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Interoperability Testing Streamlines NetNumber TITAN Access

To XConnect Registry and Peering Federations Globally

LONDON – March 11, 2009 – XConnect, the leader in Voice over IP (VoIP) and Next Generation Network (NGN) peering, today announced that the NetNumber TITAN (Transactional IP Telephony Addressing and Numbering) server has been certified XConnect-Ready.â„¢

This interoperability certification assures service providers deploying the TITAN server that they can enable registry lookups and routing information with the XConnect ENUM registry. This allows calls between the service provider’s network and XConnect federation members to be routed over IP, bypassing the PSTN. With PSTN hops circumvented, call quality is preserved, termination costs are reduced, and advanced services such as high-definition voice and video can be carried across networks.

The NetNumber TITAN, a converged ENUM, SIP, SS7/C7 and SIGTRAN addressing and routing engine, received the XConnect Ready designation after completing interoperability testing based on SIP signalling and ENUM queries with XConnect federations.

“The TITAN server is the first addressing and routing engine that XConnect has certified,” said Eli Katz, XConnect CEO and founder, who added that the company previously has certified signalling platform elements, such as SIP proxies and session border controllers. “This new interoperability will enable service providers utilizing TITAN to efficiently access XConnect Registry information and interconnect to XConnect Federations by enabling cascading queries from TITAN to the XConnect Registry.”

Katz continued, “With NetNumber as our partner, we are pleased to be working toward the goal of universal routing of voice, video and converged applications between IP communication service providers, both fixed and mobile.”

The XConnect Ready Partners Program is designed to create an ecosystem of pre-tested vendors and solutions to facilitate peering.

“Fixed-line carriers and mobile operators that have deployed the NetNumber TITAN server can now query the XConnect registry via SIP and ENUM methodologies to identify routing details for millions of telephone numbers operated by service providers globally,” said Douglas Ranalli, NetNumber’s founder and chief strategy officer. “Future Carrier-ENUM and number-portability implementations will depend on the smooth integration of routing data from multiple registry providers, and this certification moves us in that direction.”

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About XConnect:

London-based XConnect offers a comprehensive suite of peering, interconnect and registry services to enable IP communication operators to connect and exchange voice and multimedia traffic within secure, ENUM-based peering federations. XConnect’s services enable telecom service providers to reduce interconnection costs, improve service quality, simplify operations, and offer rich multimedia IP communications on a cross-network basis. Backed by Tier 1 venture capital firms, including Accel Partners and Venrock Associates, XConnect was selected by the cable industry in the Netherlands to operate the first national VoIP peering solution. XConnect has lead industry consolidation via the acquisition of the European carrier ENUM exchange and US-based peering service IPeerX Inc. For more information, please visit

About NetNumber:

NetNumber provides market-leading converged, next-generation, ENUM, SIP, SS7/C7 and SIGTRAN addressing and routing technology to the global communications industry. The NetNumber TITAN server is licensed and deployed by many of the world’s largest mobile operators, fixed-line carriers, and cable companies as a centralized addressing and routing infrastructure for both TDM and IP-based voice services, messaging services, number-portability services and least-cost routing services. The highly-scalable TITAN Master/Edge architecture provides carriers/operators with a centralized infrastructure for managing addressing and routing data for use by multiple applications that may be widely distributed across a carrier’s global network. Additional information is available at

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XO Communications Deploys Ethernet over Copper Services for DCANet

Service provides DCANet customers with access to affordable, high-speed Internet access

HERNDON, VA – March 11, 2009 – XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it is providing DCANet, one of the oldest, continuously operating Internet service providers (ISPs) in the greater Philadelphia area, with Ethernet over Copper services. The deployment, launched this week, is an upgrade to the T-1 transport service provided to DCANet by XO since 2006 and will enable the company to offer customers access to high-speed, dedicated Internet access. By combining XO’s proven Ethernet capabilities with DCANet’s proactive monitoring and support, customers will have access to high-quality, high-capacity bandwidth while avoiding the costly and time-consuming process of laying fiber to connect their locations.

