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Nepalese Provider Subisu CableNet Selects Ekinops to Provide Nationwide Optical Network

PARIS, June 10, 2009 – Subisu CableNet Pvt. Ltd., a fast-growing service provider in Nepal, has launched a major network expansion throughout the country, using optical transport equipment from Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation multi-protocol, multi-reach optical transport, and aggregation solutions for metro, regional, and long haul networks.


The Subisu installation has transformed the company from a primarily Kathmandu-based cable provider and ISP to a national, multi-city provider of enterprise and transport services.


Subisu was seeking a cost-effective DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) solution for its expanded network, along with the ability to support multiple protocols, including Gigabit Ethernet, STM-1, STM-4, and STM-16. The Ekinops 360 with its DynaMux (Dynamic Multiplexing) capability which allows any mix of protocols to be multiplexed over a single wavelength or transport service was an ideal solution. The Ekinops 360 platform also features flexible add/drop capabilities which will allow Subisu to better serve customers throughout the country.


The Ekinops 360 platform is at the heart of the new Subisu optical network, which features regional DWDM, multi-protocol aggregation, and transport over optical fiber. Currently, the network links five cities via four segments and Subisu has plans to expand the network to additional cities later this year.


Binaya Saud, Chief Planning Officer for Subisu, said the compact Ekinops 360 platform allows Subisu to deliver Layer 2 Ethernet and MPLS services for enterprise customers as well as SDH and wavelength services for carrier customers.


“Ekinops was very good at advising us on a cost-effective, flexible, and power-efficient design that addresses both our immediate needs and our future expansion,” Saud said. “The Ekinops solution clearly delivered the lowest total cost of ownership of all the vendors we considered for this major project.”


Advantages of the Ekinops solution include flexible support for all Subisu services and the ability to accommodate DWDM, CWDM (coarse wavelength division multiplexing) and 1310 nm capability on the same platform. The power efficiency of the Ekinops 360 was also a consideration, for a nation where power is a serious issue. The T-Chip (Transport on a Chip) design of the Ekinops 360, with all the optical transport intelligence on a single chip, keeps the power needs as low as possible for Subisu.


“With the Ekinops equipment in place, Subisu is strongly positioned to provide reliable and high-quality nationwide service to customers cost-effectively,” said Didier Bredy, CEO of Ekinops. “This is another example of how Ekinops, thanks to the T-Chip, continues to provide the best optical transport technology at an appealing price point for service provider customers.”


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 Subisu CableNet

Subisu CableNet Pvt. Ltd. is a Cable Internet and CATV service provider having it’s own Optical Fibre Network connecting more than 12 cities around the country. Subisu IP network is based on MPLS technology. Subisu CableNet Pvt. Ltd. was established in 1999 and provides internet through it’s HFC as well as Metro Ethernet Network. Subisu Cablenet is the first and the only cable Internet service provider and the only cable operator in Nepal to be certified ISO 9001:2000. For more information, Visit Subisu at www.subisu.net.np

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Jiangsu Cable Selects BigBand Networks as Its Preferred Digital Video Provider

Jiangsu Cable Selects BigBand Networks as Its Preferred Digital Video Provider


China’s Jiangsu Cable expands relationship with BigBand Networks to deliver interactive and personalized video services


REDWOOD CITY, Calif., June 9, 2009—BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: BBND), a leader in digital video networking, today announced that it has signed a strategic collaboration agreement with China’s Jiangsu Broadcasting Television Network Corporation Limited (Jiangsu Cable) to further expand their relationship, following a successful cooperation over the past year. This is the first-of-a-kind strategic agreement that Jiangsu Cable has signed with a foreign company in the China cable industry.


Jiangsu Cable has approximately 11 million subscribers, making them one of the largest cable operators in China and the leading cable company in the Jiangsu province. With a vision of “becoming the best quality and most reliable operator of integrated radio and broadcasting network”, Jiangsu Cable is consolidating its existing infrastructure into a single network and accelerating the pace of digital migration in every county and city within the province.


“Jiangsu Cable had a very good relationship with BigBand prior to establishing Jiangsu Broadcasting Television Network Corporation Limited in July of last year. Since then, our partnership has become more extensive,” said Mr. Gu Hande, General Manager of Jiangsu Cable. “I hope that we will continue to deepen our mutual understanding and expand our partnership to a new level, working closely together to provide more valuable digital video networking services to our customers.”


Jiangsu Cable has embarked on a very ambitious rollout of digital television. In September of 2008, BigBand announced that Jiangsu Cable had selected the company’s Broadband Multimedia-Service Router (BMR®) to process and deliver digital television services, including high definition (HD) and interactive television. The BigBand BMR has been deployed in the provincial capital, Nanjing, and 11 cities, and provides digital television services to millions of subscribers.


With access to BigBand Networks’ complete suite of Digital Video Networking solution - from broadcast to Switched Digital Video (SDV) and IP to Media Services Platform (MSP), Jiangsu Cable is better equipped to evolve their network from today’s broadcast to tomorrow’s personalized service delivery.


