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TaquaWorks Next-Generation Switching Solution Chosen By Pine Belt Telephone, Taylor Telephone, and Cozad Telephone.

Independent Local Exchange Carriers Choose Joint Taqua/BroadSoft Solution to Replace Class 5s and Provide Advanced Telephony in Alabama, Nebraska, and Texas

RICHARDSON, Texas -- Taqua([R]), LLC, a leading supplier of next-generation switching systems and applications, and BroadSoft([R]), Inc., a leading provider of VoIP application software, today announced that three more North American independent local exchange carriers have chosen TaquaWorks[TM] to replace their Nortel, Siemens, and Coppercom Class 5 switching systems and enable new, enhanced applications using IP and TDM protocols.

TaquaWorks is a tightly integrated combination of Taqua's North American market leading Class 5 replacement platform and BroadSoft's world wide market leading advanced services platform. By utilizing the Taqua 7000[TM] (T7000) next generation wireline and wireless switching system, service providers of any size can replace Class 4/5 and wireless switching systems and deliver advanced services over TDM and IP networks, as well as wireless GSM/CDMA, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. BroadSoft's BroadWorks([R]) suite of advanced Hosted Unified Communications, Mobile PBX and Residential/Enterprise Broadband applications are tightly coupled with the T7000 to deliver the world's most advanced subscriber services to carriers of all sizes.

"A big factor in our decision to go with Taqua was how economically we could replace our Class 5 network with the T7000," said John Nettles, president of Pine Belt Telephone. "The TaquaWorks platform has proven to be a first class system for replacing wireline switching systems and when you add the breadth of services available via its enhanced applications suite, the combination is hard to beat. Another factor was the possibility that we may also extend the solution into our wireless play enabling a true fixed mobile convergence."

Cozad Telephone Company (Cozad) President, Marcus Young said his choice of TaquaWorks was based on the field hardened reputation of the T7000 and the breadth of services available through the constantly evolving and advancing BroadWorks application's set. "The T7000 has the market reputation for being a solid switch replacement platform that is easy to configure and is extremely reliable. When you combine the market leading BroadWowks application set with the T7000, it's difficult to match the flexibility and capabilities of TaquaWorks for delivering advanced services to customers across a multitude of TDM, IP, and wireless protocols."

"Taylor Telephone has a large installed base of DMS-10s and we needed the most reliable and cost effective solution to replace these switches," said Steve Singletary, assistant manager of Taylor Telephone. "After hiring an engineering consultant to evaluate the market alternatives, our decision was TaquaWorks because it provided us the most economical way to replace our legacy switches and at the same time provide the most robust, enhanced feature set that we could find."

"These three companies are perfect examples of Taqua's target market focus - the small to mid-sized North American service provider - and how the flexible nature of our solution can be utilized," said Scott Weidenfeller, chief marketing officer of Taqua. "All three companies need reliable, next-generation wireline switch replacements that can provide an advanced set of subscriber applications in the most cost effective manner. Pine Belt, like many service providers that have either recently acquired spectrum or already have wireless properties with much more expensive legacy suppliers, can benefit further by adding additional capacity or even 3G wireless upgrades to their existing offers. Either way, for wireline-only or converged wireline and wireless strategies, TaquaWorks provides the most robust, cost effective alternative available."

Founded in 1958, Pine Belt Telephone Company is an independent telecommunications company headquartered in Arlington, Alabama. With over five decades of growth, Pine Belt has grown from a tiny phone company serving 27 homes into an integrated telecommunications provider serving dozens of local communities throughout West Central Alabama. Pine Belt utilizes a variety of state-of-the-art technologies to deliver Local and Long Distance Telephone, High-Speed Internet and Wireless services to residential and business subscribers.

Cozad Telephone Company (Cozad) offers a wide range of communications services to the Central Nebraska communities and rural areas surrounding Cozad, Lexington, and Gothenburg. CTC's breadth of services include local, long distance, and wireless telephony, and dial-up or broadband internet.

Taylor Telephone Cooperative, Inc. was formed in 1951. From its headquarters in Merkel, Texas, Taylor Telephone provides service to 14 cities in 9 Texas counties covering an area of approximately 2000 square miles. The company provides to its subscribers a bundle of local and long distance services with both dial-up and broadband internet services.

About the BroadWorks Platform

BroadSoft's BroadWorks[R] platform provides a comprehensive range of VoIP applications, including Hosted Unified Communications, Mobile PBX, Business and SIP Trunking and residential broadband services fully integrated into a single VoIP application platform. BroadWorks is capable of providing these applications with the reliability, redundancy, scalability and regulatory capabilities required to deliver carrier-class service.

About the Taqua 7000 Switching System (T7000)

The Taqua 7000 Switching System (T7000) is a leader in Class 5 switch replacement and has successfully replaced virtually every brand and vintage of Class 5 switch in North America. The T7000 is based on a patented "switch-on-a-card" design, in which all the functions of a Class 5 switch or IP gateway are performed on a single circuit pack. The simplicity of the architecture enables the industry's lowest deployment and operational costs for an end-office exchange, as well as higher reliability with its fewer components. The field-hardened T7000 has been shipping since 2000 and can support a variety of protocols including SS7, SIP, MGCP, GR-303, CAS, NCS, PRI, GSM/CDMA, 2G, 3G, and 4G.

About BroadSoft([R])

BroadSoft provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. After the 2008 acquisitions of Sylantro and the GENBAND M6 product line, BroadSoft has emerged as the undisputed market leader of VoIP application servers. BroadSoft's family of carrier-class products, including its award-winning flagship BroadWorks[R] technology, empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft products deliver the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world's leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to eight of the top 10 and 14 of the top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including KPN, Korea Telecom, Qwest, SingTel, Sprint, Swisscom, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-Systems, and Verizon. For additional information, go to

About Taqua([R]), LLC

Established in 1998, Taqua is a leading supplier of next-generation switching systems and applications. With over 350 system deployments, the company's solutions are deployed by wireline, cable and wireless carriers as next-generation end-office exchanges. Taqua is the only supplier of next-generation solutions exclusively focused on small and medium sized wireline and/or wireless carriers. Taqua is headquartered in Richardson, TX with research and development located in Hyannis, MA and Richardson, TX and all manufacturing, R&D and support based in North America. More information on Taqua can be obtained by calling +1.972.692.1800, by email at, or by browsing the website at
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