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InnoPath’s MDM Client Deployed by Pantech across Multiple Tier-1 Operators

Earlier this week, InnoPath published a PR that speaks to its continued momentum in the client space. In the past few months, Pantech has deployed InnoPath’s OMA-DM client on handsets delivered to AT&T, KDDI and KTF. Previous InnoPath/Pantech customers also included Verizon Wireless. InnoPath’s momentum at Pantech across both GSM and CDMA operators is evidence of the flexibility of its client architecture as well as its in-country support capabilities. The availability of handsets with OMA-DM clients is required to jumpstart operator deployments, thereby setting the stage for MDM-delivered customer care.


To pull from the PR… Greater client availability facilitates Mobile Device Management (MDM) deployment, and MDM is one of the few technologies operators have at their disposal to drive costs out of their networks while maintaining customer satisfaction. This capability is even more top-of-mind in the current economic environment.


InnoPath - PantechLeading Pantech handsets featuring InnoPath device management include AT&T’s easy to use C520 ‘Breeze’, the C610, a compact flip-phone and the C740 ‘Matrix’, a dual slider qwerty texting phone. In Korea, KTF’s unique U300K ‘Neon-Sign’ and in Japan KDDI’s compact slider W61PT and the simple, stylish W62PT also ship with InnoPath device management clients on board.


Pantech has a strong history of mobile phone innovation, having introduced the world’s first CDMA mobile phone in 1994. The company is now a leader in both CDMA and GSM devices, spanning both featurephones as well as Windows Mobile smartphones. The company supplies mobile phones to operators in North America, Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

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Agito Networks Names Director of North American Channels, Extends Experience of Enterprise Mobility Leader

Proven Channel Leader Sheila Kuri Named to Direct and Grow Channel Programs of Company Delivering Leading Enterprise Mobility Solution Increasing Mobile Worker Productivity


SANTA CLARA, Calif. Oct. 30, 2008 Agito Networks, Inc., the award-winning company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has named Sheila Kuri as its director of the North American Channel.


While Agito Networks has been successfully selling through a growing channel partner program since day one, the addition of this proven channel leader to our team fuels our continued channel activities and growth, meeting the growing demand for Agito’s enterprise mobility solution, said Jeff Dolce, Agito Networks VP of Sales. Sheila has a strong proven track record in growing successful channel programs, including in the wireless industry, and we will rely on her knowledge and proven methods as we continue to expand our reach to help enterprises address their mobility challenges and best equip their growing mobile workforces.


Available via the channel, Agito Networks award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses Wi-Fi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).


RoamAnywhere uses the industry’s most complete set of proactive, location- and policy-based metrics, in addition to reactive metrics, to deliver fast and automatic, sub-100ms handover of mobile voice between WLAN and cellular networks. Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support. It works with all cellular network technology, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.


Ms. Kuri brings more than 15 years of successful channel and sales experience to Agito Networks. Most recently, she served as the Director of North American Distribution Channels for Proxim Wireless, successfully recruiting and restructuring Proxim’s extensive channel partners. Previously, she held the Director of Western Region Channels position for Verilink Corporation, implementing a number of systematic analysis and incentive programs to grow Verilink’s channel. Before that, Ms. Kuri served as the Director of Channel Sales for Madge Networks, helping drive step function revenue growth from $9M to $20M in two years. She has also held previous positions at Standard MicroSystems Corporation and Emulex Corporation.


Agito Networks sells its RoamAnywhere Mobility Router through a growing Channel Partner Program. Agito’s partners, which specialize in wireless, VoIP and Unified Communications, benefit from its channel program with revenue opportunities, high-margin incentives, technical assistance, training, and marketing support. Agito enables partners to extend their bill of materials to increase revenues and differentiate their offerings based on business value, allowing them to further penetrate their largest current accounts, while seeking new accounts. RoamAnywhere also allows partners to offer value add, high-margin professional services; product support contracts; and consulting hours, further increasing revenues. For more information on the Agito Channel Partner Program, or to become an Agito partner, see http://www.agitonetworks.com/channel_partners.php.


