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FiberNet Telecom Group Inc.




NEW YORK – May 28, 2009 – FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTGX) announced today that it has entered into a definitive Agreement and Plan of Merger with Zayo Group, LLC, a regional provider of bandwidth and telecom services to carrier, enterprise and government customers (“Zayo Group”) and Zayo Merger Sub, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Zayo Group. Each share of FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (“FiberNet”) common stock issued and outstanding immediately prior to the effective time of the merger will be entitled to receive $11.45 in cash (subject to potential adjustment under the merger agreement).

The transaction is subject to the approval of FiberNet’s stockholders at a special meeting, FCC and state regulatory approvals, and customary conditions. The transaction is not subject to any financing condition. The Board of Directors of FiberNet approved the agreement and recommended the adoption of the agreement by FiberNet’s stockholders. The transaction is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2009.

FiberNet will solicit superior proposals from third parties until June 17, 2009. There can be no assurance that FiberNet will receive any superior proposals, and it does not intend to disclose developments with respect to this solicitation process unless and until its Board of Directors has made a decision to accept a superior proposal.

About FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FiberNet owns and operates integrated colocation facilities and diverse transport routes in the gateway markets of New York/New Jersey, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami, designed to provide comprehensive broadband interconnectivity enabling the exchange of traffic over multiple networks. FiberNet’s customized connectivity infrastructure provides an advanced, high bandwidth, fiber-optic solution to support the demand for network capacity and to facilitate the interconnection of multiple carriers’ and customers’ networks. For additional information about FiberNet, visit FiberNet’s website at

About Zayo Group

Based in Louisville, Colo., Zayo Group ( is a regional provider of telecom services – including bandwidth, voice and managed services – to carrier, enterprise, SME and government customers. Zayo Group currently provides its service over a fiber network that spans 129 markets in 23 states. Zayo Group consists of three complementary business units: Zayo Bandwidth, Zayo Managed Services and Onvoy Voice Services.

Important Notice

FiberNet plans to file with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mail to its stockholders a Proxy Statement in connection with the transaction. The Proxy Statement will contain important information about FIBERNET TELECOM GROUP, INC., ZAYO GROUP, LLC, the transaction and related matters. Investors and security holders are urged to read the Proxy Statement carefully when it is available.

Investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement (when available) and other documents filed with the SEC by FiberNet and Zayo Group, LLC through the web site maintained by the SEC at

In addition, investors and security holders will be able to obtain free copies of the Proxy Statement after it is filed with the SEC from FiberNet by contacting Investor Relations by telephone at (212) 405-6200, by mail at FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc., 220 W. 42nd Street, 13th Floor, New York, New York 10036, Attention: Investor Relations, by emailing, or on the Investors & Press section of FiberNet’s website at

Forward Looking Statements

Certain statements contained in this press release about our expectation of future events or results constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions of The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. You can identify forward-looking statements by terminology such as, “may,” “should,” “expects,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “potential,” “continue,” or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology. These statements are not historical facts, but instead represent only our beliefs regarding future events, many of which, by their nature, are inherently uncertain and outside of our control. It is possible that our actual results and financial condition may differ, possibly materially, from our anticipated results and financial condition indicated in these forward-looking statements. In addition, certain factors could affect the outcome of the matters described in this press release.

These factors include, but are not limited to, (1) the occurrence of any event, change or other circumstances that could give rise to the termination of the merger agreement, (2) the outcome of any legal proceedings that may be instituted against us or others following the announcement of the merger agreement, (3) the inability to complete the merger due to the failure to satisfy other conditions, (4) risks that the proposed transaction disrupts current plans and operations, and (5) the costs, fees and expenses related to the transaction. Additional information regarding risk factors and uncertainties affecting FiberNet is detailed from time to time in FiberNet’s filings with the SEC, including, but not limited to, FiberNet’s most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K and Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q, available for viewing on FiberNet’s website at You are urged to consider these factors carefully in evaluating the forward-looking statements herein and are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such forward-looking statements, which are qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date of this press release and we undertake no obligation to publicly update such forward-looking statements to reflect subsequent events or circumstances.

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Virtual PBX Receives 2008 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for Second Consecutive Year

Company’s Open VoIP Peering Service Recognized for Outstanding Innovation

Virtual PBX® announced today that Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) has honored Virtual PBX’s Open VoIP Peering with a 2008 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award.

Virtual PBX is the first hosted PBX company to offer an Open VoIP Peering option, which is ideal for users who already have VoIP phones or want to reap the cost benefits of moving to VoIP without being limited to proprietary, single-vendor solutions. The service opens up greater opportunities for businesses that need the flexibility to mix-and-match a VoIP network with any SIP-compliant phone. This truly “blended” service gives businesses unprecedented flexibility as they can choose to use a VoIP network for cost savings or standard phone lines for better call quality. Open VoIP Peering provides the “make or break” difference needed in today’s challenging economic times.

