Wind Telecomunicazioni Selects Acme Packet for Next Generation Voice Network.
BURLINGTON, Mass. -- Acme Packet[R] (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, announced today that Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA ("Wind"), one of the few European telecom operators which offers integrated fixed, mobile and Internet services, has deployed the Net-Net[R] session border controllers (SBCs) to support its new residential VoIP offering. Wind's VoIP service promises a unique, user-friendly consumer experience and will be available to potentially 80% of Italy's population. The Net-Net SBCs are elements of an Alcatel-Lucent triple-play deployment and IP network transformation program announced in October 2006.
"In order to deliver a market-differentiating VoIP offering in the growing market for IP services, we required a solution that assures premium voice quality while at the same time protecting our network," said Jere Calmes, Wind's Chief Operating Officer. "Acme Packet's Net-Net SBCs deliver the functionality we required with carrier-class performance and reliability while interoperating with the myriad of devices in our network and our customers' homes."
The Net-Net SBCs are deployed in over 20 points of presence (PoPs) delivering simultaneous SIP and H.323 signaling and interworking between the two protocols. The broad signaling support in addition to Acme Packet's unique adaptive hosted NAT traversal allows Wind to maximize its service reach in a non-disruptive manner. The Net-SAFE security architecture provides topology hiding, access control and denial of service (DoS) attack prevention, ensuring the availability and quality of Wind's VoIP services. The SBCs also perform call admission control using flexibly defined local policies to assure service quality and network availability.
"Wind is delivering compelling new IP interactive communication services to the Italian market," said Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet's vice president of marketing and product management. "Acme Packet is playing a key role in ensuring that those services reach the maximum number of customers and are delivered with premium quality. In addition, our Net-SAFE architecture protects Wind's core VoIP network from attacks, ensuring that the network is available to serve customers."
About Acme Packet
Acme Packet, the leader in session border control solutions, enables service providers to deliver trusted, first class interactive communications--voice, video and multimedia sessions--across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family has been selected by over 325 service providers in nearly 70 countries, including 22 of the top 25 wireline and wireless providers in the world, to satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks. These deployments support multiple applications--from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services; multiple protocols--SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248; and multiple border points--interconnect, access network and data center. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.
About Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA
Founded in 1997, Wind Telecomunicazioni SpA is one of the few European telecom operators which offers integrated fixed, mobile and Internet services. Wind is the first alternative fixed operator, Libero the first Internet Portal among the Italian ones, and Libero portal is among the major Italian Internet Service Providers. The company, classified as the fastest start-up among telecom companies in Europe, actually is the third Italian mobile operator, with a market share of over 19%.
In the first half of 2006, Wind reached over 14 million customers in mobile, over 750,000 in fixed telephony direct access and over 700,000 in broadband access. Wind has signed an exclusive agreement to offer the innovative i-mode[TM] service in Italy. The service was created by the Japanese company NTT DoCoMo in 1999 with the aim of transferring Internet services and content on mobile phones. The i-mode[TM] platform is available via 2G (GPRS) and 3G (UMTS). For more information, please visit www.wind.it
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