SOURCE: Tekelec

Tekelec

February 11, 2010 10:00 ET

Portugal-Based Optimus Expands Tekelec Performance Management Solution to Monitor Converged IMS Network

Expands Beyond SS7 and 3G Monitoring to Support SIP and Diameter Traffic

MORRISVILLE, NC--(Marketwire - February 11, 2010) - Optimus, a Portuguese integrated fixed, mobile and internet service provider, has expanded Tekelec's (NASDAQ: TKLC) solution to monitor performance of its converged next-generation network. Tekelec's performance management solution gives Optimus unprecedented visibility into its network services and subscriber usage, the foundations for improving the customer experience.

Optimus merged networks of its mobile and fixed-line operations with an IMS-based architecture (Internet protocol (IP) multimedia subsystem), while also taking steps to evolve to long term evolution (LTE). This successful transformation requires granular monitoring of protocols governing data traffic -- such as session initiation protocol (SIP) and Diameter -- to measure customers' quality of service and quality of experience.

Optimus is migrating to Tekelec's next-generation, Linux-based performance management platform to increase storage and processing capacity to handle the dramatic increase in subscriber usage data. The agreement builds on Tekelec's history of monitoring Optimus's signaling system 7 (SS7) networks for more than five years.

"Optimus is on the leading edge of network evolution," said Wolrad Claudy, Tekelec's senior vice president of sales. "By integrating fixed and mobile networks into one monitored next-generation network, Optimus can better understand subscriber usage, enhance network performance and improve the customer experience. We are excited to support Optimus's proactive and innovative approach."

Tekelec's performance management platform, Integrated Applications Solution (IAS), analyzes network operations and services as well as customer experiences and usage profiles for more than 150 service providers. The system integrates and interconnects with network applications to gather data records across hundreds of protocols in 2G, 3G and 4G environments, supporting traffic management, security, roaming, prepaid and short message service (SMS). Tekelec presents networks' key performance indicators in both pre-built and customer-defined reports, giving service providers flexibility to examine traffic, troubleshooting issues and subscriber activity as they need.

"Tekelec's performance management solution pinpoints and analyzes valuable information across a countless number of subscribers and network activities," said Jose Pinto Correia, Executive Board member and Chief Technology Officer of Optimus. "Tekelec gives us the actionable insight we need to ensure that our customers have the best possible experience regardless of their device, location or connection type."

For further background, Tekelec has a free "Customer Service Assurance" white paper available for download along with the free "Understanding Customer Service Assurance" webinar. The paper contains five case studies of customer service assurance implementations and was prepared by Stratecast Senior Consulting Analyst Karl Whitelock and Tekelec.

About Optimus

Optimus, the integrated telecommunications operator of Optimus, was created in 1998, and since then it has been conquering the public acknowledgment in strategic areas such as network infrastructure (including next generation networks, in line with the most advanced in the world), the excellence of its customer service, the launch in the Portuguese market of new modes of communicating and the leadership in mobile broadband access.

The different business units that constitute Optimus share the DNA of a unique brand, whose distinctive characteristics are Innovation and Dynamism.

Our focus on the deep knowledge of each customer's expectations, and the ability of defying all the paradigms, have allowed Optimus to deliver its more than 3 Million customers, different, intelligent and outstanding offers. More information available at www.optimus.pt.

About Tekelec

Tekelec, a global leader in core multimedia session control, mobile messaging and network intelligence, ensures scalable, secure and highly available communications. The company's market-leading signaling solutions enable the interworking of different network applications, technologies and protocols, providing a smooth transition to next-generation networks. Tekelec has more than 25 offices around the world serving customers in more than 100 countries, with corporate headquarters located near Research Triangle Park in Morrisville, N.C., U.S.A. For more information, please visit www.tekelec.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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