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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.

Road Runner Sports Selects XO Communications for Nationwide Converged Network Solution



Leading Sporting Goods Retailer Leverages XO IP Flex with VPN for 21-Site Converged IP Network to Drive Cost Savings, Deliver Scalability for Growth and Enable Future VoIP Platform


HERNDON, VA – March 18, 2009 – XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it has been selected to provide a nationwide converged wide area network solution for Road Runner Sports.  Road Runner Sports is recognized by fitness and sports enthusiasts as having the world’s largest selection of men’s and women’s running shoes, jogging shoes, running apparel and accessories for beginning runners to seasoned marathoners, cross-country runners and triathletes.


XO Communications will provide a fully managed converged IP voice and data solution connecting 21 Road Runner Sports locations across 10 states.  Road Runner Sports will utilize XO IP Flex with VPN, which combines the advantages of the award-winning XO IP Flex service and private data networking capabilities of XO MPLS IP-VPN into one, simple converged IP voice and data wide area networking solution.  The XO solution will help Road Runner Sports achieve improved cost-efficiencies by converging voice and data traffic over a single IP network infrastructure and create a more scalable, application-aware wide area network to support optimal performance for corporate applications, company databases, email, point of sale transactions and the company’s migration to Voice over IP (VoIP).


Prior to selecting XO Communications, Road Runner Sports had relied on numerous service providers and utilized different types of network access methods, including cable, DSL and T1-based services, which made management of its network time-consuming and costly.  By consolidating its nationwide locations and voice and data on one network with XO Communications, Road Runner Sports estimates the XO solution will help reduce network and administration costs.


“We needed a provider that could serve our nationwide retail locations and deliver a solution that provides increased performance while helping us operate more efficiently,” said Dan Kelly, vice president of information technology at Road Runner Sports.  “XO Communications met all of our requirements, and we are delighted to partner with them for the years to come.”


“The solution XO designed for Road Runner Sports is a perfect example of how XO’s nationwide reach and advanced IP services portfolio can help enterprises with distributed locations simplify their networks while improving network performance,” said Brad Boddicker, sales vice president for the west region at XO Communications.  “XO has delivered a cost-effective solution that seamlessly connects all of their locations through an efficient, managed network so that Road Runner Sports can focus on their core business, knowing their network can scale easily to support future growth.”


XO IP Flex with VPN

XO IP Flex with VPN is the perfect solution for multi-location businesses with remote or smaller sites that require private networks with voice, data, and Internet access.  XO IP Flex with VPN offers integrated local, long distance, data networking, Internet services and XO Anywhere for unified communications on a secure, private IP MPLS network with Class of Service capabilities.  In addition, with XO’s bandwidth-based pricing, customers can select a port speed and calling plan sized to fit their business needs, and a flexible, intelligent, and managed network-based solution that offers more bandwidth for the dollar, faster application deployment, and lower network operating costs than traditional wide area networking services.


For more information about XO IP Flex with VPN, XO MPLS IP-VPN, XO IP Flex or other XO services go to www.xo.com, or contact an XO sales representative by calling (866) 349-0134.


About Road Runner Sports


Road Runner Sports, founded in San Diego, California, in 1983, provides fitness and sports enthusiasts the world’s largest selection of men’s and women’s running shoes, jogging shoes, running apparel and accessories to everyone from beginning runners to seasoned marathoners, cross-country runners and triathletes. Customers shop in a fun, friendly environment for running and walking gear from the biggest names in running such as Asics, New Balance, Nike, Saucony, adidas, Brooks and more. Road Runner Sports has retail stores in Scottsdale and Tempe, Arizona; Concord, Costa Mesa, Laguna Hills, San Carlos, San Diego, Thousand Oaks, Torrance, and West Hills, California; Westminster, Colorado; Naperville, Illinois; Columbia, Maryland; North Brunswick, Paramus, and Shrewsbury, New Jersey; Columbus, Ohio; Tualatin, Oregon; Falls Church, Virginia; and Kent and Seattle, Washington.  For more information about Road Runner Sports, visit http://www.roadrunnersports.com.


