Leapstone Systems to Participate At Global MSF Interoperability 2004 Event

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Company will demonstrate service broker functionality at three global test sites.

– Leapstone Systems Announced today that it will participate at three sites during next month’s Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) GMI 2004 event. Leapstone’s CCE serviceBROKER software will be part of live interoperability demonstrations being conducted simultaneously from October 4-16, 2004 at the following carrier test labs: Qwest in the United States, BT in the United Kingdom and KT in Korea.

GMI 2004 is the MSF's global interoperability demonstration of an end-to-end deployable, customer-ready and operationally-ready IP telephony network. The event will test state-of-the-art network elements key to supporting a fully integrated voice over internet protocol (VoIP) solution such as application servers, media servers, service brokers, call agents, bandwidth managers and other control and management systems against the specific protocols defined in MSF Implementation Agreements. In addition to the carrier sites listed above, GMI 2004 testing also will be conducted at a test lab being hosted by NTT in Japan.

“The industry is embracing the need for a service brokering capability, as evidenced in architectures endorsed by the MSF and others,” said Rick Orriss, Leapstone President and CEO. “This event will further demonstrate Leapstone’s ability to provide service brokering functionality that enables operators to define and manage bundled services across disparate networks. Together with the other GMI 2004 participants, we are helping operators deliver on the promise of their next-generation networks by making it easier to deploy an extensive range of compelling services."

Each of the test center labs will be connected by live network facilities, creating a realistic global test environment in which to exercise the interoperability and deployment readiness of vendors to deliver multi-service next generation networks on a global multi-operator scale.

“With the heightened interest in VoIP, the GMI 2004 event comes at an opportune time,” said Paul Shaneck, Leapstone VP of Sales and Business Development. “Through this testing, we will demonstrate the maturity of the overall MSF architecture, as well as the specific technology elements provided by the numerous vendor participants -- all at a scale that no carrier could afford to do on its own. This is a great opportunity to help move VoIP to primetime by working together to demonstrate the current capabilities and future possibilities of a full end-to-end IP network.”

The event will test basic point-to-point VoIP within a single service provider's network and then increase in complexity as value added services (including video), connectivity to the public switched telephone network (PSTN), and direct connectivity between two VoIP carrier networks are demonstrated on a global basis. In each scenario, requirements that are critical for real-world deployments such as security, quality of service (QoS), routing, and network management, will be demonstrated. Participants will demonstrate to service providers and to the industry that the MSF solution for VoIP, based on approved standards from the IETF, the ITU and other standards bodies, is ready for network deployment.

“The companies that have committed to participating in GMI 2004 are the who’s who of the telecommunications industry,” said Roger Ward, MSF President. “The physical scenarios we have created for the event will stretch the technical capabilities of the participants by providing a demanding, realistic test setting. Participating companies will have a chance to showcase their products to the world's biggest carriers in a real-world environment."

About Leapstone Systems

Leapstone Systems delivers intelligent service delivery and content management solutions to network operators. The Communications Convergence Engine product suite enables operators to accelerate revenues via rapid service introduction and reduce costs as a result of simplified integration and improved management of network resources. Leapstone’s solutions have been deployed by top tier network operators worldwide, including Verizon Wireless.

Leapstone is privately held and headquartered in New Jersey, USA. The company has sales offices and technical centers in the United States, the United Kingdom, India and Canada. Additional news and information about the company is available at http://www.leapstone.com

Leapstone Systems, the Leapstone logo and all Leapstone brand and product identifiers are trademarks or registered trademarks of Leapstone Systems, Inc.

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