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InnoPath Delivers Mobile Device Management for the Android OS (MDM addresses the multi-billion dollar smartphone support problem and creates a more positive customer experience)

This morning InnoPath issued a PR (also below) announcing client support for the T-Mobile G1. It was timed to coincide with the unveiling of the actual device. InnoPath’s ability to port its client to the Android OS is an example of its adaptability and modularity. The client has been adopted by major handset vendors including Samsung, LG and Nokia, and is also available for Windows Mobile and Symbian.


Here’s the release: InnoPath Software, the leader in Mobile Device Management (MDM), today announced support for the new mobile platform based on Google’s Android operating system (OS). With T-Mobile’s announcement today of the G1, wireless operators will look for ways to provide the most effective customer support for this new OS. InnoPath’s industry leading MDM client technology is based on experience gained from hundreds of millions of shipments to device manufacturers worldwide and years of operational experience in Tier-1 operator networks. This technology is now available on this groundbreaking mobile phone platform.


“InnoPath has a keen understanding of the impact of smartphones on operators’ frontline care organizations, as requirements begin to resemble laptop support more than traditional mobile phone support,” said Eric King, VP of Business Development for InnoPath. “Our early availability of a client for the Android operating system will positively impact the usability and supportability of this new platform as it begins to grow market share.”


Already supporting Windows Mobile and Symbian operating systems, the InnoPath OMA-DM device management client is unique in equipping mobile operators with standards-based, over-the-air support for their frontline care organizations, even for phones already in the field. The client is modular, portable to a variety of operating systems and may be downloaded at the time of the first care call. In conjunction with InnoPath’s iMDM Server, the client creates an over-the-air channel to the phone permitting a full range of device troubleshooting, monitoring and configuration capabilities. In addition, the client may be loaded onto the phone at the time of manufacture, permitting firmware updates over-the-air, known in the industry as FOTA.


As background, MDM enables the operator’s care organization to provide better service with reduced expenses in the face of increasing device and service complexity. InnoPath is unique in delivering a standards-based pre-integrated solution that is extensible based on the business requirements of the operator. The ROI for MDM-enabled customer care has been proven in a recent study by the analyst firm Stratecast which places the annual global operator exposure at more than $25 billion, much of which may be saved through MDM.

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XCONNECT AND ACME PACKET DELIVER NEW

London, UK and Burlington, MA, September 23, 2008 —XConnect, the leader in VoIP Peering, and Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced successful testing of new methods that assist in the prevention of Spam over Internet Telephony (SPIT), also known as voice spam.


 


Unlike email spam, SPIT is still relatively uncommon and was somewhat obscure prior to the recent significant worldwide growth of VoIP communications. Now that VoIP has become more ubiquitous, the disruptive and intrusive nature of unwanted calls, coupled with the difficulty in detecting SPIT, has made this up-and-coming threat hard to ignore. Consequently, industry bodies such as the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) have recently begun placing increased focus on developing approaches to dealing with SPIT.


 


In one of the proposed approaches, peering federations use upstream SIP elements to tag or mark call attempts with a spam score indicating the likelihood of SPIT. Session border controllers (SBCs) are then configured at the borders between originating and terminating networks to interpret these scores and act accordingly. For example, a low or zero-value score will result in the SBC forwarding the call to the intended destination, while a higher score may result in the call being rerouted to a secure destination or rejected altogether by the SBC. Managed federations are good candidates for this approach and many of XConnect’s customers, across federations, have demanded significant SPIT detection and protection measures as prerequisites to enabling secure multi-lateral interconnections.   XConnect and Acme Packet are working together to implement this new methodology for the first time. 


 


“Until now, the few industry attempts to implement SPIT prevention have been ineffective, because approaches that mimic email spam solutions do not account for the realities and architectures of voice,” said Eli Katz, CEO of XConnect. “XConnect’s approach is the first to create an industry-standards-based infrastructure to allow calls and multimedia IP sessions to be identified and tagged with advanced SPIT threat information. This enables communication service providers to deal with this potential threat in an intelligent manner, on a call-by-call basis.”


 


“As more and more VoIP networks become interconnected, SPIT has the potential to create a plague that’s even worse than email spam,” stated Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management at Acme Packet. “Acme Packet, leveraging its Net-SAFE™ (Session-Aware Filtering and Enforcement) security framework, is committed to working in tandem with VoIP peering federation providers, such as XConnect, who are actively engaged in preventing SPIT as well as other undesirable network activity.”


 


“SPIT may not be a household word yet, but service providers understand the potential for detracting from the VoIP experience,” said Jon Arnold of J. Arnold & Associates. “This spam score will provide another valuable metric to determine the quality of VoIP traffic that is being peered between service providers.”


 


Links to the IETF drafts describing the SPIT prevention approach mentioned above, as well as other relevant material, can be accessed via XConnect’s online media center (http://www.xconnect.net/voip_download.htm).