“Our customers have come to rely on Virtual PBX for both value and innovation, and we are always looking for ways to help them be more successful,” said Paul Hammond, president and CEO of Virtual PBX. “We are pleased that TMC has recognized our commitment to high-quality offerings for the second year in a row, and Virtual PBX Open VoIP Peering is a great example of how we work with our users to provide the flexible solutions needed for today’s work environment.”

“Virtual PBX has been recognized with a 2008 Product of the Year Award for their excellence in the advancement of voice communications,” said Rich Tehrani, TMC president and group editor-in-chief, “Virtual PBX has proven they are committed to quality and excellence in solutions that benefit the customer experience as well as ROI for the companies that use them. I am pleased to honor their hard work and accomplishments and look forward to more innovative solutions from them in the future.”

The Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award recognizes the vision, leadership and attention to detail that are the hallmarks of the prestigious award. The most innovative products and services brought to market in 2008 were selected as recipients of this year’s Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award for their groundbreaking achievement.

The 2008 Communications Solutions Product of the Year Award winners can be found on the INTERNET TELEPHONY and Customer Interaction Solutions Web site.

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is a global integrated media company helping our clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and NGN Magazine. TMCnet, TMC’s Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by two to three million unique visitors each month worldwide, according to Webtrends. TMCnet is ranked as 2,921 in Quantcast’s Top U.S. Sites placing TMCnet in the top .03% most visited Web sites in the US. In addition, TMC produces ITEXPO, 4GWE Conference, Digium|Asterisk World and Communications Developer Conference. TMC’s Green Blog has been ranked on the “100 Best Blogs for Those Who Want to Change the World”. TMC also recently launched new industry-specific Web sites:,,,, and New services offered by TMCnet include the Tech Jobs site and TMCnet iPhone News. For more information about TMC, visit

About Virtual PBX

Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives small and growing businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. For more information on how your business can benefit from our innovation and passionate commitment to great customer service, visit us on the Web at

Media Contacts:


Jan Pierret

Marketing Manager

203-852-6800, ext. 228

Virtual PBX:

Kenn Durrence

The Hoffman Agency

(408) 975-3097

Greg Brashier

COO, Inc.

(888) 825-0800, ext. 333

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Infonetics Research: Mobile backhaul equipment market growing fast, with no letup in sight


Michael Howard

Co-founder and Principal Analyst

Optical, Routing, Switching, and Ethernet Infonetics Research

(408) 583-3351

Richard Webb

Directing Analyst

WiMAX, Microwave, and Mobile Devices

Infonetics Research

(408) 583-3369

Infonetics Research: Mobile backhaul equipment market growing fast, with no letup in sight

Campbell, CALIFORNIA, May 27, 2009–Market research firm Infonetics Research recently released its Mobile Backhaul Equipment and Services report, which tracks mobile backhaul equipment, connections, cell sites, and service charges.

Highlights from the market research report follow, and clients are invited to participate in an analyst-led telebriefing this week (see for times).

“Data usage on mobile networks is causing a traffic explosion on backhaul networks, exacerbated by the popularity of bandwidth-hungry mobile phone applications. An AT&T executive this month said 50% of the data traffic on AT&T’s mobile backhaul network is iPhone-generated, despite the fact that only a few million of their 78 million cellular subscribers are iPhone users. Pretty soon, likely by 2010, data traffic will surpass voice traffic on mobile networks. Carriers everywhere are increasing the bandwidth on their backhaul networks to handle this exploding IP data traffic, and the most efficient, cost-effective way to do that is to transition from TDM to packet IP/Ethernet, which is driving the mobile backhaul equipment market,” said Michael Howard, Infonetics Research’s co-founder and principal analyst for carrier networks.

Richard Webb, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for microwave, added: “Roughly 60% of backhaul cell site connections are microwave in most regions of the world and this is increasing, making microwave the largest and fastest growing piece of the mobile backhaul market. Even North America, a lesser adopter of microwave, is increasingly deploying it. Microwave’s scalability of both economics and bandwidth has made it the dominant backhaul solution-and often the only viable one-for addressing the capacity imperative for mobile backhaul.”


