AudioCodes and CTI² Selected to Deploy FASTWEB’s Enhanced Unified Communication & IPTV Applications
Deployment of advanced communication services enables 1 million FASTWEB residential and business subscribers to view and respond to multimedia messages via television screens
Lod, Israel and San Mateo, California - November 6, 2006 – AudioCodes (NASDAQ: AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over Packet (VoP) technologies and Voice Network Products, and CTI Squared (CTI²), a leading developer and provider of Next Gen, value-added solutions for carriers and service providers, today announced that FASTWEB, Italy’s second largest fixed telephony operator and the first player worldwide to develop an all IP network for Triple Play service delivery (voice, data, and video), is expanding its use of CTI²'s InTouch™ platform, integrated with AudioCodes IPmedia™ Media Server, for advanced voicemail and unified messaging services.
FASTWEB will deploy AudioCodes-CTI²’s upgraded IPTV messaging application. On top of this FASTWEB will make AudioCodes-CTI²’s enhanced Unified Communication service available to its own customer base very close to 1 million clients as of today.
By incorporating CTI²’s enhanced communication services with AudioCodes’ Media Server capabilities, the companies offer a Next Gen innovative solution, providing advanced and customer-tailored services for residential and business users. CTI² and AudioCodes offer a unique IPTV application allowing subscribers to view and respond to voice, email, and fax messages through their television sets. The IPTV application enables subscribers to receive on-line notifications on newly arrived messages while watching TV. Subscribers can then instantly enter their mailbox and navigate between all types of messages via a simple and intuitive user interface. The new version of the IPTV application incorporates enhanced messaging and mailbox management capabilities, enabling subscribers to satisfy all their needs from one source.
“We expanded our services with CTI² and AudioCodes due to their innovative solutions, scalability and open standards based platform,” said Paolo Tavazzani, Voice Services Manager in the ICT Services department of FASTWEB. "Since the outset of our collaboration with CTI² in 2002, CTI² has always been very responsive regarding our needs, which contributes to our innovative vision, the loyalty of our subscribers and to the increase in our average revenue earned per user.”
“We are pleased to partner with CTI² to provide FASTWEB an advanced unified communications solution,” said Yehuda Hershkovits, Vice President of Systems at AudioCodes. “We look forward to being part of FASTWEB’s growing network, and are confident our carrier grade, Converged Media Servers support their goal to continue being an innovative service provider.”
“By expanding our services, FASTWEB, considered throughout the world as a pioneer in Triple-Play services offering, demonstrates the value of our Next Generation communications and messaging services,” said Erez Marom, CEO of CTI². “We look forward to continuing to work with FASTWEB to provide the latest in advanced messaging capabilities and to maintain their competitiveness in the coming years.”
CTI² delivers Next-Gen, value-added solutions to leading carriers and service providers worldwide, with product lines spanning Web/IPTV Advertising, T-Commerce, Messaging and Conferencing services. CTI² is spearheading the cable industry with advanced revenue-generating services including Location-based advertisement and Content Promotion services. By developing innovative, scalable, optimized and adaptable technology, CTI² supports communications solutions that enable service providers to launch lucrative services. These solutions are backed by the InTouch platform, an open, IP, standards-based environment that meets the strictest Telco-grade requirements. Privately owned, CTI² employs a large team of veteran technicians, programmers and top industry professionals. The Company collaborates with leading integration and support providers worldwide to deliver unique solutions for Cable/MSO operators, Broadband operators, Mobile carriers, Fixed-line carriers, Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and Application Service Providers (ASPs). For more information, visit the CTI² website at www.cti2.com.
FASTWEB is Italy’s second largest fixed telephony operator and the first player worldwide to develop an all IP network for Triple Play service delivery, currently operating in more than 130 Italian cities via a network of more than 22,000 km. DSL 2 PLUS technology and the transmission rate to 1 Mbit/s), as well as a growing range of high value added video services. Thanks to their fully IP architecture and the selective use of both fiber optics and DSL, FASTWEB has optimized the delivery of converged services including voice, Internet and television (including video on demand) over a single broadband connection. FASTWEB reported 957,300 customers as at 30 September 2006 (preliminary results), with the strongest growth ever in the third quarter 2006. For more information, please visit FASTWEB's website at www.fastweb.it.