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CenturyTel and EMBARQ Announce Name and Logo of Combined Company

CenturyTel and EMBARQ Announce Name and Logo of Combined Company

Date: 6/2/2009 3:10:00 PM

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Legacy brands to be used during transitional period


MONROE, La. and OVERLAND PARK, Kan., June 2 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ –

CenturyTel, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) and EMBARQ Corporation (NYSE: EQ) today announce

the selection of CenturyLink as the name of their combined company.


(Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090602/DA26511LOGO)


The company will begin operating under the corporate name CenturyLink

immediately upon the closing of the transaction. CenturyLink expects to trade

on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL, the current symbol of

CenturyTel, Inc. and will be found on the Internet at www.centurylink.com.


“Our new brand name was selected because our customers and employees told

us it reflected a company that is forward-looking and committed to linking the

country together,” said Glen F. Post III, who will be chief executive officer

of CenturyLink.


“CenturyLink is a company that embodies the idea of ‘moving

forward’–helping its customers and employees enjoy the benefit of the latest

technologies and excellent customer service through the company’s

determination, accessibility and value delivery,” Post said.


Full deployment of the brand is expected to occur in the months following

closing. As markets are converted to the new brand, customers will receive

advance notification and CenturyLink will begin to appear on building signage,

company vehicles and marketing materials.


To support the new name, Post added that a new logo had been selected to

represent the power of connecting people and businesses to each other and to

new opportunities, both locally and nationally.


The closing of the merger of the two companies remains subject to the

required and pending federal regulatory approval.


Monigle Associates, a brand consulting agency based in Denver, Colo., was

a key partner in the development of the brand strategy, name and logo.


About CenturyTel


CenturyTel (NYSE: CTL) is a leading provider of communications, high-speed

Internet and entertainment services in small-to-mid-size cities through our

broadband and fiber transport networks. Included in the S&P 500 Index,

CenturyTel delivers advanced communications with a personal touch to customers

in 25 states. Visit us at www.centurytel.com.


About EMBARQ


Embarq Corporation (NYSE: EQ), headquartered in Overland Park, Kansas,

offers a complete suite of communications services. EMBARQ has operations in

18 states and is in the Fortune 500(R) list of America’s largest corporations.

For consumers, EMBARQ offers an innovative portfolio of services that includes

reliable local and long distance home phone service, high-speed Internet,

wireless, and satellite TV from DISH Network(R) — all on one monthly bill.

For businesses, EMBARQ has a comprehensive range of flexible and integrated

services designed to help businesses of all sizes be more productive and

communicate with their customers. This service portfolio includes local voice

and data services, long distance, Business Class High Speed Internet,

wireless, satellite TV from DIRECTV(R), enhanced data network services, voice

and data communication equipment and managed network services. For more

information, visit embarq.com.


Forward Looking Statements


Except for the historical and factual information contained herein, the

matters set forth in this press release, including statements as to the

expected benefits of the acquisition such as efficiencies, cost savings,

enhanced revenues, growth potential, market profile and financial strength,

and the competitive ability and position of the combined company, and other

statements identified by words such as “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,”

“plans,” and similar expressions are forward-looking statements within the

meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation

Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks and

uncertainties that may cause actual results to differ materially, including

receipt of required approvals by regulatory agencies, the possibility that the

anticipated benefits from the acquisition cannot be fully realized or may take

longer to realize than expected, the possibility that costs or difficulties

related to the integration of EMBARQ operations into CenturyTel will be

greater than expected, the ability of the combined company to retain and hire

key personnel, the impact of regulatory, competitive and technological changes

and other risk factors relating to our industry as detailed from time to time

in each of CenturyTel’s and EMBARQ’s reports filed with the Securities and

Exchange Commission (SEC). There can be no assurance regarding the timing of

the consummation of the merger or that the proposed acquisition will in fact

be consummated. You should not place undue reliance on these forward-looking

statements, which speak only as of the date hereof. Unless legally required,

CenturyTel and EMBARQ undertake no obligation to update publicly any

forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future

events or otherwise.


SOURCE CenturyTel, Inc.

