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‘Tis the Season for Nuance Mobile’s T9

– Available in 75 Languages, T9 Predictive Text is Becoming a Popular Way to Spread Holiday Cheer around the World via SMS and Charitable Giving –


BURLINGTON, Mass., December 16, 2008 The holidays are finally here and what better way to spread the holiday cheer than with a text message to your friends and family. People around the world are sending the season’s greetings via email, IM and SMS mobile messaging, and with Nuance Communication Inc.’s (NASDAQ: NUAN) T9 Text Input it’s easy, with support for upwards of 75 languages worldwide on a broad range of handsets.


Nuance’s T9 makes saying Happy Holidays easier than ever for a variety of languages, including:


Simplified Chinese: ji rì kuài lè


Hindi: Chuttiyo Ki Shubh kaamnayein


Arabic: Kullu Sana wa Antum bi-Khayr


Indonesian: Selamat Hari Raya


Portuguese: Festas Felizes


Russian: S Praznikom


Spanish: Felices Fiestas


French: Joyeuses Fetes


And with word completion and next word prediction, sending your friends and family warm holiday wishes becomes easier each time you hit send. If your phone doesn’t support the languages above, just add the words to your predictive text dictionary to say Happy Holidays in a variety of languages.


T9 is the industry-leading predictive text solution enabling text-based mobile communications services, making mobile phone keypads easier to navigate by allowing for one simple key press per letter placing the power of a full QWERTY keyboard in the standard nine keys on wireless phones. Text messages are fast becoming the preferred mobile communication application, with a recent study from Nielsen Mobile showing that text messaging is overtaking mobile voice calls. Charitable Giving Made Easy through Text It’s also possible to give back with text messaging this holiday season. Organizations are increasingly tapping into SMS text messaging as a means to providing mobile users with an easy way to contribute to their favorite charities. A few ideas include:


Support the American Red Cross Text2Help Initiative, a partnership between the American Red Cross and The Wireless Foundation that allows customers of participating wireless carriers to send a text message to the Red Cross and make a donation to support the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Subscribers of participating wireless carriers can donate $5 to American Red Cross disaster relief efforts simply by text messaging the keyword GIVE to 2HELP (24357).


Give to the Richie-Madden Children’s Foundation, dedicated to bringing meaningful opportunities to children in the U.S. and abroad, while also striving to bring light and laughter into their lives through unique entertainment and special events. By texting CHILD to 90999, you’ll donate $5 to the fund.


Provide anti-malaria bed nets to those living in Africa through the UN Foundation’s Nothing but Nets campaign. All you have to do is text BEDNET to 90999 to give your donation of $5.


Donating is made easy with PayPal’s Text2Give service. Simply activate your phone to participate in the service and you can start giving on the spot. Participating charities include UNICEF, Amnesty International and Starlight, Starbright Children’s Foundation.


To see if you have T9, and learn more about how to give back and the many ways you can say Happy Holidays, visit www.nuance.com/t9holidays.


About Nuance MobileNuance Mobile builds innovative, intelligent and intuitive touch and speech interfaces to simplify and enhance the way people interact with mobile devices, applications, and services. Nuance Mobile solutions make mobile devices and in-car systems easier to use, automate customer self-service, and optimize the access and discovery of even the most advanced mobile applications and content regardless of technical know-how, location, environment, or physical and literacy capabilities.About Nuance Communications, Inc.Nuance is a leading provider of speech and imaging solutions for businesses and consumers around the world. Its technologies, applications and services make the user experience more compelling by transforming the way people interact with information and how they create, share and use documents. Every day, millions of users and thousands of businesses experience Nuance’s proven applications and professional services. For more information, please visit: nuance.com.# # #Nuance T9 and the Nuance logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of Nuance Communications, Inc. or its subsidiaries in the United States of America and/or other countries. All other company names or product names may be the trademarks of their respective owners. The American Red Cross name is used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement,express or implied, of any company, product or service.The statements in this press release, relating to future plans or future events or services, are forward-looking statements which are subject to specific risks and uncertainties. These could involve particular market trends, competition factors and other risks described in the documents submitted to the US Securities and Exchange Commission. The actual results, events and services may vary significantly from the forecasts. The reader is warned not to rely on these forward-looking statements without reservation, since these are simply reflections of the current situation.


