NTT Comware Partners With NMS Communications to Deliver First Carrier-Grade IP Video Conferencing System Accessible From Both Multimedia and Audio-Only Devices

10/8/2002 - NTT Comware joined with NMS Communications, the leading supplier of technology for tomorrow's networks, to create the first carrier-grade video conferencing system that allows users to access and participate in video conferences from whatever device is most convenient, whether it is their desktop computer, wireless PC, or audio-only device. The system also includes a complete conference management application that makes conference set-up flexible and convenient for a variety of applications including one-to-one, one-to-many, and team situations.

This is the latest in a series of successful collaborations between NMS and NTT Comware, a subsidiary of Japan's Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation (NTT). With NMS' unified development environment that spans hardware, network protocols, and operating systems, NTT Comware was able to realize lower product lifecycle costs by leveraging the previous collaborations while taking advantage of the latest performance and density improvements offered by NMS in its flagship Convergence GenerationTM (CG) platform series. Specifically, NTT Comware chose NMS' CG 6500C and audio and video processing software components as the basis for its video conferencing system.

NTT Comware's NEXIPT MS-IP video conferencing system can operate in a pure Internet Protocol (IP) network or a mixed IP and PSTN environment using their companion gateway product that was also built with NMS platform solutions. This flexibility makes the NTT Comware solution ideal for carriers who want to rapidly roll out services that are in high demand today and eventually take full advantage of the Internet's benefits, such as improved capacity and lower capital expenditure costs. Carriers will also appreciate that the system employs the Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) standard, a signaling protocol that enables real-time communications on the Internet, including voice-over-IP calling, videoconferencing, and multimedia conferencing.

"NMS is much more than a supplier of the most innovative communications technology the company really is our partner in every sense," said Ryoji Horisaka GM, NexGen Network Systems, NTT Comware Corporation. "Our time-to-market and development costs are greatly reduced through the consistent development environment and the responsive NMS team."

Analysts predict the conferencing infrastructure market will grow significantly. Wainhouse Research says it will grow to $1.25 billion U.S. in 2005, from $375 million in 2000. IDC sees a compound annual growth rate of 38 percent for the same period.

"Video conferencing is clearly big business, and NTT Comware is poised to capitalize on the explosive growth," said Gerrold Walker, vice president and general manager of NMS' Platform Solutions business. "The system runs on industry standard hardware, making it an affordable solution to meet today's demand for carrier-grade video conferencing services. And it offers the flexibility to operate over PSTN and IP networks, positioning it well for the future. What more could a carrier want?"

About NTT Comware
Through development, maintenance, and operation of the host system of NTT, the world's largest telecommunications carrier, NTT Comware (is based in Tokyo and formerly NTT Communicationware Corporation established in 1997) provides total solutions that highly integrate networks and computing; and network management skills that cover a variety of systems, including those of telecommunications companies and enterprise local area networks. NTT Comware puts most of its effort into next-generation network solutions using Voice over IP technology.

About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (Nasdaq: NMSS) designs, delivers, and supports technology-leading systems and system building blocks for innovative voice, video, and data services on wireless and wireline networks. The world's top communications equipment suppliers, solution developers, carriers, and network operators trust NMS to help them bring applications and services to market faster and at lower costs.

Headquartered in Framingham, Massachusetts, with offices around the world and products deployed in over 90 countries, NMS has a record of technology innovations that have advanced the growth of the global communications industry. These achievements include voice quality enhancement software that pairs noise reduction and compensation to make it easy for both parties to hear in even the noisiest mobile phone conversations. They also include the industry's first complete and open IP gateway, packet media server, and multimodal system for enhanced services.

NMS Communications and Convergence Generation are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation.

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