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Nuera Communications Announces Further Expansion of Its INSTA Solutions Program; Program Accelerates Deployment of Profitable New Services Based On Open Standards.

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Nuera Communications Inc. today announced eight new members for its INSTA INSTA Interstate
INSTA Instruments Authorized
(TM) Solutions Program.

The latest to be invited to join this selective program are: Dataflex, Digiquant, Kenetec, Occam Networks, Pactolus, Switch Management, TelSurf and Vpacket. The program's continuing goal is to allow carriers to deliver basic and enhanced telephony services based on INSTA partner solutions and featuring elements of Nuera's Open, Reliable Communications Architecture (ORCA Orca - Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, 1986. Similar to Modula-2, but with support for distributed programming using shared data objects, like Linda. A 'graph' data type removes the need for pointers. Version for the Amoeba OS, comes with Amoeba. (R)) products. A key advantage of this program is that the basis for communication between end devices, carrier infrastructure equipment, applications and call control is based on open standards Specifications for hardware and software that are developed by a standards organization or a consortium involved in supporting a standard. Available to the public for developing compliant products, open standards imply "open systems;" that an existing component in a system can be replaced  such as MGCP See MGCP/MEGACO.

MGCP - Media Gateway Control Protocol
, OSP (Online Service Provider) See online service.

OSP - Optical Signal Processor
 and SIP, rather than proprietary implementations. The program enables carriers to work with leading vendors to achieve faster and more profitable growth in services revenue via deployment of open, standards-based, IP-based telephony applications.

Andy Voss, Nuera's vice president of strategy and business development, said, "The benefits to our customers of the INSTA program are tangible. With our INSTA members we mutually commit the necessary resources to achieve high levels of interoperability in order to facilitate vendor selection and reduce time needed for tests and trials associated with delivering new services. We're proud to add these leading solution providers to our program."

Nuera's newest partners in the INSTA Solutions program offer a wide range of software and hardware solutions and services:

Dataflex offers a quality range of circuit and packet based access products allowing service providers to successfully compete in the unbundled and deregulated telecoms market place as well as providing support solutions for service providers back office support. The comprehensive product portfolio includes calling card and enhanced services solutions with integrated pre/post paid billing, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) routers and Integrated Access Devices (IAD (Integrated Access Device) A device that multiplexes a variety of communications technologies in the customer's premises onto a single telephone line for transmission to the carrier. It also demultiplexes the incoming streams into their respective channels. ) for DSL DSL
 in full Digital Subscriber Line

Broadband digital communications connection that operates over standard copper telephone wires. It requires a DSL modem, which splits transmissions into two frequency bands: the lower frequencies for voice (ordinary

Digiquant's Internet Management System (IMS (1) See IP Multimedia Subsystem.

(2) (Information Management System) An early IBM hierarchical DBMS for IBM mainframes. IMS was widely implemented throughout the 1970s under MVS and continues to be used under z/OS.
) is used to deploy, manage and bill for next-generation services. IMS for VoIP supports prepaid, postpaid, calling cards, wholesale, retail, SIP, and Voice VPNs.

Kenetec's EdgeXpress(TM) system is the industry's first access platform designed to allow cost-effective delivery of ATM or IP-based multimedia (voice/data/video) services to businesses on a converged network infrastructure. EdgeXpress system consists of the EdgeXpress 1000 Service Access Unit, EdgeXpress 5000 Service Exchange Platform, and the EdgeXpress(TM) Service Provisioning System, which includes the EdgeManager Network Management System and EdgeXpert Service Planning Suite.

Occam Networks Broadband Loop Carrier (BLC BLC Boston Library Consortium
BLC Bethany Lutheran College (Minnesota)
BLC Back Light Compensation (video cameras)
BLC Belo Corporation (stock symbol)
BLC Broadband Loop Carrier
) cost-effectively delivers lifeline POTS and a variety of broadband services including ADSL See DSL.

ADSL - Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line
, G.SHDSL A DSL technology from the ITU (G.991.2) that provides symmetric transmission from 192 Kbps to 2.3 Mbps using a single copper pair, depending on distance from the central office (from 20,000 ft. to 6,500 ft.). With two wire pairs, 384 Kbps to 4.6 Mbps can be achieved. G.  (Global.standard High-Bit-Rate Digital Subscriber Line See DSL.

(communications, protocol) Digital Subscriber Line - (DSL, or Digital Subscriber Loop, xDSL - see below) A family of digital telecommunications protocols designed to allow high speed data communication over the existing copper telephone lines between end-users and
), and Gigabit Ethernet, to residential and business customers from a single, converged voice and data access network.

Pactolus Communication Software RapidFLEX products include a SIP-based, carrier-class Application Server and highly flexible Service Creation Environment for delivery of multiple, high value voice services into softswitch-enabled networks. Sold to both service providers and OEMs, this environment also includes pre-paid calling card, conference calling, 800-number services, and other pre-packaged, trunk-side services.

