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Altran Co-founds Multi-Service Business Gateway Alliance

Palo Alto, CA and Las Vegas NV, Apr 28, 2008 - Altran, the communications software company, announced today that it has partnered with a group of leading technology companies and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to form the communications industry’s first Multi-Service Business Gateway (MSBG) Alliance. The primary mission of the new alliance is to accelerate the development of MSBG systems and complete solutions for service providers.

MSBGs combine voice, video and data communications in a single multi-service broadband platform, replacing the need for separate PBX, routers, firewalls, gateways, cable modems, VPN and other security appliances. MSBGs are designed to simplify the communications equipment for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and remote branch offices (RBOs) of large enterprises. The MSBG Alliance was built around the Altran Converged Access Solution (CAS) and a number of additional partners to be announced during Interop 2008. Altran and the Alliance members will showcase MSBG solutions, at the LSI booth, Palm H, April 28 - May 1 in the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, Las Vegas, Nevada.

Altran, the first application software provider in the Alliance, has developed Altran CAS for MSBGs, a software product that combines SIP-based VoIP services, virtual private networking (VPN) and security, Wi-Fi access, quality of service (QOS), LAN switching, IPv4 routing, WAN access and network management into a single compact gateway solution.

“We’re proud to be a co-founder and the first applications software provider in the MSBG Alliance. This Alliance has the capability to deliver products that enable businesses of all sizes to tame the complexity in their communications systems,” said Sajal Gupta, Head of Products, Aricent (Aricent is now Altran) . “We are delighted that the Altran Converged Access Solution is proving to be a foundation for the MSBG market. Our ongoing relationship with LSI has opened up the opportunity to partner with more companies that are integral to the production and distribution of MSBGs.”

“Altran has a unique offering for the MSBG software market today with the Altran Converged Access Solution,” said Charlie Kawwas, vice president of segment marketing for the Network and Storage Products Group, LSI. “We’re happy to be jointly delivering our first OEM product powered by Altran CAS at Interop. The MSBG Alliance launch will ensure that more companies can benefit from the Altran CAS solution.”

On Tuesday, April 29 at 10 a.m. at Reef E Charlie Kawwas, and Tony Pereira, business leader, Business Communications Portfolio, Nortel Networks will present the session, “Managed Services: The Real-Time Tipping Point.” During the session, they will discuss the new services enabled by the application of MSBG systems and introduce the MSBG Alliance.

About Altran

Altran (formerly Aricent) is a global design and engineering company innovating for customers for what comes next in North America and beyond. We lead our clients into the future by solving their most complex engineering services needs and mission critical software framework solutions. For decades, we have helped companies connect new things and scale with intention. We bring differentiated value to market faster in focused industries to help transform products, brands, companies and start-ups. Based in San Francisco, frog, the global leader in innovation and product design, is also part of Altran.