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IntelePeer and Tekmark Team to Add Power of Voice and Rich Media to Business Applications

Companies are Jointly Developing, Marketing and Selling Unique Microsoft Live Services Applications Enhanced Using IntelePeer AppworX Platform


SAN MATEO, CA — March 31, 2009 — IntelePeer Inc., a leader in cost-effective hosted on-demand rich media communications, today announced an agreement to integrate powerful Voice 2.0 and rich media features into business applications with Tekmark® Global Solutions LLC, one of the nation’s largest privately held providers of information technology, communications and consulting services to companies worldwide.


Using the IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢ open communications platform, IntelePeer and Tekmark are co-developing applications based on Microsoft Windows Live Services that use voice, streaming video, communication and conferencing capabilities that drive new business process efficiencies and productivity. By using the hosted AppworX platform as a foundation, Tekmark will significantly reduce the time, up-front development costs and business risks typically involved in bringing powerful new business applications to market, while reducing communications and capital costs.


The jointly developed applications will allow Tekmark’s and IntelePeer’s customers to deploy new services, such as streamed video, click-to-call connections, automatic conferences, and SMS blast or voice blast messages. With these enhanced services, vendors and service providers can drive new revenue opportunities while streamlining operations.


“We serve a wide range of global corporations that look to Tekmark to provide communications and technology applications that will enhance productivity and give them a competitive advantage,” said David Donohue, vice president of telecom applications, Tekmark Global Solutions. “By working with IntelePeer, we can blend innovative voice and rich-media services into business applications and services, while delivering carrier-grade reliability and performance that is vital for our customers. At the same time, we can offer our customers significant cost savings in their telecom expenditures.”


In addition to joint development, IntelePeer and Tekmark will also collaborate on marketing and sales of the customized Web and enterprise applications. Joint projects include a wide range of business services, such as an emergency service notification system in the public safety sector enhanced with voice blast and SMS services. The joint offering provides the marketplace with a cost-effective means of providing telecom services that reduce their current operational expenses.


“This relationship with Tekmark, a world-class systems integrator, shows the promise and value we offer for global systems integrators,” said John Hart, senior vice president of business development and marketing for IntelePeer. “With Tekmark, we see tremendous opportunities to develop, integrate and deploy high-value new business services enhanced with powerful rich media and Voice 2.0 features. By teaming together, we are creating new cost savings for our customers while building value and driving new revenue opportunities.”


About Tekmark Global Solutions


Tekmark Global Solutions, LLC (www.tekmarkinc.com) provides information technology, telecom services, and business solutions to a broad range of Fortune 100 and Fortune 500 companies worldwide. Tekmark’s client list is comprised of top companies in the telecommunications, financial services, technology, insurance, health care, pharmaceutical, and logistics industries, as well as state and city government. Tekmark’s expertise lies in developing and integrating information systems, operating and improving technology and business processes, and helping clients evolve to the next generation of technologies. As one of the largest privately held technology and telecom solutions providers, Tekmark delivers innovative, cost-effective, results-driven solutions to help clients excel in their market place.


About IntelePeer

IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device – without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢, our SuperRegistryâ„¢ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


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Managment World 2009: Forumville To Spotlight Six Key Strategies

Forumville Sets Strategy for Success at TM Forum’s Management World 2009


TM Forum Innovation Zone to spotlight six key strategies to drive business solutions for today and prepare the industry for the future


MORRISTOWN, NJ, March 26, 2009 –TM Forum, the world’s premier industry group focused on business effectiveness for the communications and media sectors, revealed today six key strategies to combat the economic downturn and prepare the industry for the future. The set of practical strategies and tactics will be unveiled at the Forum’s flagship Management World conference (4-8 May 2009, Nice, France), showcased within the exclusive Forumville innovation zone.


In a world where communications service providers face the continual challenge of maintaining profitability for increasingly competitive and diverse services, TM Forum is leading the way in improving business effectiveness. Through leadership and collaboration, the Forum is delivering the standards and best practices that underpin automation, reduce OpEx and customer churn, and allow service providers to adapt to new business models.


According to Martin Creaner, President and CTO, TM Forum, “Forumville brings together leading industry experts in a series of live Technology Catalyst and Content Encounter demos, providing examples of the innovation and rapid solution development only possible through collaboration. Together with business and technical presentations focused on implementation of TM Forum standards, Forumville will offer conference delegates a one stop shop for essential transformation tools.”


