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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

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Valerie Christopherson

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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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FiberNet Telecom Group Selects Ekinops 360 Optical Transport

PARIS, May 19, 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation dynamic multi-reach long-haul, regional, and metro transport aggregation solutions for service providers and enterprises, today announced that FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: FTGX), a leading provider of complex interconnection services, has chosen the Ekinops 360 multi-reach optical transport system for the deployment of 10G and Gigabit Ethernet services.


FiberNet will utilize the Ekinops 360, a carrier class optical transport platform for metro, regional, and long-haul networks, to deliver 10 Gigabit services in the New York/New Jersey region and in Los Angeles.


Density, reliability and ease of management were cited as reasons FiberNet chose the Ekinops 360 platform. “We were looking for a high-density, reliable product for high-bandwidth 10 Gigabit services and we found that in the Ekinops 360,” said Ernie Hoffmann, senior vice president of engineering and operations for FiberNet Telecom Group.


“From the beginning, the Ekinops equipment has been easy to install, and its management system has been particularly user-friendly,” he continued. “Its reliability and ease of use has been great. We are now looking to Ekinops for Gigabit Ethernet and 2.5 Gigabit service aggregation as well.”


The attractive cost of the Ekinops equipment was also a factor in FiberNet’s decision, Hoffmann noted. “The volume of 10 Gigabit services has grown over the past year. For FiberNet to continue to meet our customers’ expectations, we need to provide world class service at a competitive price. The Ekinops 360 helps us achieve that goal.”


With its T-Chip “Transport on a Chip” technology foundation, the Ekinops 360 equipment packs its transport intelligence into a much smaller, more efficient design, reducing costs, footprint, ongoing power consumption, and manufacturing delivery times to service providers and enterprises.


“FiberNet chose the right partner in its search for a low-cost, reliable solution,” said Rob Adams, vice president of marketing for Ekinops. “With our T-Chip at the heart of all our equipment, we have been able to provide industry leading economics, minimize our footprint, reduce ongoing costs of power and management and deliver solutions quickly to FiberNet and our many other customers, allowing them to stay ahead of their competition.”


About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of next generation optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise customers. The Ekinops 360 Dynamic, Multi-Reach Transport System provides DWDM and CWDM on a single platform that addresses Metro, Regional, and Long Haul applications. The Ekinops 360 system relies on the innovative, programmable Ekinops T-Chip® (TRANSPORT ON-A-CHIP TECHNOLOGY) that enables Fast, Flexible, and Cost-effective service delivery for building high speed optical networks. Using the Ekinops 360 carrier-grade system, operators can increase transport capacity of their networks – CWDM, DWDM, Ethernet, ESCON, Fiber Channel, SONET/SDH, and uncompressed video (HD-SDI, SD-SDI, ASI) – through the industry’s most efficient aggregation of services. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with offices in Europe, the USA and Asia. For more information, visit Ekinops at www.ekinops.net.


About FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, FiberNet Telecom Group, Inc. 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 the company’s website at www.ftgx.com.


Media Contact

Dominique Arestan

Marketing Communications Director

Voice: +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05

darestan@ekinops.net

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IntelePeer Earns Microsoft 2009 Best Solution Design Award for Communications-as-a-Service Within Windows Live

IntelePeer’s ReachLive Application Honored for Ability to Harness Potential of Cloud Computing


SAN MATEO, Calif. — May 19, 2009 — IntelePeer Inc., a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, announced today that its ReachLive application has been recognized by Microsoft as a Best Solution Design for Communications as a Service within Microsoft® Windows® Live. IntelePeer received the award at the Seventh Annual Microsoft Enterprise Developer and Industry Solutions Conference 2009, held at the New York Marriott Marquis.


“IntelePeer ReachLive taps into the true power of Microsoft Windows Live Services and the IntelePeer AppworX Open Communications Platform, and this award illustrates that potential,” said Charles Studt, vice president of product management for IntelePeer. “IntelePeer AppworX strips away the complexities of telecom for developers. Applications like ReachLive allow Web developers to quickly bring communications-enabled business services to market that reduce operational costs, drive productivity and open new revenue opportunities.”


IntelePeer’s ReachLive application allows Windows LiveID users to reach their contacts by phone or SMS as quickly and intuitively as instant messaging. This Web-based communication mash-up extends the reach of Microsoft Live Services to business or personal groups in a familiar Live Messenger-like interface. Users reach their contacts using the phone of their choice, SMS text messaging or live chat, and the user includes media or other rich content. With the powerful IntelePeer network and open communications platform, ReachLive easily brings contacts together in an ad-hoc conference call or as recipients of a SMS message or voice blast.


