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Metaswitch tapped for Pan-African comms expansion

Metaswitch tapped for Pan-African comms expansion

The pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom has selected Metaswitch technology as the basis for its ambitious expansion plans.

Liquid Telecom will be deploying Metaswitch’s Clearwater vIMS Core, Perimeta vSBC, Service Assurance Server (SAS) and Multiservice Telephony Application Servers (MTAS) products as the basis of an extensive voice service expansion across six countries in Africa. The network will also support deployment of the Metaswitch Accession Communicator unified communications and collaboration (UC&C) application.

Liquid Telecom was able to add voice services due to the simplicity and flexibility enabled by the extensive Metaswitch virtual network functions (VNF) portfolio. “The Metaswitch solution will enable us to expand our business voice service footprint and portfolio rapidly by deploying a centralized network with regional hubs and much lighter networks in each country we serve,” said David Behr, Group Chief Product Officer, Liquid Telecom. “This significantly lowers both our capex and opex for services like SIP trunking and hosted UC and is backed by Metaswitch’s superior professional services and support organizations. Metaswitch has been a true partner to us throughout.

Elements of the solution include Metaswitch Clearwater, a cloud-native virtual IMS core; Perimeta, a virtualized SBC that distributes signaling and media functionality across commodity hardware in the cloud and the Accession powered hosted UC&C suite that enables carriers to extend their business telephony services to any end device.

It also includes Metaswitch Service Assurance Server and MetaView Analytics, advanced software that provides deep network insight to enhance the quality-of-experience and reduce time to repair and the MetaSphere Multiservice Telephony Application Server (MTAS), featuring fully-virtualized Class 4 and Class 5 switching designed to support a broad array of voice and video applications.