RoamAnywhere gives channel partners a solution unlike any mobility solution available. The patent-pending, RF-based location aware technology solves FMC problems to mitigate the variations in RF signal strength, load, interference, etc., that made voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) challenging. In addition to supporting more handsets and IP-PBXs than competing products, RoamAnywhere offers enterprise-class functionality that is unmatched in the industry, and is attractive to channel partners. With RoamAnywhere, channel customers have a stateful high-availability architecture offering, which ensures high-performance, business-class resiliency/availability for customers’ mobile voice. RoamAnywhere supports identity-based mobility with native integration with Active Directory and LDAP directory/policy information. The solution scales to thousands of users in one appliance, the most in the industry.


About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility. Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones. RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors. Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers. A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN. RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines. CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International. Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Synchronica Launches SimpleMail Consumer Push Email Solution for Low-End Phones

Royal Tunbridge Wells, October 28, 2008. - Synchronica plc, the international provider of mobile email and synchronization solutions, today announced Synchronica SimpleMail, a new consumer push email (CPE) solution that brings mobile email to almost 100 percent of handsets in use today. Based on technology from the recent acquisition of former competitor AxisMobile and available immediately, Synchronica SimpleMail extends the addressable market for push email to even the most basic handsets, making it an ideal service for mobile operators in emerging markets.


Synchronica has already signed license agreements for the new technology with two mobile operators in emerging markets and has received an expansion order from a mobile operator in Russia / CIS for additional licenses.


Synchronica SimpleMail includes email-to-SMS and email-to-MMS gateways and a clientless solution for WAP / XHTML browser access. It also features the patented Optimizer transcoding gateway which reduces the size of pictures and allows a large variety of attachments, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents to be displayed on feature phones that would otherwise be unable to support this functionality. Users can register for the service from their mobile handset rather than having to register via a PC - a key benefit in emerging markets where broadband connectivity is rare.


Carsten Brinkschulte, CEO of Synchronica, comments: “There are more than 3.5 billion mobile users and more than two billion mailboxes in use worldwide. Our mission is to bring mobile email to the mass market on the widest range of devices. Synchronica SimpleMail which is based on technology from our recent acquisition of AxisMobile extends our reach from smartphones and feature phones right down to even the most basic of handsets. This is a key proposition for emerging markets and has already brought us two new mobile operator customers, one in Africa and one in India.”


Forecasts point to emerging markets as a breakthrough area for mass market mobile email. Informa predicts that there will be 4.81 billion mobile phone subscribers by 2012, with the next billion subscribers coming predominantly from emerging markets where PC and fixed-line penetration is low.


Key features of Synchronica SimpleMail include:


* Email-to-SMS and Email-to-MMS gateways


* Clientless solution for WAP / XHTML browser access


* Email transcoding and compression engine reduces network traffic and enables standard mobile phones to display a variety of attachments


* Support for DOC, ZIP, PDF, MPEG, MP3, and HTML attachments


* Supports Gmail, Yahoo Mail, MSN Hotmail Plus, and any POP3 or IMAP4 mailbox


* Realtime device auto-detection


* Multi-lingual support (English, Cyrillic, Chinese, Arabic, Kanji)


* Support for multiple email accounts on one device


About Synchronica


Synchronica plc develops and markets mobile email and synchronization solutions for mobile operators and device manufacturers. Products include the award-winning push email and synchronization solution Mobile Gateway and the device backup solution Mobile Backup. Based on industry standards, Synchronica can reach the built-in email and synchronization clients of more than 1.5 billion mobile devices on the market today. Service providers in emerging and developed markets use Synchronica products to offer mobile email, PIM synchronization, and backup and restore services to consumer and business subscribers.


Synchronica recently acquired AxisMobile and is set to become the leading player in mass market mobile email and synchronization middleware. The enhanced Synchronica Mobile Gateway will offer the most comprehensive multi-protocol mobile email solution in the market today, introducing email-to-SMS and email-to-MMS, as well as WAP and XHTML gateways. Document transcoding will add the ability to display a large variety of attachments, such as Word, Excel, and Powerpoint on standard feature phones.