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Four Major Middle Eastern Mobile Carriers Deploy Ditech Networks’ Voice Quality Platform

Ditech helps maximize network capacity and ensure wireless call quality as rapid-growth carriers transition to IP networks


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., December 15, 2008 Ditech Networks (Nasdaq: DITC), a leading provider of voice quality solutions to the world’s communications industry, announced today that its industry-leading voice processing platforms are now deployed by four major mobile operators in the Middle East region. Algerian carrier Djezzy, Pakistan’s Mobilink and Egypt’s Mobinil, some of the chief carriers in the area, are implementing Ditech’s Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) solution to provide their subscribers with superior mobile call quality without purchasing additional spectrum or network infrastructure, a common issue in this region.In developing markets such as the Middle East, new mobile service plans are being sold at an incredibly fast pace. Unfortunately, while promising for local economies, rapid increases in subscribership can have a negative impact on voice quality. In Ditech’s 2008 audit of over 630 million wireless calls worldwide, developing markets including the Middle East were plagued with poor voice quality on 59 percent of all calls. To quickly and cost-effectively accommodate new users, many carriers implement low bit-rate or half-rate codecs. In the presence of background noise or during peak calling periods, however, this tactic can seriously impact the call experience. Rapid-growth carriers like Djezzy and Mobinil have adopted Ditech’s VQA to help maximize their network capacity while maintaining voice quality for subscribers.Additionally, Ditech can offer mobile carriers voice quality solutions for 2G/TDM networks and the more advanced 3G, IP, LTE or WiMAX networks. This enables growing mobile carriers to provide superior voice quality over their 2G/TDM networks as well as next-generation networks. This eases migration for carriers by alleviating the need to deal with several different vendors for each technology. Ditech’s voice quality products allow them to operate hybrid networks, which frequently occurs when deploying new technologies or services throughout a network.Carriers in the Middle East have numerous challenges to overcome in maintaining a differentiated service for their customers, namely, high subscriber growth, varying customer requirements, and diverse geographies, said Karl Brown, VP of Marketing for Ditech Networks. We are proud to play a key role in balancing the region’s mobile growth with providing superior voice quality to customers.Ditech’s VQA solution is available on the Ditech’s Broadband Voice Processor (BVP) Flex and Packet Voice Processor (PVP) voice processing platforms, which provide a high-density, high-performance foundation for processing the large number of calls that traverse carrier networks. Both platforms are highly adaptable and easily reconfigured or upgraded while in service to meet operations needs or to accommodate new technologies carriers may want to deploy.


About Ditech NetworksDitech Networks is shaping the future of voice quality through continuous innovation and leadership for the world’s communications companies. Ditech’s voice quality solutions are deployed in wireless and wireline networks to optimize the call experience. By delivering consistent, dependable voice quality, Ditech’s products help global communications companies meet the multiple challenges of service differentiation, network expansion and call capacity. Ditech’s customers include Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, Orascom Telecom, AT&T, China Unicom, Global Crossing and West Corporation. Ditech Networks is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit www.ditechnetworks.com.


Press Contact:Rob Adler415-984-1970


Investor Contact:BillTamblyn 650-623-1309

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MTS Allstream Delivers New Hosted Voice Services with Acme Packet

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


MTS Allstream Delivers New Hosted Voice Services with Acme Packet


Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers deployed to maximize security and reach of

MTS Allstream’s hosted VoIP services for small and medium businesses throughout Canada