About XConnect Global NetworksLondon based XConnect is the leading provider of secure, ENUM based Peering Federations.  XConnect’s services enable telecom companies to offer rich multimedia IP communications on a cross-network basis and reduce interconnection costs.  Backed by Tier1 Venture Capital firms including Accel Partners and Venrock Associates, XConnect was selected by the cable industry in the Netherlands to operate the first national VoIP peering solution, and has lead industry consolidation via the acquisition of the European carrier ENUM exchange, e164.info and US-based peering service IPeerX Inc. For more information, please visit www.xconnect.net.About Acme Packet


Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communications—voice, video and multimedia sessions—and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks—from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols—SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248—and multiple border points—interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 540 customers in 84 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 85 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com

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CoreOptics and ADVA Create “Plug and Play” Modules for 10G Metro Optical Networks

CoreOptics and ADVA Optical Networking partner to enable plug-and-play metro optical networks based on MLSE-2


Martinsried/Munich, Germany, and San Jose, USA, September 22, 2008: CoreOptics Inc., a leading designer and manufacturer of 40 Gbps and 10 Gbps optical networking subsystems, and ADVA Optical Networking today announced joint development of the second generation of 10 Gbps Maximum Likelihood Sequence Estimation (MLSE-2) technology on ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 3000 Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) platform.


“The joint work with CoreOptics has resulted in an innovative optical module based on MLSE-2 and ADVA Optical Networking’s transmitter technology,” commented Dr. Christoph Glingener, chief technology officer at ADVA Optical Networking. “It will enable transport of 10 Gbps signals on much longer uncompensated links to further maximize the benefits of ROADM-based installed networks. In addition to significant CAPEX/OPEX savings, the results of our partnership with CoreOptics enable service providers to simplify their architecture with high-performance, low-cost plug-and-play metro optical networks.”


CoreOptics has established market leadership in providing highly advanced equalization solutions based on electronic signal processing at 10 Gbps, while providing a complete set of 40 Gbps transponder modules. The company’s innovative technology is “field-proven” and is in deployment with top tier service providers globally.


“ADVA Optical Networking has been in the forefront of delivering optical and Ethernet innovation to advance the transformation to packet-oriented optical networking and increase the efficiency of existing network infrastructure,” said Hamid Arabzadeh, chairman of the board, president and CEO of CoreOptics. ”ADVA’s disruptive next-generation metro WDM platform, now based on MLSE-2, will enable service providers to benefit from more capacity, higher speeds, longer reach and a greater utilization of their optical networks, while achieving a much faster service activation time for the end users.”


CoreOptics currently offers 10 Gbps DWDM, 40 Gbps Single Channel Short Reach and 40/43G DWDM transponder modules. The company’s product portfolio also includes 40G Serializer/De-serializer IC’s, 43 Gbps Ultra-FEC, 40G Mux/DeMux for 4×10G client signals and Interface Converter supporting SFI-5s, SFI-4, XFI to enable building of next generation Open Tolerant Networks.


About CoreOptics


CoreOptics, with operations in Nuremberg, Germany and San Jose, California/Manchester New Hampshire, USA, develops and manufactures subsystems for ultra high-speed optical networking applications in the telecommunications and information technology industries. CoreOptics current portfolio includes advanced 10Gbps and 40Gbps transponders for Metropolitan, Regional and Long Haul optical systems using DWDM, OTN, SONET/SDH, ATM and IP protocols.


The company was founded in January 2001 and has received financing from leading venture capital firms T-com, GIMV, Crescendo Ventures, TVM, High Tech Private Equity, Atila Ventures, Quest for Growth and others. The team includes over 140 highly skilled engineers with extensive experience in RF and digital ASIC design as well as optical systems, applications and network architecture. Additional information about CoreOptics can be found at www.CoreOptics.com


About ADVA Optical Networking


ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is at the forefront of providing Optical+Ethernet solutions that advance next-generation networks for data, storage, voice and video services. Our company’s strength comes from passionate and dedicated employees, all sharing a common vision: a fast, customized response to customers’ ever-changing needs. Our innovative FSP products and strong customer focus provide carriers and enterprises the ability to scale their networks and deliver intelligent, competitive new services. ADVA Optical Networking’s solutions have been deployed at more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises around the world. For further information about ADVA Optical Networking: www.advaoptical.com.


