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Nominum Unveils Navitas 3.0 to Accelerate Carriers' Migration to IP Telephony

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New functionality brings more speed, control and manageability to IP telephony routing, boosting IP telephony margins

Redwood City, Calif., – October 23, 2007 — Nominum, the leading provider of network naming and addressing solutions, announced today the release of Navitas 3.0, an IP-application Routing Directory (IPRD) that uniquely accelerates the deployment of IP telephony. Navitas 3.0 provides a platform that integrates legacy telephony numbering plans and IP routing identifiers, giving carriers an evolutionary path toward profitable business models using Voice over IP (VoIP). Additionally, the directory enables the consolidation and simplification of routing plan management processes, improves telecommunication margins, and optimizes usage of profitable and reliable routes. 

Many carriers have made the decision to migrate to IP telephony.  They are challenged by declining voice revenues and face increasing competition and industry pressures to adapt their existing business model to remain profitable. At the same time, they need to invest and execute very carefully as they move to IP. Cost, control and complexity are significant barriers. Navitas 3.0 enables carriers to easily transition to an IP telephony business model and extend telephony services to support a voice enabled Web, without having to duplicate network functionality between legacy signaling systems - such as Signaling System 7 (SS7) - and IP.

“As the convergence juggernaut continues, carriers will increasingly struggle to sustain their business model and profit margins,” said Brian Partridge, program manager in Yankee Group’s Enabling Technologies Service Provider group. “Rather than equating VoIP and VoIP peering for settlement free services, carriers are increasingly seeking networking functions such as IP-application Routing Directories to manage and bill telephony services on IP as they see fit.”

Navitas Answers Carriers Needs Today, Prepares Them for the Future

Navitas 3.0 serves as the foundation for next-generation networks like IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) by allowing carriers to reuse existing routing plans, and modernize the integration into next-generation networks through automation. Through its enhanced management and reporting functionality, Navitas 3.0 provides a higher Quality of Service (QoS) over IP by ensuring reliable call deliveries across interconnects.  The solution also helps carriers avoid increased spending on Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and SS7 technology, and facilitates the development of new IP-based applications.

"VoIP interconnects are growing around the globe and service providers require scalable address resolution as well as security and control at the interconnect borders," commented Seamus Hourihan, Vice President Marketing and Product Management, Acme Packet. "Both Acme Packet and Nominum are attentive to our customers' requirements for VoIP peering and we continue to innovate and deliver features designed to build reliable, scalable and trusted VoIP interconnects."

Navitas Delivers Advanced Features

Navitas 3.0 dynamically accesses, stores and manages telephone routes and number mapping, while serving both legacy and converged IP switching infrastructure with route resolution for call termination. The solution features functionality for advanced service routing capabilities such as voice, multi-media sessions and IP applications.

New to Navitas 3.0 are the Application Routing Module and Element Management System. The Application Routing Module (ARM) enables Navitas 3.0 to become a switch-agnostic signaling data repository that refines telephony and multimedia routes based on session parameters like cost, quality, capacity and content (end user context like persona, presence, location, etc.) The core technologies and features include:

• Cascading query engine federates multiple sources of routing data
• Support for parameter-based routing including Least Cost Routing applications improves telecom margins through profitable and reliable routes
• Framework for Service Oriented Routing (SOR) for resolution of multiple routing decisions

“As the industry transitions to an all-IP world, carriers require a robust IPRD that is switch and data source agnostic and can serve as a control point for advanced services,” said Tom Tovar, chief executive officer, Nominum. “Navitas 3.0 provides the pivotal first step toward a cost-effective migration from SS7 to IP.  This product addresses the immediate needs of the VoIP and VoIP peering markets as well as future network requirements, without requiring carriers to wait for all-IP or IMS architectures.”

Navitas Element Management System (EMS) is a turn-key solution that gives carriers a single point for administration across a network of Navitas IPRD and ARM servers. It provides enhanced data collection and reporting and allows for accurate Quality of Service (QoS) measurements.

About Nominum

Nominum's network naming and addressing solutions power the world's largest always-on networks. Nominum is a global provider of ENUM-based IP-Application Routing Directory, DNS and DHCP solutions that enable communication providers to deliver high quality always-on broadband internet and innovative services to their customers, including VoIP, push to talk, fixed-mobile convergence, IPTV and triple-play. For further information, visit www.nominum.com.