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CTO Telecom Summit Announces Telephony Media Partnership

June 19, 2009- The CTO Telecom Summit is pleased to announce Telephony, the leading media source for communications service providers, as a media partner of the 2009 CTO Telecom Summit. The CTO Telecom Summit will gather telecommunications executives at the forefront of industry decision-making for the November 8-11, 2009 event to be held at the Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, AZ.


“The individuals and caliber of organizations, such as Cisco, Citrix Systems, Oracle, Rogers Communications- to name a few- drawn to the CTO Telecom Summit are eager to attend the event in order to make the most of their time, maximize business value and gain insight into the solutions relevant to the issues that affect the industry. Each attendee, sponsor, partner and organizer has a role and influence on the success of the summit and we’re confident that Telephony’s position as a media partner will further our content innovation and worldwide coverage of this event,” said Glenn Willis, EVP, CTO Telecom Summit.


As the leading publication for all communications service providers, Telephony delivers timely and intelligent coverage of the news, technologies, and business strategies driving the industry. With a target audience comprised of broadband communications executives, the publication and online resource reaches service provider professionals at incumbent local exchange carriers, competitive local exchange carriers, ISPs, long distance service providers, wireless carriers, and cable operators.


The CTO Telecom Summit’s strategic agenda includes CTO panel discussions, including the newly added “Application of NGOSS Standards Combine with SOA to Transform IT” moderated by Shira Levine of Infonetics Research as well as workshops, case studies and highly anticipated keynote speeches. Presiding as the Master of Ceremonies at the 2009 CTO Telecom Summit will be Dick LeFave, former CIO, Sprint/Nextel with Frank Kern, SVP, IBM Global Services. To find out more about the agenda or for more detail regarding the Telephony media partnership, please visit www.ctotelecomsummit.com


About CTO Telecom Summit

The SBS Division of CDM Media has a very credible reputation of delivering strategically positioned, content-driven summits to C-level clientele from the Fortune 1000. With experience in over 20 different vertical markets and international experience on delivering intimate, effective business summits, the CTO Telecom Summit will be the gathering where leading executives in telecommunications can develop dynamic business ideas and lasting relationships with their peers and colleagues. The CTO Telecom Summit will be hosted on November 8-11, 2009 at the exclusive Four Seasons Resort in Scottsdale, Arizona.


Press/Analyst Contact:


Glenn Willis

EVP- CTO Telecom Group

SBS Division, CDM Media

glenn.willis@cdmmedia.com

+1 808 694 3700


Paige Hogan

PR Manager

CDM Media

paige.hogan@cdmmedia.com

+1 808 535 9300

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Savvis Achieves Cisco Powered Managed TelePresence, MPLS-VPN, Firewall & IDS/IPS Designations

Savvis Achieves Cisco Powered Managed TelePresence, MPLS-VPN, Firewall & IDS/IPS Designations

ST. LOUIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS), a global leader in outsourced managed computing and network infrastructure for IT applications, today announced it has achieved Cisco Powered designations for Savvis’ Multi Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Application Transport Network (ATN) by meeting the standards to achieve Cisco Powered designations for Managed TelePresenceâ„¢ Network Connection. The company also announced that it has achieved Cisco Powered designations for Managed MPLS-VPN, Managed Firewall and Managed IDS/IPS services.


“Video communications continues to grow in importance as companies cut back on travel expenses and raise the bar on employee productivity,” said Dennis Brouwer, Vice President, Global Network Solutions for Savvis. “At the same time, enterprises are shifting away from do-it-yourself models and towards selective outsourcing to best-of-breed service providers. Achieving Cisco Powered Managed TelePresence Network Connection designation, as well as designations for Managed MPLS-VPN, Managed Firewall and Managed IDS/IPS services, is a significant milestone for Savvis, and aligns perfectly with our strategy of focusing on delivering latency sensitive applications where bandwidth and performance are critical.”


A Cisco Powered designation recognizes a solution provider’s investment in the tools and processes necessary to provide high-quality network-based managed services. It not only acknowledges that the managed service provider has invested in industry-leading Cisco solutions, but also entitles the solutions provider to take advantage of Cisco resources to envision, build, market and sell its managed services, contributing to market acceptance and adoption.


