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TM Forum Membership Up 25% As Comms Industry Seeks Guidance in Tough Times

TM Forum takes pole position to help industry tackle recession

MORRISTOWN, NJ, May 5, 2009 – TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, today announced results for the financial year ending March 31, 2009. For the fifth consecutive year, the international not-for-profit organization has achieved revenue and membership growth of more than 25%. The results show an organization well placed to weather the current global recession, and reinforce the Forum’s leading position in helping its global membership tackle the effects of the economic crisis.

TM Forum exists to help its 737 member companies – which include service providers and suppliers in the telecom, mobile, cable, defense and media sectors across 185 countries – by providing leadership, guidance and practical solutions that improve their business effectiveness. In the current economic climate as service providers seek to reduce operating costs, the Forum’s extensive set of best practices and standards provide a stable, low-risk roadmap for cost-base transformation. In addition, the Forum is leading the way for delivery and monetization of new services, exploring new business models and opportunities with partners in an extended value-chain of content and media players.

According to Keith Willetts, chairman and CEO, TM Forum, “Very few of the countries where TM Forum has active members have escaped the effects of the global financial crisis. For a long time we have been saying that – sooner or later- service providers everywhere will need to radically change the way they do business or their cost base will sink them. The global downturn has brought this line of thinking into very sharp focus.”

The Forum’s flagship Management World conference being held this week in Nice, France, will tackle these key issues head on. The conference – which has proven itself as the communication industry’s conference of choice for 2009 – exposes the value of the Forum’s best practices and standards through more than 100 service provider led presentations and case studies. “Moving onwards through 2009, the Forum is well placed to help its members triumph in these difficult times,” added Willetts.

About TM Forum

With 737 member companies across 185 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.

TM Forum provides a wide range of information and support to help its members reduce the costs and risks associated with creating and delivering profitable services. These include industry research and benchmarks, technology roadmaps, best practice guidebooks, software standards and interfaces, as well as certified training, conferences and publications. The Forum also provides its member community with extensive marketing and networking opportunities, enabling business with new customers and partners.

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NEW YORK, NY and East Lansing, MI May 4, 2009: Atlantic Metro Communications, a recognized SAS 70 managed network and service provider offering dark fiber and nation-wide colocation and IP transit, together with Waypoint Telecommunications, a regional facilities-based carrier in the Mid-West, announce a partnership that will leverage each company’s complimentary network services to expand their network reach within the Mid-West region. Atlantic Metro customers will have the ability to access Waypoint’s network footprint that spans five states in the Mid-West, connecting key business centers, including Grand Rapids, MI; Cleveland, OH; Indianapolis, Indiana; St. Louis, MO; and Chicago, IL. In addition, Waypoint will add a Point of Presence (PoP) within Atlantic Metro’s Chicago managed colocation facility, located at 350 East Cermak Road, which will also be an access point for Waypoint’s new metro fiber ring on Atlantic Metro’s Chicago metro fiber network.

“By partnering with Waypoint, we have extended our footprint to major Tier 2 and Tier 3 cities in the Mid-West and can now provide further network reach to companies that require quality network and Internet services in the region,” commented Stephen Klenert, CEO of Atlantic Metro. “Waypoint’s network is an ideal fit for Atlantic Metro since it too is a network that is owned through the combination of custom build-outs, acquired assets and IRU leases.”

“Atlantic Metro will have access to Waypoint’s network to offer transport services that range from DS1/T1 up to OC192 and 10Gig SONET and Ethernet Private Lines to over 50 PoPs, including Carrier Hotels, ILECs, and Central Offices throughout the Mid-West,” added Pete Empie, Chief Operating Officer of Waypoint. “In addition, Atlantic Metro is providing Waypoint and our customers access to quality managed colocation services as well as an extension of our network reach within the Chicago metro market.”

“Our partnership with Waypoint enables both companies to leverage its own best -of-breed network services,” continued Stephen Klenert. “Our customers will benefit by each company’s ability to offer an expanded footprint that will help meet network requirements for businesses in the region and beyond.”

Expanded network services in the Mid-West are now available from Atlantic Metro Communications. For more information, please visit


About Waypoint Telecommunications, LLC

Waypoint Telecommunications, LLC is a Michigan-based company with 25 years experience in creating networks for some of the most demanding customers in the telecommunications industry. As a leading provider of network infrastructure solutions and strategic network design services, Waypoint Telecommunications, constructs and maintains an extensive Fiber Optic Infrastructure in and around the metro areas of Chicago, IL; Detroit, MI; Indianapolis, IN; St. Louis, MO; Dallas, TX; Phoenix, AZ.

