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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 (VHubâ„¢) 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 PONâ„¢, BitCoaxâ„¢ and Fiber on Demandâ„¢.


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 www.aurora.com. 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 www.aurora.com.


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 Edgeâ„¢, 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/Eâ„¢ 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: www.empirix.com/hammeredge.


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 Engineâ„¢, 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 www.empirix.com.


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.


Contacts

Payal Patel Cudia, 781-684-0770

Email: empirix@schwartz-pr.com

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Agito Networks Receives “Positive” Rating in Leading Analyst Firm’s Enterprise Mobile Communications Gateway MarketScope Report

Agito Networks Rated as “Positive” Based on Key Evaluation Criteria


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – May 20, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has received a “Positive” rating in Gartner’s May 2009 report titled “MarketScope for Enterprise Mobile Communications Gateway.”


According to the Gartner, Inc., report, “As more and more organizations clamor for greater control over the myriad of telephony options, combined with the need to prepare for unified communications and collaboration (UCC), IT organizations will need to employ mechanisms that extend PBX functionality to users connected via cell phones. This is accomplished through a product segment called Enterprise Mobile Communications Gateways (EMCGs).” Additionally, “Companies interested in mobilizing their enterprise communications capabilities by integrating their mobile phones and communications applications would be interested in these products.” 1


Vendors in the EMCG space were rated based on a number of evaluation criteria. Evaluation criteria which was weighted as high in determining the ratings included Market Understanding, Marketing Strategy, Innovation, Overall Viability, and Product/Service. For more information on the “MarketScope for Enterprise Mobile Communications Gateway” report, see:

http://www.gartner.com/DisplayDocument?doc_cd=166316.


The Gartner, Inc., report continued, “The concept of FMC/mobile UC is rapidly gaining interest, as companies strategically assess enterprise telephony as the upgrade cycle to IP telephony continues.” Moreover, “Instead of being chained to the desk, users will be free to conduct business in a mobile environment, yet maintain enterprise functionality in wireless devices.” 1


“Our growing global customer base is reaping the benefits of enterprise mobile communications, and it’s gratifying to see the ‘Positive’ rating of Agito by the evaluation team at Gartner,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks Chief Marketing Officer. “We believe Gartner’s rating confirms our position in the market and our commitment to providing customers with enterprise mobility solutions that meet their unique challenges.”


Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular and Unified Communications with location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products). RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and Unified Communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones. In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks 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. It works with all cellular networks, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.


About Gartner’s MarketScope

The MarketScope is copyrighted 2009, by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The MarketScope is an evaluation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the MarketScope, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest rating. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.


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 cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers. 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 http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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Note 1 – Gartner, Inc., “MarketScope for Enterprise Mobile Communications Gateway,” Phillip Redman, May 4, 2009.

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

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WaveMarket’s Veriplaceâ„¢ Location Aggregation Platform Opens Publicly for All Developers

Contact:

Melissa Hyland or

Valerie Christopherson

Global Results Communications (GRC)

mhyland@globalresultspr.com

valeriec@globalresultspr.com

+1 (949) 608-0276


WaveMarket’s Veriplaceâ„¢ Location Aggregation Platform Opens Publicly for All Developers

Third-Party Developers Can Now Access Privacy-Protected User Location Data


EMERYVILLE, CA, MAY 20, 2009 – WaveMarket (www.wavemarket.com), a leader in mobile location-based search and services, today announced the public opening of Veriplaceâ„¢, the first location aggregation platform in North America. Veriplace is a standards-based open location and privacy platform that offers third-party developers live access to the location data of mobile phone customers. Developers can access everything they need to location-enable their web, WAP, SMS, widget or mobile application at the Veriplace Developer website, http://developer.veriplace.com/.


Based on the same commercially proven security and privacy solutions used in WaveMarket’s industry-leading Family Locator products already available on tens of millions of mobile phones, Veriplace provides web, WAP, SMS, widget and mobile application developers access to a user’s location — as long as the user grants permission. The platform empowers users with tools to protect their location data, regardless of the technology used to locate them, and unlocks an LBS opportunity for carriers and developers. Mobile users can grant or revoke location permission at any time via the Veriplace website or mobile website.