“The majority of our customers aren’t tied into fiber networks, so leveraging existing copper lines to deliver high-speed Internet access was a natural choice,” said Keith Duncan, Ph.D., president and CEO of DCANet. “XO had already proven its commitment to high-level service and offered the perfect option for Ethernet access, so our choice of where to turn was simple.”

Through the agreement, XO is providing DCANet with Ethernet access speeds starting at 5 Mbps, with the capability to increase to 20 Mbps – a significant jump for customers only able to access the limited 1.54 Mbps speed associated with the T-1 service. The end result will enable businesses to more quickly and effectively download and share data-intensive, latency-sensitive files across the Internet.

“Over the years, XO has taken care to ensure that the offerings we develop and package match the needs of our varied customer base,” said Don MacNeil, vice president of XO Carrier Services Sales Operations. “Our Ethernet over Copper products afford carriers a cost-effective, high-quality option for faster Internet connections for their customers. We’re pleased that DCANet has chosen us once again to be their network provider.”

XO Communications has become an industry leader in expanding the availability of Ethernet services to carriers through its utilization of Ethernet over Copper technology. The company recently expanded its Ethernet over Copper services footprint by 18 percent and now has deployments in 75 major metropolitan markets, enabling XO to utilize metro copper loops to serve non fiber-fed businesses with Ethernet services at speeds from 5 to 88 Mbps. For more information about XO’s Ethernet over Copper services, contact your Carrier Account Executive, visit or contact XO at 1+800.474.1763, 1+ 303.539.7738 or 1+ 972.578.6496.

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit  

About DCANet

DCANet is a division of Consult Dynamics, Inc. (CDI), which was founded in 1990 as a wide-area networking consulting firm and computer reseller. DCANet has been providing quality Internet services since 1994, with offices in Philadelphia, Pa., and Wilmington, Del. With an emphasis on customer support, quality service and reliability, DCANet provides premium Internet, data and voice services at competitive prices throughout the Delaware Valley.

DCANet has built a fully redundant, private fiber-based regional network with upstream connectivity to multiple Tier-1 networks. DCANet maintains a 10GB DWDM SONET ring between its Philadelphia and Wilmington datacenters, providing the highest levels of network reliability. At its Wilmington datacenter, DCANet provides high density and high availability colocation facilities. For more information, visit


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COMPTEL President Matthew Salmon Resigns


March 11, 2009


Margaret Boles


COMPTEL President Matthew Salmon Resigns

WASHINGTON, D.C. – COMPTEL announced today that Matthew Salmon has resigned as President of the association. He will join the lobby firm Policy Impact. COMPTEL CEO Jerry James will continue to provide leadership over COMPTEL’s public policy initiatives and will assume the day-to-day responsibilities.

Mr. James has served at the helm of COMPTEL since June 2007. He is a former president of Grande Communications and a past Chairman of COMPTEL. “It has been a pleasure working with Matt over the past year,” said Mr. James. “We appreciate his hard work and dedication and we wish him all the best in his future endeavors.”

“The association remains a strong and effective voice before lawmakers and regulators,” Mr. James continued. “We will continue to advocate for the needs of our members before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts, as we have for the past 30 years.”



Based in Washington, D.C., COMPTEL is the leading industry association representing competitive communications service providers and their supplier partners. COMPTEL members are entrepreneurial companies driving technological innovation and creating economic growth through competitive voice, video, and data offerings and the development and deployment of next-generation, IP-based networks and services. COMPTEL advances its members’ interests through trade shows, networking, education, and policy advocacy before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the courts. COMPTEL works to ensure that competitive communications providers can continue to offer lower prices, better service, and greater innovation to consumers. For more information, visit

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AiDi Corporation wins Global Business Award

4th Tsukuba Venture Award ceremony

Emeryville, CA, March 10, 2009 – AiDi Corporation, a global company that specializes in optical communication products and services for PON, metro, and access markets, has announced that it has received Tsukuba Global Business Award at the 4th Tsukuba Venture Award ceremony held in Tsukuba, Japan.

