TaquaWorks Chosen by Aventure Communications Technology to Deliver Enhanced Voice Communications over Broadband Wireless Networks in Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska

Taqua(R), LLC, a leading supplier of next-generation end-office switching systems and technologies, and BroadSoft(R), Inc., a leading provider of VoIP application software, today announced that Iowa-based Aventure Communications Technology, LLC, has chosen the two companies’ award-winning TaquaWorks(TM) network transformation solution to replace its existing Class 4/5 softswitch and deliver enhanced voice services to rural subscribers over a three-state region.

TaquaWorks is a tightly integrated communications solution that includes the Taqua 7000(TM) Switching System (T7000) and BroadSoft’s BroadWorks(R) suite of advanced voice applications. The TaquaWorks solution set is being integrated into Aventure’s wireless broadband Internet service offering to provide state-of-the art voice and data communications services to rural subscribers in northwestern Iowa, South Dakota and Nebraska.

“We chose TaquaWorks because we believe it provides users with the most advanced communications features, and at the same time allows us to deploy a switching architecture that inherently provides a higher degree of reliability than other next-gen switch options,” said Dana Greeno, chief technical officer at Aventure Communications Technology. “The T7000’s switch-on-a-card architecture allows us to economically ‘pay as we grow’ our services, while also providing a high degree of reliability with this simpler architecture. Also, our end-user customers will receive functionality that goes beyond industry-normal ‘portal’ subscriber management, through TaquaWorks’ tight integration of BroadSoft’s industry-leading BroadWorks applications set.”

Named “Product of the Year” by INTERNET TELEPHONY Magazine, TaquaWorks is a standards-based, next-generation platform that supports the leading industry protocols such as GR-303, PRI, CAS and POTS, as well as Session Initiation Protocol (SIP), MGCP and NCS. The suite of applications allows subscribers to manage multiple types of communications, such as email, as well as wireless and wireline telephony.

“TaquaWorks provides the best of both worlds for service providers such as Aventure,” said Scott Weidenfeller, chief marketing officer at Taqua. “On one hand, Aventure gets peace of mind thanks to the solution’s five-nines reliability, full solution support and integration by Taqua. At the same time, Aventure’s customers now have access to the same advanced voice and collaborative features that are deployed by 7 of the 10 largest service providers in the world. TaquaWorks is the only platform that can provide such a best-in-class, fully integrated solution.”

“Incumbent and competitive carriers of all sizes are showing strong interest in our TaquaWorks joint product offering,” said Leslie Ferry, vice president of marketing for BroadSoft. “Aventure is a perfect example of how a competitive carrier can use innovative technology to deliver leading-edge TaquaWorks services to its subscribers, whether in an urban or a rural area.”

BroadSoft’s IMS-compliant BroadWorks(R) platform provides a comprehensive range of VoIP applications, including Hosted Unified Communications, Mobile PBX, Business and SIP Trunking and residential broadband services fully integrated into a single VoIP application platform. BroadWorks is capable of providing these applications with the reliability, redundancy, scalability and regulatory capabilities required to deliver carrier-class service.

About the Taqua 7000 Switching System (T7000)

The Taqua 7000 Switching System (T7000) is a leader in Class 5 switch replacement and has successfully replaced virtually every brand and vintage of Class 5 switch in North America. The T7000 is based on a patented “switch-on-a-card” design, in which all the functions of a Class 5 switch or IP gateway are performed on a single circuit pack. The simplicity of the architecture enables the industry’s lowest deployment and operational costs for an end-office exchange, as well as higher reliability with its fewer components. The field-hardened T7000 has been shipping since 2000 and can support a wide variety of protocols, including SS7, SIP, MGCP, GR-303, TR008, CAS, NCS, PRI and others over line, trunk or IP interfaces.

About BroadSoft(R)

BroadSoft provides VoIP application software that enables the delivery of hosted telephony and multimedia services. Its award-winning flagship BroadWorks(R) technology empowers wireless, wireline and cable carriers to deliver next-generation voice and multimedia applications and advanced features that enable them to increase revenue, enhance competitive differentiation and elevate customer satisfaction. BroadSoft’s family of carrier-class software products delivers the scale, open architecture and reliability that the world’s leading telecommunications companies demand to serve mission-critical enterprise and residential broadband customers. BroadSoft provides VoIP applications to 7 of the top 10 and 13 of the top 25 largest carriers worldwide, as measured by recent annual revenue, including Korea Telecom, KPN, SingTel, Sprint, Telefonica de Espana, Telstra, T-Systems, and Verizon. For additional information, go to http://www.broadsoft.com .

About Taqua, LLC

Established in 1998, Taqua is a leading supplier of next-generation switching systems and technologies. With almost 300 system deployments, the company’s solutions are deployed by wireline, cable and wireless carriers as next-generation end-office exchanges. Taqua’s T7000 Switching System (T7000) lowers switching deployment and operational costs, while delivering new IP-based services. Taqua is headquartered in Richardson, TX, with research and development located in Hyannis, MA, and Richardson, TX. More information on Taqua and the T7000 can be obtained by calling +1-972-692-1800, by email at simplify@taqua.com , or by browsing the website at http://www.taqua.com .