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5/17/2012 Finalists Announced for Pipeline’s 2012 Innovation Awards

ANN ARBOR, MI -- MAY 17, 2012 -- Pipeline Publishing, L.L.C. (Pipeline) today announced the finalists for its prestigious 2012 Innovation Awards. Pipeline’s Innovation Awards are the most credible and objective endorsement of industry innovation and thought-leadership in the communications technology industry.

Of the over 70 companies that were nominated this year, a select group of finalists have been identified and presented to Pipeline’s exclusive industry judging panel for final voting. The 2012 Innovation Award judging panel is an esteemed consortium comprised of key executives from leading service providers around the world such as AT&T, BT, Cox, Intelsat, TELUS, Turkcell, and Yota, as well as influential industry analysts. Each of the judges will cast their vote as to which finalist is the most innovative in each category.

The 2012 Innovation Award categories and their finalists are (in random order):

Product Innovation: Recognizes the most innovative new product, release, or feature. The finalists for this category are:

  • Subex (BSE: 532348)
  • JDSU (NASDAQ: JDSU) (TSX: JDU)

Technical Innovation: Recognizes those that develop and leverage emerging technologies.  The finalists for this category are:

  • JDSU
  • Ontology Systems
  • Tekelec

Innovations in Networking: Recognizes network innovations and advancements in network technologies including policy, security, traffic management and more. The finalists for this category are:

  • InfoVista
  • Tail-f Systems

Advanced Connectivity: Recognizes advancements in connected vehicles, enterprises, homes, and machine-to-machine technology (M2M). The finalists for this category are:

  • Orga Systems
  • Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR)

Cloud Innovation: Recognizes innovations in Cloud technology. The finalists for this category are:

  • Redknee (TSE:RKN)
  • Transverse LLC

Innovations in CEM: Recognizes innovations that contribute to an improved end-customer experience. The finalists for this category are:

  • Comptel Corporation (NASDAQ: OMX) (Helsinki: CTL1V)
  • Subex

Best Deployment: Recognizes the most innovative customer deployment based upon creative solutions and tangible return-on-investment (ROI). The finalists for this category are:

  • CSG International (NASDAQ: CSGS)
  • Orga Systems

Best Ecosystem: Recognizing partnerships, ecosystems, and programs that drive and promote innovation. The finalists for this category are:

  • Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT)
  • Cisco (NASDAQ: CSCO)

Most Innovative Company: Recognizes companies that embrace innovation throughout their organization. The finalists for this category are:

  • SAPO (Portugal Telecom NYSE: PT)
  • Tekelec

The 2012 Innovation Award winners will be announced on Monday, May 21, 2012 at an exclusive awards reception in Dublin, Ireland. A special Editor’s Choice award will also be presented to one of the award nominees at the awards reception. The nominee for this category isn’t required to be a finalist in any other category.

“I was very happy to be a part of Pipeline 2012 Innovation Awards and was impressed at the level of innovation shown by all the finalists,” said Harlan Vold, Yota. “The awards provide me with a unique insight into the technical innovations that address many of the real-world issues we are facing today.”

“The Pipeline team heartily congratulates the finalists in this year’s 2012 Innovation Awards,” said Scott St. John, Executive Editor, Pipeline. “The award submissions were incredibly strong and demonstrated the vibrancy and ground-breaking innovations occurring in the communications industry today.”

For more information on Pipeline’s 2012 Innovation Awards please visit www.pipelinepub.com or contact commIT@pipelinepub.com.

About Pipeline Publishing, L.L.C.:

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Media Contact:
Scott St. John
Executive Editor
Pipeline Publishing, L.L.C.
scott@pipelinepub.com
(734) 794-4775

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