The Tsukuba Venture Award was established in 2005 by a non-profit organization, Tsumugi Tsukuba, to honor and support venture-backed companies in Tsukuba every year, who have contributed toward a better quality of life through exceptional innovation, achievement and growth.

“AiDi is pleased to be recognized by Tsumugi Tsukuba as a successful example of global venture firm started in Tsukuba, known as the ‘Silicon Valley of Japan’,” says Kenzo Ishida, President and CEO of AiDi Corporation. “We will remain committed to providing our customers with highly innovative optical products and services.”

Past winners include CYBERDYNE Inc., DNAVEC Corporation and Plant Genome Center Co., Ltd. For more information on Tsumugi Tsukuba, visit

About AiDi Corporation

AiDi Corporation is a global company that offers innovative, high-value, optical communication products and services for PON, metro, and access markets. AiDi leads the way to expanding optical network markets and deployments through improved network efficiency and economics. AiDi has exceptional technical leadership in the industry, providing customers with advanced networking options at a lower total cost of ownership. Optical components from AiDi are remarkably well-suited for harsh environments, as well as highly populated urban centers. All AiDi products are carefully engineered and manufactured to exceed industry standards, resulting in a higher standard for durability and a longer lifetime in the field. The company is privately held, founded by industry pioneers with several U.S. and International Patents Pending. AiDi headquarters is in Japan, with independent operating subsidiaries in China and the United States. All Rights Reserved.

Contact: Erina Ishida, Corporate Communications, AiDi USA, Inc.,, 1250 45th Street, Suite 355, Emeryville, CA 94608


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Companies to Offer Integrated Testing Solution that Boosts Productivity in Current Economic Conditions

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—March 10, 2009— Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs), today announced it is partnering with Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) to offer joint customers the ability to seamlessly integrate their test assets and automate complex system testing. Fanfare’s test automation solution, iTest® will be more tightly integrated with Agilent’s N2X multi-services test solution, accelerating the configuration and automation of test scenarios.

The Agilent N2X is widely used by NEMs and SPs to validate the performance and scalability characteristics of next-generation network equipment, and is designed to test IP-forwarding devices that deliver video, VoIP, data services and business VPNs. It is used in out-of-service lab environments to test at real-world scale with realistic traffic, ensuring quality of multiplay services. The N2X addresses the test challenges that multiplay services impose across the IP/MPLS core, carrier edge and broadband access networks.

Fanfare’s iTest orchestrates system testing by executing simultaneous commands to a multitude of different devices in a network to simulate real-world network testing. This enhances the quality of services that SPs offer, reduces time to market, and improves productivity across the entire service development and product development life cycle. Integrating Agilent’s N2X with iTest will ease the process of automating test assets for existing and prospective SP customers, providing a comprehensive solution for their system testing needs.

“Our customers have been telling us that they want to use Fanfare’s iTest to automate the Agilent N2X in their labs to ultimately get the best of both worlds ,” said Toni Piwonka-Corle, general manager of Agilent’s Data Networks Operation. “We’re pleased to announce that the current version of Fanfare’s iTest supports the latest Agilent N2X software release, and that we will continue the integration of our two products to boost our customers’ productivity.”

“In today’s uncertain economic conditions, productivity-enhancement tools such as iTest can play a critical role in helping carriers maintain their competitive edge,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “Fanfare will continue to work with leading companies like Agilent to meet the market demand for integration between test equipment and test automation software, contributing to overall improvements in the quality chain.”

