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Siemens Gets Certified

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Siemens Networks LLC today announced that CableLabsR, a non-profit cable industry research and development consortium, has qualified Siemens' PCS-5000 as a PacketCableT Multimedia (PCMM) compliant Policy Server. The PacketCable specification was developed by CableLabs to define a common platform to deliver advanced, real-time communications, and PCMM compliance assures cable operators that the PCS-5000 is certified to support a wide range of multimedia applications, such as IP telephony, multimedia conferencing, interactive gaming, and streaming video.

To achieve CableLabs' qualification, the Siemens PCS-5000 had to successfully pass an extensive series of interoperability tests, functioning as a PCMM compliant Policy Server in the CableLabs test labs. Policy management has become a critical tool for carriers looking to deliver multimedia IP services over their networks, since policy control is the enabling technology for a wide range of multimedia services. Dynamic policy control is essential for complex real-time applications such as video streaming, interactive games, instant messaging, and Push and Talk, particularly as network loads approach threshold levels. With the powerful policy control server built into Siemens' PCS-5000, operators can control and allocate available bandwidth as they see fit and offer guaranteed quality of service (QoS) levels. Bandwidth control is the key to marketing high-quality services and sophisticated applications to premium customers.

"Receiving PCMM qualification from CableLabs assures cable operators that our PCS-5000 can help them effectively compete in the market to deliver converged IP applications to the home," said Harald Braun, President and COO, Siemens Networks LLC. "Qualification confirms to our customers that Siemens' products adhere to the latest industry standards and can serve as a solid foundation for their policy control architecture, so they can concentrate on refining business strategies for new multimedia services in order to open up new markets."

Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE)

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