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Acquisition Will Join Leading Softswitch/Application Technology with Leading Gateway Technology

PLANO, Texas–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GENBAND, Inc., a leading developer of next-generation media, session and security gateway solutions, today announced that it will acquire substantially all assets of the Nortel Carrier VoIP and Application Solutions Business (CVAS). The acquisition is subject to court and certain regulatory approvals in Canada, the United States and other jurisdictions, as well as other closing conditions.

The acquisition will combine GENBAND’s next-generation media, session and security gateway technologies and Nortel’s softswitch, media gateway and application technologies, offering service providers a best-in-class, end-to-end switching and global services portfolio.

“By melding these market-leading technologies into GENBAND, we will create the most comprehensive, standards-based switching portfolio in the world,” said Charles D. Vogt, president and chief executive officer of GENBAND. “Our vision is to fuel the industry’s desired network migration path to cutting-edge IP technology by instituting open standards, open interfaces and interoperability. No other supplier will be better positioned to enable service providers a more cost effective means to optimize their existing fixed TDM networks, and transition from fixed TDM to IP and from fixed to mobile convergence.”

Once the transaction is approved by the courts and closed, GENBAND will have enhanced its research and development, sales, and support operations spanning the globe. The company will have products deployed with over two-thirds of the world’s top 100 service providers and will cover broad markets including fixed, mobile, cable and broadband operators. GENBAND will continue its commitment to existing business partnerships with plans to expand product, service and support relationships following the close of the Nortel CVAS transaction.

GENBAND has teamed with One Equity Partners (OEP) and other existing shareholders to secure the Nortel assets.

“GENBAND’s acquisition of Nortel CVAS will catapult the company to the top of the carrier VoIP equipment market by joining market-leading softswitches with a leader in media gateways,” said Diane Myers, Directing Analyst, Infonetics. “The fact that GENBAND plans to keep all the pieces intact will change the face of the carrier VoIP business. While Nortel CVAS’ VoIP equipment and applications solutions mesh nicely with GENBAND’s portfolio, Nortel’s installed base of DMS customers is also a golden nugget. The legacy business is a good fit for GENBAND since they have mastered maintaining, supporting and migrating legacy switches to the point where they are difficult to beat.”

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