designed to help operators offer on-demand network services to their enterprise customers.

Treq’s SDN solution is intended to help network operators:

  • -improve network utilization
  • -streamline provisioning
  • -transform networks from traditional IT operations to a Network-as-a-Service model
  • -better enable complete network QoS (quality of service) and SLA assurance

Kevin Riley, CTO of Sonus, said, "Networks are becoming increasingly congested due to the growing consumption of media-rich applications such as video and UC.  Historically, network operators have over-provisioned their networks to handle this congestion, which has resulted in inefficient network monetization. This model is no longer economically feasible given the rapid increase in network bandwidth driven by video and UC. A solution is required which can deliver predictable behaviour in an environment of congestion via intelligent network control and application-aware policies.“

Enterprises have been shifting to SDN for several years, and carriers are now beginning to embrace SDN as a solution to evolve their networks. AT&T for example has been especially vocal about their strategy, setting a goal to have software control 75% of the network by 2020. This investment by Sonus is evidence of SDN’s evolving importance to network operators’ unified communications infrastructures.