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MTS Allstream Delivers New Hosted Voice Services with Acme Packet

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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 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 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 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 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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