Acme Packet and CounterPath Partner to Give Operators the Solution to the Internet OTT Threat

Tue Feb 12, 2013 8:30am EST

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  BEDFORD, MA, Feb 12 (Marketwire) -- 
Acme Packet(R) (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery networks,
and CounterPath (NASDAQ: CPAH) (TSX: CCV), a leading developer of
award-winning desktop, tablet and mobile VoIP software products and
solutions, today announced a joint solution based on CounterPath's
market-leading Bria softphone and Acme Packet's market-leading Net-Net
session border controller (SBC). The solution is targeted at service
providers looking to extend service footprint and increase subscriber
base by tapping into the growing demand for "over-the-top" (OTT) services
that leverage the Internet for real-time voice and video communications.

    News Highlights:


--  The joint solution is the first to leverage Acme Packet's
    implementation of an emerging standard known as Tunneled Service
    Control Function (TSCF), which delivers an infrastructure-based
    alternative for real-time, over-the-top (OTT) communications.
    
    
--  CounterPath's Bria mobile edition, a SIP-based softphone for Apple
    iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, as well as Google Android, now integrates
    tunneling innovations from Acme Packet that enable increased secure
    connectivity, enhanced firewall traversal, and interoperability with
    Acme Packet's SBCs.
    
    
--  The Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), the standards
    organization that oversees the development of IP Multimedia Subsystem
    (IMS), is currently working to standardize the TSCF function.
    
    
--  Acme Packet and CounterPath designed this solution for service
    providers looking to provide secure voice, video, IM, presence, and
    SMS to mobile apps -- with higher levels of quality and reliability
    than current solutions.
    
    
--  The joint solution helps customers extend the reach of their services
    by allowing tunneled sessions to traverse network borders, even in the
    presence of strict firewalls.
    
    
--  With Acme Packet's patent-pending tunnel redundancy, the solution
    improves media quality under adverse network conditions and the
    Internet, where packet loss is common. Both signaling and media are
    replicated to ensure the highest possible quality of experience.
    
    
--  The solution also features CounterPath's Client Configuration Server,
    which is used by service providers to deploy and provision the
    CounterPath mobile app.


    

Joint Solution Benefits:


--  Secure VoIP and video communications for mobile applications on
    iPhone, Android, and Windows devices
--  Maximum service reach with strict firewall traversal
--  High voice quality and surmount packet loss for off-net or OTT VoIP
    services
--  Call continuity across Wi-Fi and mobile networks
--  Open and standards driven tunneling technology for both signaling and
    media
--  Service provider-grade IP communications and security leveraging
    hardware assisted encryption and tunneling technologies
--  Protection against malicious attacks and non-malicious overloads for
    OTT services
--  Support for standard codecs, regardless of signaling or media type

    Quotes:

--  "This partnership with Acme Packet only enhances our Telco-OTT
    offering to service providers with a high-quality, real-time solution
    that guarantees secure calls in even the strictest network
    environments. As a result, we believe this joint solution will provide
    a better experience than what Skype and other OTT players currently
    offer," said Todd Carothers, Executive Vice President of Marketing and
    Products, CounterPath. "This solution demonstrates our ongoing
    commitment to innovation as we continue to provide operators with the
    technology to beat Internet OTT offerings."
    
    
--  "In order to compete in the emerging telecommunications industry,
    traditional telephony providers must learn to embrace Internet
    philosophies and deliver new and differentiated services via a
    Telco-OTT model," said Dean Bubley, founder, Disruptive Analysis.
    "Acme Packet and CounterPath's joint solution enables service
    providers to strengthen their OTT service portfolio by improving
    quality and security."
    
    
--  "Traditional service providers are increasingly concerned with OTT
    providers taking subscribers away from their business," said Pat
    MeLampy, chief technology officer, Acme Packet. "This joint solution
    enables service providers to compete directly with other OTT offerings
    and keep customers on their networks. By choosing CounterPath, an
    industry leading VoIP technology, and Acme Packet, the market leader
    in SBCs, our customers can deliver all the benefits of OTT services,
    offer security and reliability, as well as simply interoperate with
    pre-existing services."


    

More about Acme Packet and CounterPath: 


--  Acme Packet and CounterPath will be demonstrating the joint solution
    at the upcoming Mobile World Congress, offering select attendees the
    opportunity to "test drive" the solution through a service offered
    exclusively during the event.
--  Acme Packet at Mobile World Congress
--  Acme Packet and OTT Communications

    

More about Acme Packet: 


--  The Packet
--  The Session
--  Community
--  Twitter
--  Facebook
--  LinkedIn

    

Tags:

Acme Packet, APKT, CounterPath, CPAH, over the top, OTT,
voice over IP, VoIP, SIP, session initiation protocol, session border
controller, SBC, tunneled services control function, TSCF

    About CounterPath

    CounterPath's standards based VoIP softphones are changing the face of
telecommunications. The BYOD VoIP favorite, Bria softphone for mobile
devices and desktop, together with the company's easy-to-use client
management, provisioning and configuration server enables enterprises,
service providers, and OEMs around the globe to offer a seamless and
unified communications experience across both fixed and mobile networks.
Standards-based, cost-effective and reliable, CounterPath's award-winning
solutions power voice, video, messaging, and presence that empower
customers such as Alcatel-Lucent, AT&T, Verizon, BT, Mobilkom Austria,
NTT, Rogers, Avaya, BroadSoft, Cisco Systems, GENBAND, Metaswitch
Networks, Mitel and NEC. 

    For more information about CounterPath's Bria softphone applications and
CCS solutions, visit: www.CounterPath.com/products.

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overall, with a strong sales pipeline, channel partners coming on-line
and favorable long-term market trends, our outlook for continued growth
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    About Acme Packet 

    Acme Packet (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network
solutions, enables the trusted, first-class delivery of next-generation
voice, video, 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
primarily in the USA, selling them through over 330 reseller partners
worldwide. More than 1,925 customers in 109 countries have deployed over
21,000 Acme Packet systems, including 89 of the top 100 service providers
and 51 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com.

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    Statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be
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For more information about Acme Packet:

Media and Industry Analysts: 
Mike O'Malley 
Acme Packet 
+1 781-869-2975 
apktpr@acmepacket.com 

Agency Contact
Katelyn Henry
Version 2.0 Communications
+1 617-426-2222 x113
khenry@v2comms.com 

For more information about CounterPath:

Media and Industry Analysts:
Dana Sissons
CounterPath
+1 604-628-9369
dsissons@CounterPath.com 

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