About XO Communications


XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers.  Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators.  Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States.  For more information, visit www.xo.com.


Media Contacts:

Chad Couser/XO Communications

T: 703-547-2746

chad.couser@xo.com


Courtney Harper

Reputation Partners (for XO Communications)

T: 312-819-5722

courtney@reputationpartners.com

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BSO Communication Selects the Ekinops 360 Dynamic Multi-Reach Transport platform to reinforce its service offering

Paris – 17 March 2009 – Ekinops, a leading provider of next generation solutions for metro, regional and long-haul optical transport and aggregation, has been chosen by next generation operator BSO Communication to provide optimized optical transport solutions for their network.


In addition to typical transport applications, BSO Communication was interested in a capability that would allow it to differentiate its service offerings to customers from those offered by other service providers. Upon BSO Communication’s request, Ekinops was able to deliver the capability to offer rate-managed 10Gig (10 gigabit per second) services and full rate GigE (Gigabit Ethernet) services over the same 10Gig wavelength. This enables BSO Communication to offer tailored services, while utilizing network bandwidth efficiently.


Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops’ innovative dynamic and programmable transport-on-a-chip technology at the heart of its 360 platform, the implementation of this differentiated and unique service offering has been a success, done in record time, allowing BSO Communication to be responsive to customer needs.


BSO Communication is the first Next Generation Operator to provide network solutions, integration services, and web hosting to its customers. With strong growth, BSO Communication is today present in more than 10 countries: France, Great Britain, Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, the United States, and Hong Kong (China). For BSO Communication – in addition to allowing for the delivery of new and unique services quickly – the Ekinops 360 transport system architecture, based on the T-Chip technology, provides the highest standard of reliability.


BSO Communication will be using the Ekinops 360 platform for:

- Implementation of an Ethernet WDM transport network

- Equipment interconnection in its four major data centers located in the Paris area

- Transport of 10 Gbps signals in those data centers


“As a Next Generation Operator, our customers expect the highest level of flexibility from us in providing them with services that meet their needs. Efficient and unique use of our network bandwidth allows us to better respond to this customer demand,” said Frederic Dhieux, Technical Manager at BSO Communication. “With the Ekinops 360 platform, our major objective was to optimize the use of the bandwidth in our network while bringing a 10Gbps connection to our customers”.


 “The flexibility brought by the Ekinops 360 platform and this new 10 Gbps multi-service capability enabled BSO Communication to differentiate itself in the market, thanks to a significant cost advantage resulting from improved management of services to clients across the board,” said Sebastien Bernard, Sales Director of Northern Europe for Ekinops.


Ekinops developed this project in record time, two months, added Bernard. “Thanks to the T-Chip, Ekinops was able to deploy the technology extremely rapidly compared with what other equipment manufacturers could have done,” he emphasized.


“We are pleased that our T-Chip technology has once again allowed us to quickly deliver market differentiating capability for our customers,” added Rob Adams, Vice President of Global Marketing for Ekinops. “The dynamic nature of the T-Chip allows us to respond quickly to our customers’ needs and provides them with a level of comfort that the Ekinops 360 platform will be able to keep them ahead of their peers when it comes to new, innovative, and cost-effective service offerings.”

About Ekinops

Ekinops is a leading designer and supplier of optical transport equipment for service providers and enterprise networks. Our CWDM, DWDM and aggregation solutions are used by major carriers to build Metro, Regional and Long Haul networks. Ekinops’ optical transport platform relies on an innovative, programmable architecture that substantially lowers the cost of building high speed optical networks. Using Ekinops’ 360 carrier-grade products, operators can increase transport capacity over Fiber, CWDM, DWDM, SONET/SDH and IP networks. The company is headquartered in Lannion, France, with sales offices in Europe and the US and a representative office in Singapore. More information about Ekinops is available at www.ekinops.net

About BSO Communication

BSO Communication is the leading Global Next Generation Operator (NGO), founded in 2004. BSO Communication provides Network Services and Infrastructure, Hosting and Managed Services. BSO Communication, has built its own Global Network, which is scalable and flexible to meet the demands of companies, now and the future. Customers rely on BSO Communication to deliver the higher performance they need from their telecommunications services, our extensive, secure and reliable network does just that.