Headquartered in England, Synchronica has a development center in Germany and presences in the USA, Hong Kong, and Dubai. Synchronica plc is a public company traded on the AIM list of the London Stock Exchange (SYNC.LN). More information is available at http://www.synchronica.com


For more information, please contact:


Nicole Meissner

Chief Marketing Officer

Tel.: +44 1892 552 780

Mobile: +44 7977 256 412

Fax: +44 1892 552 721

nicole.meissner@synchronica.com

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Agito Networks Customer Selected to Present at the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit 2008 Conference

CIO from Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe Law Firm to Present Fixed Mobile Convergence Facilitating Firm-to-Client Accessibility for Better Understanding of Real-World FMC Experiences


SANTA CLARA, Calif. Oct. 28, 2008 Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that one of its enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) customers has been selected to present at the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit 2008 conference, to be held Nov. 5 7 in Orlando, Fla.


Patrick Tisdale, CIO of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, LLP, will present Fixed Mobile Convergence Facilitating Firm-to-Client Accessibility at the event on Nov. 6. Further information about the conference, themed Mobile Business Strategies: The Challenges, The Realities this year, can be found at: http://www.mobileenterprisemag.com.


We are pleased to have Mr. Tisdale on the agenda, to present his experiences, benefits he sees, and lessons learned in working with FMC products to address the accessibility needs of his very mobile workforce, said Dorene Van Houten, publisher of Mobile Enterprise magazine. FMC is of prime interest for enterprises, not only to enable their ever-growing mobile workforces but to cut costs as well. We expect this session to be one of the highlights of the event.


Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe, a Washington, D.C.-based law firm, sees FMC as a way to increase the accessibility and productivity of its highly mobile group of more than 1,200 lawyers. With Agito Networks, users remain connected and productive with all their deskphone and PBX capabilities delivered to them wherever they are, on one device. Using a Cisco Call Manager PBX and Nokia N95 dual-mode phones, Tisdale has also improved his users’ voice coverage in facilities with limited cellular coverage, leveraging the law firm’s Cisco wireless LAN.


Agito Networks’ enterprise mobility solution the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful eFMC product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing cellular costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products). Agito Networks uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs. RoamAnywhere uses the industry’s most complete set of proactive, location- and policy-based metrics, in addition to simplistic reactive metrics, to deliver fast and automatic, sub-100ms handover of mobile voice between WLAN and cellular networks. It is uniquely architected for the enterprise with high availability, resiliency, security, and scalability capabilities to meet enterprises’ complex voice requirements, while natively integrating into directory stores and the broadest set of IP-PBXs and handheld devices.


About the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit 2008


With the theme of Mobile Business Strategies: The Challenges, The Realities, Mobile Enterprise Magazine has designed the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit to offer executives, directors and managers the opportunity to learn about the strategic benefits of mobile technology and how a mobile implementation can improve their businesses. This exclusive event is open only to enterprise end users and industry analysts, and features a roster of dynamic sessions led by industry visionaries. Highlights of the Mobile Enterprise Executive Summit include mobile technology and the multigenerational workforce, mobile fraud and security, fixed mobile convergence, and mobile device lifecycle management and total cost of ownership.


About Mobile Enterprise Magazine


Mobile Enterprise is a one-stop resource for wireless solutions from the C-suite to the field. Wherever their work takes them in the field, in the warehouse, on the manufacturing floor, across the corporate campus, and around the world Mobile Enterprise readers are engaging wireless solutions to realize efficiencies like never before. The Mobile Enterprise franchise engages readers through print, online and electronic publications, Web seminars, podcasts, white papers and live events. Through trend stories, case studies, and research, Mobile Enterprise covers the full range of the mobile workforce, from wireless network infrastructure to machine-to-machine communications. Readership cuts across many verticals and levels of technical involvement, but they have one thing in common: readers are leaders and change agents who are taking their enterprises to the next level by using mobile and wireless solutions and strategies. Visit online at http://www.mobileenterprisemag.com .


About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility. Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones. RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors. Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers. A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor for 2008 by CRN. RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning CTIA Emerging Technology and eWEEK Excellence awards, and receiving Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines. CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the Best CTOs of 2008 by InfoWorld. Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International. Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Orange Business Services modernizes Etex’s network infrastructure

Brussels and Paris, Oct. 15, 2008


Orange Business Services modernizes Etex’s network infrastructure

convergent MPLS network with Business Talk Global, Network Boost and Business Everywhere provides flexibility and efficient cost management


Orange Business Services has signed a 3-year contract with Etex, an industrial holding company specializing in building materials, to implement a fully managed convergent network in combination with telephony, network management and business application management. The solution will be used at all sites of the Etex European Business Material Division.


