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Press Release -- April 5th, 2011
Source: Acme Packet
Tags: Exchange, VoIP

SK Telink extends Acme Packet deployment for debut of IP international calling

Net-Net session border controllers secure IP borders and ease interoperability for South Korean service provider migrating from TDM to IP

BEDFORD, MA, APRIL 5, 2011 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session delivery networks, today announced that South Korean competitive service provider SK Telink has deployed Acme Packet’s Net-Net 4500 session border controllers (SBCs) for use in their SK 00700 international calling and SK Speed 070 IP telephony services. The Net-Net 4500s are located at SK Telink’s access and interconnect borders and supplement existing Acme Packet SBCs that support SK Telink’s IP Centrex service.

SK Telink, a subsidiary of SK Telecom, is one of the leading operators in South Korea offering international calling services. They also offer retail VoIP services to South Korean companies and outsourced data center services for smaller IP telephony service providers. SK Telink currently services hundreds of thousands subscribers who generate hundreds of thousands calls per day from corporate VoIP endpoints.

With the Net-Net 4500 deployment, SK Telink is replacing its TDM-based interconnects with an end-to-end IP architecture, which it intends to leverage into additional and more diverse peering relationships. SK Telink’s initial IP peering arrangement is with a major global service provider. SK Telink selected Acme Packet for its powerful Net-SAFE security framework, as well as the ability for the Net-Net 4500 solution to address complex SIP interoperability challenges.

"In evaluating alternative solutions, Acme Packet delivered the most comprehensive features and superior performance,” said Joong Seon Ji, team leader of SK Telink’s network planning team. “With the Net-Net 4500, we can peer with up to 100 international service providers, which will help us expand revenues beyond what is possible with the current approach.”

Acme Packet’s SBCs deliver rich functionality that SK Telink applies to extend service reach and secure its network and service infrastructure. SIP and SDP header manipulation applied at IP interconnect points normalizes signaling interactions between SK Telink and other service providers. The Acme Packet SBCs hide SK Telink’s internal topology from outsiders and prevent bad or malformed packets from infiltrating the service core. They also protect SK Telink’s access network and services by rate-limiting SIP signaling traffic and performing overload protection and protocol conformance verification to prevent service outages from DoS/DDoS attacks. Dynamic and static access controls are also configured to prevent fraudulent use or theft of SK Telink services.

"Our session border controllers open the door for service providers to offer new services and ways of extending services via IP peering relationships," said Dino Di Palma, Acme Packet’s senior vice president of sales and business development. “SK Telink is leveraging the benefits of switching to IP as its transport for global communications.”


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 140 reseller partners worldwide. More than 1,300 customers in 105 countries have deployed over 12,000 Acme Packet systems, including 90 of the top 100 service providers and 30 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, the benefits and advantages of our products, 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, 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 form 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.

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