Press Release Leading University Standardizes on Empirix to Advance Knowledge on IMS Network Service Quality Postgraduates learn real-world challenges of IMS network deployments using Empirix's Hammer solution Bedford, MA – November 02, 2009 – Empirix™ Inc., the global market leader in service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications, today announced that a leading Swiss technical university will use Empirix's Hammer for IMS testing and monitoring solution as part of a new postgraduate course in "Next-generation IP Networks". The University of Applied Science of Western Switzerland in Fribourg (EIA-FR) chose the solution to teach students how to master some of the practical challenges of rolling out IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem) network architectures. IMS is increasingly being adopted by communication service providers as a new framework for delivering voice, video, data, messaging, fixed and mobile services over a single core network. Other benefits of IMS include more cost-effective service delivery, the ability to create new, convergent services more easily, and simplified network and service management. However, its complexity also poses new practical challenges for telecoms professionals tasked with rolling out and managing IMS-based networks. The goal of this new course is to prepare students to overcome these challenges more readily by training them in the use of key tools such as testing and monitoring systems. "The Computer Science division of the University provides unique opportunities to learn about the latest technologies that shape the ICT industry. Offering a postgraduate course that focuses solely on the study of IMS is just another facet of our ability to remain at the cutting edge of academic teaching," said Antoine Delley, Head of ICT Department at EIA-FR. "Empirix has been setting the standard in IMS quality assurance for many years, so it was a logical conclusion that we would utilize Hammer for IMS as part of our new Master of Science course." Empirix has a long history of experience in the IMS space, including publishing a book on the subject, Ensuring a Quality IMS Experience, which outlines strategies and examples for overcoming the challenges of transitioning to IMS. By offering an extensive portfolio of best-in-class solutions for device, systems, and end-to-end network testing, Hammer for IMS helps service providers and network equipment manufacturers ensure the quality of their new IMS infrastructure and services. "Assisting in the adoption of IMS demonstrates the university's commitment to being at the forefront of the latest technologies in the telecommunications industry," commented Raphael Tsitrin, European Director of Channel Partners and Strategic Alliances of Empirix. "Seeing Hammer for IMS being used to teach telecoms professionals as part of this unique course reinforces the important role of the Hammer suite in assuring next generation networks and service quality." About University of Applied Science of Western Switzerland in Fribourg (EIA-FR) With more than a hundred years of experience, the EIA-FR is on the cutting edge of technology. Its task is to train engineers and architects. About 700 students are currently enrolled at the school, many of them coming from different cultures and speaking different languages. The College offers a wide choice of activities: University-level education, focused on the practice of the following disciplines: architecture, civil engineering, chemistry, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, telecommunications. Option: bilingual courses (French-German) for some programs. Continuing and postgraduate education Applied Research and Development (aR&D) Knowledge and technology transfer The University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland in Fribourg (http://www.eia-fr.ch) is a member of the University of Applied Sciences of Western Switzerland (http://www.hes-so.ch), grouping 20 schools with more than 10,000 students in various fields (Building and Environment, Chemistry and Life Sciences, Information and Communication Technologies, Industrial Technologies, Economics and Services, Social Work, Health, Design and Visual Arts, Music). About Empirix Empirix is the leading provider of service quality assurance solutions for new IP communications. Since 1992, Empirix has led the market in innovation and expertise for IP communications management. Its widely acclaimed Hammer Test Engine™, with more than 30 patents, is the acknowledged global standard for validating the quality of IP networks, systems and applications. The world's largest service providers, equipment manufacturers, and enterprise contact centers depend on Empirix's solutions to maintain the quality of the user experience for business-critical voice, data, video and mobile services. With Empirix, customers can increase revenues, reduce customer churn and cut support costs. Empirix is privately held and headquartered in Bedford, MA. For further information, please visit www.empirix.com. Empirix, Hammer for IMS, and Hammer Test Engine are trademarks or registered trademarks of Empirix Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.