With this new partnership, Etex aims to maintain its competitive advantage in order to optimize its business-critical applications and to further develop its high-performing IT platform. The network implemented by Orange Business Services will provide Etex the following benefits:



 



Convergence: a network ready for the future The network at Etex is convergent, which means that voice and data can run on the same network. A network standardized this way eliminates fragmentation and promotes efficient cost management. In addition, Etex will be able to migrate to VoIP or LAN VPN more easily.

Business Talk Global: more flexibility and lower costs A particularly interesting aspect of the network solution at Etex is the fact that Orange Business Services Business Talk Global is integrated into the network. This solution enables standardization and optimization of telephony services while simultaneously reaping considerable cost savings. Together with the convergent network, it will form the basis for an IPT infrastructure as well as a fixed-to-mobile solution.

Network Boost:
management solution for application performance The integrated Network Boost solution allows Etex clear insight into the use of its network by business application, location and user group. This solution enables Etex to proactively manage, prioritize and optimize business applications that run on its network in real time.

Business Everywhere™: mobility for people on the go Business Everywhere™ offers mobile employees an easy, secure way to access the Internet and business applications.


We were looking for a flexible network partner who could offer us network standardization, monitoring and control at the application level and proactive error monitoring for the end user, said Walter Van De Wiele, managing director of Manasco - the IT business unit of the European Business Material division of the Etex Group. It was primarily the technical quality of the network, the network reach and the extensive service offering that ultimately made us choose Orange Business Services.


Jeroen Van Brussel, country manager and managing director of Orange Business Services Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, said: We are delighted with Etex’ confidence in us and that we are able to meet their needs. Stability and efficient management of business-critical applications are of crucial importance when it comes to this. The acquisition of this contract underscores the success of our own business strategy and the quality and expertise of our employees.


About Etex

Etex Group is a Belgian industrial group that produces and markets of high quality building materials and systems. Roofing & cladding materials, building & decorative board, passive fire protection systems, floor and wall coverings are produced through its 90 affiliated companies, leading producers of building materials in their markets. Etex Group, with a consolidated turnover of 2,129 millions (2007), is present in 41 countries on all continents, and employs more than 14,000 people.


About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. France Telecom serves close to 174 million customers in five continents as of June 30, 2008, of which two thirds are Orange customers. The Group had consolidated sales of 52.9 billion euros in 2007 (26.3 billion euros for the first half 2008). As of June 30, 2008, the Group had 113.8 million mobile customers and 12.2 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers.


Launched in June 2005, the NExT program (New Experience in Telecommunications) will enable the Group to pursue its transformation as an integrated operator and make France Telecom the benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. In 2006, Orange became the Group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates, and Orange Business Services the banner for services offered to businesses worldwide. France Telecom is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.


France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartiment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.


For more information: www.orange.com, www.francetelecom.com, www.orange-business.com


Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.


Press contacts

Orange Business Services - Global, Europe and Asia Pacific

Frdric Gielec

+33 1 46 46 2189

frederic.gielec@orange-ftgroup.com


Orange Business Services - Americas

Elizabeth Mayeri

+1 212 251 2086

elizabeth.mayeri@orange-ftgroup.com



Orange

Bertrand Deronchaine

+33 1 44 44 93 93

bertrand.deronchaine@orange-ftgroup.com


Georgina Hart

+44 77 309 896 93

georgina.hart@orange-ftgroup.com


Erika Gelinard

+33 1 44 44 93 93

erika.gelinard@orange-ftgroup.com


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InnoPath part of broad industry support for Symbian Foundation as it continues to grow

This morning, as part of the Smartphone Show in London, the Symbian Foundation issued a release listing 12 additional companies that have publically stated support for the Foundation. InnoPath is part of this release, and our participation is growing evidence that we have ‘come of age’ in the Symbian world. We are exhibiting at the show, booth 101, demonstrating our server support for Symbian phones.


