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Acme Packet Enables Altibox to Extend Residential VoIP Services and Tap New Markets

<p class='bwalignc'> <i>Net-Net session border controllers interwork signaling for residential, business and peering customers as Norwegian service provider migrates to all SIP VoIP platform</i> </p>

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Acme Packet Enables Altibox to Extend Residential VoIP Services and Tap New Markets08:30 EDT Tuesday, August 09, 2011 BEDFORD, Mass. (Business Wire) -- Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery network solutions, today announced that Norwegian communications service provider Altibox has deployed Acme Packet's Net-Net® 4500 Session Director (SD) session border controllers (SBCs) as part of its re-designed residential VoIP service. The SBCs are deployed at access and interconnect borders, and extend the reach of Altibox's services by resolving signaling inconsistencies that exist among the various endpoints used by Altibox subscribers. Altibox is a fiber-to-the-home provider who offers multi-play services such as interactive TV, ultra-fast Internet and affordable fixed and mobile telephony over a single fiber cable with bandwidths ranging from 25Mbps to 800Mbps (symmetrical). Altibox features an advanced user portal available on the web and on the television set. Altibox services are delivered to approximately 250,000 customers throughout Norway by over 36 partners. Altibox is part of the Lyse Group, based in Stavanger, Norway. “The interworking functions offered by the Net-Net SD provide us with the flexibility needed to service the widest range of subscribers,” said Leif Aarthun Ims, CEO for Altibox. “Acme Packet's ability to handle residential, business and peering traffic on the same platform also makes it the most scalable and cost effective solution for our requirements.” Altibox first deployed Acme Packet SBCs in 2004 to support its VoIP peering and trunking services. The new deployment, which utilizes high availability (HA) pairs of Net-Net 4500 SBCs deployed in geographically-redundant points of presence (POPs), is part of a project to update Altibox's residential IP telephony service to a new application platform based exclusively on session initiation protocol (SIP). To ensure that Altibox's residential customers still using H.323 can access the new SIP-based VoIP service, the Acme Packet SBC interworks H.323 to SIP signaling at its access borders. The SBC can also be leveraged by Altibox to support its growing business trunking services and for videoconferencing, which Altibox believes will become an important component in its service mix over time. Additionally, Altibox selected Acme Packet for its IPv6-IPv4 interworking functionality. Altibox is planning to offer all of its services over IPv6 by the end of 2011. “Altibox is focused on offering its subscribers a high-quality portfolio of next-generation services,” said Dino Di Palma, senior vice president of worldwide sales and business development, Acme Packet. “Their strategy of delivering end-to-end IP services over a high-bandwidth fiber optic network has them well-positioned to expand their services into new markets with a variety of in-demand services.” 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 150 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,440 customers in 105 countries have deployed over 13,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 34 of the Fortune 100. For more information visit www.acmepacket.com. Acme Packet 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, to our position in the session border control market, our expected financial and operating results, our ability to establish and maintain intellectual property rights, our ability to build and grow Acme Packet, our potential next stage of growth, the benefits and advantages of our products to Altibox and its customers or anyone else, including any enhancements or new features, services and programs, and our ability to achieve our goals, plans and objectives. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause our actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: difficulties in growing our customer base, difficulties leveraging market opportunities, difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers like Altibox or others, 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, 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 our recent filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including those factors discussed under the caption “Risk Factors” in such filings. Media and Industry Analysts:CHEN PRChris Carleton, +1-781-672-3115acmepacket@chenpr.comorInvestor Relations:Acme PacketBrian Norris, +1-781-328-4790bnorris@acmepacket.com