At the heart of our history, has been a constant commitment to providing excellent customer service and reliability. We’re proud of the fact that our many customers trust and rely on BSO Communication to deliver their mission critical telecommunications services. Although only 4 years old, BSO Communication has an impressive customer base, that includes France Television, Musiwave, Tiscali & Virgin.


Contact:

Ekinops 

Dominique Arestan 

Marketing Communications Director 

Tel: +33 (0)1 49 97 04 03 

Mobile: +33 (0)6 42 10 95 05

darestan@ekinops.net 


BSO Communication

Sophie Artonne

Head of Communication

Tel: +33 (0)1 77 36 10 00

Sophie.artonne@bsocom.com

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Agito Networks Named “Cool Vendor” by Leading Analyst Firm

Vendors Selected for the “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications” Report are Innovative, Impactful and Intriguing


SANTA CLARA, Calif. – March 17, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has been included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in the “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009” report (Bern Elliot, et al., March 12, 2009) by Gartner, Inc. 


According to the Gartner, Inc., report, “Unified communications (UC) technology is evolving rapidly, and many new and innovative solutions are appearing.  Enterprises struggle to bring new, useful UC solutions to their diverse user bases, while containing costs and leveraging existing infrastructure and application investments.  Enterprises are finally taking cell phones seriously and want to incorporate them into their telephony systems.” 1


“We are excited to have been named to Gartner’s ‘Cool Vendor’ listing,” said Pejman Roshan, Agito Networks vice president of marketing and product management.  “We believe this is confirmation of our differentiated approach to enterprise mobile convergence, which integrates location and other innovations in effectively mobilizing UC applications, while supporting the broadest set enterprise infrastructure and mobile devices.  We believe that the enterprises we sell into greatly value Gartner’s opinion of vendors, so this listing is significant to us as we rapidly expand in 2009.”


Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router uniquely fuses WiFi, cellular, IP telephony, and location information, improving the accessibility and responsiveness of mobile workers, while drastically reducing mobile costs (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  RoamAnywhere mobilizes voice and unified communications for enterprises of all sizes, extending PBX and deskphone features to mobile phones.  In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading handover between WiFi and cellular networks to reduce cellular costs and improve in-building coverage.  Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support.  It works with all cellular network technology, and natively integrates with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores.


 About Gartner’s Cool Vendors Selection Process


Gartner’s listing does not constitute an exhaustive list of vendors in any given technology area, but rather is designed to highlight interesting, new and innovative vendors, products and services.  Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness of a particular purpose.


Gartner defines a cool vendor as a company that offers technologies or solutions that are: Innovative, enable users to do things they couldn’t do before; Impactful, have, or will have, business impact (not just technology for the sake of technology); Intriguing, have caught Gartner’s interest or curiosity in approximately the past six months.


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was included in the list of “Cool Vendors” in Gartner’s “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009” report, and was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has also received numerous industry awards, including being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK, and earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines.  Agito’s CTO was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


 ### Note 1:  Gartner, Inc., “Cool Vendors in Unified Communications, 2009,” Bern Elliot, et al., March 12, 2009. Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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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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Media Contact:

Marisa Marzano

Big Sky Communications

(705) 484-5105

marisa@bigskypr.com

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Agito Networks Announces European Availability of its Enterprise-Grade Mobile Convergence Products for Enhanced Mobile UC

European Presence Headed by Former Juniper Networks EMEA VP to Provide Customers with Improved Mobile Voice and Unified Communications, Expanded Wireless Coverage and Reduced Mobile Costs


READING, UK – March 9, 2009 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering new technology in enterprise mobility, today announced the availability of its award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router in Europe.  The RoamAnywhere Mobility Router is the industry’s most powerful enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) product, purpose built for enterprises to help them increase mobile worker productivity while reducing mobile costs.