Here are portions of the release (complete release here):


On the first day of the 2008 Symbian Smartphone Show, the 10 initial board members of the Symbian Foundation (AT&T, LG Electronics, Motorola, Nokia, NTT DOCOMO, Samsung Electronics, Sony Ericsson, ST-NXP Wireless, Texas Instruments and Vodafone) have welcomed the latest supporters of the Symbian Foundation initiative.


“We are delighted to see more than 50 companies now confirming their support for plans to create the world’s most open platform for mobile devices said Kris Rinne, SVP, architecture and planning, AT&T on behalf of the initial board members. Plans to establish the foundation are proceeding as planned; we anticipate even stronger support by the time the foundation begins operations, which we expect to be during the first half of 2009. The Symbian Foundation platform offering will be the most proven and successful open mobile platform, which will be available royalty free for members from the foundation’s first day of operations. Making the platform available in open source by June 2010 will only enhance its appeal to developers, solutions providers and network operators around the world.


Further support for the planned Symbian Foundation has come from 12 more companies, ARM, CieNET, Flander, FUJISOFT, Huawei, Inmote, InnoPath Software, Red Bend, Scalado, Symsource, TRANGO Virtual Processors and Visa, who added their endorsements to the 40 companies already announced as supporters of the foundation initiative.


InnoPath Software welcomes plans to create the Symbian Foundation, with its goals of furthering the availability of feature-rich mobile phones for the global market by building on the platform’s strong installed base and developer community, said John Fazio, President and CEO. InnoPath, currently a member of the Symbian Platinum Partner Program and an industry leader in end-to-end Mobile Device Management, offers solutions both for wireless operators and device manufacturers. InnoPath’s Mobile Device Management, deployed on Symbian OS-based phones today, allows operators to offer better customer care at lower cost and with greater user satisfaction.


Since plans for the Symbian Foundation were announced, hundreds of organizations have registered their interest in joining the foundation via the website. As previously announced, the plans for the establishment of the Symbian Foundation and royalty-free licensing of foundation software are:

1. The acquisition of Symbian Limited by Nokia, expected to close in Q4, subject to regulatory approvals and customary closing conditions.

2. Software assets are contributed to the foundation, including Symbian OS and S60 by Nokia, UIQ technology by Motorola and Sony Ericsson and MOAP(S) by NTT DOCOMO and Fujitsu.

3. This contributed software will be available under a royalty-free license to foundation members from the first day of Symbian Foundation operations, expected 1H 2009.

4. The Foundation will work to unify the platform, with the first unified foundation release expected in 2009.

5. The foundation will work to make the platform available in open source by June 2010 (two years from the Symbian Foundation announcement)

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New Global Telecom Deploys Acme Packet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


New Global Telecom Deploys Acme Packet

to Expand Wholesale VoIP Services


Acme Packet provides requisite session border controller

features, performance and support for NGT service expansion


BURLINGTON, MA, OCTOBER 21, 2008 Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that New Global Telecom (NGT), a leading provider of wholesale hosted and trunk-based VoIP solutions in the United States, has deployed Acme Packet’s Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) in order to expand its VoIP services. NGT’s VoIP services are targeted for small to medium businesses, including its certified SIP trunking offering for Microsoft Response Point™. Acme Packet’s SBCs were selected in conjunction with its NextSBC Reassurance Program, designed to ease both the technical and business obstacles of migrating users of other SBCs to Acme Packet’s industry-leading solutions.Acme Packet’s Net-Net SBCs are used to support NGT’s VoIP services, providing security, maximizing service reach and assuring SLAs. Net-SAFE, Acme Packet’s comprehensive security framework, provides denial of service (DoS) attack protection, topology hiding and dynamic access control to prevent malicious attacks and non-malicious overloads. The Net-Net SBC’s flexible call admission control policies and application server load balancing allow NGT to ensure its service availability and deliver superior call quality for its customers. Maximizing the number of networks and customers to which NGT can deliver its services, Acme Packet’s hosted NAT traversal enables VoIP calls and other SIP-based sessions to be completed through premises-based firewalls and NAT devices.Acme Packet is a company built for providing service provider solutionsencompassing not only its leading session border controllers but also its knowledgeable support organization, said Larry Stanfel, vice president, VoIP operations and technology from New Global Telecom. Net-Net SBCs have delivered the performance, reliability, strong security and comprehensive control features we require to provide a first-rate business service.