“This is an important strategic alliance for our company; it’s simply groundbreaking. We’re honored that Jiangsu Cable trusts us as their long term strategic partner”, said Amir Bassan-Eskenazi, CEO, President and Co-founder of BigBand Networks. “The synergies between the two companies’ vision in deploying our digital video networking solutions provides the foundation for this longer term agreement. We are committed to help Jiangsu Cable fulfill their vision for the delivery of truly interactive and personalized video services.”


About BigBand Networks

BigBand Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:BBND) provides broadband service providers with innovative network solutions designed to make it easier to move, manage and monetize video. These solutions are based on Big Band’s video-networking platforms that are built to enable efficient and reliable delivery across a wide range of services, including digital TV, high definition TV, advanced advertising, video-on-demand and interactive TV. BigBand Networks’ customers include more than 200 service providers—including seven of the ten largest service providers in the U.S.—and leading cable and Telco service providers in North America, Asia, Europe and Latin America. BigBand Networks is based in Redwood City, California, with offices worldwide. For additional information about the company, please call +1.650.995.5000, email info@bigbandnet.com or visit www.bigbandnet.com.

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Enhance Technology, Inc. Partners with Mwave.com to Assist Online Shoppers with Storage Sub-Systems for Various Applications

Santa Fe Springs, Calif.Enhance Technology, Inc. (ETI), an international leader in data storage solutions today announced a new and exciting partnership with Mwave.com, a leading eCommerce concentrated on computer components, peripherals and electronics. This venture will enable end-users, corporations, VARs and various institutions access to a variety of desktop and Enterprise storage sub-systems.


Now with a few clicks of a button, customers will have immediate access to various products via Mwave’s customer-service based site, which provides a convenient, safe and easy way to shop online. Also customers can speak with a live representative if they need more in-depth information on any of ETI’s storage arrays.


“Enhance Technology is very pleased to announce this strategic partnership agreement,” remarked Steven Huang, General Manager of ETI. “This will allow online shoppers to find the best cost-efficient storage solutions in the most convenient way via Mwave.com”


This joint venture between ETI and Mwave will give customers quick and headache free access to various EnhanceRAID Rackmount RAID storage systems, EnhanceBOX E Series Desktop storage arrays, EnhanceRAID Enterprise RAID RS8 & RS16 Series Rackmount systems, and multi-disk backplane & removable storage modules.


“Mwave is looking forward to a future wave of success with Enhance Technology as we are excited to able to provide a place for online shoppers to ‘Shop Smart’ on Mwave.com,” said Eric Wang, Product Manager of Mwave.com.


To learn more about ETI’s various RAID sub-system products, please visit www.Mwave.com.


About Enhance Technology

Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for the digital content creation, medical imaging, security surveillance, data archive applications, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with an Asian branch in Taipei Taiwan and a newly established European branch in Germany, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development. For more information about Enhance Technology, please visit www.enhance-tech.com or contact your local dealer.


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12221 Florence Ave.

Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670

Tel: 562-777-3488 ext. 107

Fax: 562-777-3499

Email: mary@enhance-tech.com

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SYRINGA NETWORKS BOOSTS BANDWIDTH, TRIMS COSTS WITH ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING SOLUTION

Telecom provider upgrades its eastern ring built on the FSP 3000 platform,  enables enhanced services for clients in southern Idaho


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. June 8, 2009. Syringa Networks, the premier middle mile provider serving the state of Idaho, is increasing its network bandwidth capacity while simultaneously cutting costs with the implementation of an ADVA Optical Networking solution built upon the FSP 3000 platform.


This new installation significantly upgrades Syringa Networks’ existing 4×2.5Gbit/s DWDM technology with 40×10Gbit/s capability, thereby increasing capacity by 40x throughout its 2000km regional fiber-optic network across southern Idaho.


The equipment is deployed from Boise to Idaho Falls in a diversely routed ring that provides network redundancies to reduce the threat of disruptive outages such as fiber cable cuts to Syringa Networks’ customers.


With this latest installation, Syringa Networks has reduced the environmental footprint of its network while generating significant operational savings. The deployment of Raman amplifiers has reduced the number of amplification sites necessary from 29 to 21, thanks to the amplifiers’ ability to more efficiently span long distances. This reduction in amplifier sites generates savings in both real estate and energy. Additionally, these new efficiencies free existing network equipment to be redeployed elsewhere, if Syringa Networks so chooses.


Syringa Networks was created in September 2000 by 12 rural telephone companies with the goal of building an extensive fiber-optic broadband network across southern Idaho. ADVA Optical Networking has provided equipment and services to Syringa Networks since 2001.


Greg Lowe, CEO of Syringa Networks, said his organization has chosen to continue that relationship based on ADVA Optical Networking’s history of responsive customer care and customized solutions.