Waypoint Telecommunication serves a diverse customer base including local and long distance telecommunications carriers, Internet Service Providers, municipalities, utilities, Fortune 500 enterprises, school systems, and local, city, and Federal Government entities. Waypoint’s flexibility and pricing allows customers to scale lit fiber services to their specific requirements. For more information on Waypoint, please visit

About Atlantic Metro Communications

Since 2002, Atlantic Metro Communications has operated state-of-the-art Internet Data Centers and networks throughout the New York Metropolitan area and Chicago. The company also provides managed Internet Service Provider (ISP) solutions, colocation, metro transport, IP bandwidth, managed hosting & voice solutions. Atlantic Metro Communications provides services to many ISPs, web hosting solution providers, enterprise financial networks, Web 2.0 startups, VoIP suppliers, and carriers. Currently, Atlantic Metro Communication’s global network includes multiple PoPs in Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Toronto, Canada and London, UK. For more information on Atlantic Metro Communications, please visit

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Single Buoy Moorings chooses Orange Business Services to deploy Cisco TelePresence


Paris and Monaco, April 27, 2009

Cisco TelePresence to improve employee collaboration and reduce operational costs

Cisco and Orange Business Services today announced that Single Buoy Moorings, a multinational group of companies that provides systems and services to the oil and gas industry, has chosen Cisco TelePresenceâ„¢ to help increase efficiency and reduce costs associated with its business operations.

The oil and gas industry is highly competitive and Single Buoy Moorings’ ability to foster innovation, increase employee productivity and reduce operational costs is a critical aspect of its business. An all-inclusive Cisco TelePresence implementation managed by Orange Business Services will help Single Buoy Moorings meet these challenges by allowing employees to collaborate effectively on projects and capitalize on the talent it has across the organization irrespective of location. It will also help reduce the amount of time spent and costs associated with business travel and reduce the related carbon emissions.

“Innovation is the lifeblood of our organization. We continually look for new ways to improve productivity, quality and decrease the time it takes to bring systems and products to market,” said Guillaume Ramey, IT & IS manager, Single Buoy Moorings. “With Cisco TelePresence we have found a solution that recreates the immersive experience of face-to-face meetings, helping us to transform our business by changing the way teams collaborate on projects, reduce the amount of travel, and ultimately enhancing the services we deliver to our customers.”

Orange Business Services is providing a fully-managed solution including project management, consultancy, deployment, network services, and operational management. Single Buoy Moorings’ telepresence traffic will be carried on the Orange IP VPN, the world’s largest Telepresence-enabled network, which holds Certified Cisco TelePresence Connection (CCTC) status, which is based on stringent performance requirements vital to a successful Telepresence experience.

Single Buoy Moorings has deployed the Cisco TelePresence System 3000 in Houston (USA), Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia), Monaco, and Schiedam (Netherlands) which delivers an advanced, high definition meeting experience with superior audio and video capabilities, allowing employees in different countries to meet as if they were working in the same office. This implementation demonstrates that the company IT network can serve as a platform to improve every aspect of its communications and business operations.

Editor’s note

Cisco TelePresence delivers real-time, face-to-face interactions between people and places in their work and personal lives using advanced visual, audio, and collaboration technologies. These technologies transmit life-size, high-definition images and spatial discrete audio. Now it’s easier than ever to discern facial expressions for those crucial business discussions and negotiations across the “virtual table.” For further information about TelePresence, go to:

About Single Buoy Moorings

The SBM group of companies is a world leader in the design, fabrication, installation and servicing on a supply or lease/operate basis of loading and offloading mooring terminals, as well as tanker-based floating production and storage (FPSOs/FSOs) systems, for the offshore oil and gas industry. It has its HQ in Schiedam (NL) and in financial year 2008 had unaudited net profit of US$227m against a record turnover of US$3.06bn.

SBM employs 5,000 people representing 47 nationalities and has a presence at 42 sites onshore and offshore, in 15 countries around the world. SBM clients are global players such as Exxon Mobil, Chevron Texaco, BP, Total and Shell or national oil companies.

About Orange

Orange is the key brand of France Telecom, one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators. With 123 million customers, the Orange brand now covers Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the Group operates. At the end of 2008, France Telecom had consolidated sales of 53.5 billion euros and a customer base of more than 182 million customers in 30 countries. These include 122 million mobile customers worldwide and 13 million broadband Internet (ADSL) customers in Europe. Orange is the number three mobile operator and the number one provider of broadband Internet services in Europe and, under the brand Orange Business Services, is one of the world leaders in providing telecommunication services to multinational companies.

The Group’s strategy, which is characterized by a strong focus on innovation, convergence and effective cost management, aims to establish Orange as an integrated operator and benchmark for new telecommunications services in Europe. Today the Group remains focused on its core activities as a network operator, while working to develop its position in new growth activities. To meet customer expectations, the Group strives to provide products and services that are simple and user-friendly, while maintaining a sustainable and responsible business model that can be adapted to the requirements of a fast-paced and changing eco-system.

France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

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Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Personal Communications Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.

About Cisco

Cisco, (NASDAQ: CSCO), is the worldwide leader in networking that transforms how people connect, communicate and collaborate. Cisco news and information are available at For ongoing news, please go to Cisco equipment in Europe is supplied by Cisco Systems International BV, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Cisco, the Cisco logo, and Cisco Systems are registered trademarks or trademarks of Cisco Systems, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and certain other countries. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners. The use of the word partner does not imply a partnership relationship between Cisco and any other company. This document is Cisco Public Information.

Press contact:

Orange Business Services - Global, Europe and Asia Pacific

Frédéric Gielec

+33 1 46 46 2189

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