SOURCE: Acme Packet

Acme Packet

June 12, 2012 08:30 ET

MTN Business Selects Acme Packet for New VoIP Network

Leading South African Service Provider Deploys Core Session Routing and SIP Interconnect Solutions to Reduce Costs for New Communication Services

BEDFORD, MA--(Marketwire - Jun 12, 2012) - Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery networks, today announced that MTN Business, a leading South African service provider, is deploying Acme Packet's Net-Net® Session Router and Net-Net Session Director for core session routing and SIP interconnects to support new IP interactive communications services.

MTN Business is a division of MTN Group, a multinational telecommunications group offering cellular network access and business solutions in over 21 countries throughout Africa and the Middle East.

Acme Packet's core session routing solution provides MTN Business with a simplified IP architecture that reduces operational costs and eliminates the need to install complex and expensive Class 4 softswitches and media gateways. Acme Packet's Open Session Routing (OSR) architecture provides a forward-looking solution, allowing MTN Business to use a single network to support any SIP-based service. This helps accelerate MTN Business' principle to deliver increasingly innovative services to their enterprise and mobile customers. Combined with Acme Packet's session border controllers, this solution also allows MTN Business to use SIP interconnects with other service providers for further cost savings.

"We chose the Acme Packet solution based on the solid technical foundation and simplicity of the architecture," said Angela Gahagan-Thomson, managing executive of MTN Business. "Acme Packet enables us to quickly and cost-effectively meet the business demand for next-generation interactive communications services such as hosted PBX and SIP trunking, as well as build a foundation for future initiatives in video and cloud services."

"The MTN Group has achieved its astounding growth by embracing innovative technology solutions to respond to customer demand for a wide range of services," said Mario Oliveira, vice president of Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Caribbean and Latin America sales, Acme Packet. "With our open and flexible routing architecture, MTN Business can deliver that innovation while minimizing capital and operational costs."

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation voice, data and unified communications services and applications across IP networks. Our Net-Net product family fulfills demanding security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks. Based in Bedford, Massachusetts, Acme Packet designs and manufactures its products in the USA, selling them through over 220 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,600 customers in 107 countries have deployed over 16,000 Acme Packet systems, including 88 of the top 100 service providers and 41 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.

About MTN Business:

As a leading telecommunications provider operating one of Africa's most technically innovative, reliable and secure Virtual Private Networks (VPN), MTN Business is able to offer world class mobile telecommunications, Internet solutions and next generation communication services.

We are aware that businesses and government constantly require a 360 degree communications service and therefore, have ensured that we are perfectly positioned to meet our customer's needs to reduce costs, improve connectivity and security and ultimately partner with a reliable and knowledgeable converged communications partner. For more information, please visit www.mtnbusiness.co.za

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