“To deploy, manage and support Cisco TelePresenceTM is particularly compelling for global private networks who can offer significant value to enterprise customers interested in exceptional video conferencing service,” said Edison Peres, senior vice president of the worldwide channels go-to-market group at Cisco. “By achieving Cisco Powered designations, Savvis has made an investment in obtaining the training, skills and knowledge necessary to play a pivotal role in meeting increasing market demand.”


In addition, Savvis’ participation in the Cisco Managed Services Channel Program indicates that its Cisco Powered services have undergone a rigorous third-party assessment and have met requirements based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library® (ITIL) framework of practices and market and industry requirements.


Savvis has also implemented Cisco TelePresence internally using the solution to help improve employee efficiency and customer communication, reduce travel, and assist in meeting environmental goals.


About Savvis


Savvis, Inc. (NASDAQ:SVVS) is an outsourcing provider of managed computing and network infrastructure for IT applications. By outsourcing to Savvis, enterprises can focus on their core business while Savvis ensures the quality of their IT infrastructure. Leading IT organizations around the world have selected Savvis to help them improve their service levels, reduce capital expense and deal with the rising costs of bandwidth, energy, real estate, staff and expertise. As a pioneer in utility computing, Savvis understands and harnesses the latest advances in technology like virtualization, cloud computing and support process automation. For more information about Savvis, visit www.savvis.net


Savvis Forward-Looking Statements


This document may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Actual results may differ materially from Savvis’ expectations. Certain factors that could affect actual results are set forth as risk factors in Savvis’ SEC reports and filings, including its annual report on Form 10-K and all subsequent filings as well as the risk that potential product cost and performance benefits may not be realized for any particular customer. Savvis assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements.


Cisco, Cisco Systems, and the Cisco Systems logo 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 or Website 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.

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Agito for BlackBerry Introduces VoIP and Unified Communications to Users of RIM BlackBerry Smartphones

Agito Networks’ BlackBerry Support Mobilizes Enterprise Voice and UC Applications for North America’s Most Popular Smartphone; Extends its Lead of Broadest Range of Supported Handsets


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – June 22, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced Agito for BlackBerry, bringing VoIP over WiFi and Unified Communications to users of the Research In Motion (RIM®) BlackBerry® smartphone.


Agito’s award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful mobile Unified Communications product, purpose built for enterprises to help them mobilize enterprise voice and UC applications to increase mobile worker productivity while reducing costs. With today’s news, Agito extends its lead of the industry’s broadest range of supported handsets, to more than three times as many devices as competitors support.


According to Gartner, Inc., RIM’s OS had the second highest market share based on smartphone sales to end users worldwide in 1Q09, a position that was maintained from 1Q08. RIM’s worldwide OS market share increased to almost 20% from Q108 to Q109.1 Agito Networks, which has supported Symbian OS devices since the company launched and added Windows Mobile OS device support the following year, is distinguished as the only mobile UC vendor to extend VoIP, UC and PBX functionality to users of the popular BlackBerry smartphone over the WLAN, while also extending these capabilities across the cellular network.


Previously, BlackBerry users could access UC and PBX functionality – such as one enterprise number and voicemail, extension dialing, conferencing, directory query and more – only over the cellular network. Cellular-only UC and PBX integration is incomplete and proves problematic for BlackBerry users indoors, due to poor in-building cellular coverage and overuse of cellular minutes. Now, BlackBerry users can benefit from the coverage and cost-savings benefits delivered by Agito Networks’ enterprise mobility solution, which supports the broadest set of handsets, PBXs and WLANs, and delivers industry-leading WiFi/cellular network handover.


“Here at Orrick, our lawyers and staff utilize BlackBerry smartphones for communicating with each other and our clients, inside our practice offices and while on the go,” said Patrick Tisdale, CIO at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP. “We have been interested in FMC, but needed a solution which would support our BlackBerry users. We’re excited that Agito has filled this mobile industry need. The Mobility Router can be readily integrated with our enterprise IT infrastructure, providing us automatic cell-WiFi network selection to deliver in-building coverage for our voice and data applications. This solution can address our current challenge of poor in-building cellular coverage that results in lawyers missing calls, and enables their BlackBerry smartphones to serve as untethered office phones without an investment in wireless VoIP handsets – all improving services for our clients.”


