SOURCE: BroadSoft, Inc.

July 01, 2008 10:10 ET

Acantho Deploys BroadSoft for IP Centrex in Italy

Italian Operator Targets Multi-Site Enterprises With Hosted Unified Communications Solution

IMOLA, ITALY and GAITHERSBURG, MD--(Marketwire - July 1, 2008) - BroadSoft, Inc., the leading provider of VoIP application software, today announced that its BroadWorks® VoIP application platform has been selected by Italian telecom operator Acantho to deliver voice and multimedia services to the enterprise market in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy.

Acantho delivers a broad range of premium enterprise services via Gigabit Ethernet over optical fiber starting with the Bologna, Imola, Forlì-Cesena, Ravenna, Rimini and Riccione areas, now joined with Modena and Ferrara. Business users enjoy fast data transfer up to 1 Gbs, which is superior to other available access services (ISDN, ADSL, and satellite transmission). Acantho delivers all IP-based services to its customers and plans to become the premier ICT provider in its region.

"We evaluated more than 10 suppliers for our IP Centrex service," said Roberto Vancini, Chief Executive Officer at Acantho. "Apart from the obvious differences in capacity and reliability, BroadSoft stood out because we can connect any type of IP-based telephone to the BroadWorks application platform and provide a large range of overlay features such as conferencing and unified communications. We were extremely impressed by the scalability of the system and its ability to provide multi-tenant capability for thousands of enterprises."

The initial BroadWorks deployment will be over the provider's Gigabit Ethernet network. However, Acantho recently won a WiMAX license in Italy and plans to deploy the IP-Centrex service over WiMAX access in 2009. Additionally, the service will likely be enhanced with a range of mobile capabilities in the same timeframe as the WiMAX deployment.

"Acantho joins a list of over 80 operators who have deployed BroadWorks in Europe, the Middle East and Africa region," said Michael Tessler, CEO for BroadSoft®. "The combination of BroadWorks and next-generation access is a powerful combination for ICT providers."

Acantho has already begun deploying the service.

About Acantho

Acantho, operating under the development projects of technological innovation and the territory in the Emilia-Romagna region, offers voice and internet services over a unique infrastructure of topic-oriented video and television networks and services. Its user base is made up of more than two million inhabitants including a large number of businesses and corporate customers as well as major internet penetration, elements that can be quantified in at least 1 million potential customers. Acantho has set itself out as a benchmark in the region to upgrade and supply value added services to enterprises, institutions and the citizens. More information at www.acantho.it.

About the BroadWorks Platform

BroadSoft's IMS-compliant BroadWorks® platform provides a comprehensive range of VoIP applications, including Hosted PBX/IP Centrex, Mobile PBX, Business 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 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 seven 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.

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

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