BURLINGTON, MA, March 18, 2010 — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, today announced HD Voice – Xtended Reach (HDV-XR), a set of capabilities for its industry-leading Net-Net® session border controllers (SBCs) family that bridge high definition (HD) voice services and applications across IP network borders and ease the transition from standard definition (SD) to HD voice. Support for new HD coder/decoders (codecs) on Acme Packet’s Net-Net 9200 platform delivers the transcoding and transrating flexibility needed by fixed and mobile service providers, as well as enterprises and contact centers, to leverage the new generation of codecs found in audio endpoints such as HD-capable mobile handsets, HD telepresence, and IP phones used in audio conferencing and contact center solutions. Additionally, new codec management functions for Acme Packet’s entire Net-Net SBC family control codec selection and session routing based on codec to optimize subscriber quality of experience.
HD voice features endpoints equipped with wideband coders/decoders (codecs) deliver CD-quality audio, enabling a much richer communications experience for both wireless and wireline services. Communications-oriented business functions such as audio and video conferencing and customer service can be significantly enhanced by the life-like clarity of HD voice. The high audio quality levels also improve perception in challenging environments such as international phone conversations and noisy venues. Mobile service providers also view HD voice as a driver for the adoption of fixed mobile substitution (FMS), as the single-pair wiring still found in many homes is insufficient for supporting HD phones, many of which require Category 4 wiring or better.