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Acme Packet Delivers Secure and Seamless Network Services for the Verizon Hub














 Acme Packet Net-Net Session Border Controllers Help Deliver Verizon Wireless Voice and Messaging Services Over Consumers’ Broadband Internet Access


BURLINGTON, Mass., and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Acme Packet(R) (Nasdaq: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that Acme Packet’s Net-Net(R) session border controllers (SBCs) are delivering secure and seamless network services for the Verizon Hub and its users. Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Hub is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection — whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider.


The Verizon Hub gives busy families information at their fingertips from an easy-to-navigate touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services. Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with a secure border, ensuring reliable voice service on the Verizon Hub. Using a proven hosted NAT traversal capability, the Net-Net SBCs allow for an easy and seamless installation of the Verizon Hub by its users. The Net-Net SBCs also help maintain a secure environment and help connect to other service providers, including e911 providers, enabling Verizon Hub customers to have full access to emergency services from their home.


“Acme Packet enables Verizon Wireless to deliver secure services with high quality and seamless interoperability,” said

Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet’s vice president of marketing and product management. “Customers can deploy the Verizon Hub in a non-disruptive fashion and be confident in the security and integrity of communications.”


“Strategic technology partners are key to bringing a compelling and valuable customer experience for the Verizon Hub,” said

Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with critical control functions to assure service availability, security and easy installation for our customers.”


Pricing and Availability


Customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless in order to purchase the communications command center since all billing for the Verizon Hub will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.


The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets, which can be placed throughout the home, are available for $79.99 each. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.


For more information on Acme Packet, visit www.acmepacket.com. For more information on the Verizon Hub, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hub.


About Verizon Wireless


Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.


About Acme Packet, Inc.


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 635 customers in 92 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 89 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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INTELEPEER AWARDED BEST OF SHOW AWARD at INTERNET TELEPHONY CONFERENCE and EXPO EAST 2009

INTELEPEER AWARDED BEST OF SHOW AWARD at INTERNET TELEPHONY CONFERENCE and EXPO EAST 2009

IntelePeer AppworXTM Recognized as the Best Service Provider Solution At Leading IP Communications Conference in Miami


SAN MATEO, Calif. – February 9, 2009 – IntelePeer Inc., a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, announced today that its AppworX Application Platform has received a Best of Show Award in the Best Service Provider Solution category at Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)’s INTERNET TELEPHONY® Conference and EXPO East 2009 in Miami.


IntelePeer’s AppworX open communications platform for applications and the company’s carrier-grade network make it easy to roll out high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich media services that boost productivity while reducing telecommunications and operational expenses. A communications-as-a-service (CaaS) offering, IntelePeer AppworX is ideal for increasing collaboration among business application users, fostering closer connections with customers and introducing communications-enabled business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. IntelePeer can ensure high-quality service through the company’s redundant network peering grid infrastructure that already handles billions of voice minutes per year and its direct connections with more than 50 service providers around the globe.


“The INTERNET TELEPHONY Best of Show Award confirms how the industry recognizes the value of the IntelePeer AppworX Application Platform, which allows our customers to rapidly bring innovative Voice 2.0 services to market,” said Charles Studt, vice president of product management for IntelePeer. “Our communications-as-a-service model eliminates the cost and development time needed to roll out carrier-grade voice or rich media communications services that also reduce ongoing operational expenses, which is critical for our customers in today’s economy.”


“Outstanding companies like IntelePeer, with its award-winning solutions, help to validate ITEXPO’s status as the leading forum in the communications industry,” said TMC President and Conference Chairman Rich Tehrani. “Service providers, enterprise buyers, developers and resellers come to ITEXPO because they know they’ll find solutions from innovative companies like IntelePeer that can help their businesses today.”


The INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO Best of Show Awards recognize innovative products and solutions that were featured in the Exhibit Hall during the event. This designation serves to highlight the technological achievement and creative product features that set these winners apart from the rest of the crowd. INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine’s editorial staff evaluated the pre-show nominations and met with vendors to inspect and review the displayed products on the first day of the EXPO. A full list of the winners is posted on TMC’s Web site at www.tmcnet.com.


About IntelePeer


IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device – without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢, our SuperRegistryâ„¢ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


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IntelePeer, IntelePeer AppworX and SuperRegistry are trademarks of IntelePeer, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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