“By demonstrating the ability to combine Web services from multiple providers and hosting the application on a dynamically scaling infrastructure, IntelePeer was able to show how cloud computing will impact communications enabled applications in the not- so-distant future,” said Joseph Hofstader, architect, Microsoft Communications Sector group.


ReachLive combines a scalable network capable of reaching thousands of users with existing contact lists from Windows Live Services. For ReachLive users, phone numbers are removed and the user decides which phone number of theirs to ring. Phone calls are initiated like chats, which enables instant notification or collaboration with individuals and offers many of the benefits of cloud computing, including cost savings, flexibility and speed of deployment.


IntelePeer was honored alongside three other companies at the awards ceremony, which focused on computing at the speed of the cloud as well as what cloud computing offers: flexibility, low entry costs, and access to services and applications beyond the traditional computer loaded with applications. Winners of Microsoft’s award were named visionaries, taking cloud computing and designing ways to harness its potential.


About IntelePeer


IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device — without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢, our SuperRegistryâ„¢ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 7 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


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Cavalier Announces Virtual Private LAN Service

Private Networking Made Simple, with Improved Performance and Reliability 


RICHMOND, VA — May 19, 2009 — Cavalier, a leading provider of competitive telecommunications services throughout the eastern United States, today announced its Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS). Cavalier’s VPLS combines the simplicity of Ethernet with the intelligence of IP and the inherent security of MPLS in Cavalier’s core fiber network. VPLS is a next generation Layer 2 Ethernet service that allows customers’ geographically dispersed LANs to be meshed into a single-bridged Ethernet LAN, so all sites appear on the same network.


 


“This service satisfies some of the top IT priorities for our customers by offering simple and secure private networking at speeds from 1Mb to a Gigabit and higher,” said Lou Sommi, Senior Vice President of Marketing at Cavalier. “Customers are already comfortable working with Ethernet. Now they can use it to connect their locations over Cavalier’s powerful fiber network to support increasingly complex applications.”


 


Cavalier’s VPLS service offers:



  • Predictable service levels – Priority data must be delivered in a reliable and timely manner. VPLS offers flexible traffic flow planning using standard classes of service, providing end-to-end Quality of Service (QoS) for mission critical applications such as transaction processing, voice and video.

  • Security – Customers’ VPLS traffic is completely contained within a dedicated Layer 2 switch domain with all routing done on the customers’ equipment.  

  • High availability –VPLS ensures the availability and transmission of all applications. The service is fully meshed, using MPLS in the core network to achieve the fastest possible convergence time.

  • Scalability – Customers can quickly adapt to changing bandwidth and business requirements. Services grow easily without labor-intensive configuration changes.

  • Flexibility – Set up only one connection per site — no matter how many locations or services are being used. Customers can combine voice and multiple data applications onto their choice of network access options, including T1, Ethernet Express, DS3, SONET and Gigabit Ethernet.


 About CavalierCavalier, headquartered in Virginia, is a full-service provider of reliable and efficient telecommunications solutions for business, consumer, and government customers. Using its owned and operated fiber optic network, the company serves hundreds of thousands of customers throughout the eastern United States. From landline voice to managed network services, customers depend on Cavalier for a wide range of communications products that drive their businesses and simplify their lives. We strive to combine technology with customer commitment to deliver the best value available. For more information, please visit us on the web at http://www.cavtel.com # # # 


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Virtual PBX Receives Network Products Guide 2009 Product Innovation Award

Open VoIP Peering Selected as Winner in the VoIP Innovation Category


Virtual PBX® announced today that Network Products Guide, the industry’s leading publication on information technologies and solutions, has honored the company’s Open VoIP Peering solution with a 2009 Product Innovation Award. This annual award recognizes vendors from all over the world who create ground-breaking products that bring essential and incremental changes that benefit customers and set the bar higher for others who compete in the IT industry.


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BROADBAND FORUM UNION WITH IP/MPLS FORUM ESTABLISHES THE CENTRAL BODY FOR NEXT GENERATION PACKET NETWORK SPECIFICATIONS

BROADBAND FORUM UNION WITH IP/MPLS FORUM ESTABLISHES THE

CENTRAL BODY FOR NEXT GENERATION PACKET NETWORK SPECIFICATIONS


May 18, 2009 - A powerful new worldwide organisation has been created today by the union of the Broadband Forum and the IP/MPLS Forum. These two organizations bring together the industry experts who have, until now, looked at the evolving broadband network from different ends of the network. With this union, the core and access aggregation work of the IP/MPLS Forum will seamlessly blend and strengthen the local transport and digital home management specifications of the Broadband Forum.


United under the Broadband Forum name, the new organisation, comprising an enlarged 220 strong membership of most of the world’s leading service providers, equipment manufacturers, chip vendors and industry bodies, will play an increasingly influential role in defining interoperable network equipment for local broadband access, advancing mobile backhaul solutions as well as empowering the next wave of business services, IPTV, gaming and other applications as they arise.