- Mobile backhaul equipment investments jumped a healthy 19% in 2008 to $4.6 billion worldwide, and revenue is set to explode over the next 5 years and beyond

- Many factors are driving the shift to IP Ethernet backhaul; chief among them:

> Backhaul costs are rising

> The number of mobile broadband phone subscribers continues to increase, and is expected to pass the 1 billion mark in 2010

> Bandwidth usage is surging via EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA, and will continue ramping with the coming new wave of HSPA+ upgrades, WiMAX, and LTE, each allowing mobile e-mail, calendar, data, and Internet access to popular applications like YouTube driving mobile video downloads, MP3 files, online gaming on handsets, application downloads, and P2P traffic

- The most quickly changing technologies between 2008 and 2013 are Ethernet microwave and Ethernet copper and fiber

- In all the major world regions, operators will gradually shift to Ethernet backhaul, although it will be a slower shift in Asia Pacific and Central/Latin America, as a higher proportion of overall mobile traffic remains voice for a longer period


Infonetics’ mobile backhaul report provides worldwide and regional market size and forecasts through 2013 for mobile backhaul equipment, mobile backhaul connections, mobile backhaul cell sites, and mobile backhaul service charges. The report includes regional and category analysis, mobile operator strategies, technology roadmaps, market drivers, and more.

Equipment tracked: PDH NIU; ATM terminals, cell site gateways and switches; SONET/SDH; Ethernet cell site gateways and routers; DSL modems and DSLAMs; EPON and GPON ONTs and OLTs; coax cable modems and CMTS; microwave radio (Ethernet and dual TDM/Ethernet microwave, and PDH/SDH microwave); WiMAX base stations, satellite modems and routers; and pseudowire and non-pseudowire enabled IP mobile backhaul equipment.


If you’re already a member of the Infonetics online portal, log in at

Or create a new account here:

Once on the portal, go to Download Research or Download Sales Lit, then select MOBILE BACKHAUL AND MICROWAVE.

For sales, please contact:

- Larry Howard, Vice President:, +1 (408) 583-3335

- Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe, Middle East:, +1 408.583.3395

Infonetics Research is an international market research and consulting firm serving the communications industry since 1990. A leader in defining and tracking emerging and established technologies in all world regions, Infonetics helps clients plan, strategize, and compete more effectively.

Infonetics is now on Twitter; follow us at

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Edgeware and Teleste Announce Partnership and Reseller Agreement for High-Growth Global Markets

Cologne, Germany – May 26, 2009 – ANGA Cable Show – Edgeware, the provider of revolutionary server systems for network deployed on-demand TV, and Teleste Corporation (HEL:TEL1V), a global leader of broadband cable networks and video surveillance networks, today announced a partnership and global reseller agreement under which Teleste will resell Edgeware’s video server products.

Edgeware’s Orbit and Web TV Server products are pre-integrated with Teleste’s MyCast hybrid IPTV/DVB middleware. In combination with the Teleste Luminato digital head-end and edge-QAM platform, an attractive end to end cable infrastructure solution can be offered. The solution supports advanced TV services, including VoD, time shifted live TV and video over the web.

“Partnering with Edgeware enables Teleste to offer its customers an advanced pre-integrated on-demand solution which is both cost-effective, reliable and fast to deploy,” said Seppo Kalli, business director at Teleste Corporation. “This enables us to serve our customers better by offering a complete turn-key solution which, in addition to software and hardware components, includes world-class professional services for installation, maintenance and support.”

This integrated solution allows cable TV and IPTV operators to seamlessly upscale their on-demand service as their subscriber base grows. With ultra efficient Edgeware servers delivering 20 Gbps from 1U, operators can scale from powerful centralized configurations to distributed edge deployments, for best total economy.

With this reseller agreement, Edgeware will benefit from Teleste’s strong presence, not only in the Nordics, Western Europe and other established markets, but in high growth markets including Eastern Europe and APAC/India.

“This agreement follows our strategy to further scale our business by leveraging strong partnerships. In Teleste we have found a partner with complementary technology to deliver powerful, highly integrated and competitive systems to the market,” said Joachim Roos, CEO at Edgeware.

This integrated solution will be demonstrated at Teleste’s booth E19, in Hall 10.2 at the ANGA Cable, show in Cologne, Germany from May 26-28, 2009.

About Edgeware

Edgeware is the supplier of revolutionary server systems for on-demand TV, setting new industry standards for video streaming over IP. Edgeware enables Video On-Demand (VoD), Time Shifted TV, Web TV and Ad-insertion services, with unmatched scalability and at the lowest investment and operational cost on the market.

In 2006 Edgeware pioneered using flash memory by launching a fully solid state flash memory based network appliance, for truly distributed deployment. By combining solid-state flash memory and hardware accelerated streaming, Edgeware offers the most integrated, reliable and power efficient appliances in the industry. The systems solution includes dynamic asset propagation and management to enable highly scalable and resilient architectures with central clusters in combination with caches distributed deep into the network. Caching popular content close to the viewers means substantial savings on network infrastructure and shortened time to market. Edgeware´s server systems have been deployed around the globe by leading Telcos and cable MSOs, and more recently by over the top service providers.