Switch Management's WebCDR is a Web-based carrier billing service that features automated data collection, processing, reporting, and bill presentment -- all via the Internet. It allows carriers to completely outsource the critical and resource-intensive task of CDR (1) See CD-R and extension.

(2) (Call Detail Reporting) See call accounting.

(3) (Common Data Rate) A standard sampling rate for digital video for 480i and 576i systems. The rate is 13.5 MHz. See ITU-R BT.
 processing, allowing them to focus on running their core business.

TelSurf's Voice-Activated products provide a rich set of messaging and Personal Information Management (PIM (1) (Protocol Independent Multicast) A multicast routing protocol endorsed by the IETF. Used in conjunction with an existing unicast routing protocol, it comes in two flavors: Dense Mode (PIM-DM) is used when recipients in the target group are in a concentrated ) services under the control of powerful speech commands. They are fully integrated with Microsoft Exchange Server Microsoft Exchange Server is a messaging and collaborative software product developed by Microsoft. It is part of the Microsoft Servers line of server products and is widely used by enterprises using Microsoft infrastructure solutions.  enabling users to access their desktop PIM and Outlook email in real time from any wired or wireless phone.

Vpacket's 6100 Series VDR VDR Video Disk Recorder
VDR Vitamin D Receptor
VDR Voyage Data Recorder (Shipborne Black Box)
VDR Virtual Data Room (due diligence excercises)
VDR Voltage Dependent Resistor
VDR VHF Data Radio
 provides intelligent IP routing of converged voice and data packets in an access network. The 6100's features include an advanced level of QoS management, monitoring, as well as auto-provisioning, configuration and device management. The 6100 offers immediate cost savings and additional revenue opportunities for service providers.

About Nuera INSTA Solutions program:

Nuera INSTA brings together best-of-breed solutions for deployment to and through service providers worldwide into carrier, enterprise and residential markets. For participating partners, Nuera provides resources, including:
-- extensive interoperability testing facilities on-site and expertise to
support testing at customer sites and in industry interoperability events

-- co-marketing programs such as Nuera's Interconnect Program and trade shows

-- co-selling through a worldwide sales and support force

-- inclusion in Nuera's HQ-based Interoperability Showcase

Additional program information is available at or by contacting Nuera via email at

Dataflex is a leading supplier of innovative access solutions to the world's telecom service providers. As a result of rapid organic growth, acquisitions and strategic partnerships, Dataflex is well positioned to offer a wide range of access solutions for use in converging voice and data networks. Today, Dataflex is able to offer a quality range of circuit and packet based access products allowing T.S.Ps to successfully compete in the unbundled and deregulated telecoms market place as well as providing support solutions for T.S.P back office support. The comprehensive product portfolio includes call routers, DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications) A cordless phone standard mostly used in Europe; however, DECT 6.0 is increasingly used worldwide. The first DECT standards were introduced by ETSI in 1992, and DECT phones have been used as cordless home phones as  routers, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.

CPE - Customer Premises Equipment
 Gateways, Integrated Access Devices (IAD) for DSL connectivity, billing solutions, enhanced services solutions and calling card platforms. Linked with a strong market presence, established distribution channels and support infrastructure, Dataflex has positioned itself as the ideal partner for service providers to connect and service their SME (1) (Small and Medium-sized Enterprise) See SMB.

(2) (Subject Matter Expert) An individual who is well-versed in the policies and procedures of a particular department or division.
 and residential customers. For more information, visit

Digiquant is a global provider of infrastructure software for supporting the delivery of services over advanced networks. Its IMS solution is a unique multi-service platform providing the integrated functional modules that enable service management, from network integration through billing. A carrier-grade, scalable solution, IMS enables services to be innovative, more efficient, and better positioned for growth. More than 70 major telecommunications companies and service providers use IMS worldwide to manage and bill for service deliver. For more information visit

Kenetec was founded in 1998 to deliver the industry's most comprehensive services-oriented broadband communications platform optimized for deploying multimedia services over a converged network to businesses of all sizes. The company's EdgeXpress product family is the industry's first broadband infrastructure solution based on its Services-oriented Building Area Network (SBAN SBAN Sociedade Brasileira de Alimentação e Nutrição
SBAN Straw Bale Association of Nebraska
SBAN Sport By Ability Niagara
SBAN Services-oriented Building Area Network
SBAN School Board Advocacy Network (Missouri School Boards' Association) 
) architecture. EdgeXpress products, utilizing the SBAN architecture, are optimized to enable integrated communications providers to cost-effectively and profitably enter the multi-tenant (MTU (1) (Maximum Transmission Unit, Maximum Transfer Unit) The largest frame size that can be transmitted over the network. For example, an Ethernet MTU is 1,500 bytes. Messages longer than the MTU must be divided into smaller frames. ) telecommunications market and quickly deliver value-aided broadband services. For more information, visit

