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Colubris Unveils the First WLAN Fixed-Mobile Convergence Platform With Distributed Intelligence; Enables Truly Scalable, Managed FMC Services based on both IMS and UMA.

WALTHAM, Mass. -- Colubris, a leading wireless LAN (WLAN) solutions provider, announced today the availability of a comprehensive WLAN solution set for the delivery of fixed-mobile convergence services (FMC) by telecommunications carriers. Available today and already in trials with several tier-1 carriers around the globe, this solution set provides the first WLAN platform for FMC with distributed intelligence thus enabling the delivery of truly scalable managed FMC services to the enterprise. Colubris also announced its recent membership in the MobileIGNITE consortium to help further drive the interoperability of standards-based convergence solutions across the industry.

An enterprise-grade WLAN infrastructure, the Colubris Intelligent MultiService System (CIMS) has been enhanced with a comprehensive set of carrier features for delivering a full spectrum of next generation communications services via Wi-Fi and a broadband fixed line network. It enables carriers to deploy managed FMC services in enterprises of any size, delivering improved enterprise user productivity and cost optimization.

Leveraging its success in the carrier WLAN market, Colubris offers its FMC solutions globally to tier-1 carriers through channels developed over five years for the delivery of public WLAN access solutions. Colubris' worldwide reseller agreement with Alcatel (NYSE:ALA), and agreements with other major systems integrators, give carriers the services and support needed to successfully roll out FMC services powered by CIMS.

Based on the TriPlane Architecture, CIMS is scalable to large distributed networks comprising thousands of locations and associated WLAN infrastructure. It is the first WLAN solution to use distributed intelligence to provide the seamless roaming between WLAN access points and end-to-end QoS that are critical for simultaneous delivery of voice data and video applications. CIMS includes centralized management that enables telecommunications carriers to easily deploy, provision and manage the system from a network operations center. Intelligent access points at the edge of the network deliver scalable performance and support for the delivery of multiple WLAN services. A strong RF security capability secures the WLAN and protects networks from fraud, denial of service and other vulnerabilities.

The Colubris solution set for FMC is comprised of the Colubris InCharge Network Management System (NMS) and RF Manager, which allow service providers to centrally operate and troubleshoot the entire WLAN infrastructure; InMotion MultiService Controllers (MSC) and InReach MultiService access points (MAP) which are installed at enterprise customer locations. The InMotion MSC coordinates the InReach MAPs to ensure consistent voice quality and deliver other corporate applications. Integrated radio frequency (RF) sensors secure the system and maximize performance by automatically detecting and preventing unauthorized Wi-Fi activities. Together, these Colubris products play a central role in allowing carriers to offer services based on both the Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) and IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) standards for fixed-mobile convergence.

"Colubris is committed to leadership in the emerging market for voice over WLAN and FMC applications, which we believe will drive a new wave of enterprise WLAN adoption," said Pierre Trudeau, founder and CTO, Colubris Networks. "CIMS allows carriers to efficiently plan and control the wireless network deployments and gives them the first class security needed to fortify the FMC service. We are actively working on FMC opportunities that require a comprehensive, high performance enterprise Wi-Fi infrastructure solution."

Pyramid Research estimates the market for FMC services will reach $80 billion in service revenues by 2009 and 50% of mobile data access subscribers will access carrier services via WLANs in 2010. Colubris is executing an aggressive partnering program to deliver the solutions and services that carriers need to realize this market potential. Partnerships ensure carriers can quickly trial and deploy robust services with full interoperability using a range of dual-mode handsets, VoIP client software, UMA controllers and IMS infrastructure.

Editors Note: MobileIGNITE is an independent industry association of leading service providers and vendors that collaborate on accelerating the time to market for multi-vendor fixed-mobile convergence solutions that work in existing fixed and mobile networks with a smooth transition to the IP Multimedia System (IMS) environment. Key initiatives include interoperability best practices, market requirements development and liaison with industry standards organizations and other industry groups. Further information and application procedures may be found at www.mobileignite.org.

About Colubris Networks

Colubris Networks is the leading global provider of intelligent multiservice wireless LAN systems for service providers and enterprises. The company's award-winning products deliver seamless, secure access to broadband services and applications while unifying existing network infrastructures, security and management systems. Colubris Networks' equipment is deployed by more than 1,000 organizations worldwide. Colubris' many awards include Red Herring's top 100 private companies in North America, Fierce Wireless Fierce 15, Supercomm Superquest Award, and Mobile Trax Mobility Award. For more information, visit the company at www.colubris.com, or info@colubris.com.
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