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MatlinPatterson Affiliate Submits $725 Million Offer to Acquire Nortel’s CDMA and LTE Access Assets

Sends Open Letter to All Nortel Stakeholders


NEW YORK, July 21 /PRNewswire/ — MPAM Wireless, Inc., an affiliate of MatlinPatterson Global Opportunities Partners III L.P. (”MatlinPatterson”), today submitted to Nortel Networks Corp. (”Nortel”) and its creditor constituencies a proposal to acquire substantially all of Nortel’s CDMA and LTE Access assets for US$725 million. MatlinPatterson believes that its alternative proposal is higher and better than the “stalking horse” bid from Nokia Siemens Networks B.V. (”NSN”) and provides, on multiple fronts, a superior outcome for Nortel and all of its stakeholders. more

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Jagdeep Singh to Step Down as CEO of Infinera in January 2010

Jagdeep Singh to Step Down as CEO of Infinera in January 2010 and Remain as Executive Chairman; COO Tom Fallon Named Successor


SUNNYVALE, CA, July 21, 2009 – Infinera Corp. (NASDAQ: INFN) today announced that chairman and chief executive officer Jagdeep Singh plans to step down as CEO on January 1, 2010 and become executive chairman of the company and that chief operating officer Tom Fallon will succeed Singh as President and CEO at that time. more

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SMITH MICRO SOFTWARE ANNOUNCES AGREEMENT WITH DIGITALBRIDGE COMMUNICATIONS TO DELIVER WIMAX CONNECTIVITY MANAGEMENT

ALISO VIEJO, CA– July 21, 2009 – Smith Micro Software, Inc. (NASDAQ:SMSI), a leading developer and marketer of mobility solutions and services for the wireless market, today announced that it has been selected by DigitalBridge Communications Corp., the leading private operator of WiMAX 4G broadband networks in growing rural regions throughout the U.S., to deliver 4G connection management software to support its initial WiMAX rollout deployment for markets in Idaho, Indiana, Montana, South Dakota, Virginia and Wyoming. more

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RIM Prevented from Bidding for Nortel’s Assets as a Result of Nortel’s Actions

Waterloo, ON – Research In Motion Limited (”RIM”) (Nasdaq: RIMM; TSX: RIM) disclosed today that it has effectively been prevented from submitting an offer for the Nortel Networks Wireless Business that is the subject of a bankruptcy auction scheduled to occur on July 24, 2009. The assets being sold are Nortel’s CDMA and Long Term Evolution Access businesses. In its CDMA and Long Term Evolution Access businesses, Nortel develops current and next generation technology for wireless infrastructure and mobile devices. more

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Tata Communications Launches Global 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service

Tata Communications Launches Global 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service


Wholesale 10 Gigabit Ethernet Now Available in 25 Cities and 11 Countries


India, Mumbai, July 21, 2009 – Tata Communications, a leading provider of a new world of communications, today announced the launch of a new 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10 GigE) service to help service providers meet growing market demands for high-speed, secure and cost-effective bandwidth. more

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Andrew Launches Next-Gen Solutions For Enabling Location-Capable Digital Networks

Andrew Launches Next-Gen Solutions

For Enabling Location-Capable Digital Networks


–New Capabilities for Locating Callers in an Era of Evolving Networks–


HICKORY, NC, July 21, 2009—Andrew Solutions, the CommScope, Inc., division that is a global leader in wireless communications systems and products, has introduced its next generation of solutions for enabling location-capable networks, including new technologies and options that help communications carriers stay ahead of customer demand for location applications. more

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Volubill Simplifies Mobile Data Charging and Policy Control for Orange Botswana

Volubill Simplifies Mobile Data Charging and Policy Control for Orange Botswana


Volubill solution boosts personalization, flexibility of prepaid and postpaid mobile services charging operations


London, United Kingdom—21 July 2009—Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time convergent charging and policy control applications for fixed and mobile service providers, today announced an important win and successful deployment with one of Botswana’s largest mobile providers, Orange Botswana. Volubill’s CHARGE-ITâ„¢ platform was selected to unify charging and access control for all Mobile Broadband access, Web and WAP browsing, downloads, MMS and e-mail services, thus enabling more flexible and personalized service pricing and bundling options across the provider’s fast growing customer base.