“Both organisations have played an important and highly valued role as the world has grown into the broadband-rich society we enjoy today. Now, together, we can help guide the industry forward across an ever-widening range of technologies and applications,” said Broadband Forum Chairman and President George Dobrowski.


“We are very excited by the prospects created by this union of two long standing and well respected specification bodies and our dedicated teams are already working well together as we begin to put the new organisation into action.”


The union follows an industry analysis undertaken by the IP/MPLS Forum Board last year, which concluded that convergence was the key to the future success of standards specifications work. It then focused on how its work aligned with other organisations and when, in June 2008, the former DSL Forum became the Broadband Forum – with a focus on convergence and technology agnostic solutions – it appeared that many gaps towards empowering a stronger end-to-end multiservice architecture could be filled by bringing the two organisations together.


“I am tremendously proud of what the IP/MPLS Forum has achieved in its 18-year history and also proud of the fact that we recognised and addressed the need to follow technology convergence by uniting with the Broadband Forum for the overall benefit of the industry itself,” said IP/MPLS Forum Chairman and President Andrew G. Malis.


“The Broadband Forum stood out clearly as the strongest candidate for us and today’s union will see our legacy, our expertise and our membership move into a new era – once again for the benefit of the industry we all look to serve.”


The newly combined Broadband Forum is meeting this week in Valencia, Spain. There will be three main changes to the organisation. These are:-

• In the Technical Committee area, a new IP/MPLS and Core working group will be established to continue the MPLS protocol work and to address all new Core related work brought into the Forum

• In the Marketing Committee area, a new IP/MPLS focused Vice Chair will be added and new IP/MPLS Ambassadors will be available to represent the organisation via the speakers’ bureau

• A combined Board of Directors will be established to oversee the transition. George Dobrowski will continue on as President and Andrew G. Malis has been named Vice President.


Today’s announcement comes as broadband deployment continues healthy growth around the world, despite the current economic challenges across all industry sectors. More than 410 million users now enjoy the benefits of broadband and the union of the two organisations will only help sustain this momentum, as well as open up new opportunities.


“As well as strengthening our global stance in the standards community generally, we will have more resources, wider expertise and the ability to make rapid strides in areas such as defining seamless end-to-end specifications, fostering greater interoperability, delivering enhanced Quality of Experience measurement, enabling greater mobile backhaul capabilities and supporting residential and business services,” Dobrowski added.


“For our members, their involvement will bring them even greater membership value and they will have the opportunity to play an influential role in how the networks of the future evolve.”


INDUSTRY LEADERS SUPPORT THIS UNION

“This union, of the Broadband Forum and the IP/MPLS Forum, means we will all benefit from a greater end-to-end approach for network and protocol standardisation, and that includes end-to-end performance, interoperability, architecture and protocols. This is good news for the bodies concerned and the industry as a whole.”

Kevin Foster, Head of Wireline Access, BT


“Ericsson sees this merger as an important step in the industry pursuit of network convergence, including fixed – mobile convergence. Together the IP/MPLS Forum and the Broadband Forum organizations provide a single venue with the expertise and capability to drive next generation network solutions used for home, business and infrastructure.”

Erik Ekudden, Vice President – Technology and Industry for Ericsson


“OPASTCO is pleased to see the union of the Broadband and IP/MPLS Forums. Combining the two forums will provide a tremendous opportunity for OPASTCO members to develop and obtain technical resources to create IP environments in rural North America.”

Ronald Laudner, Jr., Second Vice Chairman, Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunication Companies (OPASTCO)


“We are very enthusiastic to see the industry defragmenting. This union will allow better efficiency and coherence for some key topics for this industry such as transport equipments interoperability, mobile backhauling, access and core networks integration. We believe this union will provide better architectural view on the evolution of networks. Such a move reinforces the key position of the Broadband Forum to deliver end to end solutions for fixed broadband networks,”

Philippe Lucas, VP International Standards and Industry Relationship for Orange


“Verizon has been an active contributing member of both organisations, and we applaud this decision to unite. As broadband convergence continues, the Broadband Forum will be a key organization to ensure providers’ needs are met with a holistic end-to-end perspective, ensuring no gaps in critical network specifications. We look forward to continuing to provide technical expertise and leadership to this organization.”

Stu Elby, VP Network Architecture, Verizon Communications


“The union of the Broadband Forum and IP/MPLS Forum is an important milestone in bringing together experts from across the industry to collaborate on specifications that will accelerate fixed and mobile network convergence and enable a broad range of advanced business and consumer services. Alcatel-Lucent will continue to provide leadership and technical expertise in support of the Broadband Forum’s work in the coming years.”

Basil Alwan, President IP Division and Leader, Carrier Portfolio Strategy, Alcatel-Lucent


For further information about the newly united Broadband Forum,

visit www.broadband-forum.org.


