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CALTRANS and California Highway Patrol Utilize Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies for Life-Saving Fog Pilot Project

CALTRANS and California Highway Patrol Utilize Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies for Life-Saving Fog Pilot Project

Integrated Weather Detection and Traffic Safety System to Reduce Deadly Accidents Caused by Fog and Extreme Weather

Proxim Wireless Corporation (NASDAQ: PRXM),a leading provider of end-to-end broadband wireless systems that deliver the quadruple play, today announced that the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) and California Highway Patrol (CHP) are utilizing technology from Proxim Wireless and ICx Technologies (NASDAQ: ICXT) for an innovative system designed to reduce the frequency and severity of car crashes caused by fog and extreme weather. The Fog Pilot project is a comprehensive fog and reduced-speed warning system that will help protect motorists along a 12-mile stretch of freeway along State Route (SR) 99 in California’s Central Valley. This particular stretch of freeway is notorious for dangerous fog conditions, and was the site of a deadly 86-car collision in November of 2007.

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The combination of harsh fog conditions and irresponsible driving often result in deadly multi-vehicle accidents along this stretch of road, said Central Division CHP Chief Jim Abrames. This system will play a key role in identifying and alerting drivers to dangerous conditions, empowering them with the information necessary to take precaution and, ultimately, to save lives.

As fog conditions increase in severity, traffic speeds tend to decrease rapidly. When you combine the rapid decrease in traffic speeds with decreased visibility, it makes it easy for faster traffic coming into heavy fog zones to collide with the slower traffic that they cannot see. The Fog Pilot system keeps drivers updated on upcoming speeds and visibility conditions in advance, so that drivers can slow down and adjust their driving as necessary.

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The Fog Pilot system, which was completed at the end of the year and is now operational, integrates multiple technologies including weather detection stations, microwave vehicle/motion detectors, visibility sensors, closed circuit television (CCTV) cameras and changeable message signs. All of these components communicate and are connected wirelessly via Proxim’s Tsunami™ MP.11 5054 base stations and 5012 subscriber units, which utilize high performance, license-free WiMAX technology to wirelessly transmit the large amount of data generated by the multiple components. All of this data and all of the components in the system are centrally managed and controlled by ICx’s Cameleon ITS Transportation Management Software, which ties everything together into one integrated system. ICx worked closely with Moonblink Communications, a value added distributor focused on wireless technologies, to identify the technologies that would best serve this project.

A total of 21 weather sensors, traffic sensors placed every quarter mile, and a series of CCTV cameras all detect and gather a great deal of information including the severity of the fog, driver visibility, amount of traffic, traffic speeds and more. All of this information is then fed back to the Cameleon software via Proxim’s wireless radios, which are centrally managed via Proxim’s network management system, ProximVision ES. The Cameleon software then utilizes the data to create the warnings and updates that are communicated to drivers via the large changeable message signs, which are placed every half mile.

The key to driver safety, however, is how fast these alerts can be delivered to drivers. The Fog Pilot system uses advanced automation technology that can process and deliver the weather warnings automatically to drivers. The high performance and low latency of Proxim’s wireless technology enables these automated alerts to be processed and delivered to drivers in under 30 seconds.

We have complete confidence that this system will both reduce accidents and save lives during the winter fog season, said CALTRANS District 6 Director, Malcolm X. Dougherty. Our $12 million investment in this system will be well worth it if it can help save even one life.

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Fanfare’s Greg Fairbanks to Speak at CeBIT 2009

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. February 24, 2009 Fanfare, delivering innovative testing solutions to service providers (SPs) and network equipment manufacturers (NEMs), today announced that Greg Fairbanks, Fanfare’s director of product marketing, will be speaking at IPCentral@CeBIT 2009. The show takes place from March 3-8, 2009, in Hannover, Germany.

SPs and NEMs are building next-generation networks, and testing is critical to meet quality objectives and rollout dates. Testing now must be performed at both the device and the network level to ensure interoperability and maximum performance. Greg will discuss how system testing is helping carriers to differentiate themselves at a time when subscribers have little or no tolerance for service interruptions, the economy is in a downturn, and the prevalence of new and complex service offerings further complicates the testing landscape.

WHO: Greg Fairbanks, Director, Product Marketing, Fanfare

WHAT: IPCentral@CeBIT
http://www.hfusa.com/cebit_ipcentral

WHEN: Tuesday, March 3, 2:15-2:45 p.m.