The six key strategy areas will cover:


·Business Transformation — Tuning business for the road ahead

Looking at the big picture of how the TM Forum best practices, business programs and executive communities can help with business strategies for becoming ever more efficient, automated, agile, and customer-centric;


·Software Development — Reducing development cost and risk

IT solutions are the backbone of any business transformation. Attendees will learn how TM Forum standards and best practices are enabling a wide range of service providers and their suppliers to save millions of dollars through standards-based implementation;


·Service Innovation — Getting new services to market faster

Three live Technology Catalyst demonstrations will showcase multi-vendor solutions that enable new services to be created quickly and cost effectively across service provider and business partner environments;


·Revenue Management — Ensuring profitability in a complex service environment

Billing, Charging and Revenue Assurance all have direct impact on the bottom line. Revenue management systems need to be able to handle the demands of the ever increasing service loads and payment choices. Attendees will learn how TM Forum is focusing on business process and proven revenue assurance techniques to make a difference in this straight-to-the-bottom line area;


·Customer Experience — Proactively managing customer loyalty

Keeping customers is generally more cost effective than acquiring new customers – so focus on customer experience paramount. Forum members are leading the way in reducing customer churn by enabling integrated customer care systems;


·Digital Media Value Chain — Enabling business models for the new digital marketplace

Now is the time to prepare for new business models which will rely new services and partnerships. Attendees will see how TM Forum is driving the creation of end-to-end management solutions in the multi-player extended value chain that includes content owners, advertisers, and service providers of all kinds;


Forumville will include two theaters, offering in-depth technology demonstrations, case studies of real-world implementations and educational presentations. Attendees will also receive free registration to the Forum’s new online community, where members can connect to their peers and gain access to the latest industry topics and thought leadership.


The strategies and tactics unveiled in Forumville will be mirrored throughout the Management World 2009 conference, which opens with an impressive keynote lineup on Wednesday, May 6. “Forumville, along with the entire Management World conference this year, focuses on the strategies and tactics service providers need to embrace to survive. The current economic situation presents an opportunity for service providers to transform themselves to support the new business models that will prove to be essential to future growth and profitability for service providers,” added Creaner.


The full conference agenda, keynote and speaker details as well as information surrounding certified training courses available in Nice are available now at http://www.tmforum.org/ManagementWorld2009/


Press and analysts are invited to contact Geoff Devlin, gdevlin@tmforum.org, to apply for press access to the conference.


About TM Forum


With more than 700 member companies in 75 countries, TM Forum is the world’s leading industry association focused on improving business effectiveness for service providers and their suppliers. Serving the information, communications and entertainment industries, the Forum provides practical solutions, guidance and leadership to transform the way that digital services are created, delivered and charged. Members include the world’s largest service providers, cable and network operators, software suppliers, equipment suppliers and systems integrators.


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


To learn more please visit www.tmforum.org.

BSkyB Integrates ConceptWave’s Catalog Management Product to Accelerate Convergent Service Delivery

Strategic solution utilizes innovative product and service catalog to create next generation platform for business transformation


DENVER - March 18, 2009 - ConceptWave Software Inc., a leading provider of order automation and catalog management solutions, today announced BSkyB (Sky) in the UK as a new customer. ConceptWave® will enable Sky’s strategic initiative to streamline its sales and fulfillment process, reducing time-to-market and cost-of-sale of convergent services offerings including Internet, telephony and television.


The ConceptWave Order Care® suite will enable a centralized enterprise-wide catalog management platform for all products and services for Sky.  The catalog management solution leverages an existing web-based order entry system, billing system and other operational support platforms with a core central reference data model for all product related information. Sky will be better able to consolidate the sales and fulfillment processes in order to accelerate the roll-out of broadband offerings. ConceptWave’s Product Catalog, with its open interface structure, will support Sky in addressing legacy integration and migration challenges as part of the larger business and systems transformation initiative.


“ConceptWave will enable us to better meet customer demands through a product catalog platform which helps support our business objectives,” said Graham Calder, Director of core systems for BSkyB. “As Sky continues to deliver innovative entertainment and communications services to its customers, we are confident that ConceptWave will be able to support our evolving requirements.”


With ConceptWave’s Order Care suite, Sky will utilize a business rules engine to model Sky specific business requirements and accelerate deployments. Utilizing web services, ConceptWave Order Care integrates easily within Sky’s current system architecture to achieve transparent integration with existing processes and applications and provides an evolving platform for future enhancements.


“Sky’s implementation of ConceptWave’s Product Catalog will demonstrate the modular nature of our product offerings which enable service providers to easily integrate a new application in the midst of their current BSS/OSS architecture,” said Zarar Rana, CEO and President of ConceptWave. “Our implementation at Sky enables us to highlight our strength as a provider of catalog management solutions for companies seeking to consolidate, simplify and accelerate deployment of advanced communication services.”


About Sky


Sky is the UK’s leading entertainment and communications company, operating the most comprehensive multi-channel television service. Over 9.2 million homes - a third of households across the UK and Ireland - enjoy the very best entertainment, movies, news and sports channels on Sky Digital.  In delivering entertainment through the TV, PC and mobile, customers have more control and flexibility over what, how and when they watch. 