Acme Packet’s proven experience in hundreds of deployments throughout the world allows providers like NGT to focus on the other aspects of delivering the best service to their customers, said Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. “Our Net-Net SBCs solve the challenges for delivering trusted, first-class IP interactive communications over both service provider andenterprise network borders.”


About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communicationsvoice, video and multimedia sessionsand 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 networksfrom 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 protocolsSIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248and multiple border pointsinterconnect, 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.


About New Global Telecom

New Global Telecom, Inc. is the leading provider of wholesale hosted and trunk-based VoIP solutions in the United States. NGT enables leading VARs, MSOs, and Agents to provide nationwide, VoIP-based services to their customers through its proven channel ready solutions.The company’s services deliver a high quality, complete communication solution to address business end-user needs. NGT’s Network Performance Platform is a cornerstone of the service suites, and is an industry-leading network approach to delivering predictable end-user quality. NGT services include a complete range of telephony features, nationwide phone service, worldwide audio & web conferencing, desktop fax services, E911 service, training and other support. For more information, please visit www.ngt.com.


Acme Packet Safe Harbor Statement


Statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our position in the session border control market, our ability to successfully deploy our products, our expected financial and operating results, our ability to establish and maintain intellectual property rights, our ability to build and grow Acme Packet, the benefits and advantages of our products, including any enhancements or new features, services and programs, and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties in growing our customer base, difficulties leveraging market opportunities, difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers, poor product sales, long sales cycles, difficulty developing new products, difficulty in relationships with vendors and partners, higher risk in international operations, difficulty managing rapid growth, and increased competition. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially form those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption Risk Factors in such filings.



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Andrea Joest Lovas

Connect2 Communications

+1.908.857.2022

andrea@connect2comm.com


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Minimizing Downtime with Enhance Clustering

Enhance Technology Introduces UltraStor RS Series Clustering



For Immediate Release


Santa Fe Springs, CA October 16, 2008 Enhance Technology, Inc., the leader and pioneer in the design and implementation of hybrid I/O technology in storage is proud to announce its UltraStor RS series full compatibility with Clustering. After extensive testing from the knowledgeable team of Enhance Technology, the UltraStor RS series is guaranteed to be fully operable with your cluster. Simply connect any of the UltraStor series to your existing cluster, and you will have high capacity storage with your mission critical applications.



About Clustering


A computer cluster is a group of two or more computers linked together so that they are practically working as one computer. This allows you to take advantage of High Availability Clusters (Failover Clusters) which prevents losing productivity should a computer ever go down.Imagine if you have an email serverthatgoes down, you would be unable to use email until the IT team brings the server back up. Precious time and resources are lost waiting to use email and this is incredibly detrimental for time sensitive material. With a cluster of two servers, should one go down, you will still be able to use Email while the IT team brings the server back up thereby reducing down time.



The UltraStor with Clustering


Enhance Technology’s UltraStor series works seamlessly with clustering and makes high capacity storage available so two or more computers can share. To take advantage of this setup both computers must be identical in every aspect. The UltraStor device must be connected to both computers and then setup the amount of storage each computer will be allotted.


The UltraStor series uses RAID technology and comes in a variety of configurations that can use up to 8x or 16x HDDs to suit your needs. With RAID technology, you have the same peace of mind as with a cluster application. Should a HDD fail, your data will be safe.Full compatibility and reliability are what make the UltraStor series the choice for your high capacity storage needs.



About Enhance Technology, Inc.


Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems for digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, post production, data archive and IT market places. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with an Asian branch in Taipei, Taiwan, Enhance Technology has become the world leader in designing and developing hybrid I/O storage solutions. For more information about the UltraStor™ series and Enhance Clustering, please visit www.enhance-tech.com or contact your local dealer.



