AudioCodes Announces New Mid-Sized Wireless Media Gateway

10/30/2002 - AudioCodes, a leading provider of Voice over Packet technologies, announced the launch of its StrettoTM 5000 Wireless Media Gateway. This mid-density Media Gateway meets the growing demands of Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) and wireless softswitch vendors for a solution that addresses the cost, feature and fault tolerance requirements of both service providers for small to medium cellular switching deployments and enterprises with large campuses.

When coupled with an MSC Server, MGCF or softswitch, the feature-rich Stretto 5000 can address a variety of 2G and 3G applications including MSC replacement, Wireless Access Gateway, Trunking Gateway, IMS Gateway and/or Enterprise Gateway. The 5U Stretto 5000 supports up to 2,880 AMR, GSM and VoIP channels in the UMTS/GSM configuration or up to 2,160 EVRC, QCELP and VoIP channels in the CDMA configuration. By selecting the Stretto 5000, NEPs, softswitch vendors and system integrators can reduce their development costs and time to market and also increase their OEM margins when addressing requirements for small to medium sized media gateway deployments or large enterprises.

"AudioCodes' Stretto 5000 media gateway provides a right-sized, cost-effective media gateway choice to compliment our IP-enabled CDMA2000 radio access network equipment," said Kiomars Anvari, GBase Founder, now with InterWAVE Advanced Communications, Inc. "AudioCodes fills a need in the wireless IP-enabled media gateway market for fault tolerant mid-density gateways."

Stretto 5000, the medium-sized member in the AudioCodes' Stretto family of market-ready, standards-compliant wireless media gateway systems, builds on the field proven voice capabilities and expertise of AudioCodes in deploying Voice over Packet globally. The Stretto 5000 supports SS7 and ISDN PRI SigTran Interworking, as well as a variety of PSTN signaling such as MFC-R2, MF-R1 and CAS. Call control options include support for Megaco and MGCP. The Stretto 5000 is designed with a modified PICMG 2.16 backplane for greater reliability and availability, providing the benefits of both open and purpose-built media gateways.

The Stretto 5000 shares many of the same hardware and software components, as well as external control and management interfaces, as the larger Stretto 8000 wireless media gateway. This combination of medium and large Stretto media gateways allow system providers to offer their customers a modular and scalable family of wireless media gateways, while harmonizing their platform offerings. NEPs, wireless softswitch vendors and System Integrators can now easily deploy the right-sized media gateway for each particular CDMA, CDMA2000, GSM, UMTS or VoIP network solution.

"The Stretto 5000 offers NEPs the opportunity to cost-effectively address smaller-sized media gateway opportunities while still offering a highly fault tolerant solution," said Rich Poole, Director of Wireless Business Development at AudioCodes. "The Stretto 5000 is an excellent choice to address cost-sensitive limited mobility wireless applications using CDMA, CDMA2000, GSM or UMTS. The Stretto 5000 also lends itself to deploying distributed switching for CDMA and UMTS ATM or IP core networks, resulting in reduced operating expenses for the operator."

AudioCodes is delivering the Stretto 5000 Wireless Gateway to customers in the fourth quarter of 2002 and expects to be shipping production quantities in the first quarter of 2003.

About AudioCodes
AudioCodes Ltd. (NASDAQ: AUDC) enables the new voice infrastructure by providing network equipment providers and system integrators with innovative, reliable and cost-effective voice over packet media gateway and media processing technology and systems solutions. The company is a market leader in voice compression technology and the key originator of the ITU G.723.1 standard for the emerging Voice over IP market. AudioCodes' has built on its market leading core technology expertise to develop enabling technology products and a carrier-grade product line that continues to facilitate the evolving demands of the new wireline, wireless and cable communications infrastructure. AudioCodes products include its highly flexible, scalable, and leading edge media gateway systems, VoIP communication boards, VoIP media gateway modules, VoP chip processors, and analog media gateways for access and enterprise solutions. Its customers include the leading global telecom and datacom network equipment providers. AudioCodes' international headquarters and R&D facilities are located in Israel, with U.S. headquarters in San Jose, California.

AudioCodes, AC, AudioCoded, NetCoder, TrunkPack, VoicePacketizer, MediaPack, Stretto, Mediant and IPmedia are trademarks or registered trademarks of AudioCodes Limited.

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