Over 4.6 million customers now choose Sky+, Sky’s digital video recorder, to record and store their favourite programmes and over three quarters of a million homes enjoy the unprecedented picture and sound quality of Sky+ HD, which offers 31 dedicated HD channels.  Sky is also the UK’s fastest growing broadband and fixed-telephony provider with over 1.9 million customers taking Sky Broadband and over 1.5 million customers taking Sky Talk.


About ConceptWave Software, Inc.

ConceptWave Software Inc. develops and markets order and catalogue management solutions that improve operational efficiencies and facilitate the rapid delivery of new services for the Communications Service Provider market. ConceptWave Order Care is a highly configurable order handling and product management platform that supports end-to-end flow-through order capture, order management and product lifecycle management through a fully-integrated J2EE/SOA product platform. ConceptWave solutions have been proven in the marketplace with over 20 successful deployments worldwide. ConceptWave Order Care is also sold through OEMs and global system integrator partners.  ConceptWave can be reached at 905-405-2188, or on the Web at www.conceptwave.com.


ConceptWave® and ConceptWave Order Care® are registered trademarks of ConceptWave Software Inc.

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Mobile Tag, Inc. appoints William ‘Chip’ Hoffman as CEO

European 2D barcode leader MTag establishes American sister company in Atlanta, GA – creating a bridge between North America and Europe for global mobile marketing campaigns


Paris, France, March 18, 2009 – MTag, SAS, the acknowledged European leader for technology and services for mobile 2D barcodes, announced the appointment of William ‘Chip’ Hoffman as CEO of Mobile Tag, Inc., a Delaware Corporation focused on expanding the use of the technology.


Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia (USA), Mr. Hoffman is responsible for expanding the use of the company’s 2D barcode technology solution mobiletag in the marketplace. Drawing on the success already experienced by the company in Europe, Mr. Hoffman will position Mobile Tag, Inc to supply Mobile Operators, Advertisers, Brands, Retailers, and others with a single, globally-ubiquitous source for mobile barcode technologies and services. Mobile Tag, Inc’s proven and patented technology will provide large multinationals the opportunity to deploy international mobile barcode technologies with confidence.


Mr. Hoffman has twenty-five years of global Entertainment, Media and Communications (EMC) experience. He was directly responsible for the large-scale operations of mBlox, Inc., Dobson Communications, Advanced TelCom Group, Sprint and Logix Communications Enterprises. He has worked closely with companies like Publicis, Interpublic Group, BBDO-Omnicom, and others on interactive advertising using mobile telecommunications technology.


More recently he was CEO of NeoMedia Technologies, Inc, where he helped develop a global technical and financial system for mobile barcodes. Prior to that, Mr. Hoffman engineered the creation of mBlox, Inc. the world’s largest mobile transactions network, and as its CEO served in London, Atlanta and Sunnyvale, CA. He was instrumental in developing the strategy to reorganise, restructure, and then rapidly grow the business to over 180 countries. mBlox serves more than 2 billion mobile subscribers and 500 wireless Operators around the globe including Vodafone, T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T, creating the world’s largest provider of messaging infrastructure.


Earlier in his career, Mr. Hoffman served 8 years with Sprint managing business clients from the Global 10 to small and medium-sized business customers.


About MTag, mobiletag & MEEPASS

Innovative French company, MTag is a leading software developer specialising in mobile handset software solutions. MTag has two main products: mobiletag and MEEPASS.

In 2006, the company launched mobiletag, an embedded software application that allows mobile phones to read 2D barcodes, otherwise known as tags, simply by using the phone’s camera. MTag developed the software to create quick access to external content.

MTag recently received a venture capital investment of 4 million euros in October 2008, funded by new lead investor Alven Capital and by existing shareholders (XangeCapital and IDF Capital). This capital increase will allow mobiletag to pursue its international growth strategy in the market of 2D barcodes. mobiletag has already established business partnerships with the major French and European mobile network Operators and is in negotiation today with international brands. MTag has just opened an American company in Atlanta totally dedicated to the US market called Mobile Tag, Inc.

In addition to mobiletag, MTag is pleased to announce the launch of MEEPASS, a revolutionary new mobile identification product that the company showcased at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. For more information, please visit: www.mobiletag.com or www.meepass.com

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FANFARE TO INTEGRATE iTEST WITH AGILENT TECHNOLOGIES’ MULTISERVICES TEST SOLUTION

Companies to Offer Integrated Testing Solution that Boosts Productivity in Current Economic Conditions


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.—March 10, 2009— Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and service providers (SPs), today announced it is partnering with Agilent Technologies (NYSE: A) to offer joint customers the ability to seamlessly integrate their test assets and automate complex system testing. Fanfare’s test automation solution, iTest® will be more tightly integrated with Agilent’s N2X multi-services test solution, accelerating the configuration and automation of test scenarios.