Orange Botswana, incorporated in 2003, is the leading national provider of telecommunication services in Botswana, providing both postpaid and prepaid mobile services to individuals and businesses including a full range of voice and data services. Orange Botswana is experiencing high demand for their data services on the back of their iPhone launch and competitive Mobile Broadband access offerings. Orange Botswana is now also able to offer customers highly flexible charging options. Orange Botswana also enables subscribers to purchase additional prepaid credit directly from their phones and transfer airtime to other prepaid subscribers.


The recent liberalization of Botswana’s telecommunications market, combined with continued heavy subscriber growth in the region has produced intense levels of competition among Botswana’s service providers. The country now has the greatest market penetration for mobile services per capita of any country in Africa. In Orange Botswana’s case, this growth presents tremendous opportunity and hence enhancing their ability to offer high quality of experience and interesting pricing packages across multiple service types is a smart market move. The choice of Volubill’s CHARGE-IT by Orange Botswana shows that providers are meeting these demands by choosing charging and policy solutions that can increase their options for market segmentation as well as service management and monetization.


Volubill’s solution is network independent and provides flexible, vendor-agnostic support to adapt to all data and service architectures. It handles subscriber usage of IP services including data (mobile broadband), content, messaging, VoIP and downloads, and provides capabilities like deep packet inspection (DPI), access control, policy management and traffic shaping, and user experience management for both simple Internet access or content-rich premium services. When partnered with Volubill’s CONTROL-ITâ„¢ product, CHARGE-ITâ„¢ enables end-to-end real-time control, charging and policy management for advanced services.


“Botswana’s telecommunications market has grown so fast that operators like Orange Botswana are encountering many of the operational challenges that more established-market providers have been facing for years,” said John Aalbers, CEO, Volubill. “In choosing CHARGE-IT for increased control of pricing and charging policies for advanced service packages, Orange Botswana is better equipped to continue providing a high quality experience and compelling pricing packages to their subscribers. We are proud to have established this partnership with Orange Botswana to help them meet their ongoing business goals.”


For more information on Volubill and our products, please visit www.volubill.com.


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About Volubill (www.volubill.com)

Volubill provides innovative “on the network” charging and policy control solutions to telecoms operators worldwide. Volubill’s solutions enable operators to manage bandwidth based on subscriber and service centric usage policies & quotas in order to maximize revenues & service experience and eliminate churn.


Founded in 2001, Volubill is a global company with in excess of 70 customers world-wide.

Media network operator selects Net Insight’s Nimbra platform for expansion in Eastern Europe

Stockholm, Sweden - Net Insight, leading developer of efficient and scalable optical transport solutions for media, IP and broadcast networks, today announced its Nimbra platform has been selected by a European media network operator to support an expansion of its international media network.


Based on Net Insight’s Nimbra platform, the operator’s international media network is now further extended across Eastern Europe.


Net Insight’s Nimbra platform offers advanced multimedia services in media networks with integrated video and audio interfaces such as ASI, SDI, HD-SDI, 3G-SDI, AES/EBU and strong support for IP/Ethernet and SDH/Sonet. With the highest network utilization, multicasting of all types of services, guaranteed quality of service and the possibility of extending the network entirely in pace with customer growth, Net Insight’s Nimbra platform offers the most efficient, reliable and cost-effective network solutions available today.


Deliveries of the Nimbra equipment will start during the third quarter.


About Net Insight

Net Insight delivers the world’s most efficient and scalable optical transport solution for Broadcast and Media, Digital Terrestrial TV, Mobile TV and IPTV/CATV networks.