Now, Agito Networks delivers the benefits of a complete enterprise mobility solution with more capabilities for BlackBerry users than competing solutions, which require multiple servers and PBX upgrades. Agito’s RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the only solution to combine mid-call features for BlackBerry smartphones – such as hold, conferencing, transfer; a single enterprise number and voicemail; directory query; and call retrieve – with automatic sub-100 millisecond handover over both WiFi and cellular networks. Agito Networks also uniquely delivers full-featured cost savings for BlackBerry users – such as international direct dialing and roaming, least-cost routing, reverse dialing, automatic SIM swap, and dynamic calling rules.


Prior to this announcement, Agito already supported more than 40 mobile handsets globally, approximately three times as many devices as the closest competitor. With this new support announced today, Agito Networks’ addressable market is widened among North American enterprises, and nearly all vertical markets worldwide, due to the growing popularity of the BlackBerry smartphones. According to Gartner, Inc., RIM held a 55.5% market share of smartphone sales in North America in Q109, up from 45.1% market share of smartphone sales in North America in Q108.2


“The industry has been asking mobile UC vendors to deliver support for BlackBerry smartphones for years, including vendors who have been in business and trying longer than Agito Networks,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks Chief Marketing Officer. “Clearly we are pleased to meet these requirements, after significant investment and effort over these past two years. Agito has continued to distance itself from the competition due to its innovation and differentiated functionality, which has been widely recognized. We look forward to further penetrating this untapped market of BlackBerry users, and expanding our ability to meet the mobility needs of organizations worldwide.”


Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular and IP telephony 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.


Pricing and Availability

Pricing for the RoamAnywhere solution remains unchanged – starting at approximately $9,995 for the 2000 Series and $27,495 for the 4000 Series. RIM BlackBerry support will be available early next month through leading channel partners worldwide. Contact Agito Networks at http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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., “Dataquest Insight: Market Share for Mobile Devices, 1Q09,” Carolina Milanesi, et al, May 19, 2009.

Note 2 – Gartner, Inc., “Market Share: Mobile Devices and Smartphones by Region and Country, 1Q09 and 2008,” Carolina Milanesi, et al, June, 2009.


BlackBerry®, RIM®, Research In Motion®, SureType® and related trademarks, names and logos are the property of Research In Motion Limited and are registered and/or used in the U.S. and countries around the world. Used under license from Research In Motion Limited. Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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Cell Base Station Market Retracts Dramatically as 3G Rollout Frenzy Cools

Cell Base Station Market Retracts Dramatically as 3G Rollout Frenzy Cools


SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., June 22, 2009 – After many years of rapid growth, the worldwide cellular base station market revenue will decline 22% in 2009, with shipments falling from the high levels of the 3G rollout frenzy of the last few years, reports In-Stat (http://email.in-stat.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/hBSCj0JPFkY0K560DHgc0Eb). Declining base station shipments are one clear reason for the revenue decline. However, intense competition from Chinese equipment manufacturers ZTE and Huawei have pressured base station selling prices, as operators demand that infrastructure manufacturers decrease costs.

“As voice revenue per subscriber drops, base station demand depends on data growth” says Allen Nogee, In-Stat analyst. “Operators have spent billions on 3G, and are reaping the benefits of increased data revenue. Operators are so worried about not having the fastest wireless network, that they will spend billions more on LTE and WiMAX, though not at the spending pace seen with 3G.”

Recent research by In-Stat found the following:

• Base stations enabled for LTE will exceed 166K by 2013.

• Deployed WCDMA base stations will exceed one million by 2012.

• New LTE base station revenue in Eastern Europe will be nearly $700 million in 2013.

• The last unit shipments of CDMA2000 1X RTT base stations will occur in 2009, with less the 1,200 new base stations being deployed. All future CDMA base station shipments will be EV-DO.

• Shipments of new GSM base stations should remain strong for a few more years.

The research, “Five-Year Cellular Macro Station Forecast” (#IN0904371GW), covers the worldwide market for cellular base stations. It includes:

• Deployed cellular base stations broken down by technology and region with a five-year forecast.

• New cellular base stations shipment forecast broken down by technology and region through 2013.

• Base station revenue forecast broken down by technology and region through 2013.


For more information on this research or to purchase it online, please visit:

http://email.in-stat.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/hBSCj0JPFkY0K560EPZB0Ey or contact a sales representative:

http://email.in-stat.com/cgi-bin4/DM/y/hBSCj0JPFkY0K560EcTx0E6

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