WHERE: Hannover Fairgrounds, Hannover, Germany
Hall 13, Stand D37

To arrange an interview with Greg, please contact:

Marisa Marzano
Big Sky Communications
705-484-5105
marisa@bigskypr.com

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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Enhance Technology Unveils the New Multi-drive Backplane Storage Enclosures

The Next Generation StorPack T Series with the New T-Tray & Built-in Cooling Fan

For Immediate Release

Santa Fe Springs, CA. February 23, 2009 – Enhance technology has introduced the new StorPack S23T/S34T/S35T Series which unleash the new black & silver TeraStor Series T-shaped tray design that takes advantage of the embedded light pipes to the backplane for LED signals and added rear cooling fan for better performance.

The new Enhance Technology’s StorPack T Series comes with multiple removable drives trays, allowing users to add drives or increasing capacity as needed in just a few steps.Constructed in black aluminum material with ultra-quiet cooling fan module and excellent front to back vent airflow,the new StorPack T Series provides best heat dissipation required for high performance SAS and high capacity SATA drives.

The new StorPack T Series is a high density multi-disk storage backplane that allows multiple low-profile SAS or SATA hard disk drives tobe mounted on the server or external disk array enclosures. It has individual keylock for each hard disk for added security for mission critical applications andis designed to be conveniently removed or hot-swapped as required by user applications, allowing users to add drives or increasing capacity as needed effortlessly.

The new StorPack TSeries is OS transparent; consequently,it can be employed innumerous applications in a wide range offields.The new StorPack S23T/S34T/S35T Series is designed for JBOD or RAID applications, Data Protection or Disk-to-Disk Backup,SOHO orSMEs with limit HDD trays, Digital Audio Recording, Digital Video Editing (DV, SD or HD), Security Surveillance, and Industrial Embedded Computing.

About Enhance Technology Inc.

Founded in 1997, Enhance Technology designs and manufactures high performance storage systems and products for the digital content creations, medical imaging, security surveillance, and IT market spaces. Headquartered in Santa Fe Springs, California with Asia branch in Taipei Taiwan, Enhance Technology has become a world leader in hybrid I/O storage design and development. For more information about Enhance Technology Inc. or the new StorPack T Series, please visit www.enhance-tech.com or call 1-866-537-5140.

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Media Contact:

Steven Huang

Enhance Technology, Inc.

562-777-3488

steven@enhance-tech.com

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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 SmartID™, 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 TrueACD™ 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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Virtual PBX, TruACD and SmartID are trademarks of VirtualPBX.com, Inc. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

Media Contacts:
Kenn Durrence
The Hoffman Agency
(408) 975-3097
virtualpbxpr@hoffman.com

Greg Brashier
COO
VirtualPBX.com, Inc.
(888) 825-0800 x333
greg.brashier@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

XO Communications Enlisted by Infobahn Outfitters, Inc. to Supply High Speed IP Transit Service in Less than One Week

Response to Urgent Holiday Request Enabled Infobahn Outfitters to Provide Increased IP Capacity within Guaranteed Timeline

HERNDON, VA - Feb. 11, 2009 - XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it is providing high-speed, low-latency Gigabit Ethernet IP transit service to Infobahn Outfitters, Inc., a full-service Internet provider delivering network access and IP services to eight western Illinois-based telephone companies. XO was selected based upon the company’s proven ability to rapidly implement service without sacrificing quality or performance - a critical need identified by Infobahn Outfitters at a challenging time.

We received word just before the holidays that our current provider couldn’t meet our end-of-year timeline for increasing IP capacity, and that’s when we turned to XO for help, said Jeff Calhoun, Infobahn Outfitters CEO. I was astounded by the turnaround. I knew XO was good, but this was even more amazing considering hectic holiday schedules.

Following an e-mail request from Infobahn Outfitters on Christmas Eve, XO worked quickly to put together an agreement and sales order by the morning of December 30. The order was immediately dispatched to service provisioning, which installed the high-speed, increased-capacity service by mid-afternoon on December 31.

XO and its talented, committed employees understand that our customers’ needs for Internet and communications access don’t end when weekends or holidays begin, said Don MacNeil, vice president of XO Carrier Services Sales Operations. Our company prides itself on offering unparalleled, unwavering customer service, and we appreciate any opportunity to demonstrate it – this time by helping a new customer improve and expand upon its network offerings.

Through XO’s agreement with Infobahn Outfitters, customers in urban and rural areas of western Illinois will have access to a higher-quality, cost-efficient Internet experience unencumbered by bandwidth capacity limitations. As the demand for such service grows and efforts to reach rural America strengthen, XO is well-positioned to assist carriers requiring the flexibility and scalability necessary to quickly meet their IP transit needs. The company recently announced a major upgrade of its nationwide IP network that triples its network capacity, setting the stage for XO to provide the next generation of IP services to its customers like Infobahn Outfitters.