-0- 06/02/2009

/CONTACT: Analysts & Investors, Tony Davis, +1-318-388-9525,

tony.davis@centurytel.com; or Media, Annmarie Sartor, +1-318-388-9671,

annmarie.sartor@centurytel.com, both of CenturyTel; or Analysts & Investors,

Kevin Olin, 1-866-591-1964, investorrelations@embarq.com, or Media, Debra

Peterson, +1-913-323-4881, Debra.D.Peterson@embarq.com, both of EMBARQ/

/Photo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20090602/DA26511LOGO

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CA Acquires Cassatt Data Center Automation Innovation and Expertise

CA Acquires Cassatt Data Center Automation Innovation and Expertise

Acquisition Enables Dramatic Expansion of CA’s Automation and Cloud Capabilities


ISLANDIA, N.Y. and SAN JOSE, CA, June 2, 2009 – CA, Inc. (NASDAQ:CA) today announced the acquisition of certain data center automation and policy-based optimization expertise and assets from Cassatt Corporation, a provider of innovative cloud computing software that makes data centers more efficient. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.


“This acquisition strengthens CA’s ability to deliver on the promise of Lean IT for our customers,” said Ajei Gopal, executive vice president of the Products and Technology Group at CA. “With the addition of Cassatt’s engineering team and advanced data center automation assets, CA will accelerate its development of software that helps customers make more intelligent, business policy-based decisions. We are ensuring that CA will continue to be at the forefront of managing our customers’ evolving IT environments.”


As data center environments become more complex with composite applications and cloud computing, CA infrastructure management solutions enable customers to better understand the economic impact of their IT systems and how to optimize them to support business goals.


Cassatt’s Rob Gingell, executive vice president of Product Development and Chief Technology Officer, and Steve Oberlin, Chief Scientist and co-founder, have joined CA, along with their team of developers, engineers, and other key employees. In addition, CA has acquired several Cassatt patents and patent applications, as well as other intellectual property.


“Cassatt has long been a champion for using a cloud-style architecture to manage data centers like a ‘compute utility,’” said Cassatt Chief Executive Officer and founder Bill Coleman. “This is a great move for both organizations because of the vision we share—delivering a new, dramatically more efficient way to run data centers. The acquisition of Cassatt’s data center automation technology and expertise by CA, one of the world’s largest and most successful software companies and an innovator in business-driven automation, will help make this vision into a reality for customers.”


Donald Ferguson, CA’s Chief Architect added, “Cassatt invented an elegant and innovative architecture and algorithms for data center performance optimization. Incorporating Cassatt’s analysis and optimization capabilities into CA’s world-class business-driven automation solution will enable cloud-style computing to reliably drive efficiencies in both on-premises, private data centers and off-premises, utility data centers. We believe the result will be a uniquely comprehensive infrastructure management approach, spanning monitoring, analysis, planning, optimization and execution.”


CA’s business-driven automation solution helps customers reduce capital and operating costs and improve service quality by enabling dynamic, real-time response to changing business demands. The solution is instrumental in increasing business agility, service quality and control, as well as helping to reduce risk and human error, lower costs, and improve IT efficiency. By this optimization of value, CA automation helps customers achieve Lean IT.


About CA


CA (NASDAQ: CA) is the world’s leading independent IT management software company. With CA’s Enterprise IT Management (EITM) vision and expertise, organizations can more effectively govern, manage and secure IT to optimize business performance and sustain competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.ca.com.


Cautionary Statement Regarding Forward-Looking Statements


Certain statements in this communication (such as statements containing the words “believes,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “expects,” “estimates” and similar expressions) constitute “forward-looking statements.” A number of important factors could cause actual results or events to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking statements, including: any difficulty CA encounters in successfully integrating acquired companies and products into its existing businesses; general economic conditions or unfavorable economic conditions in a particular region, business or industry sector, may lead CA’s customers to delay or forgo technology investments; changes to the compensation of CA’s sales organization; intense competition with CA in product and service offerings and pricing, and increased competition in the future; failure of CA to adapt to technological change in a timely manner; failure of CA’s products to remain compatible with ever-changing operating environments; CA’s loss of access to third party operating systems or certain third party software that CA uses in daily operations, either of which could delay product development and production; unintended consequences from CA’s use of software from open source code sources; discovery of errors in CA’s software; failure to protect CA’s intellectual property rights; third party claims that CA’s products infringe their intellectual property rights or that CA owes royalty payments; and the other factors described in CA’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, any of which could materially adversely affect CA’s business, financial condition, operating results and cash flow. CA assumes no obligation to update the information in this communication, except as otherwise required by law. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date hereof.


