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Ixia to Acquire Catapult Communications

Acquisition Will Make Ixia a Leader in 3G and 4G Wireless Test Market

CALABASAS, CA, May 11, 2009 – Ixia (Nasdaq: XXIA) announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement with Catapult Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: CATT) (“Catapult”), under which Ixia will acquire Catapult for $9.25 per share in cash.  The transaction is valued at approximately $105 million, or $63 million net of Catapult’s cash and investments.  The acquisition is expected to close in the third quarter.

Catapult’s 3G and 4G wireless networking test solutions are an excellent complement to Ixia’s complete line of IP performance test systems and service verification platforms.  With this acquisition, Ixia will be able to provide a single source solution for testing converged multiplay IP services over wireless and wireline networks to new and existing customers, specifically telecom equipment manufacturers and global service providers. Catapult’s advanced wireless test systems deliver superior high-performance solutions for hundreds of protocols and variants, including LTE, IMS, WiMAX, CDMA, VoIP, GPRS and GSM.

“We are at an inflection point where today’s advanced communications are quickly merging into a single, seamless delivery network that combines fixed and mobile communications,” said Atul Bhatnagar, President and CEO of Ixia.  “This acquisition will position Ixia as a leading source for end-to-end IP test solutions for wireline and wireless networks. In addition to immediately expanding our addressable market and making us a leader in 3G and 4G wireless testing, the acquisition will help drive top and bottom line growth.”

“Ixia and Catapult bring together complementary strengths in IP and wireless communications testing in terms of technology leadership and product portfolio,” said Dick Karp, Chairman and CEO of Catapult. “By combining Ixia’s multiplay IP test capabilities with Catapult’s wireless test expertise, Ixia will be able to offer the market a single, powerful solution that leverages both companies’ technologies, customers, and global distribution channels to accelerate growth and innovation in key markets.”

The acquisition will be conducted by means of a tender offer for all of the outstanding shares of common stock of Catapult, followed by a second-step merger. The board of directors of Catapult has unanimously recommended that the stockholders of Catapult accept the offer, and Dick Karp and Nancy Karp have entered into a support agreement to tender their shares, which represent approximately 37% of shares outstanding. The offer, which is expected to commence within the next ten business days, will be subject to customary conditions, including acceptance of the tender offer by the holders of a majority of Catapult’s outstanding shares and regulatory approvals (including antitrust compliance).

This transaction is expected to be accretive to Ixia’s non-GAAP earnings as early as the fourth quarter of 2009. Non-GAAP earnings exclude stock-based compensation, amortization of acquired intangible assets, and other non-recurring charges, net of the applicable tax effects.

Thomas Weisel Partners LLC is acting as financial advisor and Bryan Cave LLP is acting as legal counsel to Ixia.

About Ixia

Ixia is a leading provider of IP performance test systems and service verification platforms for IP-based infrastructure and services. Ixia’s test systems are used by network and telephony equipment manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, service providers, governments and enterprises to validate the performance and reliability of complex IP networks, devices, and applications. Ixia’s multiplay test systems address the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.

For more information, contact Ixia at 26601 W. Agoura Road, Calabasas, CA 91302; (818) 871-1800, Fax: (818) 871-1805; or visit our Web Site at  Ixia and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia.

About Catapult Communications

Catapult is a leading supplier of advanced digital telecom test systems to global equipment manufacturers and service providers, including Alcatel-Lucent, Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Nortel and Nokia Siemens Networks. The Catapult DCT2000 and MGTS systems deliver superior high-end test solutions for hundreds of protocols and variants—spanning LTE, IMS, WiMAX, UMTS, CDMA, VoIP, GPRS, GSM, and SS7. The Company is committed to providing testing tools that are at the forefront of the telecom technology curve.

For more information, contact Catapult at 160 South Whisman Road, Mountain View, CA 94041; (650) 960-1025. Or visit Catapult’s website

Safe Harbor Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995:

Certain statements made in this press release are forward-looking statements, including, without limitation, statements regarding the potential acquisition of Catapult, the anticipated benefits of Ixia’s proposed acquisition of Catapult, possible future revenues, growth and profitability and future business and market share. In some cases, such forward-looking statements can be identified by terms such as “may,” “will,” “expect,” “plan,” “believe,” “estimate,” “predict” or the like. Such statements reflect our current intent, belief and expectations and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those expressed or implied in the forward-looking statements. Factors that may cause future results to differ materially from our current expectations include those identified in our Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2008, and in our other filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Important Additional Information

Please note that this document is for informational purposes only and is not an offer to buy or the solicitation of an offer to sell any securities. The solicitation and the offer to buy shares of Catapult common stock will only be pursuant to an offer to purchase, letter of transmittal and related materials that Ixia, or a subsidiary thereof, intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Catapult intends to file with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and mail to its stockholders a Tender Offer Solicitation/Recommendation Statement on Schedule 14D-9 in connection with the tender offer. When the materials are available, stockholders of Catapult should read those materials carefully because they contain important information, including the terms and conditions of the tender offer. Free copies of the materials, which will be filed by Ixia and Catapult, will be available at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Website at, or with respect to Ixia materials, at, and also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to Ixia, and with respect to Catapult materials, at also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to Catapult.