Occam Networks Inc. develops and markets a suite of Broadband Loop Carriers, a simple, cost-effective solution that enables Incumbent Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) to overcome the limitations of the local loop to profitably deliver a variety of voice and broadband services to their subscribers. Privately held Occam Networks was founded in 1999. Since its inception, the company has received approximately $41 million in financing from private investors, including US Venture Partners, New Enterprise Associates, Norwest Venture Partners, The Anschutz Group, Windward Venture Partners, Crescent Ventures, and Hook Partners. The company is headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif. and has additional offices in Agoura Hills, Calif. and Mesa, Ariz. Additional information about the company can be found at

Pactolus' RapidFLEX(TM) Application Server and Service Creation Environment (SCE SCE (in Scotland) Scottish Certificate of Education

SCE n abbr (= Scottish Certificate of Education) → Schulabschlusszeugnis in Schottland
) is an open, extensible, Unix-based software platform that delivers high value, carrier-class enhanced services to converged networks. The RapidFLEX SCE enables service providers to create their own XML-based applications through a graphical, software component interface that can be directly deployed on a RapidFLEX Application Server. Pactolus offers several SCE-built,pre-packaged, trunk-side services including prepaid calling card, conference calling and toll free number services for deployment in SIP-enabled networks.

Pactolus Communication Software Inc., is the leading provider of XML-based enhanced service solutions for softswitch-enabled, converged networks. Pactolus is the first company to bring sophisticated, third party call control capabilities to SIP-based networks using XML XML
 in full Extensible Markup Language.

Markup language developed to be a simplified and more structural version of SGML. It incorporates features of HTML (e.g., hypertext linking), but is designed to overcome some of HTML's limitations.
. The Pactolus RapidFLEX Application Server and Service Creation Environment uses the power of its eXtensible Telephony Markup Language (XTML XTML Excel Table Markup Language
XTML eXtensible Telephony Markup Language (XML-based service description language) 
) to deliver enhanced services with the speed and flexibility seen in delivering XML-based Internet applications. Pactolus products are sold directly to carriers and through OEMs that develop media gateways, softswitches, media servers, and line side applications. Pactolus is a venture funded, privately held company privately held company

A firm whose shares are held within a relatively small circle of owners and are not traded publicly.
 headquartered in Westborough, Mass. For more information, visit

Switch Management is a provider of carrier billing software to international telecom carriers. Its flagship product is WebCDR, a 100 percent Web-based carrier billing ASP that features automated data collection, processing, reporting, and bill presentment -- all via the Internet. WebCDR allows carriers to completely outsource the CDR processing task.

Switch Management also offers the Watchdog, a call statistics application that monitors voice traffic in real time via a TCP/IP TCP/IP
 in full Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol

Standard Internet communications protocols that allow digital computers to communicate over long distances.
 connection. When key performance indicators Key Performance Indicators (KPI) are financial and non-financial metrics used to quantify objectives to reflect strategic performance of an organization. KPIs are used in Business Intelligence to assess the present state of the business and to prescribe a course of action.  drop below user-defined thresholds, Switch Watchdog sends out alarms through email. WebCDR and Watchdog supports the Sonus INtelligentIP Softswitch and GSX GSX Gelled Slurry Explosive
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9000. For more information, visit

TelSurf Networks is the leader in multilingual voice-activated infrastructure technology. TelSurf is dedicated to creating value for customers by building voice solutions that improve customer satisfaction, increase revenue, lower operational costs, and provide anytime, anywhere, any device access to valuable information and commerce opportunities.

TelSurf's Voice-Activated Gateway powers wireless carriers to provide mobile access to timely and personalized content along with a full suite of integrated unified communications. TelSurf's Voice Activated Commerce Solutions powers enterprises to automate sales and operations. TelSurf is headquartered in Westlake Village, Calif., with voice-activated solutions supporting partners in various regions worldwide. For additional information call TelSurf Corporate at 818/707-8880 or to experience the power of TelSurf technology call the TelSurf Voice Demo line at 818/874-1289. For more information, visit

Vpacket Communications, with offices in Silicon Valley, Westlake Village, and Pleasanton, Calif., is a privately held converged voice/data broadband company focused on providing managed voice over packet solutions for CLECs, ILECs, Integrated Communication Providers (ICPs), IP oriented carriers and other network service providers. Vpacket products enable people to communicate seamlessly across IP networks with high-quality, feature-rich converged voice/data applications. Vpacket is well positioned to be a leader in this emerging market, with an experienced team from industry-leading networking companies and approximately $48 million in funding from top venture capital firms Name Location Founding date Managing Partners/Directors Specialty Capital managed
5AM Ventures Menlo Park, CA; Waltham, MA 2002 John Diekman, PhD (managing partner), Scott Rocklage, PhD (managing partner), Andrew Schwab (managing partner) life sciences $200M [1]
. For more information, visit

About Nuera

Nuera Communications Inc., is a top-rated provider of Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) infrastructure solutions that work over any medium (cable, wireless, copper and fiber). The company's Open, Reliable Communications Architecture (ORCA(R)) product portfolio helps carriers worldwide migrate from legacy networks to next-generation VoIP networks.

Nuera continually wins awards for its superior products and services and is respected throughout the industry for driving the adoption of interoperability and open, standards-based platforms. For more information, please visit
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