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NEC Accelerates Path to Next Generation Network (NGN) Standards and Interoperability
[September 29, 2008]

NEC Accelerates Path to Next Generation Network (NGN) Standards and Interoperability


HERNDON, Va. --(Business Wire)-- In an effort to advance the development of Next Generation Network (NGN) standards and interoperability in a multi-vendor environment, NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading technology provider of network, IT and identity management solutions, has taken assertive steps to spearhead global NGN initiatives and establish close collaborative relationships with world-leading companies to demonstrate proof of interoperability of its NGN and IP Multimedia Subsystem-based (IMS) solutions.



Today, NEC proudly announced the appointment of Dr. Veli Sahin, senior director, Business Development, NEC Corporation of America, Carrier Solutions to the Board of Directors of the MultiService Forum (MSF), an internationally regarded organization working toward the advancement of NGN standards, open architecture and multiservice switching systems. Dr. Sahin joins the Board of preeminent communications leaders, and is charged with helping to develop implementation agreements, promote the worldwide interoperability of NGN network elements, and encourage input to appropriate national and international standards bodies.

Dr. Sahin's appointment comes as NEC prepares for the October GMI 2008 (Global MSF Interoperability) event, where NEC will assist in generating recommendations for interface specifications as well as test scenarios necessary to promote the continued growth of NGN. GMI 2008 will use "real-world" global network scenarios to highlight the compatibility of NEC's portfolio of NGN and IMS-based IPTV related software, including the NC5000 Series, NC7000 Series (including a Video-On-Demand server), and NC9000 Series.


Earlier this year, NEC launched its Service Convergence Integrated Platform (SCI-P), also known as "Light IMS," a converged multimedia and Session Initiation Protocol (SIP)-based solution to accelerate a fast, simplified software-based migration path to a full IMS-based NGN, which is vital in reducing the initial investment required for NGN services. For network operators and service providers, NEC's SCI-P offers enhanced options and tools for creating services by bringing an open standardized approach to service creation. This in turn allows service vendors and operators to bring new services to market in shorter cycles and with less investment.

"For NGN to succeed, we as a global communications community must focus on emerging NGN architectures that deliver converged services across wireless and wireline access network technologies - and across varying vendor platforms," said Dr. Veli Sahin. "From an NEC perspective, our NGN vision encompasses a fully-integrated and compatible multi-service vendor environment on an IP-based backbone; optimizing operator revenue structures through the delivery of new service opportunities that provide end-users the freedom to communicate on a highly-secure, reliable, ubiquitous network."

GMI 2008 will also present an opportunity for NEC to showcase the critical applications and services that are gaining operator attention - from Unified Communications/Centrex systems to home monitoring, security and IMS-based IPTV offerings.

Additional NEC NGN Activities:

In 2009, NEC will further its NGN initiatives with a sponsorship of the upcoming 1Q09 MSF meeting in San Jose, CA on February 3-5, 2009, and the creation of a global interoperability lab in the United States, where the Company will trial IMS and IPTV-centered multimedia services and devices that accommodate both fixed-line and mobile communications.

For more information regarding NEC's global NGN initiatives and participation at GMI 2008, please visit www.necam.com/onsd.

About GMI 2008

GMI 2008 - the Global MSF Interoperability event - will link major carrier, government, and academic labs on three continents in a major demonstration of multi-vendor interoperability between a significant number of NGN elements supporting Implementation Agreements developed in support of the MSF Release 4 Architecture and practical deployment scenarios of interest to major carriers. GMI 2008 will be held from October 20-31, 2008.

http://www.msforum.org/interoperability/GMI.shtml.

About NEC Corporation of America

NEC Corporation of America is a leading technology provider of network, IT and identity management solutions. Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a North America subsidiary of NEC Corporation, and delivers technology and professional services ranging from server and storage solutions, IP voice and data solutions, optical network and microwave radio communications to biometric security, virtualization and digital cinema solutions. NEC Corporation of America serves carrier and both SMB and large enterprise clients across multiple vertical industries. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.

(R)2008 NEC Corporation of America. NEC is a registered trademark of NEC Corporation. All Rights Reserved. Other product marks mentioned herein are the trademarks of their respective owners.

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