Copyright ©2009 CA. All Rights Reserved. One CA Plaza, Islandia, N.Y. 11749. All other trademarks, trade names, service marks and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. Nothing herein (i) affects the rights and/or obligations of CA or its licensees under any existing or future written license agreement or services agreement relating to any CA software product; or (ii) amends any product documentation or specifications for any CA software product. The development, release and timing of any features or functionality described herein remain at CA’s sole discretion. No CA software product referenced herein shall serve as a substitute for compliance with any laws (including but not limited to any act, statute, regulation, requirement, rule, directive, standard, policy, administrative order, executive order, etc. (collectively, “Laws”)). Please consult with competent legal counsel regarding any such Laws.

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Voice and Video Application Performance Management in UC Deployments

Psytechnics

Psytechnics has released the white paper “Voice and Video Application Performance Management in UC Deployments”. Within the paper, Psytechnics addresses a key unified communication concern, “in order for the enterprise to achieve the full promise of UC, companies must address significant network design and communications application performance management concerns.You need to think about the operations side of UC. You need to allocate budget to drive these real time applications to work properly so that your users get maximum benefit from them with maximum user satisfaction – the best Quality of Experience (QoE).”


Download the white paper to read more…

Voice and Video Application Performance Mgt in UC Deployments

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Infonetics Research: Service delivery platform market doubling by 2013

PRESS CONTACT:

Shira Levine

Directing Analyst, Next Gen OSS and Policy Infonetics Research shira@infonetics.com

+1 408.583.3381


Infonetics Research: Service delivery platform market doubling by 2013


Campbell, CALIFORNIA, June 2, 2009–Market research firm Infonetics Research recently released its Service Delivery Platform Software and Integration Services report, which tracks fixed-line and mobile SDP software and integration services.


Highlights from the market share and forecast report follow, and clients are invited to participate in an analyst-led telebriefing summarizing results (see https://infonetics.webex.com for times).


“While the service delivery platform market has not been immune to the current economic climate, operators continue to view SDPs as key investments to ensure continued growth by streamlining how they create and deliver new services. The primary impact of the economy on the SDP market is a more measured and incremental approach to investments, with large-scale multi-year projects being replaced by more focused solutions with shorter implementation intervals. Even so, the SDP market is much less affected by current economic conditions than other communications sectors,” said Shira Levine, Infonetics Research’s Directing Analyst for Next Gen OSS and Policy.


REPORT HIGHLIGHTS

- Worldwide sales of service delivery platform software and integration services are expected to double between 2008 and 2013, when they will reach $4.09 billion

- Fixed-line operators are accelerating SDP deployments, initially for enterprise VoIP applications, and later to support IPTV and other video applications

- In the short term, operators will use SDPs to help streamline the creation and delivery of basic services, including VoIP, ringtones, and streaming video services; later, they will be used to create “mashups” and other Web-based applications to compete with those offered by Google, Yahoo, and other Web 2.0 Internet content providers (ICPs)

- Enhanced content services and content management capabilities, including mobile advertising and cross-network video sharing, will be a key driver behind SDP growth

- Operators are particularly interested in deploying SDP capabilities that support “app stores” as a wide range of market players prepare their content storefront rollouts

- On the worldwide revenue market share leaderboard, Oracle leads SDP software and Ericsson leads in SDP integration services

- Ericsson and Motorola have gained traction in the SDP market with their acquisitions of Drutt and Leapstone, respectively, and additional M&A activity is expected over the next year


REPORT SYNOPSIS

Infonetics’ service delivery platform report tracks Accenture, Aepona, Alcatel-Lucent, Argela, Ericsson, Hewlett-Packard, Huawei, IBM, jNetX, Kabira, Microsoft, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Oracle, Redknee, Telcordia, Telenity, ZTE, and others.


