SOURCE: Acme Packet

February 22, 2006 09:32 ET

Covad Chooses Acme Packet Session Border Control Solutions

Multiservice Deployment Ensures High-Quality, Reliable Voice Services Over Covad's Nationwide Broadband Network

BURLINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 22, 2006 -- Acme Packet®, the leader in session border control solutions, today announced that Covad Communications (AMEX: DVW) selected Acme Packet's Net-Net® session border controllers for a number of applications, including voice over IP (VoIP) services and interconnecting with other service providers. The voice service portfolio includes Covad's vPBX and PBXi Plus VoIP solutions, Voice-optimized access (VOA) and Line Powered Voice Access (LPVA). Covad has offered bundled voice and data solutions since 2004 and is currently the market leader in hosted business VoIP according to In-Stat's November 2005 report entitled "Steady Growth Ahead for Hosted VoIP Solutions."

Acme Packet Net-Net session border controllers (SBC) are currently being deployed in seven of Covad's IP PoPs and will provide security, interworking and load balancing features. Acme Packet's unique adaptive NAT traversal feature allows VoIP calls to most efficiently cross existing data firewalls without any change at the customer location. Covad's voice services make use of MGCP and SIP signaling today and will add SIP for Business (SIP-B) in the future.

"After stringent evaluation, including lab verification, we decided that Acme Packet's SBC was the most technically proficient solution," said Steve DeRodeff, Covad vice president of broadband technologies. "That verification, along with Acme Packet's dominant market position and demonstrated level of support, led us to select the Net-Net SBC to protect our network resources, help us maximize the number of customers we can reach and migrate our user base to a pure SIP environment."

"Covad's managed national broadband network is a real differentiator for its voice solutions in terms of service reach," declared Andy Ory, president and CEO, Acme Packet. "Our security and service assurance features complement their broadband network reach to uniquely enable Covad's delivery of reliable, high-quality voice services to businesses nationwide."

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, the leader in session border control solutions, enables service providers to deliver premium, interactive communications -- voice, video and multimedia sessions -- across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family has been selected by 210 service providers, including 21 of the top 25 wireline and wireless providers in the world, to satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks. These deployments support all applications -- from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services; all protocols -- SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248; and all border points -- interconnect, access network and data center. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit

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