The company is headquartered in Stockholm, Sweden, with a U.S.-based office in San Jose, California.

For more information, please contact:

Nicole Hegg, VisiTech PR

+1 (303) 752-3552 x230


Maria Leding

+46 703 580 751

About Teleste Corporation

Teleste is an international technology group specialised in broadband video and data communication systems and services. Video is at the core of the business activities, with a focus on the processing, transmission and management of video and data for operators who provide video-related services to end-users. We serve both network operators and service operators, with cable and CCTV operators being the major customer groups.

For broadband access Teleste delivers combined fibre-optic and coax cable (HFC) networks and next generation access networks, such as FttH (Fiber to the Home) and EttH (Ethernet to the Home) networks. For video service platforms we deliver hybrid DVB TV and IPTV solutions, focusing on the delivery of video management systems and head-end systems. For video surveillance (CCTV) applications we focus mainly on public authorities for road, rail and security applications. Using our core technologies, we also provide cost efficient and reliable services to improve the operational efficiency of our customers. Teleste Network Services delivers comprehensive service solutions for European cable operators.

In 2008, the group’s net sales totalled EUR 108.7 million, and the group employed 677 persons at the year-end. The company runs 30 offices worldwide and over 90 percent of Teleste’s net sales are generated outside Finland. The company is listed on OMX Nordic Exchange Helsinki.

For more information, please contact:

Seppo Kalli, Director, Video Service Platforms, Teleste

Tel. +358 44 7575701



Mika Kavanti, Business Director, Video Solutions, Teleste

Tel. +358 50 5871104


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New York, NY, May 26 — KDDI America, Inc., the U.S. division of KDDI Corporation, a Global Fortune 500 company and worldwide leader in international telecommunications services, system integration and network solutions, data center services and facilities; recently announced the next step in the ongoing expansion of the KDDI US Powered Ethernet network, , by installing its own Ethernet network hub facilities in data centers in Chicago, IL; Ashburn, VA; and Dallas, TX.

KDDI America successfully launched US Powered Ethernet network in February, providing high-speed, scalable Ethernet connectivity to several U.S. businesses, and is rapidly expanding service availability throughout the country. Ethernet technology is used almost universally by companies for connectivity, and is increasingly sought after by businesses looking to connect their offices abroad. KDDI America meets this need by providing its clients with scalable bandwidth – anywhere from 1Mbps to 10Gbps – over its own international Ethernet network.

This US Powered Ethernet network expansion is the latest development in KDDI America’s efforts to make its world-class telecommunications services readily available to US companies. KDDI America is greatly expanding its presence in the United States by installing its own Layer 2 (Ethernet) switches in key data centers around the country as backbone hubs and working closely with local and regional Ethernet and dark-fiber providers to connect client offices into this high-speed backbone, providing clients with fully-managed, end-to-end Ethernet networks.

KDDI America’s US Powered Ethernet network builds on the success of KDDI Group in developing Ethernet services internationally. KDDI Group is a widely recognized global leader in the development and provisioning of Ethernet services, most notably in Japan–where the domestic service is award-winning* and possesses the largest market share*–and throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region. The US Powered Ethernet network is designed to reach the same level of outstanding performance (with actual availability targeted as being over 99.999% in the long term).

KDDI America has also installed seamless interconnectivity with its MPLS IP VPN networks for customers wanting the best of both Ethernet and MPLS. This, combined with KDDI America’s TELEHOUSE data center services around the country, enables KDDI America to provide comprehensive ICT packages for clients looking for a full turn-key solution of power, space and connectivity.

“The ongoing rollout of our Ethernet service within the U.S. allows us to provide a comprehensive suite of telecommunications services many businesses are seeking,” said Emiko Komatsu, KDDI America’s Marketing Manager. “As we continue to strengthen our Ethernet presence in the United States by placing more switches in key locations nationwide and further expand our network reach to Europe in the near future, we successfully meet the needs of U.S. corporations looking to unify their high-speed European and North American Ethernet networks.”

If you are interested in Ethernet connectivity and associated network and data center services within the United States or internationally, please contact KDDI America’s sales team at or dial 866-348-3370.

About KDDI America, Inc.

KDDI America is the US division of the KDDI Group of companies, a Global Fortune 500 company and leading provider of international telecommunications and collocation facilities around the world. KDDI America provides extremely high-quality network solutions to clients with telecommunication needs throughout the wider Asia-Pacific region, where it is particularly strong. KDDI Group is a pioneer and innovator in the Ethernet world, being the first telecom provider to provide switched Ethernet services between Asia and the United States. KDDI is also a leading provider in international data center facilities and value-added services colocation provider through its group company, TELEHOUSE, in the United States, Europe and Asia.

