SOURCE: Carrier Access

October 02, 2007 08:50 ET

University Drives Emerging Technology Adoption With Trial Deployment of Carrier Access' New Web-Based VoIP Solution

BOULDER, CO--(Marketwire - October 2, 2007) - Carrier Access® Corporation (NASDAQ: CACS), a leading provider of data and voice transport solutions, today announced the start of a trial of its revolutionary voice over IP (VoIP) software solution, VoicePage™, at Northwest Missouri State University (Northwest). With the trial deployment of VoicePage to roughly 10% of the on-campus residents, Carrier Access has provided Northwest a software solution to deliver cost-effective residence hall phone service, via a simple web page. As the first public electronic campus, and today with every student living on campus being issued a university-provided laptop computer and high-speed internet connection, Northwest is the ideal place to demonstrate how VoicePage is the optimal solution for addressing the major telecommunications issue of significantly reducing capital and operational expenditures.

"Historically Northwest Missouri State University has been a leader in the realm of digital communications dating back to 1987," stated Dr. Jon Rickman, VP of Information Systems at Northwest. "As an easy to use web-based solution, VoicePage gives Northwest the ability to provide phone, voicemail and email services, as well as local, long-distance and internal calling using a university-maintained web page to every student on campus via their PC. Additionally the students and staff are excited about the opportunity to be involved with a cutting edge product, helping to define and refine the solution for future use."

Carrier Access VoicePage solution is a giant step forward in solving the issue of supplying quality voice services to students and faculty at an affordable rate. Most university phone systems are either centrex solutions provided by local phone companies, or PBX systems. Both of these solutions can be costly to maintain, manage and upgrade.

"As drivers of emerging technology, Northwest was the perfect location to host the first trial of the VoicePage solution," stated Michael Mayfield, senior vice president of voice integrated solutions group, Carrier Access. "This solution enables Northwest to significantly reduce both capital and operating expenses by eliminating the need of traditional land-line phones, LAN upgrades, client software, and the associated management and licensing issues to support an application on thousands of student computers."

About VoicePage

VoicePage provides a new paradigm in telecommunications -- wired telephony without a phone, or individually loaded software. Unlike other VoIP solutions that are prone to viruses, hacker attempts, or Trojans, this solution is secure and centrally managed. Like any other web service, VoicePage's reach can expand beyond the normal borders of the campus, providing university phone service to students located anywhere they can find internet access and secure connectivity to the university network. The solution, in phase II, will also encompass a wide-reaching emergency notification solution, which incorporates the ability to notify students via SMS, voicemail, email or voice calling.

About Northwest Missouri State University

Founded in 1905 as a state normal school for the training of teachers, Northwest has since grown into a comprehensive university internationally recognized for its award-winning Culture of Quality, a continuous quality improvement program that has strengthened all aspects of its undergraduate and graduate programs.

In 1987, Northwest became the first public university in the United States to create a truly comprehensive electronic campus with workstations in every residence hall room. Today, every Northwest student who lives on campus receives a laptop computer and enjoys access to numerous wireless locations, e-mail and Internet service, eCollege electronic learning resources and specialized computer labs -- not to mention thousands of full-text articles and books and hundreds of databases and related academic tools.

Northwest is also home to the Missouri Academy of Science, Mathematics and Computing, a two-year residential program serving some of the nation's most gifted students during what would be their junior and senior years in high school. This fall, the Academy took on an international dimension with the enrollment of students from Korea. The Academy is also participating in the VoicePage pilot.

About Carrier Access Corporation

Carrier Access (NASDAQ: CACS) provides consolidated access technology designed to streamline the communication network operations of wireless and wireline carriers, cable operators, enterprises and government agencies. Carrier Access products enable customers to consolidate and upgrade access capacity and implement converged IP services, while lowering costs and accelerating service revenue. Carrier Access' technologies help our customers do more with less. For more information, visit www.carrieraccess.com or call 1-800-365-2593.

This press release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect management's best judgment based on factors currently known. However, these statements involve risks and uncertainties, including the successful development and market acceptance of new product, the ability to sell the products into new and existing customers, the degree of competition in the market for such products, changing customer requirements, projected savings on capital expenditures and operational savings achieved through deployment of products by customers, and other risks detailed in our SEC filings, including our annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2006. Such risks and uncertainties could cause actual results to differ materially from those in the forward-looking statements included in this press release. We do not undertake any obligation to revise or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events, or otherwise.

Carrier Access, the Carrier Access logo, and VoicePage are trademarks of Carrier Access Corporation in the US. All other company or product names mentioned herein may be trademarks of the respective companies. Carrier Access reserves the right to modify future product plans at any time. Products, solutions and/or related specifications referenced in this press release are not guaranteed.

Contact Information

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    Debra Layton
    Carrier Access
    303.218.5524
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