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Media Contact:


Steven Huang


12221 Florence Ave.


Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670


Tel: 562-777-3488


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Acme Packet Plays Key Role in Nearly 100 IMS Projects

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Media Contact: Investor Relations:Andrea Joest Lovas Brian NorrisConnect2 Communications Acme Packet+1.908.857.2022 +1.781.328.4790andrea@connect2comm.com bnorris@acmepacket.comAcme Packet Plays Key Role in Nearly 100 IMS Projects Market-leading SBC vendor working with

all major IMS core infrastructure vendors around the world


BURLINGTON, MA, OCTOBER 16, 2008 Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today provided an update on its IMS projects, which now total nearly 100 around the world. The update is the result of a recently completed survey and analysis conducted by Acme Packet.


Highlights of the analysis reveal the following:



  • European deployments lead the way: Acme Packet is involved in IMS projects in every economic region of the world. European service providers account for 50% of Acme Packet’s IMS projects, followed by 22% in Asia-Pacific, 15% in Central & South America and 13% in North America. The large concentration of projects in Europe reflects both the number of unique tier-one service providers in that region and their overall receptivity to the European-focused 3GPP and ETSI standards groups defining IMS.

  • Interoperability with all major IMS vendors proven: Acme Packet SBCs are deployed with IMS core infrastructure (e.g., S/I-CSCF, HSS, application servers, etc.) provided by eight different major communications equipment vendors. Given the early and evolving state of implementing IMS standards, this demonstrates Acme Packet’s flexibility should IMS elements be changed or additional endpoints be supported.

  • Wireline service delivery commands attention: Nearly two-thirds of Acme Packet’s IMS projects (65%) deliver services only to wireline access networks. Both wireline and wireless networks are supported by 26% of the projects and wireless-only networks by 9%. These findings support our observation that wireline access networks are moving more rapidly to IP for voice service delivery than wireless access networks. All IP 4G networks such as mobile WiMAX and LTE present future new opportunities for IMS.

  • Access border is the SBC focus: Given the initial focus by service providers on delivering services to their own subscribers, SBCs are initially being used to protect and control the access border in 80% of Acme Packet’s IMS projects. In another 13% of the projects, SBCs are being used at both the access and interconnect borders, and in the remaining 7% of projects at the interconnect border only. Interconnecting these networks to one another and non-IMS VoIP networks is an additional future opportunity.

  • Integrated SBC architecture prevails: Acme Packet’s integrated SBCs, which control both SIP signaling and media, have been selected, on average, for nine out of ten projects. The other projects are using an Acme Packet’s decomposed SBC solution a border gateway controlling just media under the direction of another vendor’s SIP signaling element. In contrast with the decomposed SBC architecture, the integrated SBC provides superior border control functionality and performance, and is field-proven in hundreds of Acme Packet customer networks and in networks with hundreds of border points. The integrated SBC solution simplifies the network by eliminating the need for the H.248 control protocol between elements and greatly eases troubleshooting and support by consolidating border control in one system from a single vendor.


In July 2008, ABI Research released its IMS Vendor Matrix and placed Acme Packet eighth among the top ten IMS suppliers based on various criteria, including announced orders or trials, the number of tier-one operators that are customers, the number of elements provided and the number of applications supported.


In addition, Current Analysis recently ranked Acme Packet’s Net-Net 4000 family first among its peers on several categories, including IMS and protocol support and customer traction.


Acme Packet is an industry leader in the standalone SBC market in multiple categories and a trendsetter in terms of supporting emerging architectures, protocols, interfaces and deployment scenarios, said Joe McGarvey, principal analyst for Current Analysis. Acme Packet’s support of IMS standards and broad range of early IMS customers puts the company in a strong position among competitive suppliers.


While IMS architectural blueprints don’t explicitly specify the need for a ‘session border controller’ by that name, our survey results show that our customers believe otherwise, said Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. The session border controller is the right product to perform all of the IMS network access and interconnect edge functions and satisfy several critical requirements missing from IMS in the areas of security, overload control, enterprise service delivery, and overall resiliency and scalability.


Information about the role of Acme Packet’s session border controllers in IMS architectures, including 3GPP, ETSI TISPAN, Multiservice Switching Forum and PacketCable, is available on Acme Packet’s website. About Acme Packet


Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first class interactive communicationsvoice, video and multimedia sessionsand 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 networksfrom 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 protocolsSIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248and multiple border pointsinterconnect, 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.