“ADVA Optical Networking offered the best value in technology and proven account service,” Lowe said. “This recent upgrade to our network positions us to better serve the needs of our customers by allowing high bandwidth products like Regional Ethernet Rings and MPLS while still serving our high capacity private line customers with dedicated OC3/OC48 and 1/10GbitE.”


Ron Martin, chief marketing and strategy officer for ADVA Optical Networking, added, “Syringa Networks provides the telecommunications services – including voice, video and data – that the people of southern Idaho rely on to keep their businesses and communities running. We value our long-standing affiliation with Syringa Networks, and we’re excited that ADVA Optical Networking is contributing to this organization’s continued success.”


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ABOUT ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING

ADVA Optical Networking (FSE: ADV) is a global provider of telecommunications equipment. With innovative Optical+Ethernet transport solutions, we build the foundation for high-speed, next-generation networks. Our FSP product family adds scalability and intelligence to our customers’ networks while removing complexity and cost. With a flexible and fast-moving organization, we forge close partnerships with our customers to meet growing demand for data, storage, voice and video services. Thanks to reliable performance for more than 15 years, we have become a trusted partner for more than 200 carriers and 10,000 enterprises across the globe. For more information, please visit us at www.advaoptical.com.


ABOUT SYRINGA NETWORKS

Twelve rural local telephone companies with a determination to improve telecommunications services in their communities created Syringa Networks in September 2000. These companies have been providing local telephone services in towns across southern Idaho for decades, and some for nearly a century. They banded together to build a fiber-optic broadband network across southern Idaho. Our owners recognize the importance of broadband telecommunications services to the economic well being of Idaho’s smaller, and often remote, communities. Syringa Networks was created to bring the most advanced telecommunications services available to their communities, and others, to enhance economic opportunities across southern Idaho.

For more information, please visit us at www.syringanetworks.net.


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ADVA Optical Networking North America, Inc., Norcross, Georgia, USA

ADVA Optical Networking (Shenzhen) Ltd., Shenzhen, China

www.advaoptical.com


Contact:


Becky Obbema

Account Manager

Interprose Public Relations

(t) 408-778-2024

(m) 408-569-3546

(e) becky.obbema@interprosepr.com

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FANFARE LAUNCHES iTEST 3.4

New Virtual Testbed Feature Significantly Reduces Costs and Slashes Time to Market for Service Providers and Suppliers


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – June 8, 2009 – Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to service providers (SPs), network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), and enterprises, today announced the latest release of iTest®, the company’s flagship test automation product.


iTest 3.4 is a comprehensive testing solution for device and heterogeneous system testing. It offers significant improvements to core iTest functionality, and new features such as the industry’s first Virtual Testbed (VTB) capabilities. VTB delivers considerable new value to testing organizations by enabling testers to build test cases before devices exist, beginning the quality process months earlier than before. Testers can also leverage a VTB for test development by using virtual replicas of real devices and costly test equipment. As a result, organizations can trim future capital expenditures by better utilizing their lab assets and infrastructure, improve tester productivity while offline or working remotely, and enable earlier testing, accelerating time to market for new products and services.


“Fanfare created the market for test automation software, and has once again elevated the strategic importance of this technology in helping companies achieve their business objectives,” said Olga Yashkova, Research Analyst, Frost & Sullivan. “Virtual Testbed capabilities will significantly alter the testing landscape across the board. Today’s tough economic climate, coupled with an already-competitive landscape for service providers and their suppliers, makes iTest 3.4 a necessity for companies that want to continue driving innovation and gain a competitive edge.”


Among several other new features, iTest 3.4 includes:


• Scheduling and Test Suites – Test management is streamlined in 3.4 by allowing users to quickly identify and group multiple tests as a test suite and schedule them to run at a certain time or on a recurring basis, further accelerating the rate and efficiency of testing. This feature is available in iTest Team and iTest Enterprise editions.


• New and Improved Integrations – Layer 2-3 and 4-7 testing is enhanced with support for Ixia’s IxNetwork and Spirent Avalanche. The Avalanche integration provides a rich user interface inside of iTest for users to interact directly with Avalanche. For users of iTest’s HPQC integration, there is now batch publishing of tests and reports to HPQC. This optional module is available for $2,000 each per year.


“Fanfare is disrupting the status quo by providing an alternative to the traditional testing model and changing the way testing is conducted with the introduction of 3.4,” said Greg Fairbanks, director of product marketing at Fanfare. “Feedback from our beta program has been tremendously positive, and customers expect this virtual testing model to have a substantial impact on their testing process and ultimately, their bottom lines.”


In March, Fanfare announced that BT has deployed iTest in an enterprise-wide initiative to standardize the communication of test assets across the company, as well as between BT and its suppliers. BT’s Brian Buege, head of the testing centre for excellence at BT, will discuss the business drivers behind this initiative during a webinar on Wednesday, June 24 entitled “Carrier Innovations in Quality: How to Stay Competitive in Today’s Market.” He will be joined by Theresa Lanowitz, Founder of market research firm voke.


