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Acme Packet Enhances Multiservice Security Gateway to Accelerate Femtocell and FMC Deployments

<p class=' bwtextaligncenter'> <i>Net-Net Security Gateway Outfitted with New Security, Interoperability and Management Features to Accelerate Deployments</i> </p>

Monday, June 21, 2010

Acme Packet Enhances Multiservice Security Gateway to Accelerate Femtocell and FMC Deployments08:30 EDT Monday, June 21, 2010 LONDON (Business Wire) -- Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced a series of enhancements to its Net-Net® Security Gateway (SG) to enable service providers to scale their fixed mobile convergence (FMC) services delivered using IP-based consumer and enterprise-based femtocell, picocell and WiFi access points. Acme Packet's Net-Net SG is a multiservice security gateway (MSG) that enables FMC by securing the delivery of voice and data services over untrusted Internet and Wi-Fi networks to femtocells, picocells and dual-mode endpoints. Infonetics Research projects that the multiservice security gateway market represents an aggregate $1.6 billion opportunity from 2010–2014. Based on experience from deployments and trials, Acme Packet's enhancements address critical security, service reach and management challenges that have arisen as service providers move to broader commercial deployments of FMC. The new features and functions for the Net-Net SG that address these challenges include: Security Online Certificate Status Protocol (OCSP) support – validates endpoint certificates at time of IPsec tunnel establishment providing a more efficient and timely mechanism compared to CRL (certificate revocation lists) Mobile Country Code and Mobile Network Code whitelisting – authenticates IPsec tunnels from dual-mode handsets corresponding only to the specified range of IMSI (International Mobile Subscriber Identity) preventing rogue handsets from hijacking dual mode handset service EAP-MD5 authentication – expands authentication methods for CDMA femtocells for IPsec IKEv2 tunnel set-up Interoperability IPv6 support for IPsec – supports IPv6 packets inside IPv4 and IPv6 tunnels maximizing broadband access networks and devices that service providers can use in FMC and femtocell deployments Cipher suite expansion – supports the full range of ciphers specified in 3GPP TS 33.234 extending IPsec interoperability to a greater number of endpoints Management Statistics for IPsec Security Associations – provides a wide range of tunnel statistics, including threshold-crossing alerts for reporting critical system conditions for improved manageability and faster troubleshooting IPsec accounting records – generates records for the initiation and termination of IPsec tunnels for accounting and troubleshooting “As femtocell and FMC services move from trials and early stage deployments to broader commercial availability, the multiservice security gateway plays a critical role in delivering services over untrusted access networks,” said Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet's executive vice president of marketing and product management. “The enhancements to our Net-Net SG strengthen security and interoperability and improve manageability allowing service providers to securely and effectively scale their services.” “To date, the primary focus in the femtocell ecosystem has been on the access points themselves and network integration technologies such as Iuh or SIP,” commented Peter Jarich, Service Director with Current Analysis. “Now that networks are becoming operational, mobile service providers need to address the challenges of security and scalable management. These enhancements from Acme Packet tackle those issues.” Based on the Net-Net 4500 hardware platform, the Net-Net SG features several significant technical advantages that maximize system capacity and performance, ensure non-stop service availability, enable flexible deployment options and minimize costs. The Net-Net SG provides up to 200,000 IPsec tunnels in a single rack unit, high-performance IPsec processing architecture, integrated hardware-software-based DoS/DDoS protection, carrier-class high availability (HA) and MSG virtualization. The Net-Net SG also supports optional session border controller (SBC) integration for SIP-based femtocells and dual-mode handsets. The Acme Packet Net-Net SG supports multiple consumer and enterprise FMC applications, including femtocell and picocell access, dual-mode handsets (UMA and SIP clients) and macro data WiFi offload. The MSG fulfills multiple functional elements in FMC architectures, including Evolved Packet Data Gateway (ePDG), Packet Data Gateway (PDG), I-WLAN Tunnel Terminating Gateway (TTG), UMA/GAN Security Gateway (SeGW) and Femtocell Security Gateway (SeGW). Acme Packet will be exhibiting and speaking at Femtocells World Summit taking place June 22–24 in London. Acme Packet will present Security, SIP and Services: Lessons Learned and Protocol Prophecies on Wednesday, June 23rd at 4:20 p.m. To schedule a meeting with Acme Packet at Femtocells World Summit, complete the meeting request form. About Acme Packet Acme Packet (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. Over 10,000 Acme Packet systems have been deployed by more than 1,035 customers in over 105 countries. They include 91 of the top 100 service providers in the world; and 11 of the Fortune 25. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit Acme Packet, Inc. Safe Harbor Statement Statements contained herein that are not historical fact may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934. Such forward-looking statements may relate, among other things, the benefits and features of sessions border controllers, the growth of our business, the ability to facilitate service and support and to secure large enterprise networks, as well as Acme Packet's expected range and reach into new markets and its relationships with new customers, distributions channel and product partners. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties expanding its customer base; difficulties leveraging market opportunities; difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers; poor product sales; long sales cycles; difficulty developing new products; difficulty in relationships with vendors and partners; higher risk in international operations; difficulty managing rapid growth; difficulty managing its financial performance; its ability to hire and retain employees and appropriately staff its operations; its cash needs; the impact of new accounting pronouncements and increased competition. Additional factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or suggested in any forward-looking statements are contained in the Company's recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings.