|[November 30, 2010]
Etisalat Lanka Expands IP Interconnects with Acme Packet
BEDFORD, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control
solutions, today announced that Etisalat (News - Alert) Lanka, a wholly-owned
subsidiary of the United Arab Emirates-based Etisalat Telecommunications
Corporation, is deploying Acme Packet Net-Net® session
border controllers (SBCs) to support its IP interconnects for
international calls. Etisalat Lanka uses IP interconnects to enhance
international voice traffic and selected Acme Packet (News - Alert) to secure and
optimize those connections for expansion. The deployment of SBCs also
complements Etisalat Lanka's migration to all-IP networks for lower
total cost of ownership and the delivery of new services.
"Acme Packet provides Etisalat Lanka with the means to securely and
efficiently grow our IP interconnects so we can maximize revenue," said
Mr. Sanath Pilapitiya, CTO of Etisalat Lanka. "With the Net-Net SBCs we
have the industry's leading security and control functions for our
international VoIP traffic."
Etisalat Lanka selected Acme Packet's Net-Net 3820 Session Director to
improve revenue from international calls by increasing call completion
rates and providing fault tolerance and resiliency for the network by
detecting and routing around network failures. The Net-Net SBC SIP
header manipulation feature enables wider interoperability and expedites
time to market. Call detail records and quality of service (QoS)
monitoring provide real-time information on quality of calls in the
network for reporting, planning and settlement.
With Acme Packet's policy-based routing features, Etisalat Lanka has the
flexibility to implement QoS-based and codec-based routing to further
optimize the network in the future.
"Mobile service providers are making the transition to IP interconnects
to drive down costs and prepare for the all-IP future," said Mr. Sumant
Sharma, managing director, Asia Pacific region for Acme Packet.
"Etisalat Lanka is an early mover in this regard and uses Acme Packet's
rich feature set to optimize its IP interconnections."
The Net-Net SBCs were installed by MillenniumESP, an Acme Packet channel
and integration partner in Sri Lanka. MillenniumESP pioneered the
deployment of SBCs in Sri Lanka and has been a leading solutions
provider for service providers in the areas of voice over IP, core
networks, security and data center techologies.
"We are pleased that Etisalat Lanka chose MillenniumESP to provide for
their next generation IP interconnect needs," said Mr. Faiq Faaiz,
executive vice president, MillenniumIT. "I am confident that Etisalat
Lanka will benefit immensely from the vast experience of MillenniumESP
in the area of session border controllers in providing future next
generation network services."
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 1,180 customers in
105 countries. They include 92 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 www.acmepacket.com.
About Etisalat Lanka
100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat UAE, who is the world's 13th largest
telco operator with subscribers exceeding 107 million worldwide.
Etisalat UAE is on a very sound financial footing with S&P recently
upgrading their rating to AA-/A-1+ and Fitch reaffirming their rating to
With the entry of Etisalat into Sri Lanka and re-branding of the Sri
Lankan operation as Etisalat in February 2010, the name Etisalat has
become a household name in the Sri Lankan market. The local company,
Etisalat Lanka with the support and guidance of the giant parent telco
of UAE is making in-roads into the telco market shares in Sri Lanka.
Locally one of the most efficient and dynamic operators, Etisalat Lanka
will continue to grow in strength whilst contributing to the economic
growth of the country too.
Part of the London Stock Exchange Group, MillenniumESP, the enterprise
and service provider business of MillenniumIT, is a leading Sri Lankan
information technology solutions provider, specialising in IT solutions
for the financial and telecom industries. MillenniumESP also offers
information technology infrastructure and consulting services.
MillenniumIT is a premier technology solutions provider serving the
global capital markets industry. The company's products currently powers
exchanges, depositories, brokerages and regulatory bodies in the United
States, Europe, Africa and the Asia-Pacific region.
For more information, please visit www.millenniumit.com
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