Please contact us at or visit us at (KDDI Japan Corporate Site),

* Source: Nikkei Communication, September 1st, 2008, Corporate Network Survey “Ethernet Section”, No.1 for 7 consecutive years


Emiko Komatsu

KDDI America

P: 212-295-1247


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Tata Communications consolidated revenues up 20%, EBIDTA up 53%

Media Contacts:

S Ravindran

Tata Communications


Vaishnavi Corporate Comm.


Tata Communications consolidated revenues up 20%, EBIDTA up 53%.

45% Dividend pay-out recommended

Mumbai, May 26, 2009: Tata Communications Limited reported about Rs 9963 crore (about US$ 2.1 Billion) in consolidated revenues for the year ended March 31, 2009 against Rs 8297 crore for the year ended March 31, 2008, according to audited financial results under Indian GAAP.

The company’s consolidated operating profit (EBIDTA) was up 53% at Rs 1350 crores for the year ended March 31, 2009 as against Rs 880 crores for the year ended March 31, 2008. Net profit was up at Rs 316 crore against Rs 10 crore for the year ended March 31, 2008. This included an extra-ordinary gain of Rs 286 crores (net of taxes) from the sale of shares in Tata Teleservices Ltd.

The Directors have proposed maintaining the dividend at 45%.

“Tata Communications continues to serve its global customers with products and services that are tailored to their requirements even in the midst of the current challenging economic scenario. Our continued investments in infrastructure and services capabilities are highly relevant to our customers in the current environment. We will continue to pursue our vision of delivering a new world of communications to our customers, with a strong focus on service excellence. Towards this goal, we will continue to make prudent investments in expanding our network and services portfolio this year,” said N. Srinath, MD & CEO of Tata Communications.

The company continues its focus on Emerging Markets with the recent completion of its TGN Intra-Asia submarine cable system and strategic partnerships with key telecom players such as Etisalat for enterprise network services, including dedicated Ethernet services for customers seeking connectivity to and from the UAE. Tata Communications and Tata Africa also increased the Tata Group shareholding in Neotel, South Africa’s first converged services operator, to 56% earlier this year.

As a part of its focus on delivering Managed Services, it has entered into several partnerships during this year to develop innovative offerings. Tata Communications has pioneered the public room model for Telepresence services through its partnership with Cisco, the Taj Group of Hotels and the Confederation of Indian Industry. It launched global Content Delivery Network services in partnership with BitGravity.

About Tata Communications

Tata Communications is a leading global provider of a new world of communications. With a leadership position in emerging markets, Tata Communications leverages its advanced solutions capabilities and domain expertise across its global and pan-India network to deliver managed solutions to multi-national enterprises, service providers and Indian consumers.

The Tata Global Network includes one of the most advanced and largest submarine cable networks, a Tier-1 IP network, with connectivity to more than 200 countries across 400 PoPs, and nearly 1 million square feet of data center and collocation space worldwide.

Tata Communications’ depth and breadth of reach in emerging markets includes leadership in Indian enterprise data services, leadership in global international voice, and strategic investments in operators in South Africa (Neotel), Sri Lanka (Tata Communications Lanka Limited), Nepal (United Telecom Limited), and subject to approval by the Chinese government, China (China Enterprise Communications)

Tata Communications Limited is listed on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the National Stock Exchange of India and its ADRs are listed on the New York Stock Exchange. (NYSE: TCL)

Forward-looking and cautionary statements

Certain words and statements in this release concerning Tata Communications and its prospects, and other statements including those relating to Tata Communications’ expected financial position, business strategy, the future development of Tata Communications’ operations and the general economy in India, are forward-looking statements. Such statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors, including financial, regulatory and environmental, as well as those relating to industry growth and trend projections, which may cause actual results, performance or achievements of Tata Communications, or industry results, to differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. The important factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements include, among others, failure to increase the volume of traffic on Tata Communications’ network, failure to develop new products and services that meet customer demands and generate acceptable margins, failure to successfully complete commercial testing of new technology and information systems to support new products and services, including voice transmission services, failure to stabilize or reduce the rate of price compression on certain of the company’s communications services, failure to integrate strategic acquisitions and changes in government policies or regulations of India and, in particular, changes relating to the administration of Tata Communications’ industry, and, in general, the economic, business and credit conditions in India. Additional factors that could cause actual results, performance or achievements to differ materially from such forward-looking statements, many of which are not in Tata Communications’ control, include, but are not limited to, those risk factors discussed in Tata Communications’ various filings with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission. These filings are available at Tata Communications is under no obligation to, and expressly disclaims any obligation to, update or alter its forward-looking statements.