Existing Fanfare customers with current maintenance or subscription licenses are able to upgrade to iTest 3.4. Annual subscription rates are as follows:

• $1,700 for iTest Personal

• $6,500 for iTest Team, the most popular iTest edition

• $9,000 for iTest Enterprise

VTB capabilities are available for an annual rate of $2,385.


iTest 3.4 is now generally available.


For more information on the webinar, or to register, please visit http://www.fanfaresoftware.com/info/CarrierQualityWebinar.html.


About Fanfare

Fanfare provides automated testing solutions that enable service providers, network equipment manufacturers, and enterprises to enhance productivity throughout the quality workflow by streamlining system and device testing, reducing product cycles, and lowering costs. Using Fanfare, quality assurance teams and developers can leverage a common testing platform to deliver quality services and products to market faster and more efficiently. For more information, please visit www.fanfaresoftware.com.

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Media Contact:

Marisa Marzano

Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com

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Juniper Networks Introduces Breakthrough 100 Gigabit Ethernet Interface for T Series Routers

Juniper Networks Introduces Breakthrough 100 Gigabit Ethernet Interface

for T Series Routers


Industry’s First 100 GE Router Interface to Provide Next Generation of Scale Required to Support Virtualization and Cloud Computing Trends as T Series Crosses 5000 Units Shipped Milestone


SUNNYVALE, Calif., June 8, 2009 – Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, today introduced the industry’s first 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100 GE) router interface card, which will be delivered on the T1600 Core Router. Driven by rapidly increasing network traffic—with video, advanced wireless services and emerging trends such as cloud computing as key drivers—core networks will soon require a new generation of scale, and 100 GE interfaces will provide an order of magnitude increase over the majority of interfaces available today.


As the first company to introduce 100 GE interfaces on a core router, Juniper Networks is ensuring its T1600 will provide long-term investment protection and the scalability and flexibility needed to fuel revenue from high-capacity services such as Long Term Evolution (LTE) and video. With a significant increase in per-link capacity, Juniper’s 100 GE interface card will enable service providers and data centers to reduce the number of interfaces required in their networks, yielding significant gains in simplified topologies and enhanced operational efficiencies—helping to lower total cost of ownership.


“Verizon is targeting 2010 for commercial deployment of 100G,” said Glenn Wellbrock, director of Optical Transport Network Architecture & Design, Verizon. “The trials conducted in our network to date have focused on proving that our existing optical transmission systems are ready to support 100G. What has been missing so far is a true 100G client-side core router interface, so we are encouraged to see Juniper announcing 100 GE interfaces for its T1600 routers. Given the growth in our FiOS, wireless and IP services, 100G is critical for the core of the network to scale efficiently and simply. By adding 100 GE interfaces to the T1600, Juniper is providing the capability to leverage existing assets to scale the core with maximum operational efficiency.”


The 100 GE interfaces being introduced today will build on—and further enhance—several groundbreaking Juniper core innovations in recent years, including:

• The T1600 core router: introduced in 2007, the T1600 remains the industry’s highest capacity single chassis core router, the world’s most energy efficient core router, and the only core router with 100 gigabits/second of per-slot capacity

• Juniper Control System (JCS) 1200: the industry’s first—and still the only—high performance control plane scaling platform, which introduced independent scaling of forwarding and control plane resources and hardware-based virtualization for T Series routers

• TX Matrix Plus: which enables multiple T1600s to be combined with the JCS 1200 to create highly scalable, flexible hardware-based virtualized routers.


Along with these innovations, 100 GE will help wireless and wireline service providers, cloud builders and data centers fully realize the promise of virtualization to consolidate resources, improve efficiency and drive down costs. Juniper is the only company that has announced this unique combination of highly scalable, efficient core routers, large-scale virtualization and 100 GE interfaces—and is therefore uniquely positioned to help customers deliver next generation services such as LTE, software as a service (SaaS) and Networks as a Service (NaaS).

“Networking is moving from an era where high-speed trunks were only found deep in the backbone to one where high-speed trunks are needed all the way out to the edge offices. It’s moving from a time when capacity only added to your traffic-handling capability to one where capacity is essential in creating a high-QoS fabric for virtualization of applications, servers, and content,” said Tom Nolle, president and CEO, CIMI Corporation. “Juniper is adding 100G, and it’s adding that capacity inside a broad set of tools to support the kinds of applications and network missions that will make 100G ubiquitous. They’re announcing a 100G interface, but they will be delivering a 100G ecosystem.”

The innovations listed above, as well as many others, have helped the T Series become the industry’s most widely deployed core routing family. Juniper has shipped over 5000 T Series to more than 220 customers around the world—including more than 500 T1600s in just over a year of availability. According to Synergy Research, in the past five years, Juniper’s share of the core routing market has grown by 44 percent—with the company gaining 11 points of share as others have seen share declines .

All of these platforms are powered by JUNOS® software, a single operating system integrating routing, switching, security and network services from Juniper Networks. By enabling customers and partners to develop applications on JUNOS software through the Partner Solution Development Platform (additional fees apply), Juniper enables customers to scale the services plane with unique and customized services. Customers and partners can use the Partner Solution Development Platform to develop and deliver innovative new value-add services for improved productivity and profitability.

