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MetaSwitch is Recognized as Internet Communications Industry Leader


2008 VON Innovator Award honors MetaSwitch for its MetaSphere service delivery platform and applications suite

Alameda, CA, & Norwood, MA: March 2008. MetaSwitch today announced that its industry leading MetaSphere applications suite was recognized with a 2008 VON Innovator Award. The culmination of a three-month evaluation process, the inaugural VON Innovator Awards identify the most innovative organizations - from start-ups to publicly traded companies - that represent the future of the Internet communications industry.

During the evaluation process, MetaSwitch stood out for its historic achievements in leading the industry in migrating legacy telephone switches to packet architectures, as well as its introduction last year of the MetaSphere application suite. MetaSphere delivers an extensive set of revenue-enhancing applications built on a flexible service delivery platform that enables service providers to rapidly deploy new services on either legacy circuit-switched or packet-based networks. These services and applications include unified messaging, auto-attendant, privacy defender, fixed-mobile convergence, hosted IP PBX, conferencing, live message screening, incoming call manager, the CommAssistant desktop communications manager, and CommPortal, a Web interface built on Web 2.0 standards.

“MetaSwitch has demonstrated consistent leadership in the Internet Communications industry, and a track record of innovation that the selection committee felt justified its inclusion in the VON Magazine Innovator Awards,” said Bill Sell, publisher, VON Media Group. “These awards represent the industry’s best and the brightest companies, and MetaSwitch should be proud of its accomplishment in being part of this prestigious group.”

The MetaSphere architecture is fully aligned with IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) standards, acting as a combined application server and media resource function in IMS networks. When combined with MetaSwitch session control and media gateway elements, MetaSphere delivers a rich portfolio of next-generation services to subscribers on legacy TDM access networks or pre-IMS softswitch networks as well as full IMS network cores. As a result, many carriers are deploying MetaSphere as the first stepping stone in their migration to a fully realized IMS-based session control architecture.

“MetaSphere’s relevance to service providers of all types is demonstrated by the fact that, after announcing it in June last year, we can now count more than 100 carrier deployments, from tier one incumbents to regional independent telcos and cable operators,” said Andrew Randall, MetaSwitch vice president of marketing. “Being named as one of the first ’VON Innovators’ reflects MetaSwitch’s commitment to providing these compelling new services to allow service providers to take advantage of market trends, while leveraging their existing network resources.”

About the VON Magazine Innovator Awards

Building on the legacy of the Pulver 100, the VON Innovator Awards have evolved to recognize all companies - start-ups to publicly-traded companies - which represent the future of Internet Communications. Each participating company completed a lengthy and comprehensive nomination process, and the recipients have been selected from a committee made up of VON Magazine editors, columnists, and contributors, as well as the leading content producer for the VON.x conferences. The Inaugural VON Magazine Innovator Award winners will be honored at Spring VON.x at 6:00 PM Pacific time on March 18th in the VON Theatre in San Jose. For additional information, please visit:
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