SOURCE: IBM

October 12, 2007 13:04 ET

Momentum to Next-Generation Networks Accelerates, Driving Adoption of IBM Blades and BroadSoft Technology

Over 100 Clients Have Chosen IBM and BroadSoft Solution, Including NextWave, DGC and Stage 2 Networks

ARMONK, NY and PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - October 12, 2007) - BROADSOFT CONNECTIONS 2007 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) and BroadSoft Inc., a leading provider of VoIP application software, today announced that over 100 telecom service providers are now using IBM BladeCenter with the BroadWorks® Voice over IP (VoIP) platform. The companies began offering the BroadWorks and BladeCenter solution just 18 months ago and attribute this rapid adoption by both large and small telecommunications service providers to their need to quickly deploy and scale new IP-based, converged voice services.

"Telecom service providers are seeking to offer new next-generation network services that leverage the best from the worlds of IT and telecom," said Jim Pertzborn, vice president of telecommunications for IBM Systems Group. "The IBM BladeCenter family with the BroadWorks VoIP platform allows telecommunications companies to quickly deliver new revenue-generating, carrier-grade services at consistently lower costs."

The IBM BladeCenter HT, introduced earlier this year, extends the BladeCenter family to meet stringent NEBS3/ETSI requirements for telecommunications carrier-grade deployments. The IBM BladeCenter HT delivers superior performance and high-speed connectivity for network bandwidth up to 10 times greater than previously possible, helping telecommunications service providers unleash new, next-generation network services.

BroadSoft's customer community includes global wireline, wireless, and cable operators, as well as regional competitive carriers, wholesalers and ISPs around the world. Many innovative companies use IBM BladeCenter with BroadWorks to solve end-users' most pressing communications problems, including Cable&Wireless Jamaica, Centennial, Cox Communications, Sprint, TerreStar and v2tel.

Some of the customers recently adopting this industry leading platform include the following:

--  The Network Services Group (NSG) of NextWave Broadband Inc., a
    subsidiary of NextWave Wireless, selected the IBM BladeCenter and
    BroadWorks VoIP solution to include in its broad range of wireless
    network design and implementation offerings for emerging markets and
    service providers.

    "As a global provider of mobile broadband products and technologies to
    enable Wireless 2.0™, the next generation of mobile communications,
    we are always looking for new applications to help our customers take
    a next step toward implementing advanced wireless technologies," said
    Alan Cameron, senior vice president - engineering and operations,
    Network Services Group, NextWave Broadband. "We believe the IBM
    BladeCenter and BroadWorks solution will provide an IT and
    telecommunications foundation that will help our customers accelerate
    deployment of their multimedia offerings."

--  DGC is a competitive Internet Telephony Service Provider in Sweden that
    has been servicing corporations for two decades. DGC delivers VoIP and
    mobile integration to enterprises through standalone and integrated
    access solutions.

    "The combination of IBM BladeCenter with the BroadWorks platform
    delivers the best support for our mission critical applications and
    minimizes upfront expense, while allowing us to scale capacity to keep
    up with the anticipated growth of our corporate customers," said Gerry
    Askefalk, CTO for DGC AB.

--  Stage 2 Networks is a New York-based VoIP services company that
    provides Hosted PBX services to small and medium businesses in the
    Northeastern region of the U.S.

    "Our customers expect reliability and scalability, and the IBM
    BladeCenter with the BroadWorks platform allows us to meet those
    expectations," said Joe P. Gillette, CEO of Stage 2 Networks.
    "BroadSoft and IBM are partners whose solutions help us reduce total
    cost of ownership and give us the flexibility to add additional
    services without sacrificing performance."

BroadSoft counts among its customers 7 of the top 10 carriers worldwide and 5 of the top 10 carriers in Europe, as measured by recent annual revenue, and 14 incumbent carriers in the United States. These carriers have selected the BroadWorks application platform to provide VoIP services to business and residential end users.

"The architecture of the BroadWorks platform enables our customers to minimize their upfront expenses and create new service offerings, including voice with video and fixed-mobile convergence solutions," said Robert Weidenfeller, vice president of Engineering for BroadSoft. "Running our award-winning platform on the IBM BladeCenter family ensures our customers have the performance, redundancy and scalability required for carrier-class service delivery."

ABOUT BROADSOFT®

BroadSoft provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its award-winning flagship BroadWorks® 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's family of carrier-class software products delivers 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 7 of the top 10 and 13 of the top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including Korea Telecom, KPN, Singtel, Sprint, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-Systems, and Verizon. For additional information, go to www.BroadSoft.com.

About IBM BladeCenter

IBM has the broadest portfolio of blade offerings in the industry, including:

--  BladeCenter S for small firms and branch office environments,
--  BladeCenter E and BladeCenter H for enterprise data center deployments
    and,
--  BladeCenter T and BladeCenter HT for robust, telecom central office
    deployments with NEBS3 / ETSI requirements.
    

Using a common architecture across the BladeCenter family allows clients to mix and match offerings to suit their specific needs, from enterprise to carrier deployments. For more information about IBM BladeCenter, please visit: ibm.com/bladecenter.

For more information on next-generation network solutions and products from IBM, visit: ibm.com/telecom/systems.

About IBM

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IBM and BladeCenter are registered trademarks of IBM Corporation. BroadSoft and BroadWorks are registered trademarks of BroadSoft, Inc. All other names are trademarks of their respective companies.

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