BURLINGTON, MA, DECEMBER 16, 2008 Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that MTS Allstream, one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions providers, has deployed Acme Packet’s Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to support its hosted VoIP services for small-to-medium businesses (SMBs). Acme Packet SBCs were chosen by MTS Allstream because they deliver the high reliability, security and interoperability required to deliver trusted business services to MTS Allstream’s business customers.MTS Allstream offers flexible telecommunications solutions using its pan-Canadian fiber optic network. As part of a multi-vendor solution, Acme Packet SBCs are deployed at the access border, providing security and control for MTS Allstream’s Hosted Phone System. The Hosted Phone System is a feature-rich VoIP-based PBX that is hosted by MTS Allstream. The system uses a business-grade online portal that allows users to personalize their communications with Find Me call routing, remote access to the system and many other advanced business calling features. Acme Packet’s security framework, Net-SAFE, provides denial of service (DoS) attack prevention, topology hiding and access control to protect MTS Allstream’s VoIP core and ensure network availability. Enabling seamless communications across IP network borders, Net-Net SBCs are used to mediate the protocol differences between the multiple vendors and traverse firewalls and NAT devices at the business customer sites. Acme Packet SBCs support MGCP signaling along with SIP, H.323 and H.248, providing MTS Allstream greater flexibility and migration for its network architecture.Acme Packet’s session border controllers fulfill our requirements today as part of a multi-vendor solution and will provide flexibility as our network evolves, said Michael Strople, vice president, technology development, MTS Allstream. In addition to the high availability and interoperability that we require for our network, Acme Packet also provides knowledgeable, hands-on support to help us deliver trusted business solutions.Service providers must create trusted IP network borders not only for themselves, but also their business customers, in the delivery of new IP services and applications requiring end-to-end connectivity,” said Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. “Using our Net-Net SBCs, MTS Allstream is addressing the needs of the SMB market with its hosted VoIP service and successfully attracting new customers.”


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 580 customers in 85 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 84 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 Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.


Manitoba Telecom Services Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary MTS Allstream Inc., is one of Canada’s leading national communication solutions providers, delivering innovative products and services through its Enterprise Solutions and Consumer Markets divisions. The Enterprise Solutions division, which operates under the Allstream brand nationally and under the MTS Allstream brand in Manitoba, is a leading competitor in the national business and wholesale markets. This division offers customers a portfolio of solutions tailored to the needs of medium and large businesses looking for success in a world of rapidly evolving technology Internet protocol connectivity, unified communications, IT consulting and security services, and voice and data connectivity services. The Consumer Markets division leads every telecommunications market segment in Manitoba, delivering a full suite of next generation wireless, high-speed Internet and data, digital television and wireline voice services under the MTS brand, as well as small business services in select markets across Canada under the Allstream brand, and security and alarm monitoring services through the company’s subsidiary AAA Alarm Systems Ltd., which also operates in other western provinces. The company’s extensive national broadband fibre optic network spans more than 24,300 kilometres, and provides international connections through strategic alliances and interconnection agreements with other international service providers. Manitoba Telecom Services Inc.’s common shares are listed on The Toronto Stock Exchange (trading symbol: MBT). For more information, please visit: www.mtsallstream.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 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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Korea Cable Telecom Expands Acme Packet SBC Deployment for VoIP Services


Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers enable Korea Cable Telecom to reach

more customers with trusted, first-class IP interactive communications


BURLINGTON, MA, DECEMBER 16, 2008 Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that Korea Cable Telecom (KCT), a consortium of seven cable operators providing VoIP services throughout Korea, has expanded its deployment of Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBCs) to satisfy subscriber growth. Acme Packet was initially selected by KCT in 2006 to support its hosted VoIP services launched at that time. KCT is using Acme Packet’s SBCs to deliver secure VoIP services to its base of 12 million cable subscribers in Korea. KCT uses a number of Acme Packet’s critical control functions for security and service reach maximization. Acme Packet’s security framework, Net-SAFE, provides denial of service (DoS) attack prevention, topology hiding and access control to protect KCT’s VoIP core and ensure network availability. The Net-Net SBCs offer proven signaling interoperability with a broad range of products, using Acme Packet’s SIP header manipulation feature to accelerate deployment and maximize the reach of KCT’s services. The Net-Net SBCs’ hosted NAT traversal capability also allows SIP sessions to traverse existing data firewall/NAT devices at KCT’s subscribers’ homes.KCT’s goal is to significantly grow our subscriber base in 2008, meeting the burgeoning demand throughout Korea for next-generation IP communications, said Oh Young-Cheol, CTO from KCT. We found the Net-Net SBC solution to be the most advanced and capable when we first deployed it, and now Acme Packet is helping enable our expansion endeavor by delivering interoperability and critical control functions instrumental to our success.As an aggressive company in a competitive communications market, KCT needs to offer its customers a clearly compelling service offering, said Seamus Hourihan, vice president of marketing and product management for Acme Packet. Acme Packet’s SBCs deliver the capabilities and features that enable KCT to blend key features and functions with the security and reliability that KCT’s customers demand.


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 580 customers in 85 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 84 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, 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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