BURLINGTON, MA, and BASKING RIDGE, NJ — Acme Packet® (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, and Verizon Wireless, the nation’s leading wireless service provider, announced today that Acme Packet’s Net-Net® session border controllers (SBCs) are delivering secure and seamless network services for the Verizon Hub and its users. Available now from Verizon Wireless, the Verizon Hub is an easy-to-use system that puts a communications command center in the home. It bridges wireline and wireless connectivity and runs on any broadband connection – whether supplied by Verizon (FiOS Internet or DSL) or any other high-speed Internet service provider.
The Verizon Hub gives busy families information at their fingertips from an easy-to-navigate touch screen with on-demand access to an array of services. Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with a secure border, ensuring reliable voice service on the Verizon Hub. Using a proven hosted NAT traversal capability, the Net-Net SBCs allow for an easy and seamless installation of the Verizon Hub by its users. The Net-Net SBCs also help maintain a secure environment and help connect to other service providers, including e911 providers, enabling Verizon Hub customers to have full access to emergency services from their home.
“Acme Packet enables Verizon Wireless to deliver secure services with high quality and seamless interoperability,” said Seamus Hourihan, Acme Packet’s vice president of marketing and product management. “Customers can deploy the Verizon Hub in a non-disruptive fashion and be confident in the security and integrity of communications.”
“Strategic technology partners are key to bringing a compelling and valuable customer experience for the Verizon Hub,” said Mike Lanman, vice president and chief marketing officer for Verizon Wireless. “Acme Packet’s session border controllers provide Verizon Wireless with critical control functions to assure service availability, security and easy installation for our customers.”
Pricing and Availability
Customers need a wireless line of service with Verizon Wireless in order to purchase the communications command center since all billing for the Verizon Hub will be consolidated onto customers’ Verizon Wireless bills. In addition, customers need a Verizon Digital Voice plan for the Verizon Hub, which is $34.99 a month and offers unlimited calling in the U.S., Canada, and U.S. Territories, including Puerto Rico, as well as unlimited messaging to and from Verizon Wireless phones.
The Verizon Hub is available in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores across the country for $199.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate with a two-year agreement; additional cordless handsets, which can be placed throughout the home, are available for $79.99 each. For customers who do not own a wireless router, Verizon Wireless also offers a router to work with the Verizon Hub for $69.99.
About Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless operates the nation’s most reliable and largest wireless voice and data network, serving more than 80 million customers. Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 85,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com. To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at www.verizonwireless.com/multimedia.
About Acme Packet, Inc.
Acme Packet, Inc. (NASDAQ: APKT), the leader in session border control solutions, enables the delivery of trusted, first-class interactive communications--voice, video and multimedia sessions--and data services across IP network borders. Our Net-Net family of session border controllers, multiservice security gateways and session routing proxies supports multiple applications in service provider, large enterprise and contact center networks--from VoIP trunking to hosted enterprise and residential services to fixed-mobile convergence. They satisfy critical security, service assurance and regulatory requirements in wireline, cable and wireless networks; and support multiple protocols--SIP, H.323, MGCP/NCS and H.248--and multiple border points--interconnect, access and data center. Our products have been selected by more than 635 customers in 92 countries, including 29 of the top 30, and 89 of the top 100 service providers in the world. For more information, contact us at +1 781.328.4400, or visit www.acmepacket.com.