NEC Selects Brooktrout's SnowShore Media Firewall for IP-to-IP Network

10/21/2004 - Brooktrout Technology, Inc., a leading supplier of media processing and call control products, announced that NEC, one of the world’s leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, selected Brooktrout’s SnowShore Media FirewallTM to enhance its capabilities for IP-to-IP network connectivity. Brooktrout’s SnowShore Media Firewall is a high-performance media processing platform that enables secure, session-level internetworking across multiple carrier, enterprise and residential IP networks.

The combination of NEC’s CX3820-SF VoIP Signaling Firewall and Brooktrout’s Media Firewall enables NEC to offer a unique IP-to-IP peering solution that provides media peering, firewall traversal, network address translation (NAT), DTMF detection and conversion to RFC2833. These combined capabilities are being trialled by Japanese network providers.

“To meet the interconnection needs of our customers, we needed to deliver an effective IP-to-IP peering capability quickly,” said Masanobu Yamaguchi, General Manager of 1st Network Software Division, NEC. “Brooktrout’s SnowShore Media Firewall provided the functionality that we required in a form that could be readily integrated with our existing SIP application layer gateway.”

“As VoIP becomes more widespread, gateway, softswitch and session control vendors require additional capabilities to support high-performance media exchanges across IP-to-IP network borders,” said Eric Burger, vice president, chief technology officer of Next-Gen Communications for Brooktrout Technology. “NEC’s use of our media firewall is another validation of the market’s need for media-centric border control technologies.”

The SnowShore Media Firewall’s media processing features complement the signaling functions of the application layer gateway to provide key functions required in session border control. The gateway controls the Media Firewall through the de facto standard Media Firewall Control Protocol. Brooktrout’s SnowShore Media Firewall enables OEMs developing call agents, softswitches and application layer gateways to enhance their solutions by adding effective, scalable, media-rich packet handling at the IP border. The market for session border controllers is expected to grow from $185 million next year to $959 million by 2008, according to Probe Group, a telecommunications research firm, in its April 2004 report, “Session/Boarder Control – What’s all the Excitement About.”

About NEC
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) is one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions dedicated to meeting the specialized needs of its diverse and global base of customers. Ranked as one of the world's top patent-producing companies, NEC delivers tailored solutions in the key fields of computer, networking and electron devices, by integrating its technical strengths in IT and Networks, and by providing advanced semiconductor solutions through NEC Electronics Corporation. The NEC Group employs more than 140,000 people worldwide and had net sales of 4,906 billion yen (approx. $47 billion) in the fiscal year ended March 2004. For additional information, please visit the NEC home page at:

About Brooktrout Technology
Brooktrout Technology is a leading supplier of media processing, network interface, call control and signal processing products that enable the development of applications, systems and services for both the New Network (packet-based) and the traditional telephone (TDM) network. The Company’s strategy is to partner with its customers and collaborate closely with them to help accelerate their delivery of new applications and services, increase their existing business, and expand into new markets. For more information, visit Brooktrout Technology is a subsidiary of Brooktrout, Inc. (NASDAQ: BRKT).

Brooktrout, Brooktrout Technology, SnowShore Media Firewall and New Network are trademarks of Brooktrout, Inc.

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