About Fanfare

Fanfare provides automated testing solutions that enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to enhance productivity throughout the quality workflow by streamlining system and device testing, reducing product cycles, and lowering costs. Using Fanfare, quality assurance teams and developers can leverage a common testing platform to deliver quality services and products to market faster and more efficiently. For more information, please visit

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Agito Networks Announces European Availability of its Enterprise-Grade Mobile Convergence Products for Enhanced Mobile UC

European Presence Headed by Former Juniper Networks EMEA VP to Provide Customers with Improved Mobile Voice and Unified Communications, Expanded Wireless Coverage and Reduced Mobile Costs

READING, UK – March 9, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced the availability of its award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router in Europe.  The RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing mobile costs.

Agito Networks has also announced the appointment of Paul Donovan, former VP, EMEA – Global, Strategic and Verticals for Juniper Networks, as its Vice President of European Business and Market Development.

Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router enables enterprises of all sizes to drastically reduce their mobile expenses with dynamic least cost routing and use of VoIP over WLAN.  The Agito solution extends IP Telephony and Unified Communications capabilities to mobile phones, providing mobile workers with their deskphone and desktop UC capabilities anywhere, ensuring greater productivity and enabling collaboration inside and outside the office.  The Agito solution accomplishes this by uniquely fusing WiFi, mobile carrier networks, IP telephony, and location information, operating on any and all mobile carrier networks, and natively integrating with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores (  In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading <100 ms, automatic handover between WiFi and the mobile network to reduce mobile costs and improve in-building coverage.  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.

 Agito offers the broadest handset and PBX support of any solution in the space, including European support for Alcatel and Shortel PBXs in addition to existing support for Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft, Nortel and Asterisk IP-PBXs.  It has qualified support for more than 35 different types of handsets from Nokia and those running Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional operating systems.  Unlike other eFMC solutions that require enterprises to tamper with their enterprise route plans and desk phones during deployment, Agito, with its line-side capabilities, integrates seamlessly into existing customer networks, requiring no changes to the ecosystem.   

“In a lot of enterprises, people are using their mobile phone as their primary phone, instead of their deskphone,” said Gaetan Claeys, Business Development Manager Mobility at Dimension Data.  “Many companies today are thinking of using dual mode phones and are looking for a solution such as Agito to reduce and better control cellular charges and roaming charges, save money by not having to buy deskphones for some users, and improve reachability of users.  Agito’s solution will help our customers better control and reduce their cellular charges while offering to end users enterprise-class features on their mobile device.  As a network integrator with strong expertise in both wireless technology and unified communications, we are now uniquely positioned in the market to provide our customers with complete enterprise mobile telephony solutions.”

 RoamAnywhere offers European customers Dynamic Least Cost Routing, which uses patent-pending algorithms to determine how best to route mobile calls, enterprise calls and country-to-country calls, resulting in significant savings.  For global workforces, RoamAnywhere intelligently re-directs international calls through the enterprise PBX with no user involvement, reducing international charges by a factor of 10 or more in most cases.  For in-building “corridor warriors” and telecommuters, the Mobility Router intelligently routes business calls through high-quality home, hotspot or enterprise Wi-Fi networks, off-loading mobile minutes from cellular to the WLAN. 

Among other features, Agito’s RoamAnywhere introduces into Europe Secure Remote Voice, a first-of-its-kind capability that addresses the challenges of poor in-building mobile coverage outside the enterprise by delivering a secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) connection from Wi-Fi networks in homes, hotels and public hotspots.   While other solutions send VoIP traffic unencrypted over the Internet, the RoamAnywhere client uses an application-layer SSL connection to secure VoWLAN from non-enterprise networks.  Users can now realize the cost savings for international roaming as well as enhanced voice quality that VoWLAN provides, in addition to the increased responsiveness of having enterprise PBX connectivity, in a simple-to-use, secure solution.  Secure Remote Voice supports all of Agito’s industry-leading capabilities remotely, including sub-100ms secure handover between Wi-Fi and mobile carrier networks, and access to corporate directories – all without a mobile data plan, which other solutions require.