The report provides market size, vendor market share, forecasts through 2013, market drivers, and analysis for SDP software, SDP integration services, and the combined SDP software and integration services market, split by fixed-line vs. mobile. Regions tracked include North America, EMEA (Europe, the Middle East, and Africa), Asia Pacific, and CALA (Central and Latin America).


DOWNLOAD OR BUY THIS REPORT

If you’re already a member of the Infonetics online portal, log in at http://www.infonetics.com/login Or create a new account here: http://www.infonetics.com/cgp/newaccounts.asp


Once on the portal, go to Download Research or Download Sales Lit, then select NEXT GEN OSS AND POLICY.


For sales:

- Larry Howard, Vice President: larry@infonetics.com, +1 (408) 583-3335

- Scott Coyne, Senior Account Director, Eastern North America, Europe, Middle East: scott@infonetics.com, +1 408.583.3395


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


Infonetics is now on Twitter; follow us at http://twitter.com/infonetics.

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Mushroom Networks Announces their Second Generation TRUFFLEâ„¢ Broadband Bondingâ„¢ Solution

Mushroom Networks Announces their Second Generation TRUFFLEâ„¢ Broadband Bondingâ„¢ Solution


Device Bonds Several Broadband Lines into a Single High-Speed Connection; New Version Incorporates Higher Throughput, Enhanced QoS, and Automatic Failover


SAN DIEGO, CA – June 1, 2009 - Mushroom Networks, Inc., the innovator of broadband bonding technology, today announced the second generation of the TRUFFLE (BBNA5201G) Broadband Bonding device, the company’s flagship product line. Targeting small and medium-sized businesses (SMB), enterprise branch offices, multi-tenant buildings, and hospitality markets, TRUFFLE bonds as many as five high-speed Internet connections of any type (DSL, cable, T1, DS3, fiber, wireless) into a single Internet connection. The second generation version incorporates enhanced flow-based quality-of-service (QoS), traffic prioritization and application filtering, dual unit automatic failover, 1Gig Ethernet ports and higher maximum throughput rates of over 300Mbps.


TRUFFLE is an Ethernet-based turn-key solution that easily installs between the broadband modems and the local network at the customer’s premises without requiring any configuration changes to the existing network or coordination with the ISP. These unique capabilities give the customer the ability to mix and match various services from multiple broadband providers delivering built-in redundancy. If one or more of the links in the bonded pipe fail or is degraded, the traffic is transparently spread across the remaining links without any interruptions resulting in maximum network up time. When peered over the Internet with another TRUFFLE device for example: connecting the main headquarters with multiple branch offices, both the download and upload capacity is aggregated solving a major industry pain point – slow uplink speeds for Virtual Private Network (VPN) traffic.


In addition to much greater bi-directional maximum throughput rates, new features include advanced QoS algorithms and application filtering that intelligently prioritizes and manages traffic improving inbound real-time traffic latency metrics for applications such as voice, streaming, and video conferencing. Duel unit configuration enabling hot-swap failover to the standby unit (active/passive availability); and bypass port failover during unforeseen power outages ensures high-nines network reliability.


“Since the introduction of our initial Broadband Bonding technology last year, enterprises have incorporated TRUFFLE and our other solutions as a way to cut monthly broadband costs up to seventy percent by utilizing inexpensive DSL or cable access lines in place of traditional services such as T1 or MPLS, ” said Dr. Cahit Akin, co-founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. “Now through enhanced QoS measures for real-time traffic prioritization and the ability to keep networks running including the bonded VPN sessions, even during catastrophic circumstances such as a cut line or power outage, our products are replacements for Internet services such as leased line or MPLS and can be even deployed in conjunction with those legacy systems to improve performance during a gradual migration.”


The TRUFFLE (BBNA5201G) is now shipping and comes standard with stateful firewall, port-forwarding, static IP, dynamic IP, PPPoE, DHCP, DMZ, UPnP, Dynamic DNS and supports bonding of any type of traffic including VPN. For additional information on pricing and leasing programs visit http://www.mushroomnetworks.com.