Acme Packet Safe Harbor StatementStatements contained herein that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, to our position in the session border control market and IMS projects around the world, our ability to build and grow Acme Packet, Acme Packet’s flexibility should IMS elements be changed or additional endpoints added, the benefits and advantages of our products, including any enhancements or new features, new services, IMS capability and new programs. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties in growing our customer base, difficulties leveraging market opportunities, difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers, poor product sales, long sales cycles, difficulty developing new products, difficulty in relationships with vendors and partners, higher risk in international operations, difficulty managing rapid growth, and increased competition. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially form those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption Risk Factors in such filings.


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Orange Business Services modernizes Etex’s network infrastructure

Brussels and Paris, Oct. 15, 2008

Orange Business Services modernizes Etex’s network infrastructure

convergent MPLS network with Business Talk Global, Network Boost and Business Everywhere provides flexibility and efficient cost management

Orange Business Services has signed a 3-year contract with Etex, an industrial holding company specializing in building materials, to implement a fully managed convergent network in combination with telephony, network management and business application management. The solution will be used at all sites of the Etex European Business Material Division.

With this new partnership, Etex aims to maintain its competitive advantage in order to optimize its business-critical applications and to further develop its high-performing IT platform. The network implemented by Orange Business Services will provide Etex the following benefits:

Convergence: a network ready for the future The network at Etex is convergent, which means that voice and data can run on the same network. A network standardized this way eliminates fragmentation and promotes efficient cost management. In addition, Etex will be able to migrate to VoIP or LAN VPN more easily.

Business Talk Global: more flexibility and lower costs A particularly interesting aspect of the network solution at Etex is the fact that Orange Business Services Business Talk Global is integrated into the network. This solution enables standardization and optimization of telephony services while simultaneously reaping considerable cost savings. Together with the convergent network, it will form the basis for an IPT infrastructure as well as a fixed-to-mobile solution.

Network Boost: management solution for application performance The integrated Network Boost solution allows Etex clear insight into the use of its network by business application, location and user group. This solution enables Etex to proactively manage, prioritize and optimize business applications that run on its network in real time.

Business Everywhere™: mobility for people on the go Business Everywhere™ offers mobile employees an easy, secure way to access the Internet and business applications.

We were looking for a flexible network partner who could offer us network standardization, monitoring and control at the application level and proactive error monitoring for the end user, said Walter Van De Wiele, managing director of Manasco - the IT business unit of the European Business Material division of the Etex Group. It was primarily the technical quality of the network, the network reach and the extensive service offering that ultimately made us choose Orange Business Services.

Jeroen Van Brussel, country manager and managing director of Orange Business Services Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg, said: We are delighted with Etex’ confidence in us and that we are able to meet their needs. Stability and efficient management of business-critical applications are of crucial importance when it comes to this. The acquisition of this contract underscores the success of our own business strategy and the quality and expertise of our employees.

About Etex

Etex Group is a Belgian industrial group that produces and markets of high quality building materials and systems. Roofing & cladding materials, building & decorative board, passive fire protection systems, floor and wall coverings are produced through its 90 affiliated companies, leading producers of building materials in their markets. Etex Group, with a consolidated turnover of 2,129 millions (2007), is present in 41 countries on all continents, and employs more than 14,000 people.

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. France Telecom serves close to 174 million customers in five continents as of June 30, 2008, of which two thirds are Orange customers. The Group had consolidated sales of 52.9 billion euros in 2007 (26.3 billion euros for the first half 2008). As of June 30, 2008, the Group had 113.8 million mobile customers and 12.2 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers.

Launched in June 2005, the NExT program (New Experience in Telecommunications) will enable the Group to pursue its transformation as an integrated operator and make France Telecom the benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. In 2006, Orange became the Group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates, and Orange Business Services the banner for services offered to businesses worldwide. France Telecom is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartiment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange

For more information: www.orange.com, www.francetelecom.com, www.orange-business.com

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trade marks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom


Press contacts

Orange Business Services - Global, Europe and Asia Pacific


Frdric Gielec

+33 1 46 46 2189

frederic.gielec@orange-ftgroup.com


Orange Business Services - Americas

Elizabeth Mayeri

+1 212 251 2086

elizabeth.mayeri@orange-ftgroup.com


 


 

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