Net Insight products truly deliver 100 percent Quality of Service with three times improvement in utilization of bandwidth for a converged transport infrastructure. Net Insight’s Nimbra(TM) platform is the industry solution for video, voice and data, reducing operational costs by 50 percent and enhancing competitiveness in delivery of existing and new media services.


World class customers run mission critical video services over Net Insight products for more than 100 million people in more than 35 countries. Net Insight is quoted on the Stockholm Stock Exchange. For more information, visit www.netinsight.net

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MERIT NETWORK, ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING EMPOWER R&E COMMUNITY USING 10G FIBER

MERIT NETWORK, ADVA OPTICAL NETWORKING EMPOWER EDUCATION AND RESEARCH COMMUNITY



Superior network infrastructure encourages collaboration,

enables advancements from medical imaging to radio astronom
y


Norcross, Georgia, USA and Martinsried/Munich, Germany. July 20, 2009. For several years, academic researchers at Michigan’s public universities and their colleagues around the globe have used high-speed networking to exchange research data and supplement their investigative activities.  As high-energy physicists continue to experiment with the Large Hadron Collider Project and geneticists conduct advanced bioinformatics, the amount of data produced and transmitted by researchers has grown exponentially.  Fortunately, Merit Network, deploying ADVA Optical Networking solutions, is continually adapting to meet the changing needs of higher education and the research community.


Merit’s 10G core network was recently upgraded to operate ADVA Optical Networking’s FSP 3000 platform, significantly improving the capabilities of the 770-mile fiber-optic ring that stretches from Detroit to Chicago with connections in Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids and Lansing. The new ADVA Optical Networking technology enables Merit to configure multiple high-speed connections, each carrying 10Gbit/s worth of data on a wavelength, using only a single pair of fiber.


The efficiency of Merit’s optical network has been significantly improved with the deployment of Raman amplifiers on the network, which has reduced the number of amplification sites that Merit needs to span the state and saved the non-profit organization and its members thousands of dollars in installation and service costs.


Merit’s fiber-optic network and ADVA Optical Networking’s technology together enable a dynamic collaborative environment where science, medicine, research and education are no longer constrained by distance or limited bandwidth. Whether a university professor sends volumes of data to a colleague at a satellite campus or a physician transmits real-time, high-definition medical images to a distant hospital, a fast and reliable broadband connection is essential.


Scientists at public universities in Michigan are utilizing Merit’s high-speed network for global research projects.


For example, physicists at the University of Michigan are currently using Merit’s high-speed, high-capacity network as part of their work on the ATLAS Experiment, which conducts trials on the world’s largest particle collider, the Large Hadron Collider, located near Geneva, Switzerland.


Meanwhile, University of Michigan astronomers are using their Merit connection to coordinate information from giant radio telescopes around the world. By collecting and analyzing data from multiple locations, they are learning more about black holes and other space phenomena than ever thought possible.


“These are just a few examples of the remarkable achievements that are enabled by Merit’s optical network every day,” said Brian Protiva, chief executive officer of ADVA Optical Networking. “We’re proud to play a role in supporting this important work by supplying the dependable and affordable networking tools the research and education community needs to stay connected and keep collaborating.”


“Merit is committed to advancing the research capabilities of our University Members,” said Don Welch, President and CEO of Merit Network. “ADVA Optical Networking technology maximizes capacity over fiber, allowing our members to move huge data sets without impacting our packet switched network. That translates to better performance for lower costs. As we continue to facilitate high-end research applications that span the globe, ADVA Optical Networking offers us the technology to provide our members the performance they need.”


In addition, Merit Network provides advanced connectivity for Michigan’s research and education community to the Internet2 Network. Internet2 is a consortium of universities, corporations, government agencies, laboratories and other institutions of higher learning that operates a nationwide next-generation network in support of research and education. ADVA Optical Networking is a corporate member of Internet2.

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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 MERIT NETWORK

Merit Network Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan’s public universities, owns and operates America’s longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan’s public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan’s public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations. For more information, log on to www.merit.edu.

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