“100 GE has always been inevitable, it has just been a question of when—now trends such as cloud computing, data center consolidation and virtualization are making the need for 100 GE more acute and urgent than ever before,” said Opher Kahane, senior vice president and general manager, High-End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “Building on over a decade of groundbreaking achievements in the core, such as the industry’s first 100 gigabit-per-slot routers, Juniper is again leading the industry with 100 GE interfaces. This is the type of innovation that drives customers to pick Juniper for their high-performance networks and ensures long-term investment protection.”


Juniper will showcase the 100 GE interface card in its booth (5L27) at Interop Tokyo this week, and the 100 GE interface card is expected to be deployed in customer pilot networks before the end of 2009.


About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.


Juniper Networks, JUNOS and the Juniper Networks logo are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.


This press release contains statements which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, including statements relating to the expected future availability and benefits of Juniper Networks products. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual achievements to differ from those expressed or implied in this press release, including unforeseen delays or other risks associated with the product development and release process. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Juniper Networks’ Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Juniper Networks assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.


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Qwest Completes Strategic Review of Long Distance Network Asset

Qwest Completes Strategic Review of Long Distance Network Asset

Company Reaffirms Full Year 2009 Guidance


On Monday June 8, 2009, 8:00 am EDT


DENVER–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Qwest Communications International Inc. (NYSE:Q - News) and its Board of Directors today announced the outcome of its strategic review of its long distance network asset.


After receiving unsolicited indications of interest from potential purchasers of Qwest’s long distance network asset, the company and its Board of Directors undertook a comprehensive review of this asset and its operations. Following this review, the company commenced a competitive bidding process. Although there was significant interest in this process from prospective buyers, the company and its Board of Directors have determined that the long distance network asset holds far more value to Qwest shareholders and is more strategically important to Qwest and its customers than is the alternative of pursuing a transaction.


Qwest reaffirms its guidance for the full year 2009, expecting adjusted free cash flow to be $1.4 to $1.5 billion, full year adjusted EBITDA of $4.2 to $4.4 billion, inclusive of an expected increase in non-cash pension and OPEB expense of $200 million, and capital expenditures of $1.8 billion or lower.


“Qwest remains confident in its outlook for 2009 and the ability of its business to continue to perform,” said Edward A. Mueller, chairman and chief executive officer of Qwest. “At the same time, we are committed to taking steps that will benefit our shareholders, customers and employees in every decision we make. We have always taken a disciplined, prudent approach to assessing our business in this ever changing industry. The review we conducted confirmed that our nationwide network is a tremendous asset and delivers best-in-class telecommunications services to businesses and government agencies throughout the country. We are committed to serving those valued customers and remain focused on increasing shareholder value and perfecting the customer experience.”


Second Quarter 2009 Earnings Call


The Company will announce its second quarter 2009 financial and operational highlights on Wednesday, July 29, 2009, at 7 a.m. EDT. Qwest management will host a conference call at 9 a.m. EDT on the same day to discuss the company’s perspective on the results and answer questions.


About Qwest


Customers coast to coast turn to Qwest’s industry-leading national fiber-optic network and world-class customer service to meet their communications and entertainment needs. For residential customers, Qwest offers a new generation of fiber-optic high-speed Internet service, as well as digital home phone, Verizon Wireless, and DIRECTV services. Qwest is also the choice of 95 percent of Fortune 500 companies, offering a full suite of network, data and voice services for small businesses, large businesses, government agencies and wholesale customers. Additionally, Qwest participates in Networx, the largest communications services contract in the world, and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by a leading technology industry analyst firm.


Forward-Looking Statement Note


This release may contain projections and other forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to the documents filed by us with the Securities and Exchange Commission, specifically the most recent reports which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements, including but not limited to: access line losses due to increased competition, including from technology substitution of our access lines with wireless and cable alternatives, among others; our substantial indebtedness, and our inability to complete any efforts to further de-lever our balance sheet; adverse results of increased review and scrutiny by media and others (including any internal analyses) of financial reporting issues and practices or otherwise; rapid and significant changes in technology and markets; any adverse developments in commercial disputes or legal proceedings; potential fluctuations in quarterly results; volatility of our stock price; intense competition in the markets in which we compete including the effects of consolidation in our industry; changes in demand for our products and services; acceleration of the deployment of advanced new services, such as broadband data, wireless and video services, which could require substantial expenditure of financial and other resources in excess of contemplated levels; higher than anticipated employee levels, capital expenditures and operating expenses; adverse changes in the regulatory or legislative environment affecting our business; changes in the outcome of future events from the assumed outcome included in our significant accounting policies; our ability to utilize net operating losses in projected amounts; and continued unfavorable general economic conditions, including the current financial crisis.