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Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Forecasts 3.1 Percent Loss for ICT Industry in 2009

First Overall Decline TIA Has Ever Predicted, but Recovery to Begin in 2010 as Broadband Stimulus Funds Are Injected Into Economy

Washington, D.C. – For the first time in its 23 years of forecasting for the information and communications technology (ICT) industry, the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) is projecting a 3.1 percent decline in revenue for the overall global ICT market in 2009 due to global economic conditions. In the U.S., revenue will suffer a 5.5 percent decline in 2009.

At a press conference held today, TIA released the 2009 ICT Market Review & Forecast, TIA’s annual market intelligence report filled with data and analysis. (Watch a Webcast recording that includes the narrated presentation and a question and answer session.)

While revenue will remain weak in 2010, with a modest 1.2 percent increase, the longer-term outlook is much brighter. Globally, TIA projects a strong rebound for the ICT industry after 2010, citing a 6.4 percent revenue growth in 2011 and a 7.9 percent increase in 2012.

For the U.S., telecommunications revenue is expected to decrease by 6.4 percent in the next two years, but rebound by 14.4 percent during 2011-12. The effects of the current Stimulus Package, which carves out investment dollars for broadband, will enable growth throughout the ICT industry and beyond.

“Broadband will be a driver for recovery in all areas, from healthcare IT to smart grid technology, public safety networks to education, as well as for businesses and consumers,” said Grant Seiffert, TIA President. “While TIA was instrumental in obtaining the $7.2 billion for broadband, other funding for energy, health IT and R&D will also spur recovery, especially in reviving some of the hundreds of thousands of jobs lost recently. The sum of increased productivity and revenue amongst all other industry segments whose growth broadband deployment contributes to is often underrated and perhaps immeasurable.”

Growing demand for high-volume data applications is driving all segments, say the independent, unbiased analysts at Wilkofsky Gruen Associates who help to develop the Market Review & Forecast. Despite the recession, TIA predicts that wireless and business data revenue will grow by 73 percent during the next four years to $110 billion in 2012 from $64 billion in 2008.

Further analysis shows that economic recovery during 2011-12 will be driven by pent-up demand for equipment upgrades. Growth in data traffic will strain network capacity and stimulate investment; availability of financing will fuel investment; and broadband growth will expand the platform for VoIP and IPTV.

Recognizing that comprehensive market intelligence is more critical than ever for ICT companies positioning themselves to survive — and thrive – when the economy begins to rebound, TIA is offering an interactive version of the Market Review & Forecast as part of the new TIA Market Intelligence Service. TelecomTV is collaborating with TIA in offering the new online service, augmented by value-adds such as news updates, webinars, industry analyses and more.

TIA’s 2009 ICT Market Review & Forecast includes:

• Detailed activities and metrics from prior years

• Projections, trends and anticipated performance for short-term (upcoming year) and mid-term (3-5 years out)

The target audience includes equipment manufacturers, service providers, software vendors, content providers and the media. Sectors covered in the publication include:

• Landline

• Wireless

• Enterprise

• Network equipment

• Broadband

• VoIP

• Data transport

• Internet access

Sign up for TIA RSS news feeds.

About TIA

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) represents the global information and communications technology (ICT) industry through standards development, advocacy, tradeshows, business opportunities, market intelligence and world-wide environmental regulatory analysis. With roots dating back to 1924, TIA enhances the business environment for broadband, mobile wireless, information technology, networks, cable, satellite and unified communications. Members’ products and services empower communications in every industry and market, including healthcare, education, security, public safety, transportation, government, the military, the environment and entertainment. TIA co-owns the SUPERCOMMĂ‚® tradeshow and is accredited by the Ame! rican National Standards Institute (ANSI). Visit

TIA’s Board of Directors includes senior-level executives from ACS, ADC, ADTRAN, Alcatel-Lucent, ANDA Networks, ArrayComm, AttivaCorp, Avaya, Bechtel Communications, Inc., Cisco Systems, Corning Incorporated, Ericsson, Inc., GENBAND, Inc., Graybar, Henkels & McCoy, ILS Technology, Intel Corporation, Intersect, Inc., LGE, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens Networks, Nortel, Panasonic Computer Solutions Co., Qualcomm, Research In Motion, Sumitomo Electric Lightwave Corporation, Tellabs, Tyco Electronics, Ulticom, Inc., and Verari Systems. Advisors to the Board include FAL Associates, Orca Systems and Telcordia Technologies.

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Governor Rendell Says PA Still Seeks Public Input on Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds

Governor Rendell Says PA Still Seeks Public Input on Federal Broadband Stimulus Funds

Public Meetings to Be Held in Harrisburg, Bedford and Philadelphia; Written Comments Also Welcomed

HARRISBURG, Pa., May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — There is still time for the public to offer input on how Pennsylvania can best use federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to deploy broadband throughout the state, Governor Edward G. Rendell said today.