“Veriplace unlocks the huge potential of LBS for application developers because it provides a safe way for carriers to release location data,” said Tasso Roumeliotis, WaveMarket’s CEO. “Veriplace always puts users in complete control of their own location information; data is never released without the user explicitly granting permission. Users can log on at any time and see a complete history of who located them and when the location request occurred, thereby eliminating any surprises about their location data being released. Trust, privacy and user control are all core to Veriplace.”


Features of Veriplace include:

• Location Aggregation: Location-enable all types of applications across a variety of location technologies. Veriplace provides developers with location access for web, WAP, SMS, widget, and mobile applications via a single, consistent web service interface.

• Cross-Carrier Location: Veriplace offers a single web service interface for access to location data from multiple carriers. For example, any social networking application can access location data and privacy settings of users on different carriers via a single API.

• End User Privacy Locker: End users are always in complete control of their location data—location information is never released without a user’s explicit permission.

• Privacy and Security: Simple but specific settings enable users to control which applications and people may access their location, at what time, and with what accuracy. The platform is built on a best-of-breed privacy and security model that protects millions of users across WaveMarket’s existing deployments.

• Compliance, Auditing and Billing: The Veriplace platform performs regular security systems checks on developer partners to ensure that they always use best security practices. Veriplace also tracks all location attempts by technology used, developer and user to support MRC, per locate, and ad-supported revenue models.

• Application on-boarding: Web, WAP, SMS, widget and mobile application developers can streamline the launching of services that take advantage of location information. Developers do not have to come to separate agreements with mobile carriers.


“The feedback from our Beta developers — web, WAP, SMS, widget and mobile — has been incredibly positive. We expect the first ones to launch commercially on tier-one carriers using the Veriplace platform in a matter of weeks,” added Roumeliotis. “We are thrilled to open Veriplace publicly to all application developers so that they may offer mobile users a wide variety of powerful location-aware applications.”


“uShip.com is an online shipping marketplace, matching individuals and businesses with shipping needs to thousands of transportation companies that bid for the loads,” said Matt Chasen, CEO of uShip.com. “Veriplace’s web-services location aggregation API makes a great addition to our mobile offerings and enables us to offer shipment tracking to our customers on a level never before seen in the transportation industry. This functionality adds tremendous value to our service and gives us an important competitive advantage.”


All developers can now register for a free developer account to explore the location API, build applications and begin locating phones at the Veriplace Developer Website.


About WaveMarket

WaveMarket Inc., headquartered in Emeryville, Calif., is a world leader in mobile location-based platform and services, offering a software product suite that includes both white-label application solutions and its industry-leading location aggregation platform, Veriplaceâ„¢. With more than a half-dozen commercial deployments in the United States, Canada, and Latin America, WaveMarket’s white-label solutions include its industry leading family finder, search, and asset tracker, and the Veriplaceâ„¢ Location Aggregation Platform, which provides powerful privacy and security systems to allow carriers to offer third-party developers location access without having to certify each application on a case-by-case basis. WaveMarket’s mobile platform components include turn-by-turn navigation, mobile social networking and dynamic-tiled mapping, all designed to be commercially deployed with partner brands such as the WaveMarket-designed and engineered Ask Mobile GPS. Marketing to brands and mobile carriers in the United States, Europe and Asia, WaveMarket’s customers include top-tier North American carriers Sprint Nextel, Alltel, Bell Mobility, Aliant and MTS Allstream, Vivo in Brazil, and SK Telecom, South Korea’s leading wireless carrier. Founded in 2000, the company is financed by a group that includes Draper Fisher Jurvetson, QUALCOMM Ventures, BlueRun Ventures (formerly Nokia Venture Partners), Intel Capital, and Mitsui Ventures. For more information, visit http://www.wavemarket.com.


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