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Openet and Cisco Conclude OEM Deal for Integrated Policy Solution

May 7, 2009 - Openet

NICE, France, TM Forum Management World – May 7, 2009 – Openet, the leading provider of Transactional Intelligence for the world’s largest and most innovative network service providers, has successfully concluded an OEM agreement with Cisco® to distribute Openet’s FusionWorks™ Policy Manager product.   Under the agreement, Cisco will market and sell FusionWorks Policy Manager as a Cisco-branded offering to operators of high-speed wireless, fixed line and cable networks worldwide alongside Cisco’s Mobility Solutions—Cisco’s deep packet inspection products—which are used by operators to inspect and control data on their networks.

Cisco and Openet have sold products together for several years to provide market-leading solutions to communications service providers.  This agreement strengthens this long-standing relationship between the two companies and creates a more tightly integrated offering for operators seeking to dynamically apply business logic within their mobile, landline, cable and WiMax networks.

Dynamic policy control has emerged as the key to maximizing revenue as telecom and cable providers deploy new, personalized services and as a result, must tightly control the use of these services and network resources.  Openet has a long history as the leading provider of transactional solutions for this market, and its Policy Manager product is an effective compliment to Cisco’s Mobility Solutions.  Cisco chose Openet’s product over alternatives due to the Company’s ongoing innovation, track record and stellar reputation, as well as the sheer scalability and performance of the product.

“Service providers are dealing with congestion and fair use challenges and need partners that work together, as Openet and Cisco are announcing.  The partnership-based approach to dynamic network control, such as the integration of Openet’s policy management software with Cisco’s deep packet inspection hardware, is essential," said Elisabeth Rainge, director, NGN operations at IDC.  "The complexities of subscriber demand, network performance and externally driven mandates are driving a growing need for policy controls across all networks.”

The Cisco Mobility Solutions enable advanced processing of IP flows through dynamic content examination, subscriber service access control and subscriber account balance enforcement in a highly scalable, robust package.  By tightly integrating Openet’s Transactional Intelligence capabilities with the Cisco deep packet inspection products, Cisco is able to offer a more comprehensive suite of very tightly integrated preconfigured solutions to operators, whereby they can dynamically control access to, and allocation of, network resources to generate new revenue sources and improve the customer experience.

“Cisco’s Mobility Solutions are crucial to operators’ success in generating new revenue streams by controlling and monetizing the use of their networks,” said Niall Norton, CEO of Openet.  “Deploying Openet’s industry-leading policy management product in conjunction with Cisco’s proven deep packet inspection products creates a tightly integrated solution for operators worldwide from the industry leader in IP network infrastructure.”
The Cisco-branded policy management product will be available in the coming months. Inquiries for the product can be made directly to Openet.  For more information, please visit http://178.128.46.162/cisco

For more information on Openet’s Policy Manager solution, for which version 2.5 was announced yesterday, please visit:  http://178.128.46.162/offerings/software/policy-manager.

About Openet
Openet is a leading worldwide provider of event processing and transaction management solutions.  The Transactional Intelligence of the company’s solutions extracts increased value from diverse service provider networks, enabling rapid introduction of new services and reliable, cost-effective management of existing services.  Openet is focused on delivering best-in-class network edge solutions and specialized engagement processes that create business value from network activity.  A global company, Openet’s implementations include long-running engagements with the world’s leading service providers such as BT, Orange, AT&T and Verizon Wireless. For more information, visit www.openet.com.
 

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