The Agilent N2X is widely used by NEMs and SPs to validate the performance and scalability characteristics of next-generation network equipment, and is designed to test IP-forwarding devices that deliver video, VoIP, data services and business VPNs. It is used in out-of-service lab environments to test at real-world scale with realistic traffic, ensuring quality of multiplay services. The N2X addresses the test challenges that multiplay services impose across the IP/MPLS core, carrier edge and broadband access networks.


Fanfare’s iTest orchestrates system testing by executing simultaneous commands to a multitude of different devices in a network to simulate real-world network testing. This enhances the quality of services that SPs offer, reduces time to market, and improves productivity across the entire service development and product development life cycle. Integrating Agilent’s N2X with iTest will ease the process of automating test assets for existing and prospective SP customers, providing a comprehensive solution for their system testing needs.


“Our customers have been telling us that they want to use Fanfare’s iTest to automate the Agilent N2X in their labs to ultimately get the best of both worlds ,” said Toni Piwonka-Corle, general manager of Agilent’s Data Networks Operation. “We’re pleased to announce that the current version of Fanfare’s iTest supports the latest Agilent N2X software release, and that we will continue the integration of our two products to boost our customers’ productivity.”


“In today’s uncertain economic conditions, productivity-enhancement tools such as iTest can play a critical role in helping carriers maintain their competitive edge,” said Tom Ryan, president and CEO of Fanfare. “Fanfare will continue to work with leading companies like Agilent to meet the market demand for integration between test equipment and test automation software, contributing to overall improvements in the quality chain.”


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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Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com

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Comptel OSS Sets Record For Charging, Mediation Performance

Comptel Dynamic OSS Sets New Benchmark for Mediation and Real-Time Charging Performance


IBM benchmark highlights Comptel’s ability to protect Communications Service Providers against the growing mediation and charging requirements that ‘lifestyle’ services demand


Comptel Corporation (OMX Helsinki: CTL1V), the leading vendor of dynamic Operations Support System (OSS) software, today announced the results of an extensive scalability and performance benchmarking study undertaken in conjunction with IBM.


The study demonstrates the unique capability of the newest versions of Comptel’s Convergent Mediation and Charging Solutions to address the scalability issue that ‘lifestyle’ services present for Communication Service Providers (CSPs). As these content and bandwidth-heavy lifestyle services are packaged and billed to end-customers in increasingly diverse ways, service providers will require systems that are able to scale to the corresponding exponential increase in mediation and charging support within OSS systems.


“Lifestyle services require CSPs to improve their real-time control and management of services as customers will expect more flexibility in the way these services are packaged together and charged to them.” said Simo Sääskilahti, Comptel SVP Products and Solutions. “In a service provider’s production environment, this translates into a dramatic increase in the number of mediation and charging events that the OSS must be able to handle.”


In this benchmarking exercise, Comptel was able to achieve near linear scaling to over 1.9 billion events per hour on a single IBM Power 595 server with a 64-way POWER6 microprocessor.


“Scalability of this magnitude is critical to meeting the dynamic needs of tier-one service providers and those looking to consolidate multiple billing back-office components into a convergent platform,” continued Sääskilahti. “Comptel is comfortable to deliver our solutions on IBM technology for our largest customers, some quickly approaching 100 million subscribers.”


“The combination of Comptel’s Convergent Mediation and Charging software and the IBM technology is a great cost effective option for customers that require the highest levels of performance and scalability,” said Pierre Perdaems, IBM Telecommunication Servers - EMEA CTO. “By achieving nearly two billion events per hour with Comptel Convergent Mediation and Charging, the IBM Power series server family has again demonstrated why it is proving to be the architecture of choice for CSPs worldwide.”


Today, Comptel has 16 customers on Power series servers supporting over 200 million subscribers, including Airtel, DTAC, Idea Cellular, Telefónica Móviles Argentina and Vodafone Essar. IBM Power series servers are the servers of choice for tier one service providers, with Power 6 servers providing PowerVM – IBM’s industry-leading virtualisation technology – to allow optimal flexibility, server consolidation and cost reduction.


Benchmark Details

* Conducted at IBM Telecommunications Infrastructure Center for BSS in Montpellier France, the benchmark included various workloads such as offline streams, online streams, charging, rating, and customer balance management activities using a variety of conditions modeled after real-life communications service providers. Several joint customers provided validated test scenarios.


* Convergent scenarios covered modeled conditions equal to 1.5 billion subscribers in a developing economy prepaid/postpaid business model. Specific test scenarios for GGSNs and other network components generating high record volumes requiring complex stream aggregation were defined and tested by IBM Global Services.


* The results verified Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution 6.1 and Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 core components’ near linear scalability utilising in-memory data storage. Memory usage correlates to core functionalities, such as aggregation, correlation, duplicate checking, and rating which dynamically drives how many parallel sessions to hold against the data store.