Agito Networks has also announced the appointment of Paul Donovan, former VP, EMEA – Global, Strategic and Verticals for Juniper Networks, as its Vice President of European Business and Market Development.


Agito Networks’ award-winning RoamAnywhere Mobility Router enables enterprises of all sizes to drastically reduce their mobile expenses with dynamic least cost routing and use of VoIP over WLAN.  The Agito solution extends IP Telephony and Unified Communications capabilities to mobile phones, providing mobile workers with their deskphone and desktop UC capabilities anywhere, ensuring greater productivity and enabling collaboration inside and outside the office.  The Agito solution accomplishes this by uniquely fusing WiFi, mobile carrier networks, IP telephony, and location information, operating on any and all mobile carrier networks, and natively integrating with enterprises’ existing equipment, including WLAN infrastructure and directory stores (http://www.agitonetworks.com/products).  In addition, RoamAnywhere provides industry-leading <100 ms, automatic handover between WiFi and the mobile network to reduce mobile costs and improve in-building coverage.  Purpose-built for the enterprise, RoamAnywhere uniquely offers high availability, redundancy, security, enterprise scalability, and the industry’s broadest mobile handset and IP-PBX support.


 Agito offers the broadest handset and PBX support of any solution in the space, including European support for Alcatel and Shortel PBXs in addition to existing support for Cisco, Avaya, Microsoft, Nortel and Asterisk IP-PBXs.  It has qualified support for more than 35 different types of handsets from Nokia and those running Windows Mobile 6 Standard and Professional operating systems.  Unlike other eFMC solutions that require enterprises to tamper with their enterprise route plans and desk phones during deployment, Agito, with its line-side capabilities, integrates seamlessly into existing customer networks, requiring no changes to the ecosystem.   


“In a lot of enterprises, people are using their mobile phone as their primary phone, instead of their deskphone,” said Gaetan Claeys, Business Development Manager Mobility at Dimension Data.  “Many companies today are thinking of using dual mode phones and are looking for a solution such as Agito to reduce and better control cellular charges and roaming charges, save money by not having to buy deskphones for some users, and improve reachability of users.  Agito’s solution will help our customers better control and reduce their cellular charges while offering to end users enterprise-class features on their mobile device.  As a network integrator with strong expertise in both wireless technology and unified communications, we are now uniquely positioned in the market to provide our customers with complete enterprise mobile telephony solutions.”


 RoamAnywhere offers European customers Dynamic Least Cost Routing, which uses patent-pending algorithms to determine how best to route mobile calls, enterprise calls and country-to-country calls, resulting in significant savings.  For global workforces, RoamAnywhere intelligently re-directs international calls through the enterprise PBX with no user involvement, reducing international charges by a factor of 10 or more in most cases.  For in-building “corridor warriors” and telecommuters, the Mobility Router intelligently routes business calls through high-quality home, hotspot or enterprise Wi-Fi networks, off-loading mobile minutes from cellular to the WLAN. 


Among other features, Agito’s RoamAnywhere introduces into Europe Secure Remote Voice, a first-of-its-kind capability that addresses the challenges of poor in-building mobile coverage outside the enterprise by delivering a secure voice over WLAN (VoWLAN) connection from Wi-Fi networks in homes, hotels and public hotspots.   While other solutions send VoIP traffic unencrypted over the Internet, the RoamAnywhere client uses an application-layer SSL connection to secure VoWLAN from non-enterprise networks.  Users can now realize the cost savings for international roaming as well as enhanced voice quality that VoWLAN provides, in addition to the increased responsiveness of having enterprise PBX connectivity, in a simple-to-use, secure solution.  Secure Remote Voice supports all of Agito’s industry-leading capabilities remotely, including sub-100ms secure handover between Wi-Fi and mobile carrier networks, and access to corporate directories – all without a mobile data plan, which other solutions require.


