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Sonus, Microsoft Certified SBC provider, merges with Genband and renamed Ribbon Communications

Published 30/10/2017 - 1 Comment


Interesting news today, Sonus, best known in our world as one of the leading providers of certified gateways/session border controllers for Skype for Business, has announced completion a merger with Genband. Genband is more in the carrier space so don’t conflict too much with Sonus, especially not in the enterprise space.

From what I’ve heard its Business as usual in the Sonus space. The company will continue to trade on the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the ticker SONS until its new corporate name (Ribbon Communications Inc.) and its new ticker symbol (RBBN) become effective, which is anticipated to be by the end of 2017. For Sonus customers, there will be no
changes to existing account teams or current contacts.

So don’t expect much change in the Sonus SBCs, projects can push on as usual. Much like the net to Sonus transition for those that were around for that one. I wonder if we’ll get some new Ribbon faceplates for the SBC’s?

Quote from the Press release: “Today is a tremendous day as we bring together two companies that have been at the forefront of real-time communications into a single, unified entity focused on serving our customers and moving the industry forward,” said Ray Dolan, President and CEO, Ribbon Communications. “Our new name offers a fresh start and embodies our ambition to build one of the largest, most innovative, dedicated and secure global real-time communications organizations on the market. In today’s complexly woven world, we deliver the secure, immersive, contextual experiences that enhance our lives. I’m privileged to lead this new team — together we are stronger than ever and ready to help bring the digital future to life.”

You can find the official press release here:

Tom Arbuthnot

Tom Arbuthnot

Principal Solutions Architect at Modality Systems
Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Unified Communications specialist Modality Systems. He is a Microsoft Certified Master and MVP, blogger, regular on The UC Architects Podcast, and speaker at events including Microsoft TechEd and Ignite. He co-runs The Microsoft UC User Group London.

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