For more information please contact:


Saeid Aramideh

CoreOptics

Senior Vice President of Global Sales and Marketing

50 Bridge Street, #308

Manchester, NH 03101

Phone: +1 603-669-3355

Email: saeid@coreoptics.com


Christine Keck

ADVA Optical Networking

Director, Global Press & Analyst Relations

One International Boulevard

Mahwah, NJ 07495

Phone: +1 201-258-8293

Email: ckeck@advaoptical.com

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NeoPhotonics and ECI Announce Agreement for 40G Metro and Long-Haul ROADMs

CONTACT


Michael Newsom

LouVan Communications Inc.

voice: +1 508.541.9036 / mobile +1 617.803.5385

email: louvanpr@comcast.net


Fran Bosecker

Vantage Communications for ECI Telecom

+1-845-536-1416

fbosecker@pr-vantage.com


ECI Telecom and NeoPhotonics Announce Use Of Ultra Low Loss PLC ROADMs In ECI Telecom’s XDM® Optical Platforms


New Ultra Low Loss ROADM Meets the Requirements for 40 Gbps Operation in Next Gen Metro and Long-Haul Networks


Brussels – September 23, 2008 – NeoPhotonics and ECI Telecom today announced here at the European Conference and Exhibition on Optical Communication (ECOC 2008) that NeoPhotonics’ new Ultra-Low Loss Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer (ROADM) modules are being used in ECI Telecom’s XDM® Optical Networking Platform. The Ultra-Low Loss ROADM incorporates NeoPhotonics’ advanced planar lightwave circuit (PLC) technology to significantly reduce the insertion loss and increase the pass band, thus meeting the requirements for next generation 40 Gbps optical transmission systems.


“NeoPhotonics’ ultra low insertion loss and wide passband PLC ROADM, complementing ECI’s existing WSS ROADM, has enabled us to meet and surpass performance goals for next generation optical platforms, which we are now deploying in metro and long-haul networks around the world,” said Oren Marmur, Vice President, Optical Networking Line of Business of ECI Telecom. “In line with ECI’s 1Net, a comprehensive framework focused on the optimized transition to next-generation networks, NeoPhotonics’ PLC ROADM helped us achieve greater flexibility and cost-effectiveness, while guaranteeing compatibility with future 40 Gbps operations.”


“NeoPhotonics is very pleased to announce that ECI Telecom is a lead customer for our new ultra low loss ROADM modules,” commented Tim Jenks, CEO of NeoPhotonics. “ECI is widely recognized as a leading innovator in next generation optical networks and we feel that the advanced performance of our new ROADM modules will be a good fit for ECI’s architecture.”


“The incorporation of NeoPhotonics’ ultra low loss DWDM MUX/DMUX into the popular ROADM configuration we are currently shipping lowers insertion loss by more than 2 dB, significantly decreases ripple and increases the pass band by >50%, which are critical parameters in cascaded and 40 Gbps DWDM architectures,” said Ferris Lipscomb, V. P. of Marketing at NeoPhotonics. “NeoPhotonics’ ultra low loss ROADM is suitable for any of the popular 40 Gbps coding schemes and can be used in architectures which cascade up to 16 nodes.”


NeoPhotonics’ new ROADM module builds upon the success of NeoPhotonics’ extensive line of Planar Lightwave Circuit (PLC) products, including Arrayed Wavelength Gratings (AWGs) and Variable Optical Multiplexers (VMUXs). First shipped nine years ago, these products have been embraced by customers around the globe and have accumulated more than 300 million device hours in the field.


NeoPhotonics is showcasing here at ECOC, in booth 30, the industry’s most complete portfolio of MEMS and PLC based optical solutions, its extensive portfolio of GPON and GEPON transceivers for FTTH applications and its broad line of telecom transceiver products in SFF, SFP and XFP form factors.


About ECI Telecom


ECI Telecom Ltd. delivers innovative communications platforms to carriers and service providers worldwide. ECI provides efficient platforms and solutions that enable customers to rapidly deploy cost-effective, revenue-generating services.


Founded in 1961, Israel-based ECI has consistently delivered customer-focused networking solutions to the world’s largest carriers. The Company is also a market leader in many emerging markets. ECI provides scalable broadband access, transport and data networking infrastructure that provides the foundation for the communications of tomorrow, including next-generation voice, IPTV, mobility and other business solutions. For more information, please visit www.ecitele.com.


Certain statements contained in this release may contain forward-looking information with respect to plans, projections or future performance of the Company. By their nature, forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties including, but not limited to, product and market acceptance risks, the impact of competitive pricing, product development, commercialization and technological difficulties as well as other risks.


About NeoPhotonics


NeoPhotonics Corporation is a leading developer and vertically integrated manufacturer of photonic integrated circuit (PIC) based components, modules and subsystems for use in telecommunications networks. Our products include active semiconductor, passive PLC and MEMS multi-dimensional switching functions in a single product. This integration is enabled by integration, nanomaterials and nanoscale design and fabrication technologies. Backed by leading venture capital firms and institutional investors, NeoPhotonics maintains headquarters in San Jose, California and ISO 9001:2000 certified engineering and manufacturing facilities in Silicon Valley and Shenzhen, China.


NeoPhotonics is a registered trademark and the red dot logo is a trademark of NeoPhotonics Corporation. All other marks are the property of their respective owners.

www.neophotonics.com

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