“Agito is the most scalable and redundant solution that I’ve seen on the market,” said Mr. Claeys.  “It uses proactive handover techniques while most other solutions are only reactive, and the local routing capabilities are very important for companies looking to reduce cellular charges.  It has a very beautiful product interface which is easy to configure, easy to use, and provides a lot of monitoring capabilities.  In addition to the unique Secure Remote Voice functionality, what impresses me the most about Agito is that the system was easy to setup and all IP-PBX features were working in a minute.”


“Agito Networks has garnered its share of industry accolades and customer traction in the U.S., and I’m seeing significant interest from European end users and channel partners alike,” said Mr. Donovan.  “Mobile operators have yet to solve their issues with FMC or deliver enterprise mobility to their customers, paving the way for Agito.  I’m excited to join the company and benefit from the clear greenfield opportunities here in Europe to deliver robust enterprise convergence mobilizing enterprises’ unified communications and voice applications.”


 Pricing and Availability


Pricing for the RoamAnywhere solution starts at approximately £ 6,960 for the 2000 Series and £ 19,150 for the 4000 Series.  It is available today directly and through leading UK-based channel partners.  Contact Agito Networks at http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


 About Paul Donovan


Paul Donovan joins Agito with more than 20 years of successful sales and management experience in the European IT industry.  Previously, Mr. Donovan was the VP, EMEA – Global, Strategic and Verticals for Juniper Networks, where he was responsible for leading key Global, Strategic accounts and Vertical business development across the EMEA theater.  Prior to that, he led Juniper’s UK/I/ZA (United Kingdom, Ireland and South Africa) enterprise business, showing double-digit quarterly growth while in the role for two years, and building a world-class team. He joined Juniper through the acquisition of Neoteris, where he was the VP of EMEA Sales, growing the category-leading business at almost 100% quarterly, for six quarters.


Previously, Mr. Donovan worked at Hewlett Packard, where he ran the Performance Management business for EMEA and Asia Pacific. He joined HP through its acquisition of Trinagy, where as VP of International Sales he grew the business from zero to more than 30 percent of worldwide revenues.  During this time, the International team was the fastest growing sales region in the company and achieved in excess of 100 percent growth annually.  Mr. Donovan was also a key member of the integration team following the merger.  Prior to Trinagy, Mr. Donovan worked at 3Com where he led major accounts sales.


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced mobile costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over mobile usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines, and being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs by InfoWorld.  With Corporate Headquarters in Santa Clara, Calif., and European presence in Reading, England, the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


### Agito Networks and RoamAnywhere are trademarks of Agito Networks, Inc.

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IXIA LAUNCHES INDUSTRY-LEADING VOIP TESTING WITH THE ABILITY TO EMULATE UP TO ONE MILLION CONCURRENT ENDPOINTS

Advanced Subscriber Modeling Allows Real-World, Carrier Grade, Class 5 VoIP Switch Emulation to Deliver Full Performance Testing for Large Scale VoIP Devices and Networks 


Calabasas, California (March 4, 2009) Ixia, a leading supplier of IP test systems, today announced the next generation in residential and business VoIP testing. With its ultra-high performance, IxLoadâ„¢ Voice matches the capacity of modern media gateways with an unprecedented 1 million SIP- and RTP-based endpoints per chassis – five times the capacity of its nearest competing product. Ixia’s new Acceleronâ„¢-XP load module implements voice protocols with hardware to reach these major capacity milestones.


IxLoad tests VoIP network components, including IP-based PBXs, softswitches, call managers, session border controllers, and media gateways, using highly realistic scenarios involving multiple voice protocols, complex calling sequences, and triple-play mixes of voice, video and data traffic. IxLoad’s unique subscriber modeling emulates user communities that vary in service usage and timing. This approach yields performance results that accurately predict live-network capacity – allowing service providers to correctly provision their networks. Ixia supports all of the essential VoIP signaling and transmission protocols, including SIP, RTP, SCCP, MGCP, H.323, and H.248 – with complex call flows and Class 5 features.