“Agito is the most scalable and redundant solution that I’ve seen on the market,” said Mr. Claeys.  “It uses proactive handover techniques while most other solutions are only reactive, and the local routing capabilities are very important for companies looking to reduce cellular charges.  It has a very beautiful product interface which is easy to configure, easy to use, and provides a lot of monitoring capabilities.  In addition to the unique Secure Remote Voice functionality, what impresses me the most about Agito is that the system was easy to setup and all IP-PBX features were working in a minute.”

“Agito Networks has garnered its share of industry accolades and customer traction in the U.S., and I’m seeing significant interest from European end users and channel partners alike,” said Mr. Donovan.  “Mobile operators have yet to solve their issues with FMC or deliver enterprise mobility to their customers, paving the way for Agito.  I’m excited to join the company and benefit from the clear greenfield opportunities here in Europe to deliver robust enterprise convergence mobilizing enterprises’ unified communications and voice applications.”

 Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the RoamAnywhere solution starts at approximately £ 6,960 for the 2000 Series and £ 19,150 for the 4000 Series.  It is available today directly and through leading UK-based channel partners.  Contact Agito Networks at for more information.

 About Paul Donovan

Paul Donovan joins Agito with more than 20 years of successful sales and management experience in the European IT industry.  Previously, Mr. Donovan was the VP, EMEA – Global, Strategic and Verticals for Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for leading key Global, Strategic accounts and Vertical business development across the EMEA theater.  Prior to that, he led Juniper’s UK/I/ZA (United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa) enterprise business, showing double-digit quarterly growth while in the role for two years, and building a world-class team. He joined Juniper through the acquisition of Neoteris, where he was the VP of EMEA Sales, growing the category-leading business at almost 100% quarterly, for six quarters.

Previously, Mr. Donovan worked at Hewlett Packard, where he ran the Performance Management business for EMEA and Asia Pacific. He joined HP through its acquisition of Trinagy, where as VP of International Sales he grew the business from zero to more than 30 percent of worldwide revenues.  During this time, the International team was the fastest growing sales region in the company and achieved in excess of 100 percent growth annually.  Mr. Donovan was also a key member of the integration team following the merger.  Prior to Trinagy, Mr. Donovan worked at 3Com where he led major accounts sales.

 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 mobile costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over mobile usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines, and being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs by InfoWorld.  With Corporate Headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and European presence in Reading, England, the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to for more information.

### Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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EMBARQ Logistics to Distribute Optelian Optical Transport Systems

Contact: Louise Boyling

Tel: 1-613-688-8000 x2130


EMBARQ Logistics to Distribute Optelian Optical Transport Systems


EMBARQ Logistics is building strength in its optical transport portfolio with Optelian’s LightGAIN optical transport and LightPRO optical test and turn-up products. EMBARQ Logistics has earned the trust and respect of a majority of telecom providers in North America through decades of dedicated service. Optelian will be working with EMBARQ Logistics to focus on promoting WDM, CWDM, FTTx and PON products into Tier 2, 3 and 4 telecommunications companies.

Optelian’s LightGAIN CWDM products are a perfect fit for smaller carriers facing fiber constraints in their networks. With this agreement, EMBARQ Logistics can now offer a CWDM optical transport platform that is intuitively designed for these companies. LightGAIN’s low cost and flexibility allow these carriers to address applications from inter-office to remote terminal cabinets.

EMBARQ Logistics also offers engineering, installation, and training services which will be useful for larger projects sold through either EMBARQ Logistics or Optelian’s direct sales force when additional project resources are required.

“Given their geographic coverage and broad range of relationships with target Tier 2, 3 and 4 customers, EMBARQ Logistics will be invaluable for expanding distribution of Optelian products,” said Charlie Hancock, Director of Business Development at Optelian.