* The benchmark tested Comptel’s solutions running on a single IBM POWER6 processor-based Power 595 server, with IBM AIX version 6.1 operating system and IBM PowerVM virtualisation technology, hosted by an IBM DS8300 storage subsystem.


Additionally, Comptel also ported Comptel Convergent Mediation Solution 6.1 and Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 to support IBM solidDB in-memory database and IBM BladeCenter, for more performance, scalability, and reliability options required for varying emerging and Greenfield market conditions. Comptel plans to make the Comptel Convergent Mediation and Charging Solutions generally available leveraging the high performance of IBM solidDB in-memory database. Comptel Charging Solution 6.1 is also being integrated by IBM into Aritel applying IBM SOA best practices.


About Comptel Corporation

Comptel provides Comptel Dynamic OSS solutions, enabling telecom service providers to deliver services flexibly and charge them effectively. Comptel’s expertise in inventory, provisioning and activation, mediation and charging empowers service providers to focus on delivering the innovative services. Comptel has provided solutions to 280 customers with 800 million subscribers in 85 countries. Net sales were EUR 85 million in 2008. The Group has about 600 employees in 18 countries. http://www.comptel.com

INTELEPEER AWARDED BEST OF SHOW AWARD at INTERNET TELEPHONY CONFERENCE and EXPO EAST 2009

INTELEPEER AWARDED BEST OF SHOW AWARD at INTERNET TELEPHONY CONFERENCE and EXPO EAST 2009

IntelePeer AppworXTM Recognized as the Best Service Provider Solution At Leading IP Communications Conference in Miami


SAN MATEO, Calif. – February 9, 2009 – IntelePeer Inc., a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, announced today that its AppworX Application Platform has received a Best of Show Award in the Best Service Provider Solution category at Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC®)’s INTERNET TELEPHONY® Conference and EXPO East 2009 in Miami.


IntelePeer’s AppworX open communications platform for applications and the company’s carrier-grade network make it easy to roll out high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich media services that boost productivity while reducing telecommunications and operational expenses. A communications-as-a-service (CaaS) offering, IntelePeer AppworX is ideal for increasing collaboration among business application users, fostering closer connections with customers and introducing communications-enabled business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. IntelePeer can ensure high-quality service through the company’s redundant network peering grid infrastructure that already handles billions of voice minutes per year and its direct connections with more than 50 service providers around the globe.


“The INTERNET TELEPHONY Best of Show Award confirms how the industry recognizes the value of the IntelePeer AppworX Application Platform, which allows our customers to rapidly bring innovative Voice 2.0 services to market,” said Charles Studt, vice president of product management for IntelePeer. “Our communications-as-a-service model eliminates the cost and development time needed to roll out carrier-grade voice or rich media communications services that also reduce ongoing operational expenses, which is critical for our customers in today’s economy.”


“Outstanding companies like IntelePeer, with its award-winning solutions, help to validate ITEXPO’s status as the leading forum in the communications industry,” said TMC President and Conference Chairman Rich Tehrani. “Service providers, enterprise buyers, developers and resellers come to ITEXPO because they know they’ll find solutions from innovative companies like IntelePeer that can help their businesses today.”


The INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO Best of Show Awards recognize innovative products and solutions that were featured in the Exhibit Hall during the event. This designation serves to highlight the technological achievement and creative product features that set these winners apart from the rest of the crowd. INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine’s editorial staff evaluated the pre-show nominations and met with vendors to inspect and review the displayed products on the first day of the EXPO. A full list of the winners is posted on TMC’s Web site at www.tmcnet.com.


About IntelePeer


IntelePeer, www.IntelePeer.com, a leader in hosted on-demand rich media communications, enables carriers, businesses and software vendors to easily deliver voice and multimedia capabilities to any phone or network-connected device – without incurring up-front capital costs. Through our innovative, communications-as-a-service (CaaS) platform, IntelePeer AppworXâ„¢, our SuperRegistryâ„¢ and our extensive peering grid, we provide our customers with the platform to offer high-quality interactive voice, video, SMS, data and other rich-media services while providing significant cost savings for their telecommunication expenditures. Through intuitive APIs, Web Services, and brandable widgets and applets, IntelePeer removes the complexity of telecom and opens network functions to mainstream developers who are creating voice-Web “mashups” and communications-enabled business processes embedded into enterprise, webcasting, social networking, entertainment and e-commerce applications. Business professionals who use customer relationship management (CRM) software and common desktop applications such as calendaring and contact management also rely on us for instant access to bridge-to-services, voice blast, video blast, text-to-speech, conferencing and other features that enable communications-enhanced business processes that drive efficiency and deliver cost savings. Based in San Mateo, Calif., we operate our own carrier-grade network carrying more than 6 billion minutes, with worldwide coverage delivered through an IP and TDM peering grid with over 50 leading service provider peering partners. IntelePeer is privately held and is backed by venture capital firms VantagePoint Venture Partners, Kennet Venture Partners, NorthCap Partners and EDF Ventures.