About Mushroom Networks

Mushroom Networks, Inc., is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing patent pending broadband bonding solutions to a range of Internet connection applications. The company’s flagship product line targets SMBs, enterprises, multi-tenant buildings, and broadband service providers and bonds dissimilar broadband access technologies forming a single highly reliable broadband pipe that can easily scale based on needs. Mushroom Networks was a finalist for the coveted XCHANGE Tech Innovators Xcellence Award, 2007 CONNECT® ‘Most Innovative New Product’ award, 2008 CONNECT® ‘Most Innovative New Product’ award, Network World’s “top technology trend of 2008″ award, and nominated for the best investment opportunity within the fixed telecom sector by Telecom Council of Silicon Valley. For more information, please visit http://www.mushroomnetworks.com or call 888-842-1231.

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Polatis Raises $8M

Polatis Raises $8M


New CEO Gerald Wesel and telecom industry veteran Niel Ransom. PhD, join Board


ANDOVER, MA and CAMBRIDGE, UK - June 2, 2009 — Polatis, Inc. the performance leader in all-optical switch technology, has raised $8M in venture capital. The funding was by existing investors 3i Ventures, Alta-Berkeley Ventures, DFJ Esprit, Flagship Ventures, Gainesborough & Peponi Investments, JK&B Partners, and Massachusetts Technology Development Corporation. With the financing, Polatis’ new President and CEO Gerald Wesel and senior advisor Dr. Niel Ransom have joined the Board of Directors, further strengthening the executive management team following the appointments of sales veteran James Miller as VP of Sales and Martin Stephenson as CFO last year.


“We very much appreciate our investors’ strong support,” said Gerald Wesel, who was named CEO in January 2009. “There is increasing demand for all-optical products in the markets we serve. The investment enables us to create further demand for our existing products by expanding worldwide channel partners; and to accelerate the development of solutions that scale to the largest deployments while maintaining superior performance and reliability characteristics.”


The shift from copper to fiber networks in many areas of enterprise and telecom access networks enables the deployment of all-optical switching technology for performance improvements and simplification as well as cost and environmental efficiencies. Polatis all-optical products operate at the transport layer of fiber networks, providing the intelligent foundation for switching massive amounts of data traffic in a precise and automated way. It develops and manufactures the industry’s highest performance, lowest loss all-optical switches that scale to the largest networks in telecommunications, data center, government & defense, and test & measurement markets.


“One of the brightest spots and fastest growing areas of the telecom equipment market is and has been optical equipment. Perhaps this market has been obscured by industry fixation on Cloud - but whatever the reason - service providers are realizing that the days of SONET/SDH are numbered and now is the time to start investigating and investing in next generation infrastructure that will meet the needs of the converged quadruple-play networks, including the mobile network traffic that Yankee Group sees increasing at an astounding CAGR of 140% through 2012,” said Jennifer Pigg, vice president at Yankee Group.


New Board member Dr. Niel Ransom, a veteran of the telecommunications market, has served strategic technical and architectural roles at Bell Laboratories and Bell South, and most recently held the position of CTO at Alcatel. He is an advisor to service providers and equipment providers, and sits on the Boards of several private technology companies. Gerald Wesel noted, “Dr. Ransom brings tremendous value to the Board as we broaden our footprint in new strategic markets.”


About Polatis


Polatis develops and manufactures the world’s lowest loss optical switching products for telecommunications, data center, government & defense, and test & measurement markets. Through a unique combination of proven technologies and new, innovative architectures, Polatis has achieved class-leading performance and reliability that solve some of today’s toughest optical networking challenges. Polatis all-optical switching products are proven in more than 500 networks all over the world. To learn more visit www.polatis.com.


CONTACT: Matt Burke, mburke@polatis.com , US +1 603.315.0618

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FUSIONONE PARTNERS WITH ROUNDBOX TO POWER MOBILE CONTENT PORTABILITY

FUSIONONE PARTNERS WITH ROUNDBOX TO POWER MOBILE CONTENT PORTABILITY


FusionOne Handset Transfer Solution and Network Address Book Use Roundbox Technology to Transfer Mobile Content


SAN JOSE, Calif. – June 2, 2009 – FusionOne, the leading provider of mobile phone content portability services, today announced a partnership with Roundbox, the leading provider of mobile broadcast software. FusionOne will use Roundbox content delivery and broadcast technology to maximize the delivery of its Handset Transfer Solution and Network Address Book products to mobile handsets.

