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Combined BroadSoft, Acme Packet and Taqua Solution Experiencing Strong Momentum in the Tier 2/3 Service Provider Market

Taqua®, LLC, a leading supplier of next-generation switching systems and applications, today at SUPERCOMM 2009 announced that six more companies have chosen to deploy TaquaWorks™, an integrated solution that tightly combines products from Acme Packet®, BroadSoft®, and Taqua.

The TaquaWorks solution was chosen by Reedsburg Utility, Farmers Mutual Telephone Company, B2B2C, Hunt Telecom, and Thomasville Utilities to deliver advanced telecommunications services to their diverse subscriber bases that include residential and business customers.

TaquaWorks is a tightly integrated solution that enables service providers to replace wireline and wireless switches and deploy converged, enhanced applications with the highest network security possible. The Taqua 7000™ (T7000) next generation wireline and wireless switching system allows service providers to replace Class 4/5 and wireless switching systems and deliver advanced services over TDM and IP networks, as well as wireless GSM/CDMA, 2G, 3G, and 4G networks. BroadSoft’s BroadWorks® suite of advanced hosted Unified Communications, mobile PBX, business trunking and residential services are tightly coupled with the T7000 to deliver the world’s most advanced subscriber services to carriers of all sizes. By integrating Acme Packet’s session border control (SBC), the TaquaWorks solution enhances network security for service providers by controlling the kinds of calls that can be placed through their IP networks. The SBC also delivers increased interoperability and service reliability by fixing or modifying protocols and protocol syntax to overcome issues that firewalls or other devices may cause across the IP network.

“It’s been almost two years since we launched the TaquaWorks solution and it has been received very well by Tier 2/3 carriers in North America and we are now selling, implementing and supporting multiple new TaquaWorks solutions every month,” said Scott Weidenfeller, chief marketing officer at Taqua, LLC. “Our strategic relationship with BroadSoft and Acme Packet and the resulting solution TaquaWorks has been a great success. Leveraging the world’s leading applications and SBC technology into Taqua’s wireline and wireless switching solutions, Taqua enables carriers of any size and type the ability to safely and securely deploy the same advanced services that the largest carriers in the world are deploying.”

Reedsburg Utility provides telephone, internet, and cable-tv services to over 4,000 customers in Reedsburg, Wisconsin. Stanton, Iowa-based Farmers Mutual Telephone Company is a rural, independent telecommunications company that provides local and long distance telephone service, wireless communications, cable television, and Internet services. B2B2C Inc. is an independent Internet service provider (ISP) offering voice and data services to residential and commercial customers in Ontario and Quebec, Canada. Headquartered in Southeastern Louisiana, Hunt Telecommunications, LLC provides an integrated bundle of affordable local and long distance services along with data communication services to small and medium-sized businesses throughout Louisiana. Thomasville Utilities provides cable television, Internet access, and telecom service to the residents in and surrounding Thomasville, Georgia.

About Acme Packet

Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first-class interactive communications—voice, video and multimedia sessions—and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, enterprise and contact center networks—from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols—SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS, H.248 and RTSP—and multiple border points—service provider access and interconnect, and enterprise access and trunking. Our products have been selected by more than 830 customers in 95 countries. They include 48 of the top 50, and 89 of the top 100 service providers in the world; and 8 of the Fortune 25. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.

About BroadSoft

BroadSoft®, the world-wide leader of VoIP application software, enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. BroadSoft's family of carrier-class products, including its award-winning flagship BroadWorks® technology, empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and increase customer satisfaction. BroadSoft products deliver the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world's leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to nine of the top 10 and 15 of the top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including KPN, Korea Telecom, Qwest, SingTel, Sprint, Swisscom, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-Systems, and Verizon. For additional information, go to www.broadsoft.com.

About Taqua®, LLC

Established in 1998, Taqua is a leading supplier of next-generation switching systems and applications. With over 350 system deployments, the company’s solutions are deployed by wireline, cable and wireless carriers as next-generation end-office exchanges. Taqua is the only supplier of next-generation solutions exclusively focused on small and medium sized wireline and/or wireless carriers. Taqua is headquartered in Richardson, TX with research and development located in Hyannis, MA and Richardson, TX and all manufacturing, R&D and support based in North America. More information on Taqua can be obtained by calling +1.972.692.1800, by email at [email protected], or by browsing the website at www.taqua.com.

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