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IntelePeer, IntelePeer AppworX and SuperRegistry are trademarks of IntelePeer, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Other trademarks referenced are the property of their respective owners.

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Four Major Middle Eastern Mobile Carriers Deploy Ditech Networks’ Voice Quality Platform

Ditech helps maximize network capacity and ensure wireless call quality as rapid-growth carriers transition to IP networks  


MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., December 15, 2008 – Ditech Networks (Nasdaq: DITC), a leading provider of voice quality solutions to the world’s communications industry, announced today that its industry-leading voice processing platforms are now deployed by four major mobile operators in the Middle East region.  Algerian carrier Djezzy, Pakistan’s Mobilink and Egypt’s Mobinil, some of the chief carriers in the area, are implementing Ditech’s Voice Quality Assurance (VQA) solution to provide their subscribers with superior mobile call quality without purchasing additional spectrum or network infrastructure, a common issue in this region. In developing markets such as the Middle East, new mobile service plans are being sold at an incredibly fast pace. Unfortunately, while promising for local economies, rapid increases in subscribership can have a negative impact on voice quality. In Ditech’s 2008 audit of over 630 million wireless calls worldwide, developing markets including the Middle East were plagued with poor voice quality on 59 percent of all calls.   To quickly and cost-effectively accommodate new users, many carriers implement low bit-rate or half-rate codecs.  In the presence of background noise or during peak calling periods, however, this tactic can seriously impact the call experience. Rapid-growth carriers like Djezzy and Mobinil have adopted Ditech’s VQA to help maximize their network capacity while maintaining voice quality for subscribers. Additionally, Ditech can offer mobile carriers voice quality solutions for 2G/TDM networks and the more advanced 3G, IP, LTE or WiMAX networks. This enables growing mobile carriers to provide superior voice quality over their 2G/TDM networks as well as next-generation networks.  This eases migration for carriers by alleviating the need to deal with several different vendors for each technology. Ditech’s voice quality products allow them to operate hybrid networks, which frequently occurs when deploying new technologies or services throughout a network. “Carriers in the Middle East have numerous challenges to overcome in maintaining a differentiated service for their customers, namely, high subscriber growth, varying customer requirements, and diverse geographies,” said Karl Brown, VP of Marketing for Ditech Networks.  “We are proud to play a key role in balancing the region’s mobile growth with providing superior voice quality to customers.” Ditech’s VQA solution is available on the Ditech’s Broadband Voice Processor (BVP) Flex and Packet Voice Processor (PVP) voice processing platforms, which provide a high-density, high-performance foundation for processing the large number of calls that traverse carrier networks. Both platforms are highly adaptable and easily reconfigured or upgraded while in service to meet operations needs or to accommodate new technologies carriers may want to deploy. 


About Ditech Networks Ditech Networks is shaping the future of voice quality through continuous innovation and leadership for the world’s communications companies. Ditech’s voice quality solutions are deployed in wireless and wireline networks to optimize the call experience. By delivering consistent, dependable voice quality, Ditech’s products help global communications companies meet the multiple challenges of service differentiation, network expansion and call capacity. Ditech’s customers include Verizon, Sprint/Nextel, Orascom Telecom, AT&T, China Unicom, Global Crossing and West Corporation. Ditech Networks is headquartered in Mountain View, California. For more information, visit www.ditechnetworks.com.   


Press Contact:   Rob Adler      415-984-1970                                       


 Investor Contact:       Bill Tamblyn      650-623-1309

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AT&T AND ORACLE COMBINE FORCES TO DELIVER A SUBSCRIPTION-BASED PEOPLESOFT SOLUTION FOR MIDSIZE BUSINESSES

AT&T is combining the power of its global network platform with a subscription-based PeopleSoft solution from Oracle to provide midsize companies in the U.S. with a better way to handle human resources, payroll and back-office operations.  


AT&T Inc. recently announced an end-to-end, hosted PeopleSoft payroll and payroll tax solution that combines AT&T’s business process outsourcing services with its innovative utility computing platform and application management capabilities. It gives companies the ability to use a PeopleSoft application to add employees quickly, track pay and benefits and connect with financial back-end systems while calculating payroll deductions.


The solution is targeted to midsize companies as a bundled package that includes a monthly, per-employee fee, which helps businesses reduce the upfront costs typically associated with a large, complex software implementation and softens the impact of license fees.  


The solution is delivered over AT&T’s next-generation Synaptic HostingSM platform that creates a virtual infrastructure that lets customers add computing capacity, bandwidth and storage space as needed. The platform further allows customers to adjust capacity quickly, while paying only for the amount used. In addition, AT&T is offering a fixed-fee, fast-track program for out-of-the-box PeopleSoft solutions that helps speed the installation time and cut costs when compared with a customized PeopleSoft implementation. 