FusionOne’s multi-sync service, known as Network Address Book, centralizes address books across a wide range of communications services, including mobile and web applications and mobile phones. Network Address Book consolidates these address books into a single globally accessible location that enables users to update all their address books, driving increased customer satisfaction and usability.

The Handset Transfer Solution, the only comprehensive service of its kind that includes the transfer of licensed content, enables mobile carriers to maintain and grow revenue streams derived from content sales by ensuring that when customers get a new phone, their purchased content is transferred to the new handset, regardless of whether they purchased the phone at a store or online.

“We look forward to working with Roundbox to make use of their innovative new broadcast delivery technologies,” said Mohan Sadashiva, senior vice president of marketing at FusionOne. “This partnership will enable our products to be more efficient in transferring content between mobile devices, driving mobile content portability for our customers.”


“Delivering content to mobile devices becomes even more critical as phones are increasingly used to consume multimedia content,” said Vinod Valloppillil, vice president, product marketing at Roundbox. “Combining FusionOne solutions with Roundbox software is a great way to efficiently offer mobile content services at reduced costs. We are excited to have FusionOne join the Roundbox Partner program.”


Recently, FusionOne also announced partnership agreements with Glu, FutureDial, Useful Networks, Networks In Motion, GOSUB 60, mSPOT, Digital Cyclone and UI Magic, Inc.


About Roundbox

Roundbox is the leading provider of mobile broadcast software for broadcasters, mobile operators, and device manufacturers. Roundbox’s award-winning product suite empowers its customers to deliver innovative mobile broadcast applications, enabling them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation, and improve the user experience. For more information, visit www.roundbox.com.


About FusionOne

FusionOne is the established leader in mobile content portability, helping mobile subscribers transfer their content between mobile devices and sharing their content with popular internet applications—anytime, anywhere. FusionOne pioneered mobile phone content transfer and its products, including Handset Transfer Solution and Network Address Book, currently support millions of subscribers on many major carriers worldwide. Founded in 1998, FusionOne is headquartered in San Jose, California with additional offices in Tallinn, Estonia. For more information, visit www.fusionone.com.

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WiMAX Forum® Announces First Commercial Global Roaming Trials at WiMAX Forum Global Congress 2009

WiMAX Forum® Announces First Commercial Global Roaming Trials at WiMAX Forum Global Congress 2009


WiMAX Forum Certifiedâ„¢ program moving to market-driven pricing model


AMSTERDAM – June 2, 2009 – The WiMAX Forum today announced at its second annual Global Congress 2009 in Amsterdam that 14 ecosystem leaders are participating in the first ever commercial WiMAX interoperability and roaming trials. These operators, device manufacturers, equipment vendors, and clearing houses include Aicent, Alvarion, Bridgewater Systems, Cisco, Clearwire, Comfone, DigitalBridge Communications, Intel, iPass, Juniper Networks, MACH, Motorola, Syniverse and Transaction Network Services.


“This trial represents an end-to-end test of roaming over live WiMAX networks and will provide a baseline for establishing roaming services and agreements for WiMAX worldwide.” said Ron Resnick, president and chairman of the WiMAX Forum. “Roaming with interoperability is important in order to expand the availability of WiMAX services by enabling users to automatically access networks when traveling outside the geographical coverage area of their home network.”


The commercial trial provides another platform for the WiMAX Forum to aggressively position operators and clearinghouses to initiate commercial roaming services which will lead to roaming worldwide. Additionally, the WiMAX Forum provides operators and vendors with all the information needed to understand WiMAX roaming and to launch roaming services at www.wimaxroaming.org, including technical specifications to follow when implementing roaming and a business agreement template to use with other operators.