After many years of isolated, small-scale consumer and business roll-outs, VoIP deployments have finally gone mainstream. Infonetics Research forecasts a 25% compound aggregate growth in residential and SOHO hosted VoIP subscribers through 2011, when they are expected to number over 187 million. To meet this growing demand, network equipment manufacturers must deliver VoIP devices that can handle more calls and a complex array of protocols and services. Both network equipment manufacturers and converged service providers of all sizes need to verify the performance and interoperability of new VoIP devices and networks, ensuring that they can handle complex, heavy VoIP traffic loads. 


“VoIP protocols and technology may be well understood, but there are a host of potential problems when a high number of calls are mixed with large volumes of data and video traffic,” said Anupam Sahai, vice president of marketing at Ixia. “We developed our Acceleron-XP, VQM modules and IxLoad test application to emulate city-scale communities of real-world users – allowing our customers to discover and solve their device and network problems before their customers do.”


IxLoad emulates and tests security and network infrastructure protocols, including IPSec, PPP, DHCP and multiple forms of authentication. Voice call security is also supported by SIP/TLS and SRTP. Ixia’s VQM support module delivers real-time evaluation of end-user quality of experience (QoE), such as PESQ scores for 300 simultaneous calls – making it unnecessary to wait for time-consuming, post-test analysis. IxLoad facilitates rapid testing, refinement, troubleshooting and automation to maximize testing productivity.


“VoIP services have already been widely adopted by consumers and SOHOs, but we expect the next growth in adoption to come from SMBs.” said Matthias Machowinski, analyst at Infonetics. “For them, service reliability and voice quality will be key buying criteria. With Ixia’s new IxLoad Voice, service providers can comprehensively test their networks before they ramp up these high value subscribers, so that there are no surprises when subscribers are turned up.”


Ixia’s single platform approach, with a range of interfaces and targeted test applications, allows network equipment manufacturers, service providers and enterprises to ensure the quality and performance for all of their devices – individually and in combination. Ixia’s test applications cover conformance, performance, automation and live-network maintenance. Ixia’s IxRave provides service verification of deployed VoIP and other networks with active testing; its unique testing and mapping facility ensures VoIP problems are quickly isolated to a geographical area or home.


With Ixia’s IxLoad Voice, NEMs bring their products to market faster, and service providers and enterprises can be sure that their deployments meet their capacity and responsiveness needs. IxLoad Voice allows service providers to evaluate components and provision their networks with confidence – eliminating expensive network degradation and down-time. IxLoad Voice is available immediately and will be demonstrated at IPTV World Forum in London from March 23rd to the 25th, in stand #34.


About Ixia Ixia is a leading supplier of test, measurement and service verification solutions to Internet equipment manufacturers, carriers, service providers, government agencies and enterprises. Ixia’s platform is used to test IP networking equipment of all types and sizes, with powerful and flexible test applications that handle the widest range of Internet usage – from routing and switching to converged applications traffic to validating the service quality of live networks and services. Ixia’s multiplay test solutions are acknowledged as the market leader – addressing the growing need to test voice, video, and data services and network capability under real-world conditions.


Ixia, IxLoad and the Ixia four-petal logo are registered trademarks or trademarks of Ixia. Other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


This material is for informational purposes only and subject to change without notice. It describes Ixia’s present plans to develop and make available to its customers certain products, features and capabilities. Ixia is only obligated to provide those deliverables specifically included in a written agreement between Ixia and the customer.

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Virtual PBX Reports Seventh Straight Year of Record Profit, Revenue and Growth in Customer Base

Strong demand from small and mid-size firms for cost-effective, professional-grade phone service leads to triple the rate of new customer signups


Virtual PBX®, the inventor and leading supplier of hosted business phone services, posted another record year for profit, revenue and growth in its customer base in 2008. The company has now achieved seven straight years of year-over-year increases in these key metrics, as more small and mid-size businesses choose Virtual PBX for its innovative and cost-effective approach to PBX services.