Next-Generation IP Network
XO’s High Speed IP Transit service provides cable companies, online content providers, enterprises, and domestic and international telecommunications companies with fast, reliable Internet backbone access without the cost of building and managing a Tier 1 network. Along with multiple bandwidth options and robust peering arrangements, XO High Speed IP Transit service provides: Fast Ethernet, Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet Service options; Full port or burstable billing options; Service Level Agreements; and Direct connectivity to high-valued content and access destinations on the Internet.

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 Contact:
Cassidy Neveux

Reputation Partners (for XO Communications)

312-819-5720

cassidy@reputationpartners.com


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RAD Data Communications and Ipanema Technologies Join Forces to Bring High-Margin Application-Aware Services to Existing IP and Ethernet VPNs

Co-Developing Joint System to Provide a Larger Universe of Enterprise Users
with Integrated VPN Optimization Solution and Quality of Experience Guarantees

MAHWAH, New Jersey, and FONTENAY-AUX-ROSES, France, February 9, 2009 – RAD Data Communications, the leading international manufacturer of intelligent access devices, and Ipanema Technologies, the leader in application traffic management systems for wide-area networks (WANs), have announced plans to co-develop a joint system for enhancing added value services in Layer 3 and Layer 2 VPNs while laying the foundation for future business services. This cooperative solution will be based on RAD’s intelligent customer premises equipment and Ipanema’s Autonomic Networking System (incorporating advanced application-awareness capabilities).

The joint product offering will pave the way for service providers to extend existing WAN optimization services to more IP VPN enterprise sites, as well as assure end-to-end application performance guarantees over increasingly popular Ethernet VPNs. The integration of these two best-of-breed components into a unified platform is also expected to deliver significant OpEx reduction gains for service providers.

Building on RAD and Ipanema’s respective market leadership, the R&D and commercial partnership will make end-to-end network control and optimization as well as Quality of Experience guarantees an affordable reality for deployment at all of the enterprise VPN’s customer sites, explains Dr. Daniel Kofman, Chief Technology Officer at RAD Data Communications. Service providers will not only be able to roll out higher-margin, added value services for both IP and Ethernet services, but will also benefit from better management of their network resources.

Moreover, this unique solution will help usher in a new era of business process-centric (instead of network-centric) business-aware VPN services, which are ‘technology agnostic,’ sparing end users from the network complexity and technological diversity of L3 and L2 network connectivity.

This collaborative effort is of strategic importance for both Ipanema Technologies and RAD because it places our companies in the forefront of industry efforts to address the critical challenge of offering application-based managed service capabilities for end-to-end network optimization, applications performance control and application SLAs, notes Thierry Grenot, CTO at Ipanema Technologies. The partnership represents a natural evolution for our industry leading solutions for IP VPN, logically expanding their scope into a broader market and easily accelerating the deployment of highly affordable value-added services in the near-term.

The RAD-Ipanema system concept has already been validated by several of the world’s leading Tier 1 carriers and trials are now being scheduled for 2009. In addition, the companies are working closely with telecom operators and the managed service provider community to define the business services of the future.

About RAD
Established in 1981, privately owned RAD Data Communications has achieved international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality access equipment for data communications and telecommunications applications. These solutions serve the data and voice access requirements of service providers, incumbent and new carriers, and enterprise networks, by reducing infrastructure investment costs while boosting competitiveness and profitability. The company’s installed base exceeds 10,000,000 units and includes more than 150 carriers and operators around the world. These customers are supported by 21 RAD offices and more than 300 channel partners in 164 countries. RAD is a member of the RAD Group of companies, a world leader in networking and internetworking product solutions. RAD Data Communications site: www.rad.com

About Ipanema Technologies
Ipanema develops next-generation solutions for application traffic management and WAN optimization, which drastically improve the quality of user experience. Ipanema’s Autonomic Networking System brings intelligence to the network, enabling enterprises to align the network with their business objectives dynamically. The Ipanema Autonomic Networking System is designed to manage up to very large enterprise Wide Area Networks (WANs). It empowers enterprises, telecom operators and network service providers to go Beyond the Network™. With Ipanema’s Autonomic Networking System, you can create repeatable and industrialized application-SLA based services that bring the best benefits with the lowest Total Cost of Ownership (TCO): intelligent visibility, intelligent optimization and intelligent acceleration. Ipanema is used extensively by many large telecom operators as well as by large multinationals across all market segments, including banking and finance, public sector, energy, pharmaceuticals, automobile, IT and so on. For more information go to www.ipanematech.com

Press Contacts
Bob Eliaz, Media Relations Manager, RAD Data Communications
+972-3-6458134
bob@rad.com

Batrice Durand, Marketing Director, Ipanema Technologies
+33 (0)1 55 52 15 37
durand@ipanematech.com

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Volubill’s Charge IT manages mobile WiMAX services

WiMAX Telecom Launches Mobile WiMax Services Throughout Croatia Using Volubill’s Charge-IT™

VoluBill Enables European WiMax Operator to Deliver Added Value and Flexible Service Options to Meet Demands of Growing Subscriber Base

London, United Kingdom, 10 February 2009, - Volubill, a leading supplier of real-time charging, and control applications for mobile data and content services, today announced that their customer, WiMAX Telecom have launched their high-speed broadband Internet service using WiMax 802.16e technology in Croatia utilizing Volubill’s Charge-IT™ Dynamic Charging Platform.

