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Ulticom's Signalware Offers New IP Standards-Based Features and Signaling Enhancements.

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Industry's First Delivery of Open M2PA Protocols for SS7 Signaling

Over IP Links, New Functionality for Location Based Services, NTT

Interoperability, and Advanced Management Tools

Ulticom, Inc. (NASDAQ:ULCM), a leading provider of service-enabling software for wireless, wireline and Internet communications, today announced enhancements to its Signalware software to provide essential signaling functionality required for the delivery of value-added voice and data services across converged and wireless networks.

Signalware is the first open software platform to support the MTP 2 User Peer to Peer Adaptation Layer (M2PA) protocol enabling Signaling System Seven (SS7) signaling to be carried over higher-capacity, lower-cost Internet Protocol (IP) transport. M2PA is a standard defined by the SIGTRAN working group within the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The SIGTRAN working group is tasked with defining protocol standards that bridge the Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) and packet-based networks. When combined with Stream Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP), which is also provided by Signalware, M2PA enables direct peer-to-peer SS7 communications between network elements over IP transport.

In addition to M2PA, Signalware also includes the SIGTRAN IP signaling transport protocols, Streams Control Transmission Protocol (SCTP) and MTP 3 User Adaptation Layer (M3UA), and the SIGTRAN Gateway, a software-based solution for network convergence.

The new IP protocols share a common application environment with Signalware's SS7 protocol components, enabling service applications written for classical circuit-based SS7 links to be run over IP based links without modification, thereby preserving investments in service development.

The advent of M2PA enables providers of NexGen equipment, such as softswitches and application servers, to incorporate IP-based carrier-grade signaling into their solutions. Traditional network equipment providers can leverage M2PA to offer IP based signaling links as a transitional step toward full convergence.

"Open standards such as SIGTRAN are essential for creating a converged network infrastructure. With the addition of M2PA to Signalware, Ulticom now offers IP signaling functionality that will help equipment manufacturers and carriers maximize their existing investments in SS7-based services, while providing a cost-effective way to bridge to the IP-based service infrastructure of the future," said Mindy Hiebert, Senior Analyst, Carrier Convergence Infrastructure, of The Yankee Group.

Additionally, Signalware includes new wireless libraries for location-based services, the latest versions of the Japanese NTT SS7 protocol, and the advanced management tools for efficient network operations.

Signalware's new base station system library enables Serving Mobile Location Centers (SMLCs) and other related elements to exchange wireless subscriber location information.

A rich set of SS7 messages allow the network elements to exchange the information necessary to develop the various levels of location precision to support applications ranging from fleet management to E911 to stolen vehicle tracking.

Signalware now delivers enhanced Japanese interoperability with an NTT version of the J7 variant. It enables the deployment of network elements inside the NTT network and in competing carriers requiring a direct interface to the NTT network.

Two additional new features to Signalware simplify management of converged networks. Signalware's robust Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) interface enables a remote management system to both monitor and provision the Signalware platform. Signalware's JAIN-based Operations and Maintenance (JOAM) interface allows programmers to automate management functions using the Java programming language.

"These are but the first of many new enhancements we will offer to Signalware this year," said Shawn Osborne, President and CEO of Ulticom, Inc. "With the addition of more SIGTRAN protocols, mobile libraries, Japanese variants, and network management features, Signalware provides the ideal foundation to build carrier-grade wireless or wireline communication services, deployed across the circuit and packet networks of the world."

Signalware is the world's premium, carrier-grade signaling software. Signalware supplies leading network equipment and service providers with a standards-based, open signaling software solution that delivers carrier-grade reliability, global interoperability and network scalability.

Signalware has been successfully deployed in well over 1,500 network elements worldwide and can be found in the telecom networks of over 250 service providers in over 90 countries.

About Ulticom:

Ulticom, Inc. provides service enabling software for wireless, wireline and Internet communications in Intelligent, Converged and Programmable Networks. Ulticom's Signalware products are used by the telecommunication industry's leading equipment and service providers worldwide. Traded on NASDAQ as ULCM, Ulticom is headquartered in Mount Laurel, New Jersey with additional offices in Texas and France.

Certain statements concerning Ulticom's future prospects are "forward-looking statements" under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. There can be no assurances that future results will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates.

Important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasts and estimates include: risks associated with Ulticom's dependence on a limited number of products; risks associated with new product introductions; risks associated with Ulticom's dependence on a limited number of key customers; risks associated with rapidly changing technology and the signaling system No. 7 environment; risks associated with the integration of Ulticom's products with those of equipment manufacturers and application developers; risks associated with significant international sales; risks associated with changes in the competitive or regulatory environment in which Ulticom operates; volatility of macroeconomic and industry conditions; and other risks described.

These risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in the filings of Ulticom with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Ulticom makes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statements in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is made.

Editor's Note: Ulticom, Signalware and Programmable Network are trademarks or registered trademarks of Ulticom, Inc. JAIN and Java are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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