Rather than the slowdown in sales recorded by numerous technology suppliers, Virtual PBX experienced strong results, especially in the second half of 2008. It achieved more than triple the number of new customer signups in 2008, compared to the same period a year ago. In fact, each month from August 2008 through January 2009, the company has recorded a new high in the number of customers purchasing its service. Virtual PBX also received four awards for its innovation and industry leadership in 2008.


“Businesses know they need professional communications to keep customers happy and attract prospects, but in this current economic slump, this service becomes even more critical,” said

Paul Hammond, CEO of Virtual PBX. “Our hosted PBX service allows cash-strapped small and mid-size businesses to deliver a professional and responsive phone experience with virtually no upfront capital cost and low ongoing expense. Our users are able to increase productivity and stay connected no matter where their business takes them, with a basic system starting at just $9.99 a month. Virtual PBX delivers the most cost-effective mainstream hosted PBX service on the market – not only do we eliminate the need for expensive hardware and software, but every package includes free minutes and has no setup fees.”


A hosted PBX service provides customers with advanced phone answering and call routing features typically reserved for pricey Fortune 500 type setups. With Virtual PBX, customers don’t have the expense of purchasing PBX hardware or the added costs of installation, ongoing maintenance and support. Virtual PBX was the first company to bring this service to market, and in November 2008, it became the first mainstream hosted PBX provider to embrace open VoIP peering standards as well. This award-winning approach lets customers mix and match a VoIP network, softphone and handset to best meet their needs for features, cost and reliability. Clients can also choose VoIP calls for cost savings or traditional phone service (PSTN) for calls to landlines or cellular phones, or enable both and let the system automatically send calls via the most appropriate method.


In addition to releasing very competitive new pricing packages and support for open VoIP peering in 2008, Virtual PBX added the following capabilities that make the service even easier to use:

• Virtual PBX Configuration Wizard, which allows businesses to easily customize and configure their phone systems in just a few minutes, in contrast to competitive offerings that can take an hour or more;

• Virtual PBX Google Gadget, which lets employees switch call routing between their desk, mobile or home phone instantly from within Google’s popular iGoogle framework;

• Virtual PBX Voicemail Interrupt, which gives clients more control over voice messaging than is possible with standard business phone systems by allowing users to listen to messages as they are being left by the caller;

• Virtual PBX SmartIDâ„¢, which goes beyond the standard Caller ID function and adds customizable digital displays and verbal information about the purpose and nature of each call; and

• Virtual PBX Recording Manager, which helps Virtual PBX customers maintain and manage

a library of automated greetings used to answer incoming phone calls.


Virtual PBX customers also appreciate the company’s innovative approach to advanced call distribution (ACD). Virtual PBX TrueACDâ„¢ offers the most sophisticated ACD capabilities of any hosted PBX provider, as callers do not need to know the extension of the person they are trying to reach. Employees or call center agents log into a queue group and can answer calls for a specific department, such as Sales or Customer Support. The system supports skills-based routing, even load distribution, self-managed agent presence, queue optimization and overflow queues, custom on-hold information and real-time monitoring. More information can be found at Virtual PBX’s TrueACD Queuing.


About Virtual PBX

Virtual PBX believes you never get a second chance to make a good first impression – especially when it comes to serving your customers. Our hosted PBX phone service gives small and growing businesses a professional, fully automated call answering and routing solution that can be up and running in a matter of minutes. Forget the hassles and costs of buying and maintaining your own PBX hardware. With Virtual PBX, your employees, whether in one location or far-flung, can focus on serving your customers while we provide the advanced features and responsiveness that give you a competitive edge. We also offer a backup phone service to ensure your business stays up and running should disaster strike. For more information on how your business can benefit from our innovation and passionate commitment to great customer service, visit us on the Web at www.virtualpbx.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

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