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Mar 28, 2006

AudioCodes and Kineto Wireless Announce Interoperability and Multiple UMA Trials with Major Operators

Collaboration Produces Best-of-Breed UMA Network Controller for Mobile/Wi-Fi Convergence

Lod, Israel, and Milpitas, California – March 28, 2006 - AudioCodes (NASDAQ:AUDC), a leading provider of Voice over Packet (VoP) technologies and Voice Network products, and Kineto Wireless, Inc., the key innovator and a leading global supplier of UMA (Unlicensed Mobile Access) technology, today announced they have successfully completed interoperability testing between AudioCodes’ Mediant™ media gateways and Kineto Wireless’ IP-based UMA Network Controller (IP-UNC). In addition, the companies announced their deployment of these products as part of ongoing fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) trials with several major European operators. 

“As the market demand for mobile/Wi-Fi convergence solutions grows, Kineto is dedicated to partnering with organizations like AudioCodes to deliver best-of-breed UMA solutions that provide consistent voice quality with PSTN-like reliability,” said Tom Elam, vice president of product management for Kineto Wireless. “With our extensive experience in worldwide FMC trials, we have a thorough understanding of what operators need for wide-scale deployments.  We work with our partners to deliver elegant technology solutions that will continue to drive the worldwide adoption of UMA in 2006.”

“AudioCodes’ UMA-compliant media gateway products provide superior voice quality and bandwidth optimization mechanisms for a more efficient deployment and a better user experience,” said Rich Poole, Director of the Media Gateway Business Line at AudioCodes.  “The combination of AudioCodes’ media gateways and Kineto’s IP-UNC provides GSM operators with a compact, powerful UMA fixed mobile converged solution that is easy to deploy into existing networks.”
AudioCodes’ Mediant media gateways combined with Kineto’s IP-UNC provide mobile and integrated operators with a UMA-based FMC solution that delivers superior voice quality for increased customer satisfaction. This joint solution was validated by AudioCodes and Kineto to meet the demand from operators to deliver UMA-based FMC services to their customers. 

The core component of Kineto's mobile/Wi-Fi convergence solution is its IP-UNC, a carrier-class network element that integrates with a service provider’s existing voice (MSC) and data (SGSN) switching systems and uses standard interfaces to extend high-performance mobile services over IP access networks and WLANs. The Kineto IP-UNC manages and secures all subscriber access to mobile, voice, data and IMS services from various WLAN locations, and facilitates automatic seamless roaming and handover between licensed radio access networks and WLANs.

AudioCodes’ Mediant media gateways interconnect the VoIP traffic received over IP from the cellular/WiFi-enabled handsets to existing GSM MSCs using standards-based signaling and control.  The AudioCodes gateway can also support GSM, UMTS and/or IMS networks, providing additional utility for operators as they evolve their networks over time.

The Mediant 8000, 5000 and 3000 media gateways make up the AudioCodes’ family of market-ready, standards-compliant converged media gateway products designed for the wireless, wireline and cable-carrier environments.  The media gateways are able to scale up and scale down, providing customers a common solution to cost-effectively address the varying requirements of network deployments.  

About Kineto Wireless
Kineto Wireless is the key innovator and leading supplier of Unlicensed Mobile Access (UMA) Technology, the 3GPP standard for Mobile/Wi-Fi convergence.  With a UMA-enabled network, mobile operators can provide a seamless, high-performance mobile voice, data, and IMS experience on both cellular and Wi-Fi networks.  As the leading provider of UMA Technology, Kineto supplies core network solutions through OEM partnerships with major network infra-structure providers. Kineto also provides UMA-compliant software, development tools, and support services to mobile silicon/stack suppliers, mobile handset developers, and broadband terminal adapter/wireless access point vendors.  For more information, please visit www.kineto.com.
 
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