The information contained in this release is a statement of Qwest’s present intention, belief or expectation and is based upon, among other things, the existing regulatory environment, industry conditions, market conditions and prices, the economy in general and Qwest’s assumptions. Qwest may change its intention, belief or expectation, at any time and without notice, based upon any changes in such factors, in Qwest’s assumptions or otherwise. The cautionary statements contained or referred to in this release should be considered in connection with any subsequent written or oral forward-looking statements that Qwest or persons acting on its behalf may issue. This release may include analysts’ estimates and other information prepared by third parties for which Qwest assumes no responsibility.


Qwest undertakes no obligation to review or confirm analysts’ expectations or estimates or to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements and other statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.


By including any information in this release, Qwest does not necessarily acknowledge that disclosure of such information is required by applicable law or that the information is material.


The marks that comprise the Qwest logo are registered trademarks of Qwest Communications International Inc. in the U.S. and certain other countries.


Contact:

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Diane Reberger, 303-992-1662 (Media)

Diane.Reberger@Qwest.com

Kurt Fawkes, 303-992-0029 (Investors)

Kurt.Fawkes@Qwest.com

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Infonetics Research: Strong quarter for IMS equipment; steep decline for carrier VoIP equipment market

PRESS CONTACT:

Diane Myers

Directing Analyst, Service Provider VoIP and IMS Infonetics Research diane@infonetics.com http://twitter.com/dianemyers

+1 408.583.3391


Infonetics Research: Strong quarter for IMS equipment; steep decline for carrier VoIP equipment market


Campbell, CALIFORNIA, June 8, 2009–Communications market research firm Infonetics Research recently released the first quarter (1Q09) editions of its Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers and IMS Equipment and Subscribers reports. Highlights follow.


“The service provider VoIP equipment market had a rough first quarter across all product segments and regions, declining 29% sequentially in worldwide revenue. The market pause for VoIP equipment is being exacerbated by the global economic downturn as service providers put VoIP equipment purchases on hold. We are beginning to see a noticeable shift in spending from stand-alone VoIP networks to IMS deployments. While the core IMS equipment segments, CSCF and HSS, are still small compared to the service provider VoIP market, deployments remain strong in EMEA and Asia Pacific. The core IMS equipment market had an impressive quarter with $63.7 million in revenue,” said Diane Myers, Infonetics Research’s directing analyst for service provider VoIP and IMS.


SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP HIGHLIGHTS

- Most large Tier 1 service providers are coming to the end of major VoIP projects, and given current access line declines and fixed-to-wireless substitutions, most ILECs and PTTs have put PSTN migration plans on hold and will reassess after the economic storm has passed

- While declines in the service provider VoIP market are expected for the rest of 2009, there will be pockets of growth in certain areas, driven by large carriers creating a roller coaster ride for vendors

- No product segment or region was immune to declines in the service provider VoIP equipment market, which experienced the sharpest quarterly decline ever

> Worldwide revenue totaled $600.4 million, down 29% sequentially and down 33% from the first quarter of 2008

- The media server segment proved a small bright spot in the quarter, with worldwide revenue down “only” 7% sequentially but up 19% year over year

> North American service providers and call center providers continue to drive the media server market as the largest segment

- GENBAND, Veraz, Acme Packet, and Radisys were stand-outs in the quarter with notable revenue increases in their respective product areas


IMS HIGHLIGHTS

- Worldwide sales of IMS (IP multimedia subsystem) equipment, including HSS (home subscriber servers), CSCF servers, and voice application servers, are forecast to jump 74% in 2009 over 2008

- Infonetics’ IMS Deployment Tracker shows Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Nokia Siemens, and Huawei leading the way with core IMS equipment

- The EMEA region (Europe, Middle East, Africa) is expected to continue to lead the charge in terms of number of IMS deployments through 2009

- Led by NTT and SK Telecom, Asia Pacific has the single largest IMS deployments and will take the lead in IMS equipment spending in 2010 as the China operators ramp their IMS networks

- While IMS deployments continue to grow in all regions, significant challenges remain, including interoperability issues, complicated deployments, and steep price competition


REPORT SYNOPSES

Infonetics’ quarterly service provider VoIP report tracks Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, AudioCodes, BroadSoft, Dialogic, Cisco, Comverse (NetCentrex), Ericsson, GENBAND, Huawei, Italtel, MERA, MetaSwitch, Movius, Nokia Siemens, Nortel, RadiSys, Sonus, Thomson Cirpack, UTStarcom, Veraz, Verso, Xener, and others. The VoIP report provides worldwide and regional market share, market size, forecasts through 2013, and analysis for VoIP subscribers and media processing and call control carrier VoIP equipment, including high-, mid-, and low-density trunk media gateways, SBCs, media servers, softswitches, and voice application servers.


Infonetics’ quarterly IMS report provides worldwide and regional market size, forecasts through 2013, and analysis of core IMS equipment (HSS and CSCF servers, fixed and mobile network splits, IMS VoIP application servers, and IMS-based subscribers. The report includes an IMS Deployment Tracker that tracks carrier deployments by vendor, including Acme Packet, Alcatel-Lucent, Blueslice, BroadSoft, Ericsson, Huawei, NEC, Nokia Siemens, and Samsung.


