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NextPoint Updates IBG

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LAS VEGAS and GAITHERSBURG, Md. -- NextPoint(TM), a leader in fixed-mobile connectivity (FMC) solutions, today announced it has added significant new mobility-enabling features to its Integrated Border Gateway (IBG) product suite, bringing combined or distributed edge-to-edge IP session management solutions to fixed and mobile operators. The company, already in lab trials with Tier One operators in North America, Europe and Asia, will demonstrate the mobility-enabled IBG at CTIA Wireless 2008 in Las Vegas.

NextPoint's IBG, which was announced to the market in 2007 as the industry's first product consolidating best-of-breed Session Border Controller (SBC) capabilities with the market-leading Security Gateway (SeGW), now includes an IP Mobility Suite that provides Packet Data Interworking Function (PDIF) to support Code Division Multiple Access or CDMA-based operators and Tunnel Termination Gateway (TTG) for Global System for Mobile (GSM)- and Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS)-based operators. With this functionality, NextPoint enables true mobility for users roaming between multiple IP networks. The PDIF and TTG IP Mobility Suite will provide for delivery of voice and data "combinational" services to mobile IP users, ensuring subscribers' continuity experience across IP networks for both sessions and data.

NextPoint now offers three versions of the IBG. One version provides a single-component security gateway while a second version integrates intelligent session management capabilities. These two versions provide intelligent edge solutions to mobile and fixed-line operators' to address their requirements for management and implementation of network elements from access edge to network core. With the availability of the newest version of the IBG, which now incorporates PDIF and TTG, NextPoint supports operators' rollout of mobile services today while anticipating operators' network evolution as they continue to create enriched voice, data, and multimedia services in an all-IP mobile environment.

"We are proud to be first to market again," said Mark Pugerude, Chief Marketing Officer of NextPoint, "delivering a proven, high-scale IP mobility solution that enables operators to interconnect their fixed and mobile networks to support voice, data and multimedia sessions while securely connecting with other operators' networks to optimize coverage and performance. The mobility-enabled Integrated Border Gateway is an investment protection strategy - a way for operators to future-proof their networks to deliver converged FMC and IMS solutions. Our vision has always been to mobilize the IBG to be in lock-step with the network evolution that we have seen working alongside Tier One operators in the lab and in concert with our partners. We look forward to putting the IBG's PDIF and TTG mobility-enabling technologies into large production network deployments by the end of this year."

NextPoint Networks Inc.

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