About Optelian

Optelian designs and manufactures optical transport systems for telecom, multi-service operator (MSO), utility, and enterprise customers worldwide. Since 2002, many of the world’s largest telecommunications network operators have chosen Optelian for quick delivery, custom designs, and great service. Optelian’s carrier-grade system, LightGAIN, saves power and is easy to use. Compact LightGAIN systems support a full range of optical transport applications in all segments of the network.

Optelian sales, service, and marketing are based in Marietta, Georgia; development and manufacturing are based in Ottawa, Ontario. International headquarters are in London, UK, with offices, partners, and distributors worldwide. Optelian is TL 9000-H registered.

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Tadiran Telecom Unveils New Softswitch Application Bundle and Chooses European Market to Pioneer its Assimilation

As part of the company’s strategic decision, these communication management applications will be demonstrated to potential partners at CeBit (Hall 13, Booth C86)

Petach Tikva, Israel, Port Washington, NY– March 05, 2009 - Tadiran Telecom®, a leading global IP business telephony and communications supplier, today announced the launch of a new Softswitch application bundle including Sea Navigator, workgroup communication management tools, and the Coral Sea Softswitch. Tadiran Telecom declared that it has strategically chosen the European market to pioneer the assimilation of this new technology and will be negotiating new partnerships in the region. The softswitch application bundle will be demonstrated to potential partners at the CeBit Exhibition (Hall 13, Booth C86).

The Sea Softswitch has been successfully implemented and already delivers unified communications and multimedia over IP to enterprises in diverse vertical markets such as government, healthcare, energy, and education. In response to user feedback and market demand, Tadiran Telecom has developed the Sea Navigator and workgroup applications to supplement the Sea Softswitch. The Sea Navigator is a desktop communication management tool that allows full convergence and enhanced productivity through an intuitive Outlook-like user interface. The workgroup application allows organizations to be more attainable and communicative at all times, making the most of their human resources. This application offers a shared-line button functionality ideal for Support and Presales teams. Managers can depend on assistants to handle calls on their behalf, ensuring that incoming calls are always answered.

 ”We have positioned ourselves successfully to enjoy the shift in the European ICT (Information & Communication Technology) market from IP-PBX technology to Softswitch-based networks that allow unified communication as well as multimedia over IP,” says Zeev Aviv, VP of Sales and Marketing at Tadiran Telecom. “We have always seen our partners as an integral and invaluable extension of our services and products, and we wish to benefit together from this prevailing trend.”

The advanced Sea Softswitch software architecture provides organizations with a platform for more reliable and efficient business interactions. Bundled with the Sea Navigator and workgroup applications, the Softswitch allows users to intuitively and efficiently access and utilize unified messaging, voice and video conferencing, soft phones, dual-mode phones, IP phones -  regardless of the source, users will be able to receive information in real time, conduct consultations and correspondence with colleagues, and make timely well-founded decisions.

About Tadiran Telecom

Tadiran Telecom® has been an established innovator in telecommunications for more than 40 years. The company has initiated an organizational plan to increase environmental awareness in the telecom market while utilizing “green technology” in its products. A leading global IP business telephony and communications supplier, Tadiran serves businesses and organizations of all sizes with a comprehensive family of products, including IP PBXs, contact centers, IP telephones, and mobility and desktop applications. Tadiran distributes IP communications solutions to some of the world’s largest companies and organizations across 41 countries through authorized business partners. For more information, visit

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Advanced Subscriber Modeling Allows Real-World, Carrier Grade, Class 5 VoIP Switch Emulation to Deliver Full Performance Testing for Large Scale VoIP Devices and Networks 

Calabasas, California (March 4, 2009) Ixia, a leading supplier of IP test systems, today announced the next generation in residential and business VoIP testing. With its ultra-high performance, IxLoadâ„¢ Voice matches the capacity of modern media gateways with an unprecedented 1 million SIP- and RTP-based endpoints per chassis – five times the capacity of its nearest competing product. Ixia’s new Acceleronâ„¢-XP load module implements voice protocols with hardware to reach these major capacity milestones.