DOWNLOAD OR BUY THESE REPORTS

If you’re already a member of the Infonetics online portal, log in at http://www.infonetics.com/login Or, join Infonetics’ online portal to access free content and more at:

http://www.infonetics.com/cgp/newaccounts.asp


Once on the portal, go to Download Sales Lit, then select SERVICE PROVIDER VOIP AND IMS.


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.


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Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks Create Joint Venture to Address Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Market

Juniper Networks and Nokia Siemens Networks Create Joint Venture to Address Worldwide Carrier Ethernet Market

Carrier Ethernet Joint Venture to Manage End-to-End Carrier Ethernet Solution Portfolio


Juniper Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, and Nokia Siemens Networks, a leading global enabler of telecommunications services, today announced that the two companies plan to form a joint venture to address the Carrier Ethernet Transport market.


Headquartered in the Netherlands, the joint venture will be dedicated to managing and executing the Carrier Ethernet portfolio roadmap, and extends the previously announced partnership enhancement designed to deliver to service provider customers a fully interoperable Carrier Ethernet solution for mobile backhaul, business services and residential broadband networks. The planned solution will enable customers to monetize their networks through a faster time-to-market for new revenue-generating services and by improving network efficiency, which in turn will drive down transport costs.


This planned structure will allow both companies to contribute the necessary products and support to enable meeting the end-to-end portfolio needs of some 200 joint service provider customers worldwide. The planned solution consists of Juniper Networks MX Series Ethernet Services Routers, Nokia Siemens Networks A-series Carrier Ethernet Switches as well as the end-to-end “point-and-click” network management system.


“The combination of the Carrier Ethernet portfolios of Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks creates a very compelling solution set,” said Randy Nicklas, CTO of XO Communications, a leading provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. “Our infrastructure depends on scalability and enhanced functionality to accommodate the rapidly growing demand for Ethernet-based services and bandwidth exhibited by our customers. In addition, we require the reliability, manageability, and connection-oriented approach of current SONET-based transport in our Ethernet networks, all at breakthrough costs. Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks understand our Carrier Ethernet needs and share our Ethernet-centric vision of delivering telecommunications services.”


Planned Solution Details

The plans call for the new Carrier Ethernet solution to be sold by both companies. The targeted introduction date is the fourth calendar quarter of 2009, subject to fulfillment of customary closing conditions, such as obtaining necessary regulatory approvals.


“Our planned joint solution has been well-received by our mutual customers. Through the combination of the metro aggregation and metro access and network management strengths of each company, this planned partnership enables both Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks to bring our joint vision of an extremely efficient, easy to manage unified Carrier Ethernet solution supporting all services on a single network to life,” said Bernd Schumacher, head of Broadband Connectivity Solutions business unit, Nokia Siemens Networks.


Juniper Networks MX Series is a family of high-performance Ethernet Services Routers with powerful switching features that deliver unmatched flexibility and reliability to support advanced services and applications. Consisting of the MX960, MX480 and MX240, the MX Series Ethernet Services Routers provide high port-density routing and switching in a range of highly efficient, high-performance hardware platforms, enabling service providers to reduce power, space and cooling costs by as much as 50 percent. The MX Series leverages JUNOS® Software, a single operating system integrating routing, switching, security and network services from Juniper Networks.


“With this solution we are expanding the breadth and depth of our relationship with Nokia Siemens Networks,” said Kim Perdikou, executive vice president and general manager, Infrastructure Products Group, Juniper Networks. “The combination of Nokia Siemens Networks’ leadership in metro access and network management and Juniper’s strength in Carrier Ethernet metro aggregation applications will enable our customers to more effectively monetize the network with new revenue-generating services and lower transport costs.”


The Nokia Siemens Networks A-series is an industry-leading Carrier Ethernet switching portfolio providing an effective evolution path from the existing TDM networks towards the next-generation Carrier Ethernet Transport networks. The A-series provides the SDH carrier-class characteristics over a modern, cost effective Carrier Ethernet network. Additionally, it enables further cost efficiencies by carrying both voice and data traffic with higher traffic volumes at lower costs. The A-series can serve as an access solution located at the customer premise or as a “last mile” aggregation unit that gathers traffic from various customer sites.


A major operational cost factor for operators is the administration efforts in the network. Nokia Siemens Networks’ network management system offers unparalleled features which simplifies network management, eliminating the need to configure individual nodes and perform laborious traffic engineering. Instead, end-to-end connections are set up in a point-and-click fashion. OPEX savings of up to 80% becomes clear when considering that operators have to do thousands of manual reconfigurations a month.

Juniper and Nokia Siemens Networks have a long-standing partnership that encompasses IP aggregation, edge and core products and have deployed solutions in more than 200 service provider networks around the world. This joint venture further enhances the partnerships position in the Carrier Ethernet segment, one of the fastest growing network applications for wireline and mobile service providers.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at www.juniper.net.


