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Cedar Point Gets UMass Contract

Cedar Point and the University of Massachusetts Amherst announced a five-year research and deployment agreement

July 9, 2007

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DERRY, N.H. and AMHERST, Mass. -- Cedar Point Communications, Inc., the worldwide leader in VoIP switching technologies for service provider and enterprise telecommunications, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst today announced that they have entered into a five-year research and deployment agreement to provide advanced VoIP applications on the University of Massachusetts Amherst campus.

The agreement, the first full deployment for Cedar Point within a campus environment, calls for the deployment of the Cedar Point SAFARI C(Cubed) Multimedia Switching System for the delivery of IP-based telephony services to up to 30,000 faculty, student and administrative staff users over the existing UMass network infrastructure. In addition, the university and Cedar Point will work together to develop new, advanced features and applications for voice and multimedia services.

The agreement follows the successful trial of SAFARI C(Cubed) in 2006 as a replacement for existing PBX and trunking technology within the UMass communications network, supporting SIP-based residential devices in residence halls. Full deployment has begun and will continue to scale in the months to come.

"The evolution of IP voice communications has created both the need and the opportunity for an efficient and highly flexible campus network," said Daniel Blanchard, associate chief information officer for the University of Massachusetts. "Our initial trial of SAFARI C(Cubed) last year demonstrated that we could simply and cost-effectively deploy VoIP -- and ultimately advanced voice services -- in our residence halls. We are especially interested in the unique utilization of the SIP protocols in the SAFARI switch" and its performance.

"Through its activities over the past several years, the University of Massachusetts has been on the leading edge of campus and enterprise telecommunications innovation," said George Kassas, founder and executive vice president, business development for Cedar Point Communications. "We look forward to working closely with the university in the years ahead on the development and deployment of applications that will shape the future of campus voice services."

Cedar Point Communications Inc.

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