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COLLABORATION ENABLES CARRIERS TO DRIVE PROFITABILITY AND ACCELERATE THE DELIVERY OF NEW, DIFFERENTIATED IP SERVICES

Avici Systems Inc. (Nasdaq: AVCI), a leading provider of scalable core routing solutions for intelligent IP-over-optical networks, and Orchestreamä Holdings plc (LSE: OCH), a leading provider of services activation and performance management software to global telecommunications network operators, today announced a partnership that will enable network operators to deliver new IP services faster and more efficiently.

The partnership between Avici and Orchestream will enable network operators to deploy and manage Avici's scalable IP-over-optical core solution in combination with a range of supported third-party provider edge (PE) and customer edge (CE) routers. This will minimise operational costs while enabling seamless IP VPNs and differentiated service provisioning in a multi-vendor environment, utilising Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and Quality of Service (QoS) features.

Steve Kaufman, president and COO of Avici Systems said, "Our customers are looking for innovative management solutions that enable cost-effective, rapid provisioning of new IP-based services. Avici's MPLS and QoS capabilities, combined with Orchestream's IP Service Activation software, provides a way for carriers to drive profitability and accelerate the delivery of next-generation IP services."

Orchestream delivers the world's first open, scalable platform giving service providers the ability to offer their customers key IP services including MPLS-based IP VPNs with application specific performance guarantees. Its software uses a sophisticated model of the network to allow services to be activated across equipment from multiple vendors in a reliable, accurate and timely manner.

"Operators worldwide have recognised the benefits of Avici's scalable core routers, we are very pleased therefore to have been selected as their premier activation and provisioning partner," said Ashley Ward, CEO of Orchestream. "Technologies such as Orchestream's IP Service Activation software coupled with Avici's scalable QoS-enabled core routers make service providers more competitive, automating their business and making networks more profitable."

About Avici Systems

Avici Systems Inc., headquartered in North Billerica, Mass., is a developer of next-generation Internet backbone platforms that optimiseand drive creation of all-optical "speed-of-light" networks. Designed to bring packet intelligence to the core of optical networks, Avici's technologies offer superior scalability, resiliency and port density enabling just-in-time bandwidth provisioning, high reliability and the quality of service needed for carriers and ISPs to support mission-critical applications of the future.

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About Orchestream

Orchestream is a leading provider of services activation and performance management software to the telecommunications industry. The company enables telecommunications carriers to deliver Internet Protocol (IP) based, e-commerce, data, video and voice-over-IP services. Orchestream's award-winning software, a major component of the Operations Support System (OSS), is the leading activation and provisioning solution for configuration of IP virtual private networks (IP-VPNs), facilitating Quality of Service (QoS) and performance monitoring of key network services, enabling profitable end-to-end Service Level Agreement (SLA) management. Orchestream's customers include: Telstra, Global Crossing, Interoute, NTT and Energis. For more information visit http://www.orchestream.com


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Orchestream

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