The announcement builds upon the long, strategic relationship between AT&T and Oracle. AT&T is a PeopleSoft Application Hosting Partner and an Oracle PartnerNetwork Certified Advantage Partner. 


“The relationship between AT&T and Oracle is a testament to the commitment we share to each other’s success,” said Ronald E. Spears, president and chief executive officer, AT&T Business Solutions. “Today’s announcement is further proof of how the intelligence of AT&T’s network and its software service-based delivery model complements Oracle’s application solutions to make it possible for even more businesses to operate successfully at greater scale and velocity.”  


Keith Block, executive vice president, Oracle North America Sales, said: “We are excited to work with AT&T to address the need for a cost-effective, predictably priced human resource service for companies that prefer to focus their efforts on their core differentiators. This is especially true in today’s uncertain economic climate where companies of all sizes are looking for ways to reduce costs, increase flexibility and decrease business risk.”  


AT&T is committed to delivering, managing and supporting sophisticated applications of all types required by companies of all sizes. For example, AT&T today provides solutions for companies that want to extend their business-critical information to mobile employees through hand-held devices. AT&T recently announced new mobility services, AT&T Mobile Enterprise Applications, that are designed to help companies in targeted vertical industries deliver mobile field service automation, sales force automation and information technology support for Oracle applications. 


As a Certified Advantage Partner in the Oracle PartnerNetwork, AT&T has a strong history of implementing and supporting hosted Oracle products including Oracle® Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition (OBIEE) for multinational companies. OBIEE provides interactive dashboards with real-time analytics such as ad-hoc queries, alerts, enterprise and financial reporting in formats that are simple and intuitive to interpret. The dashboards are published and delivered over the AT&T network in familiar formats including mobile handsets.  


More information about AT&T’s hosting and application services can be found at http://www.business.att.com/enterprise/Portfolio/application-hosting-enterprise.

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Verizon Business Helps IT Leaders Set Sights for 2009

Global Communications and IT Solutions Leader Identifies Top Technology Trends to Help Businesses Reach New Heights in Year Ahead  


BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – The global economy is front and center, and enterprises worldwide are looking to get the biggest bang for their buck in 2009.  With that in mind, Verizon Business has identified 10 business technology trends to help corporate and government information technology (IT) leaders do more with less.“These challenging times present IT leaders with an opportunity to make technology work harder and smarter to get the job done,” said Nancy Gofus, senior vice president of global business products for Verizon.  “We’re at a crossroads, where cost-cutting and technological innovation can actually unite to create new business capabilities in spite of the economic climate.  Verizon Business stands ready to help large businesses and government agencies worldwide make the most of communications and IT to propel their enterprises forward.”


Here’s Verizon Business’ list of 10 hot trends for 2009:


Enterprise 2.0 


The workplace is ever-changing and yesterday’s work style is being replaced with a more interactive exchange of ideas inspired by social networking tools such as Facebook, Wikis, Mash-ups, Twitter and Digg-it. Web 2.0 is quickly evolving into Enterprise 2.0 as these rich capabilities are creating new business models for some companies and empowering new strategies for others.  Removing traditional barriers of walls, wires, time and distance — reflective of today’s often globally dispersed enterprises — in favor of new social networking tools will enable workers to connect to their extended network of customers, suppliers, vendors and employees in new and exciting ways. Look for Enterprise 2.0 to help organizations take their game to the next level through enhanced collaboration, communications and sharing ideas.   


Work as Activity Versus Place 


Organizations want their employees to get their jobs done no matter where they are.  For that reason, teleworking is becoming a strategic imperative.   Companies will continue to recognize the productivity-boosting benefits of enabling mobile teleworkers or at-home teleworkers to remain securely connected to corporate resources.  The environment will also benefit as more businesses, government agencies and municipalities recognize the energy savings that can result from teleworking and “hoteling” (using office space on an as- needed basis, like a hotel room). Telework, including new high-definition virtual meetings, will create an increased focus on work as an activity versus a physical location, and companies will be able to hire and retain professional talent regardless of where they are located.  Managed mobility offerings will help businesses track, monitor, secure and manage the plethora of mobile devices accessing corporate networks. 


Doing More with Less


Businesses and governments everywhere are looking for ways to do more with less.  That holds true whether it means using managed services or tuning up existing networks instead of building new ones. IT organizations are also looking for the right technologies, such as sophisticated automated speech systems, to better serve customers.  In 2009, it’s all about productivity. Companies can choose which functions to keep in-house and which to hand off to a third party. Flexibility, the need for specific skill-sets and globalization are making selective out-tasking the preferred model. With managed services, companies can focus on what they do best and leave some of the highly specialized work such as IT, security, networks and call centers, to experts. 