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Transition Networks Unveils 802.1ag/Y.1731 Network Interface Devices Specifically Designed for Mobile Backhaul and Business Ethernet Service Delivery

s2250-s2350.gifCompany Adds to Network Interface Device Portfolio to Help Service Providers Reduce OpEx and CapEx When Providing Ethernet Services

Minneapolis, MN — May 13, 2009 — Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announced the introduction of the S2250 and S3250 Network Interface Devices (NIDs). The S2250 and S3250 product families are specifically designed to help telecoms and cable providers to generate and preserve revenues when delivering Ethernet services. With the growing demand for business Ethernet services and mobile backhaul, these new NIDs enable service providers to offer tiered services with end-to-end Service Level Agreements (SLAs), while increasing customer satisfaction and keeping capital expenses (CapEx) to a minimum. The S2250 and S3250 product families are Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) 9 and 14 certified compliant and create a clear demarcation point between the provider and customer network, as well as carrier-to-carrier networks.

“Service providers are constantly looking for ways to provide more Ethernet services with SLAs, while reducing CapEx and OpEx,” said Patrick Schaber, Director of Marketing at Transition Networks. “Transition Networks continues to deliver carrier grade products that meet the CapEx and OpEx goals with the features service providers require such as; 802.3ah, 802.1ag, Y.1731, VLAN support, bandwidth allocation and remote diagnostics. Our newest products round out our extensive portfolio of network interface devices and provide service providers with cost-effective options to meet today’s demands.”

The S2250 and S3250 product families’ OAM capabilities ensure rapid detection and isolation of potential service related problems. The ability to have trouble detection and resolution from a central Network Operations Center (NOC) dramatically reduces operating expense (OpEx) and results in a quicker Mean Time to Repair (MTTR).

Product Features

With fan-less design, redundant power options and 1+1 protection the S2250 and S3250 product families are truly carrier grade products for use at customer premises, cell sites, central offices and aggregation nodes.

The S2250 and S3250 product families offer complete Ethernet OAM support including 802.1ag (CFM), Y.1731 (CFM & PM), 802.3ah (EFM) to ensure visibility across the entire network.

Service creation and traffic conditioning are easily done in the S2250 and S3250. E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree services can be done directly at the demarcation point, including VLANs (S-Tag and C-Tag) and Class of Service (CoS) settings.

Bandwidth allocation can be used to limit all upstream and downstream traffic or by filtering criteria for the traffic. Traffic shaping in the S3250 allows for pre-conditioning of traffic to accelerate services and optimize access link bandwidth use by passing the highest priority traffic first.

The S2250 and S3250 offer a variety of intelligent loopbacks that operate at layer 1-2-3-4. These loopbacks can be defined by VLAN, MAC/IP addresses or any combination of layer 2-4 header criteria. The devices also respond to in-band loopback command from most Ethernet test sets and monitoring systems.

The S2250 and S3250 also have 10K jumbo frame support, redundant power options and SNMP V1 and V2c support.

Product Configuration

Transition Networks’ S2250 and S3250 family of Network Interface Devices are available as a standalone product. Transition Networks offers a variety of mounting options for the S2250 and S3250 family including 19 inch and 23 inch rack mount kits. The S2250 and S3250 product families are available in AC or DC power options. There are temperature hardened versions of the S3250 family with support from -40şC to +65şC.

The S2250 and S3250 are available in the following models:

Model Description

S2250 10/100 Mb/s Demarcation Device 10/100/1000 Mb/s Demarcation Device 10/100/1000 Mb/s Unit with enhanced multi-flow processing & statistics

S3252 10/100/1000 Mb/s Unit with advanced traffic shaping & packet processing functionality SFP port version of the S3252

Product Availability

The S2250 and S3250 family of product lines are available now. Please contact Transition Networks at (800) 526-9267 or visit for the latest information.

About Transition Networks Products

Transition Networks’ conversion products are known for their ruggedness and reliability. They have a 99.4 percent customer acceptance rating, meaning that approximately one in 1,000 experience failure in the field. The S2250 and S3250 product families carry a 1 year warranty.

About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks Inc. offers networking connectivity solutions that make networks perform better, faster and more reliably while helping companies leverage their existing networking infrastructure. The company’s Transition Networks brand of media converters make conversion between disparate media types possible, providing conversion technology solutions that offer the necessary adaptations without affecting the performance, nature or appearance of the network. Its complete Milan portfolio of multilayer switching products is designed to facilitate low-cost network evolution with unique solutions, easing the stress on networks caused by high-bandwidth applications. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-GM: JCS).