“The testing of networks and equipment on leading operator networks will demonstrate to all WiMAX operators that they can easily provide roaming services to their customers,” said Resnick. “The goal is to demonstrate the WiMAX standard end-to-end roaming implementation that will be replicated by WiMAX operators and clearinghouses worldwide. This includes WiMAX networks which support roaming services and the roaming back office platforms which track and measure usage for operators to correctly settle accounts with each other.”


Currently, WiMAX Forum tracks more than 475 WiMAX network deployments in 140 countries. A complete detail of WiMAX networks is available at http://www.wimaxmaps.com.


Commuter Train WiMAX Services Launch in Taiwan


Paving the way for commercial roaming trials in Taiwan in Q3 of this year, the WiMAX Forum announced that Information and Communications Research Laboratories at Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), a WiMAX Forum board member has launched a one year project providing free WiMAX service on the Muzha/Neihu Line of the Taipei Metro system (MRT).


This project is coordinated by ITRI to work with multiple Taiwanese vendors to provide Mobile internet WiMAX services available to every passenger riding the metro. The network is provided by VMAX, one of the largest Taiwanese WiMAX operators; the equipment is provided by Acer, AWB, MSI, Tecom and ZyXEL, and the content is coming from Taipei Zoo, PTS (Public Television Service) and Taipei City Government.


There will be two applications provided by this service: information broadcasting and free Internet access with a WiMAX/Wi-Fi signal. ITRI will use information broadcasting to provide useful information for passengers and promote Taipei City Government services, such as live scenes from the zoo and other important activities organized by Taipei City Government. This will give passengers instant information, such as the tickets left for the Panda Pavilion of Taipei Zoo, weather forecasting, breaking news, and public promotion video from Taipei City Government. There will be two monitors installed in each car so the passengers can enjoy the latest information while on the Metro. Passengers may also use their WiMAX or Wi-Fi embedded devices for free access to the Internet from the train car.


“3.5G or HSDPA can provide mobile service as well. However, WiMAX provides live scene broadcasting which needs high bandwidth which can’t be supported by HSDPA,” said Resnick. “This service allows for real-time entertainment with live access to the Internet at 4G speeds for free.”


The WiMAX service will be available in eight cars from June 1, 2009 until May 31, 2010.


WiMAX Forum Certifiedâ„¢ Pricing Model Changes


In addition, the WiMAX Forum Board of Directors has voted unanimously to change the pricing fee setup for its WiMAX Forum Certified program to a market pricing model at all six of its certification labs. The organization was able to move to this pricing plan based on efficiencies in testing enabling lower cost for product testing.


“The maturity of devices that we are seeing in the labs takes less time to test compared to a few years ago,” said Resnick. “Vendor options for pre-testing and debugging reduces operational testing time and also further reduces the time needed for lab testing. Additional automation of testing has also helped lower these costs.”


“This open market model allows for WiMAX Forum certification labs to negotiate directly with vendors,” said Sean Cai, deputy general manager of ZTE Corporation’s WiMAX product line and WiMAX Forum Board Member. “ZTE is encouraged to have the opportunity to control our own destiny and as a result we’re eager get more products into the pipeline for certification.” The WiMAX Forum has 106 certified products in the market today, with a projection of at least 1,000 certified products available by 2011.


The WiMAX Forum is the worldwide consortium focused on global adoption of WiMAX and chartered to establish certification processes that achieve interoperability, publish technical specifications based on recognized standards, promote the technology and pursue a favorable regulatory environment. A complete list of members is available online at http://www.wimaxforum.org/about/.


About the WiMAX Forum®

The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16e/ETSI HiperMAN standard. A WiMAX Forum goal is to accelerate the introduction of these systems into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, nomadic, portable and mobile services.

Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements.


“WiMAX Forum,” the WiMAX Forum logo and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are registered trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. “WiMAX,” “Mobile WiMAX,” “Fixed WiMAX,” “WiMAX Certified,” and “WiMAX Forum Certified” are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. Third-party trademarks contained in this document are the property of their respective owners.


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For more information, contact:

Scenna Tabesh

Director, Marketing Communications for the WiMAX Forum

+1-503-924-2926

scenna@wimaxforum.org


Mari Hancock

GolinHarris for the WiMAX Forum

+1-832-483-0519

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