Three public meetings are scheduled between now and Wednesday, June 3, said the Governor, who also noted that written comments may be submitted, as well.

“Ready access to high-speed, broadband Internet gives businesses an essential edge in today’s highly competitive economic climate,” Governor Rendell said. “High-speed Internet is a critical element for our businesses to compete in global markets and for our students to compete for the very best jobs.

“The federal broadband stimulus funds will add to the aggressive strategy Pennsylvania already has in place. By putting Pennsylvania citizens in the driver’s seat we are ensuring that these supplementary funds are being utilized to their fullest potential.”

The statewide outreach sessions are designed to share information with local leaders, businesses, citizens and economic development organizations about the available opportunities with federal broadband stimulus money. Additionally, the meetings will discuss unserved/underserved areas, broadband to public safety agencies, eligible applicants, and the needs of communities and businesses.

The Office of Administration and the Department of Community and Economic Development are hosting the meetings. The stimulus funds will be distributed through two federal agencies: the Department of Commerce National Telecommunication and Information Administration and the Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities services.

Governor Rendell has committed to ensuring that the public is able to monitor and provide feedback on how federal recovery dollars are being used by providing news, up-to-date information and regular reports at

The Rendell administration is committed to creating a first-rate public education system, protecting our most vulnerable citizens and continuing economic investment to support our communities and businesses. To find out more about Governor Rendell’s initiatives and to sign up for his weekly newsletter, visit

EDITORS NOTE: The sessions are scheduled at the dates, times and locations listed below. If you are interested in participating in the meetings, but are unable to attend at the given time, written comments can be sent to the addresses included below:

Central PA

Tuesday, May 26, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

WITF Public Media Center

4801 Lindle Road


RSVP to or by phone at 717-635-2172

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 19:

Technology Council of Central PA

415 Market St., Suite 201

Harrisburg, PA 17101


Wednesday, May 27, 4 p.m. - 6 p.m.

Heartland Hall Conference Center

5564 Business 220

Bedford PA 15522

RSVP to or by phone at 814-949-6740

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 20:

Southern Alleghenies Planning and Development Commission

541 58th St.

Altoona, PA 16602


Wednesday, June 3, 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

National Constitution Center

525 Arch St. on Independence Mall, 2nd Floor

Kirby Auditorium, Philadelphia, PA

RSVP to Joe Certaine at or by phone at 215-560-2640

Comments can be sent to the following address no later than May 29:

Governor’s Southeast Regional Office

200 S. Broad St., 11th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19102


Jamie Fulginiti (DCED)


Barry Ciccocioppo


SOURCE Pennsylvania Office of the Governor

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Aurora Networks Launches Node Optimized for Europe to Evolve Regional Cable Market

NC2000 2×2 node brings Aurora Networks’ innovative technology and expertise

to maximize European HFC, Fiber Deep and RFoG deployments

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 19, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, announces the debut of its NC2000 optical node, Aurora Networks’ first 2×2 segmentable, wall or cabinet mounting node platform intended specifically for the European cable market. By incorporating Aurora Networks’ field-proven digital return and virtual hub (VHub™) technologies, the NC2000 enables operators to maximize the bandwidth of existing hybrid fiber coax (HFC), Fiber Deep and RF over Glass (RFoG) deployments while simultaneously providing an optimal migration path to future network architectures with support for next-generation access modules, Node PON™, BitCoax™ and Fiber on Demand™.

With three high-level outputs and full 2×2 segmentation, the NC2000 enables European operators to effectively double targeted bandwidth capacities for subscriber services such as VoD, high-speed data and HDTV, without the need for additional nodes or other hardware upgrades. When used within Aurora Networks’ Fiber Deep architecture, cable’s first truly green architecture, the high output NC2000 eliminates the need for RF amplifiers after the node, reducing active network components by up to 75 percent, cutting power and maintenance costs by 65 percent and enabling fiber connections to be brought within a few hundred meters of each customer.

“The NC2000 gives European operators the ability to immediately and dramatically expand their bandwidth, and thereby their service offerings, without incurring major infrastructure construction costs,” said John Dahlquist, vice president of marketing at Aurora Networks. “Aurora Networks is committed to supporting the evolution of the European cable industry to deliver a richer set of services to the home while enabling them to transition to next-generation, cost-effective network technologies.”

By incorporating Aurora Networks’ “plug–and-play” digital return technology, the NC2000 enables European operators to improve efficiency by concentrating up to 16 nodes on one return fiber for reduced noise, increased bandwidth and greatly improved network return balancing. Cable operators can also realize additional savings by configuring the NC2000 as a virtual hub, using Aurora Networks’ field-proven and widely deployed VHub technology, allowing cable operators to easily deploy new hubs where needed, extend network reach, cut installation costs and quickly bring new services to market.