Founded in 2004, WiMAX Telecom is a leading pan European Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) service provider with operations in Austria, Croatia, Germany, Slovakia and Switzerland. With about 14,000 subscribers to their fixed WiMax services in Austria and Slovakia, where Volubill’s solution is already in active use, the launch of the Croatian mobile Wimax service heralds the beginning of a new mobile WiMax operation.

The Charge-IT™ Dynamic Charging Platform (DCP) offers high performance, real-time, bi-directional management of service requests between the network, service and application layers. The pre and post-paid services being managed by the product are wireless broadband access and VoIP.

The cost-effective and comprehensive solution allows operators, like WiMAX Telecom, to prepare for the next wave of challenges:

- Sharply scaling up subscribers and traffic without losing control over QoS/QoE or over operating expenditure.

- Adapting the service offer to mobility and a new breed of handheld and pocket devices.

- Moving up the value chain by introducing rich multimedia services with high stickiness.

Peter Ziegelwanger, Chief Technology Officer, WiMAX Telecom said, The choice of Volubill’s Charge IT™ product has been key to our strategy going forward, providing us with an ‘on the network’ charging and control solution which can be used to achieve our goals of bringing lower pricing to both home and business customers whilst bringing broadband access to places where, until now, it has been economically unavailable.”

John Aalbers, Chief Executive Officer, Volubill said, WiMax is in area within which Volubill are experiencing increasing interest. This relatively new technology requires a charging solution that will enable operators to implement sophisticated value-based charging strategies allowing them to differentiate their services through innovative packages, bundles and promotions. We are very proud that WiMAX Telecom is using our technology to push the boundaries within telecommunications, particularly now their services span three countries.

About Volubill (www.volubill.com)
Volubill provides innovative on the network charging and control solutions to telecoms operators worldwide. Volubill’s solutions enable operators to manage bandwidth based on subscriber and service centric usage policies & quotas in order to maximize revenues & service experience and eliminate churn. Transcending the boundaries between the network and IT systems, Volubill provides flexibility and unlocks the potential of real time BSS integration.

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

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Acme Packet Delivers Secure and Seamless Network Services for the Verizon Hub

Acme Packet Net-Net Session Border Controllers Help Deliver Verizon Wireless Voice and Messaging Services Over Consumers’ Broadband Internet Access

BURLINGTON, Mass., and BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Acme Packet(R) (Nasdaq: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that Acme Packet’s Net-Net(R) session border controllers (SBCs) are delivering secure and seamless network services for the Verizon Hub and its users. Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Hub is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection — whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider.

The Verizon Hub gives busy families information at their fingertips from an easy-to-navigate touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services. Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with a secure border, ensuring reliable voice service on the Verizon Hub. Using a proven hosted NAT traversal capability, the Net-Net SBCs allow for an easy and seamless installation of the Verizon Hub by its users. The Net-Net SBCs also help maintain a secure environment and help connect to other service providers, including e911 providers, enabling Verizon Hub customers to have full access to emergency services from their home.

“Acme Packet enables Verizon Wireless to deliver secure services with high quality and seamless interoperability,” said
Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet’s vice president of marketing and product management. “Customers can deploy the Verizon Hub in a non-disruptive fashion and be confident in the security and integrity of communications.”

“Strategic technology partners are key to bringing a compelling and valuable customer experience for the Verizon Hub,” said
Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with critical control functions to assure service availability, security and easy installation for our customers.”

Pricing and Availability

Customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless in order to purchase the communications command center since all billing for the Verizon Hub will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.

The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets, which can be placed throughout the home, are available for $79.99 each. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.

For more information on Acme Packet, visit www.acmepacket.com. For more information on the Verizon Hub, visit www.verizonwireless.com/hub.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.

About Acme Packet, Inc.

Acme Packet, Inc. (Nasdaq: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first-class interactive communications — voice, video and multimedia sessions — and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks — from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols — SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248 — and multiple border points — interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 635 customers in 92 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 89 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.

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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 AppworX™, our SuperRegistry™ 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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