Statements regarding the Company’s anticipated performance in 2009 are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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Aurora Networks To Showcase Evolving Cable Solutions at ANGA Cable 2009

Fiber to the Premises, Fiber Deep and node segmentation solutions demonstrated to help European cable operators fight competition

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 11, 2009 – Aurora Networks, Inc., the only optical transport solution provider focused on delivering a cost-effective, optimized platform for next-generation cable services, will showcase its first European-optimized node and demonstrate its evolving cable solutions at the ANGA Cable 2009 show in the Cologne Fair Grounds from 26-28 May 2009 in stand #B48.

Aurora Networks’ new node, which will be demonstrated in four configurations at the show, is specifically designed to meet European operators’ unique deployment, capacity and architecture needs to deliver today’s in-demand subscriber services. In addition to its European-optimized node, Aurora Networks will showcase its existing, industry-leading tools to help cable operators evolve in Europe’s competitive landscape:

• Industry-leading RFoG and RFPON (RFoG with a smooth migration to full PON) solutions to enable cable operators to take advantage of FTTP architectures, incorporating unique components to overcome the deployment limitations associated with traditional approaches.

• Innovative Fiber Deep solutions that deliver a passive HFC architecture and products that enable European MSOs to significantly increase network capacity per subscriber while reducing their on-going operating expenses – cable’s first green architecture.

• With a focus on enabling simple evolution to increase network capacity, Aurora Networks will showcase its “Evolution not Revolution” node display, which demonstrates the industry’s most versatile node platform available today. This display will clearly show how cable operators can build upon their existing architecture with the deployment of Aurora Networks’ node platform today and not have to “rip and replace” to support next-generation services which will be demanded by their subscribers.

• Aurora Networks’ industry-leading LcWDM® (“O”-band) analog transmitter solution enables up to eight downstream and a dozen or more upstream wavelengths on the same fiber. This solution demonstrates fiber-efficient segmentation, a key opportunity for European operators to expand network capacity to accommodate more narrowcast services with constructing new fiber links.

• Additionally, Aurora Networks’ complete line of WDM solutions, CWDM and DWDM technologies including the AT3520G transmitter introduced in February 2009, which increases narrowcast bandwidth by 50 percent. WDM solutions allow European operators to add more wavelengths to their network without expensive or interruptive construction.

“In the evolving European cable market, operators need regionally-specific solutions that help them compete effectively with satellite providers as well as regional municipalities and utility companies offering similar subscriber services,” said Glenn Miller, vice president of business development for Europe, Aurora Networks. “Given the popularity of our solutions and the increasing market demand in Europe for converged services, Aurora Networks continues to be committed to leading the evolution in the cable industry through innovative, cost-effective solutions designed specifically for cable operators. ANGA Cable presents an ideal opportunity for the cable industry to learn how to leverage our solutions to advance network capabilities.”

Additionally, Wim Mostert, director of product management for Aurora Networks, will address attendees on WDM solutions for the European market in a technical presentation titled “Tools to Quadruple the Capacity for Targeted Services without Fibre Construction.” The session will be held in Room B during the “Fibre: The Way to Handle Increasing Capacity” panel from 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.

Please join Aurora Networks for demonstrations and information about its new European-optimized node and other unique solutions at ANGA Cable 2009, 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 and the Aurora logo are trademarks of and LcWDM is a registered trademark 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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Net Insight receives an order for contribution network from DR in Denmark

Stockholm, Sweden – 13 May 2009 – Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, has received an order from DR in Denmark for a contribution network for video and Ethernet services.

Net Insight’s Nimbra platform will be used to link eight different sites in Denmark. The solution is based on Nimbra 680 that will provide efficient transport of video with guaranteed 100 percent QoS at industry-leading bandwidth utilization levels.

“Net Insight offers a secure and stable contribution platform that handles both video and data traffic between DR’s District and DR Byen”, says Lars Sorner, Project manager at DR. “In the long term DR will also use the platform to integrate all the audio connections for radio.”

The order was received in cooperation with Broadcast Service Danmark (BSD), who are since 2006 operating the Digital Terrestrial TV distribution network in Denmark based on the Nimbra platform. BSD is a wholly owned subsidiary of the two Danish public service broadcasters DR and TV 2/DANMARK and is responsible for the analogue and digital distribution of TV and radio in Denmark. BSD will deliver operations support to DR.

“This is an important order from a new customer in our neighbouring country where we are already present”, says Fredrik TrägĂĄrdh, CEO of Net Insight. “We are looking forward to continued good cooperation with both DR and BSD.”

The Nimbra equipment will be delivered in the second quarter 2009.

For more information, please contact:

Fredrik Trägårdh, CEO of Net Insight AB, +46 8 685 04 69 or +46 70 634 0601,

About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world´s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.

Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra™ platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.

World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit

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