As narrowcast services increase in popularity with subscribers, providers are faced with an ever-increasing need for bandwidth. Aurora Networks’ NC2000 gives European operators a low-cost, flexible solution in both HFC and Fiber Deep architectures to better compete with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies for subscribers, while supporting future network evolution.

Additional information, including technical product details and visuals for Aurora Networks’ Europe-specific NC2000 node, can be found at The NC2000 is now shipping and will be on display at ANGA Cable 2009 in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 at stand #B48.

About Aurora Networks

Aurora Networks is evolving cable by focusing on innovative solutions that build future-proof networks to accommodate the cable subscriber services of today and tomorrow. Aurora Networks is the only pure-play optical transport solution provider that is focused solely on cable MSOs. Using its proven understanding of cable networks, Aurora Networks delivers unique solutions - such as its Fiber Deep architecture and digital return technology - to address specific issues of the cable industry. A technology leader driven by innovation and industry-firsts, Aurora Networks enables leading MSOs across the globe to compete with a cost-effective, optimized launch pad for next-generation cable services. To learn more about Aurora Networks’ core cable solutions, please call 408-235-7000 or visit

Aurora, Aurora Networks, the Aurora logo, Node PON, BitCoax, Fiber on Demand and VHub are trademarks of Aurora Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. Other marks are the property of their respective owners and are used here only for identification purposes.

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Empirix Releases Hammer Edge, the Next Generation of Testing for IP Communications

Hammer Edge Emulates Realistic User Behavior, Assuring Highest Quality User Experience Prior to Deploying Services

BEDFORD, Mass.–Empirix® Inc., the market leader of service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, today announced the immediate availability of Hammer Edge™, an intelligent, high performance realistic behavior emulation tool. With Hammer Edge, network equipment manufacturers, service providers and large enterprises can emulate complex, unpredictable user behavior and multidimensional data traffic during the pre-deployment phase, so that products and services are optimized for the way IP communications networks work today. Hammer Edge ensures the quality and performance of products and services, while reducing time to market, increases service revenues and improves test productivity.

“We were looking for a comprehensive, multiservice testing tool that would allow us to easily emulate realistic scenarios with limited time and resources,” said David Tipping, vice president, service providers America at Sonus Networks. “Of the solutions we tested, we found Empirix’s Hammer Edge was the best product for our needs. We were able to quickly integrate Hammer Edge into our test methodology, resulting in a more efficient and independent verification of high call rates and large numbers of concurrent calls.”

Based on patent-pending RUB/E™ technology, Hammer Edge is the only tool in its class that can emulate the realistic behavior of users, devices and network topology configurations; test realistic security scenarios; and predict user experience of data, video and voice applications, as an aggregate, in the pre-deployment phase. The next generation in quality assurance, Hammer Edge gives organizations the ability to truly assure the quality of their multiservice networks and services.

“In a challenging economic climate, pre-deployment testing is critically important to ensure the successful roll-out of a new service or product. Organizations need to anticipate the realistic impact of complex, all-IP data traffic on real-time services such as voice, video and gaming,” said Bob Hockman, director of product management at Empirix. “Hammer Edge provides an integrated and intelligent solution that tests multiple scenarios typical of next generation networks, ensuring successful deployments and the highest quality experience for end users.”

Hammer Edge emulates the realistic behavior of users and devices required to test elements at the network edge, including border controllers, firewalls and deep packet inspection devices, as well as security and application level gateways––in both secure and unsecure network topologies. In addition, Hammer Edge predicts the users’ experience within these realistic environments. By focusing on emulating realistic sessions, Hammer Edge is able to provide L2 to L7 statistics and report errors that impact a system’s quality of service.

Hammer Edge emulates millions of users on a single chassis with high performance and realistic testing of multiservice scenarios. The system can be easily incorporated into existing test plans and automation environments.

Hammer Edge is available immediately; to learn more about the product, visit:

About Empirix

Empirix is the leading provider of service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications. Since 1992, Empirix has led the market in innovation and expertise for IP communications testing. Its widely acclaimed Hammer Test Engine™, with more than 30 patents, is the acknowledged global standard for validating the quality of IP networks, systems and applications. The world’s largest network operators, equipment manufacturers, and enterprise contact centers depend on Empirix’s solutions to maintain the quality of the user experience for business-critical voice, data, video and mobile services. With Empirix, customers can increase revenues, reduce customer churn and cut support costs. Empirix is privately held and headquartered in Bedford, MA. For further information, please visit

Empirix and Hammer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Empirix Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.


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