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For further information please contact Chrissie Walker or Brian Dolby on +44 (0) 115 948 6901 or by email to chrissie@bcspr.co.uk or brian@bcspr.co.uk.


About the Broadband Forum

The Broadband Forum mission is to develop the full potential of broadband. With the recent union with the IP/MPLS Forum, the Broadband Forum is now the central body for next generation IP network specifications. This organization, comprising an enlarged 220 strong membership of most of the world’s leading service providers, equipment manufacturers, chip vendors and other key organizations, defines and facilitates next generation networks for local broadband access, mobile backhaul, business services, IPTV, gaming and other applications, and is poised to address further developments as they arise. The Broadband Forum’s formal BroadbandSuiteâ„¢ Release Program, Technical Reports and specifications are publicly available at www.broadband-forum.org.

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Ovum: Huawei beats Alcatel-Lucent in 1Q09 to top optical networking market for the first time

Huawei beats Alcatel-Lucent in 1Q09 to top optical networking market for the first time; Asia-Pacific, led by strength in China and India, shows remarkable resilience despite the global downturn, says Ovum


Global spending of $3.6 billion meets our expectation; Alcatel-Lucent remains leader in annualized revenues


For immediate release, May 14, 2009. Ovum today announced its preliminary 1Q09 results for global optical equipment networking vendors. The global optical networking (ON) market, led by strength in Asia-Pacific markets, was $3.6 billion, down 15% sequentially and down 8% compared with 1Q08. “This marks the second time in two quarters that the ON market has shrunk compared with the year-ago quarter, but given the global financial meltdown the situation could have been much worse.” remarks Ovum’s Vice President, Optical Networking, Dana Cooperson. “Spending in Asia-Pacific was surprisingly strong. We did not see the seasonal decline we normally expect in China, for example, as the race to build 3G mobile networks and support them with transport capacity obliterated any seasonality or macroeconomic downturn factors. Huawei, posting a remarkable $790 million in revenue to lead the market for the quarter, benefited from China’s 3G race, along with teledensity growth in India, a strong and stable currency, and comparatively little exposure to the cool North American market, while Alcatel-Lucent suffered from much of the opposite.”

Top ten ON vendor share

Of the top ten vendors, none posted both sequential and year-over-year revenue gains, reflecting slowing spending in much of the world. Vendors who beat both the sequential and year-over-year average market declines of 15% and 8%, respectively, include Ericsson, Huawei, and NEC. Those three vendors plus ZTE were the only top ten vendors that did not post revenue declines compared with 1Q08. Huawei and ZTE grew revenues by more than 40% and 20%, respectively, over 1Q08 in part due to 3G mobile-related spending in China. “Alcatel-Lucent held on to the market lead with 21.7% annualized share, but Huawei picked up 1.8 percentage points to come within 3 points of the market leader at 19.1% share. Given the continued strength of spending in markets where Huawei is strong, its light exposure to weaker markets, and the firm’s seemingly bottomless availability of financing, this looks like a huge year for the Chinese giant.” said Cooperson.

For further information:

For more information or to speak with Dana Cooperson about these quarterly ON results, please contact us at prteam@ovum.com or contact a member of the global PR team listed below.

About Ovum:

Ovum’s primary activity is providing value-added advisory services and consulting to retained and project clients. The company acts as a well-respected and trusted source of industry data, knowledge and expertise on the commercial impact of technology, regulatory and market changes. Ovum engages in continuous research and industry analysis to determine market dynamics in its specialist sectors.

Ovum has developed long-standing relationships with many of its corporate clients, which include major international blue-chip companies such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, BT, Cable & Wireless, Cisco Systems, Deutsche Telekom, Fujitsu, HP, IBM, Microsoft, Telstra and Vodafone.

Ovum is part of the Datamonitor Group.

Ovum’s global PR contacts:

North America:

Sara Kaufman

Tel: +1 617-722-4602

Email: sara.kaufman@ovum.com

EMEA:

Maria Di Martino

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7675 7529

Email: maria.dimartino@ovum.com

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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; Email:info@ixiacom.com or visit our Web Site at http://www.ixiacom.com.  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 atwww.catapult.com.


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 www.sec.gov, or with respect to Ixia materials, at www.ixiacom.com, and also will be available, without charge, by directing requests to Ixia, and with respect to Catapult materials, at http://www.catapult.com/and 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 -40ºC to +65ºC.


The S2250 and S3250 are available in the following models:


Model Description

S2250 10/100 Mb/s Demarcation Device

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S3250 10/100/1000 Mb/s Demarcation Device

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S3250 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

http://www.transition.com/TransitionNetworks/Products2/Family.aspx?Name=S2250-S32504 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 www.transition.com 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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