Visual Communications 


Video will continue to play a starring role, as companies make the most of their IP connections to create a culture of collaboration.  From the boardroom to the desktop to the laptop to the mobile phone, more collaboration will take place, as companies increasingly embrace the cost-savings, productivity and environmental benefits of virtual meetings versus business travel.   High-definition video will begin to pay off for extended enterprise communications between employees, customers, suppliers and partners.  In addition to interactive video collaboration, video functions will be incorporated in the enterprise for on-demand content distribution, including on-the-job training.  As high-definition video equipment becomes more affordable and interoperable, the opportunity to video-enable corporate IP network endpoints will allow companies to rev-up their existing networks with minimal investment.


Unified Communications Integrated Into Business Processes 


If voice over IP (VoIP) is thought to be the first return on an IP network investment, unified communications (UC) will be the gift that keeps on giving.  Unified communications uses Internet protocol networks to integrate various systems, media, devices and applications to help streamline business processes, accelerate decision-making, and reduce costs. With UC now at the forefront of business communications strategies, companies are making decisions about voice telephony that will help them achieve greater collaboration and productivity.  Workers leveraging presence capabilities in a UC environment can gain more control over work flow and time management as well as expedited communications.  What’s next: UC integrated into automated business processes, where human and machine intelligence commingle in an IP world to drive even greater business growth.


 


Ready, Set Go IPv6            


The number of IP-addressable devices and systems is skyrocketing within enterprises and few organizations have current documented data on what those IP assets are, how they are being used and which ones are most critical to their operations.  Knowing which IP addressable elements are linked to which business needs will enable IT leaders to prioritize the data and applications that will need to be future-proofed with IPv6 capabilities while phasing out those that are idle or counter productive to operations.  IPv6 will be a necessity for companies to achieve mobility and scalability with increased efficiency and ultimately move their businesses forward.   


Getting SaaSy


The network becomes king once again in 2009 making it the perfect platform for software-as-a-service (SaaS) delivery. Serving content, applications and security in a centralized online environment will become the rage.  Buying computing resources a la carte will help companies control costs while attaining the security, performance, scalability and reliability required for the enterprise.  Consuming IT resources (connectivity, server and storage) on an as-needed basis will keep IT costs in control and eliminate the need, time and effort to outfit every desktop. Centralization will keep IT departments on top of their game in 2009.    360 Security  


Professionals will need to be security-conscious in and out of the office. Whether at home or on-the-go, security needs to be considered every step of the way.  Three hundred sixty-degree security, mandatory on any IT checklist, requires that the flow of data be protected in and out of the corporate network and through the extended enterprise of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees. Security will touch every endpoint, every device and every situation, both physical and logical. Home and office require equal protection as boundaries continue to blur.


Eco-Responsibility as Sound Business Strategy 


Companies will evaluate eco-responsibility along with their technology investments as part of an overall business strategy.  Corporate social responsibility is becoming increasingly important in how companies are viewed by their employees, customers and investors.  What’s good for the environment also happens to make good business sense.  According to “Smart 2020: Enabling the low carbon economy in the information age” published by The Climate Group, information communication technology (ICT) can reduce total global carbon emissions by 15 percent by the year 2020. If companies can reduce their energy consumption, they can also reduce their energy costs to gain a competitive advantage.  What’s more, savvy companies today are embracing the green initiative to get ahead of government and business mandates that will eventually force the issue.


Cutting Through the Compliance Clutter 


Compliance and regulatory oversight are here to stay. In 2009, expect more, not less, with IT in the hot seat for ensuring IT systems are fully compliant and all the right controls are in place. Enterprises should be prepared to be strategic, think innovatively and act decisively.  Professional services and Web-based dashboards that help track, monitor and enable controls for compliance will provide the foundation for companies looking to get it right.  These “smart” tools also will allow an organization to quickly review whether its partners, customers and suppliers, which form an extended network, are complying with relevant standards and regulations, a critical consideration in today’s increasingly connected world. 


“To these predictions,” concluded Gofus, “we will add one more: Businesses worldwide will need to be quick and nimble in the coming year. Those that leverage the benefits of technology to power their business objectives will weather the storm and become even stronger in the long run. Our expert staff is trained to help companies navigate these turbulent waters and deliver a comprehensive suite of integrated, secure communications and IT solutions, including managed and professional services that enable companies to focus on their core business.”     


About Verizon Business


Verizon Business, a unit of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ), is a global leader in communications and IT solutions. We combine professional expertise with the world’s most connected IP network to deliver award-winning communications, IT, information security and network solutions. We securely connect today’s extended enterprises of widespread and mobile customers, partners, suppliers and employees — enabling them to increase productivity and efficiency and help preserve the environment.  Many of the world’s largest businesses and governments — including 96 percent of the Fortune 1000 and thousands of government agencies and educational institutions — rely on our professional and managed services and network technologies to accelerate their business. Find out more at www.verizonbusiness.com. 


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