Italtel announces NetMatch network appliances with HD voice support


Italtel has rolled out the Netmatch series of interconnection products.  The new network appliances are designed to provide guaranteed QoS network interconnection between traditional TDM and all-IP networks – wired and wireless – with support for HD voice and video.

Specific scenarios cited include network migration from TDM to IP, migration of mobile networks […]

Acme Packet adds hardware transcoding NIU for Net-NET SBCs


Acme Packet ( has added a hardware transcoding unit to its Net-Net 3820 and 4500 Session Border Control (SBC) Platforms.

The Transcoding Network Interface Unit (NIU), one of two announced today, adds hardware-based transcoding to Acme Packet’s 1RU (1 rack unit) platform family.  The NIU family features onboard QoS monitoring and reporting and four […]

Cisco IME vs. SBC – The SBC strikes back


While Cisco’s Intercompany Media Engine (IME) has received a lot of coverage, it also has detractors who believe the device has “a number of drawbacks” for enterprises looking to federate services.

Objections against the Cisco IME include–

1. IME only works with Cisco CUCM or Session Manager Express (SME) and ASA firewalls – even […]

Acme Packet lines up HD voice transcoding with AMR-WB, G.722 and EVRC-B


Acme Packet (, the dominant name in the session border control (SBC) space has rolled out heavy-duty support for HD voice, including codec management functions and transcoding functions for its Net-Net family.  One big surprise is support for EVRC-B, a narrowband voice codec for the CDMA world.

The new set of capabilities, called HD […]