Aricent Co-founds Multi-Service Business Gateway Alliance

Palo Alto, CA and Las Vegas NV, Apr 28, 2008 - Aricent, the communications software company, announced today that it has partnered with a group of leading technology companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to form the communications industry's first Multi-Service Business Gateway (MSBG) Alliance. The primary mission of the new alliance is to accelerate the development of MSBG systems and complete solutions for service providers.

MSBGs combine voice, video and data communications in a single multi-service broadband platform, replacing the need for separate PBX, routers, firewalls, gateways, cable modems, VPN and other security appliances. MSBGs are designed to simplify the communications equipment for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and remote branch offices (RBOs) of large enterprises. The MSBG Alliance was built around the Aricent Converged Access Solution (CAS) and a number of additional partners to be announced during Interop 2008. Aricent and the Alliance members will showcase MSBG solutions, at the LSI booth, Palm H, April 28 - May 1 in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Aricent, the first application software provider in the Alliance, has developed Aricent CAS for MSBGs, a software product that combines SIP-based VoIP services, virtual private networking (VPN) and security, Wi-Fi access, quality of service (QOS), LAN switching, IPv4 routing, WAN access and network management into a single compact gateway solution.

"We're proud to be a co-founder and the first applications software provider in the MSBG Alliance. This Alliance has the capability to deliver products that enable businesses of all sizes to tame the complexity in their communications systems," said Sajal Gupta, Head of Products, Aricent. "We are delighted that the Aricent Converged Access Solution is proving to be a foundation for the MSBG market. Our ongoing relationship with LSI has opened up the opportunity to partner with more companies that are integral to the production and distribution of MSBGs."

"Aricent has a unique offering for the MSBG software market today with the Aricent Converged Access Solution," said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing for the Network and Storage Products Group, LSI. "We're happy to be jointly delivering our first OEM product powered by Aricent CAS at Interop. The MSBG Alliance launch will ensure that more companies can benefit from the Aricent CAS solution."

On Tuesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at Reef E Charlie Kawwas, and Tony Pereira, business leader, Business Communications Portfolio, Nortel Networks will present the session, "Managed Services: The Real-Time Tipping Point." During the session, they will discuss the new services enabled by the application of MSBG systems and introduce the MSBG Alliance.

About Aricent

With corporate offices in Palo Alto, California, Aricent is a full-service, full-spectrum communications software company. Aricent offers software services and products that enable the world's leading communications equipment manufacturers, device manufacturers and service providers to improve time-to-revenue and maximize efficiency. Owned by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Sequoia Capital and Flextronics International Ltd., Aricent has more than 400 clients worldwide. For more information, visit

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