NMS Communications to acquire Openera Technologies, provider of mobile application handset solutions for converged mobile networks

February 14, 2006

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), a leading provider of technologies and solutions for mobile applications and infrastructure, today announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Openera Technologies, a leading provider of mobile application handset solutions for converged mobile networks. Openera will become an integral part of NMS’s Mobile Applications business, reporting to Mark Grindeland, vice president and general manager.

Openera’s Mobile IMS Client serves as a single, simplified pathway for launching and managing Openera’s portfolio of presence-based applications, including Peer-to-Peer Video Sharing, Active Phone Book for community services, Push to Talk over Cellular and Instant Messaging. Openera’s SIP-based solutions enable the rapid delivery of these emerging IP multimedia communication services on mobile devices spanning 2.5G, 3G, IMS and WiFi networks.

The acquisition positions NMS as a leading mobile service enabler, delivering personalized, content-rich, user-centric applications and services. Openera’s integrated portfolio of client-based 3G and IMS mobile applications for smart-phone and feature-phone platforms complements NMS’s network-based applications and technology, enabling the company to deliver exciting new services to existing and new customers. The combined capabilities will provide mobile operators and next-generation service providers with an end-to-end solution – incorporating network integration, applications, content and an optimal user experience – targeted specifically at 3G wireless, IMS, and mobile Internet applications and services.

“We are very excited about the strategic value of this acquisition, which brings us important new applications, product expertise and customer relationships,” said Bob Schechter, NMS Communications’ chairman and CEO. “Through our MyCaller™ offering, NMS Communications has gained a substantial market footprint as a leading provider of ringback tones and personalized caller entertainment services. Leveraging that experience and this acquisition, we’ll bring to market a set of complete, end-to-end application solutions that incorporate subscriber ease of use and personalization, content search and discovery, and that set the stage for highly targeted and effective content marketing. These solutions will help operators and next-generation service providers realize the full potential of their network investments and customer relationships in today’s mobile communications services market and the rapidly emerging mobile Internet.”

“At Openera, we recognize the benefits of providing an end-to-end solution with a long-established industry leader like NMS,” said Joel Hughes, Openera CEO. “With the resulting ability to deliver community-based mobile applications, multimedia personal communications, licensed and user-generated content applications and complete mobile marketing solutions, NMS will be uniquely positioned to provide mobile operators with the next generation of high-value applications and technology that have the greatest impact on their business.”

“The merger represents a strong validation of Openera’s market and technology leadership and of our core belief that world-class technology products can be conceptualized, designed and developed in India,” said Jawad Ayaz, Openera founder and CTO. “We firmly believe that the unique strengths of the individual businesses will come together to create an entity that will be a market leader in the wireless applications space.”

NMS Communications Corp.

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