About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland. www.nokiasiemensnetworks.com


Engage in conversation about Nokia Siemens Networks’ aim to reinvent the connected world at http://unite.nokiasiemensnetworks.com and talk about its news at http://blogs.nokiasiemensnetworks.com

Find out if your country is exploiting the full potential of connectivity at http://connectivityscorecard.org


Media Inquiries


Nokia Siemens Networks

Amy Flécher

Head of Communications

Broadband Connectivity Solutions

Phone : +49 171 86 50 101

e-mail: amy.flecher@nsn.com

Juniper Networks, Inc.

Press:

Susan Ursch

Phone: +1 978 589 0124

e-mail: sursch@juniper.net

Peter Ruzicka

Phone: +1 408 936 4137

e-mail: pruzicka@juniper.net


Investor Relations:

Lisa Chiorello

Phone: +1 408 936 6123

e-mail: lisac@juniper.net

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Optimum Lightpath Delivers First High-Definition Voice Service for Businesses

Optimum Lightpath Delivers First High-Definition Voice Service for Businesses


Company Offers First IP-Based HD-Voice Over Dedicated Ethernet Service for Best Quality Calling


JERICHO, N.Y., June 4 /PRNewswire/ — Optimum Lightpath(SM), a market leader in Ethernet-based communication solutions for New York metropolitan area businesses, today introduced the first HD-Voice service for mid-sized and large businesses, available June 2009. With its advanced Hosted Voice service, next-generation Cisco IP phones and state-of-the-art Ethernet-based fiber optic network, Optimum Lightpath enables smart businesses to enjoy the best quality voice calls to and from anyone within its business facilities.


Since HD Voice uses less bandwidth than standard G711 voice, it enables more bandwidth and improves IP transit. As a result, HD Voice provides greater efficiencies across all voice, data, Internet and video services running across Optimum Lightpath’s Ethernet-based fiber optic network. HD Voice is available to New York metropolitan area businesses as part of Optimum Lightpath’s Hosted Voice service, a complete customer-hosted voice and Internet solution delivered over a single connection. The service, which uses Cisco IP phones 7945 and 7965, delivers true HD voice quality.


“HD Voice demonstrates our commitment to innovation and continuous improvement of our services for smart businesses,” said John Macario, Senior Vice President of Product Strategy and Management. “Understanding how smart technologies work together helps ensure the highest quality of service, a central focus of Optimum Lightpath and key enabler of the Smart Community of businesses.”


With Optimum Lightpath HD Hosted Voice, businesses will benefit from advanced IP features while realizing significant savings and a lower Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) over most competitive IP offerings. Existing Hosted Voice customers can contact Optimum Lightpath to learn how to take advantage of HD-Voice today.


Optimum Lightpath Hosted Voice service with dedicated Internet access gives businesses:


True simplicity: A high-performance, feature-rich phone system bundled with Internet and voice access, minutes of use, telephones, equipment and top-notch support for a single monthly charge.

Easy scalability: Ability to manage growth with a simple phone call to increase bandwidth and minutes or add users.

Proven reliability: Proven performance and sub-50 millisecond resiliency of Lightpath’s Intelligent Enterprise Network.

Simple management: Installation, maintenance and management of all equipment and software by Optimum Lightpath and access to an easy-to-use Administrator Portal to make routine changes to extensions, user calling plans and more with little or no technical expertise.


“With the evolution of IP phones, we are now able to deliver HD-quality to businesses making intra-facility calls,” said Steve Slattery, vice president and general manager, IP Communications, Cisco. “Optimum Lightpath goes above and beyond to deliver better quality, faster speeds and improved efficiencies and we are excited to be a part of its HD-Voice offering.”


Optimum Lightpath’s Voice Services portfolio also includes Lightpath Managed Voice, Lightpath IP Trunking and Lightpath Internet/Voice. To learn more about Optimum HD-Voice, a part of its Hosted Voice service, including features, benefits and more, please visit www.optimumlightpath.com.


About Optimum Lightpath


Optimum Lightpath(SM), a division of Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC), is an industry leader in providing advanced Ethernet-based data, Internet, voice, video transport solutions and managed services to businesses across the New York, New Jersey and Connecticut metropolitan area. Optimum Lightpath’s Intelligent Enterprise Network is a highly reliable, resilient and scalable fiber-to-the-business-premises network extending more than 3,700 route miles and is connected to more than 3,000 buildings. Exclusively focused on meeting customer needs in the world’s largest business market for 20 years, Optimum Lightpath has been continually recognized for its high level of customer service. For 10 straight years, the New York State Public Service Commission has given Optimum Lightpath its Commendation of Excellence. Optimum Lightpath has received many industry awards for innovation and leadership. For more information, visit www.optimumlightpath.com.


Media Contacts:

Jennifer Abelson Charlstie Laytin

Abelson Group for Optimum Lightpath Cablevision

917-445-4454 516-803-2357

jennifer@abelsongroup.com claytin@cablevision.com

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