IxLoad tests VoIP network components, including IP-based PBXs, softswitches, call managers, session border controllers, and media gateways, using highly realistic scenarios involving multiple voice protocols, complex calling sequences, and triple-play mixes of voice, video and data traffic. IxLoad’s unique subscriber modeling emulates user communities that vary in service usage and timing. This approach yields performance results that accurately predict live-network capacity – allowing service providers to correctly provision their networks. Ixia supports all of the essential VoIP signaling and transmission protocols, including SIP, RTP, SCCP, MGCP, H.323, and H.248 – with complex call flows and Class 5 features.

After many years of isolated, small-scale consumer and business roll-outs, VoIP deployments have finally gone mainstream. Infonetics Research forecasts a 25% compound aggregate growth in residential and SOHO hosted VoIP subscribers through 2011, when they are expected to number over 187 million. To meet this growing demand, network equipment manufacturers must deliver VoIP devices that can handle more calls and a complex array of protocols and services. Both network equipment manufacturers and converged service providers of all sizes need to verify the performance and interoperability of new VoIP devices and networks, ensuring that they can handle complex, heavy VoIP traffic loads. 

“VoIP protocols and technology may be well understood, but there are a host of potential problems when a high number of calls are mixed with large volumes of data and video traffic,” said Anupam Sahai, vice president of marketing at Ixia. “We developed our Acceleron-XP, VQM modules and IxLoad test application to emulate city-scale communities of real-world users – allowing our customers to discover and solve their device and network problems before their customers do.”

IxLoad emulates and tests security and network infrastructure protocols, including IPSec, PPP, DHCP and multiple forms of authentication. Voice call security is also supported by SIP/TLS and SRTP. Ixia’s VQM support module delivers real-time evaluation of end-user quality of experience (QoE), such as PESQ scores for 300 simultaneous calls – making it unnecessary to wait for time-consuming, post-test analysis. IxLoad facilitates rapid testing, refinement, troubleshooting and automation to maximize testing productivity.

“VoIP services have already been widely adopted by consumers and SOHOs, but we expect the next growth in adoption to come from SMBs.” said Matthias Machowinski, analyst at Infonetics. “For them, service reliability and voice quality will be key buying criteria. With Ixia’s new IxLoad Voice, service providers can comprehensively test their networks before they ramp up these high value subscribers, so that there are no surprises when subscribers are turned up.”

Ixia’s single platform approach, with a range of interfaces and targeted test applications, allows network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises to ensure the quality and performance for all of their devices – individually and in combination. Ixia’s test applications cover conformance, performance, automation and live-network maintenance. Ixia’s IxRave provides service verification of deployed VoIP and other networks with active testing; its unique testing and mapping facility ensures VoIP problems are quickly isolated to a geographical area or home.

With Ixia’s IxLoad Voice, NEMs bring their products to market faster, and service providers and enterprises can be sure that their deployments meet their capacity and responsiveness needs. IxLoad Voice allows service providers to evaluate components and provision their networks with confidence – eliminating expensive network degradation and down-time. IxLoad Voice is available immediately and will be demonstrated at IPTV World Forum in London from March 23rd to the 25th, in stand #34.

About Ixia Ixia is a leading supplier of test, measurement and service verification solutions to Internet equipment manufacturers, carriers, service providers, government agencies and enterprises. Ixia’s platform is used to test IP networking equipment of all types and sizes, with powerful and flexible test applications that handle the widest range of Internet usage – from routing and switching to converged applications traffic to validating the service quality of live networks and services. Ixia’s multiplay test solutions are acknowledged as the market leader – addressing the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

Ixia, IxLoad and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

This material is for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice. It describes Ixia’s present plans to develop and make available to its customers certain products, features and capabilities. Ixia is only obligated to provide those deliverables specifically included in a written agreement between Ixia and the customer.

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