SOURCE: D & E Communications, Inc.

May 25, 2005 14:30 ET

D&E Communications Develops VoIP Service With General Bandwidth, Acme Packet and InnoMedia

EPHRATA, PA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 25, 2005 -- D&E Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: DECC), a leading regional broadband integrated communications provider, has deployed General Bandwidth's G6® Universal Media Gateway Platforms, together with Acme Packet's Net-Net® session border controllers, to power its Jazzd® Phone VoIP service.

Jazzd Phone Service for Broadband, which incorporates InnoMedia's telephone adapter, offers unlimited local and long-distance calling plus customized features such as D&E's telemarketing call blocking service. Jazzd Phone Service provides enhanced 911 emergency calling service to customers in its 12-county target market in central Pennsylvania. Subscribers will be connected to their local Public Safety Answering Point when they call 911, and they also can set up an enhanced feature to provide their address to the PSAP when they call.

The VoIP service, introduced in April, resulted from an innovative combination of products from leading suppliers of IP technology.

"D&E Communications' selection of General Bandwidth's G6 media gateway and Acme Packet's session border controller provides a highly scalable solution," said Chuck Schneider, Manager, Network Engineering at D&E. "This combined solution allows for an initial deployment of VoIP services via the Internet today, using the current installed base of legacy Class 5 switches, while providing the foundation for offering future VoIP services via next generation switching technologies."

With the ability to support multiple voice service architectures including legacy Class 5 derived, SIP-based feature servers, and next generation softswitches, General Bandwidth's G6 Universal Media Gateway Platform is being deployed by leading carriers seeking to deliver multiple voice service offerings from multiple call control solutions while providing the ability to deliver unmatched VoIP voice quality and greater than 99.999% service availability. Built upon a fully redundant, custom-designed architecture supporting from 240 to 16,128 DS0s on a single chassis, the G6 platform provides D&E with a highly flexible access and trunking media gateway that reduces the equipment costs of deploying voice services across their network.

"General Bandwidth is focused on delivering the highest quality media gateway to leading carriers like D&E who are seeking true carrier grade performance and high VoIP quality of service," said Charlie Vogt, president and CEO of General Bandwidth. "We are pleased to be a technology partner with D&E as they begin to rollout their residential VoIP service."

"D&E Communications selected Acme Packet's Net-Net session border controllers for their Jazzd VoIP service because the Net-Net products meet the security and service reach maximization requirements that are so crucial for the delivery of real-time IP communications services, such as VoIP, to residential broadband subscribers," commented Andy Ory, president and CEO, Acme Packet.

The Acme Packet session border controllers are providing access control and complete topology hiding at all protocol layers for confidentiality and attack prevention. The denial of service (DoS) protection includes session agent DoS protection for protecting D&E's infrastructure (including General Bandwidth G6 Universal Media Gateway Platforms and the Nortel DMS 100s) and session border control DoS protection, an autonomic self-protection against malicious and non-malicious DoS attacks and overloads. To extend its service reach, D&E is utilizing the hosted NAT traversal features which allows them to traverse NATs and firewalls at the customer premise, a huge challenge to offering secure, real-time interactive IP communications.

Ory continued, "With the Acme Packet session border controllers, D&E will broaden the reach of their business while continuing to serve their existing, loyal residential customers. By expanding their service reach to customers all across the U.S., D&E is realizing the enormous growth opportunity that comes with offering advanced and innovative IP communications services."

"InnoMedia telephone adapters are field proven for high availability, superior voice quality and value," said Dr. Nan-Sheng Lin, President of InnoMedia. "Our standards compliance design greatly simplified the integration of InnoMedia devices with General Bandwidth and Acme Packet equipment and made it ideally suited for D&E Communications' Jazzd Phone Service."

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, the leader in session border control, enables service providers to deliver premium, interactive communications -- voice, video and multimedia sessions -- across IP network borders. Acme Packet's Net-Net family has been selected by 9 of the top 10, and 16 of the top 25 service providers in the world to satisfy critical security, service assurance and law enforcement requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks. These deployments support all applications -- from trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services; all protocols -- SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248; and all border points -- peering, access network and data center. For more information, call +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.

About General Bandwidth

General Bandwidth is a leading provider of Voice over IP infrastructure solutions spanning more than 50 service providers worldwide. General Bandwidth delivers broadband solutions addressing a full range of applications, including residential and business access, trunking and enhanced VoIP solutions. With eight patents issued and ten pending, General Bandwidth's flagship G6 Universal Media Gateway and network management system are OSMINE, RUS, PacketCable, and NEBS-3 certified, produced in a TL9000 quality system, and deployed in Cable, ILEC, CLEC, and RLEC service provider networks worldwide. General Bandwidth was founded in 1999 and is headquartered in Austin, Texas. Additional information on General Bandwidth is available at www.genband.com.

About InnoMedia

Founded in 1995, InnoMedia is a privately held multinational organization with operations in the United States, Singapore, Taiwan and China. The company delivers Internet and broadband access IP telephony solutions to broadband service providers, as well as OEM and distribution partners. InnoMedia has an advanced, award-winning portfolio of IP telephony solutions, delivering high-quality voice and video over any IP network. For more information on InnoMedia, visit the company's website at www.innomedia.com.

About D&E Communications

D&E is an integrated communications provider offering high-speed data, Internet access, local and long distance telephone, voice and data networking, network management and security, and video services. Based in Lancaster County, D&E has been serving communities in central Pennsylvania for more than 100 years. For more information, visit www.decommunications.com or www.jazzdphone.com.

Trademark notes:

G6 and General Bandwidth are registered trademarks of General Bandwidth Inc.

Jazzd is a registered trademark of D&E Communications, Inc.

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