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Growing demand for cost-effective, scalable policy control solutions

Waterloo, ON; February 2, 2011 – Sandvine, (TSX:SVC; AIM:SAND) a leading provider of intelligent broadband network solutions for fixed and mobile operators, today announced the launch of the Policy Traffic Switch 22000 (PTS 22000) platform, to be unveiled at Mobile World Congress, February 14-17, Barcelona, Spain. This latest generation of Policy Traffic Switch is ideal for service edge and aggregation layer deployments, including LTE networks, with up to 20 Gbps performance in a cost-effective two-rack-unit (2RU) form factor. Sandvine’s innovative virtual switch cluster capability enables deploy-as-you-grow network build-out.

“The Sandvine Policy Traffic Switch portfolio helps service providers address key business challenges. Whether the provider is operating in an emerging market where sustainable growth is the primary issue, or fighting in a competitive landscape where rapid innovation is the key to success, the PTS 22000 platform meets operators’ flexibility and scalability requirements,” said Don Bowman, Sandvine CTO.

“The ability to closely link subscriber, application, device and location awareness with policy decision and enforcement will be critical for operators seeking to get the best out of their broadband networks. By integrating these capabilities they really have the chance to differentiate their services and drive down costs. What’s more, if they can get and act on this intelligence close to end users, operators can intervene to manage traffic at the earliest opportunity. This will enable them to have the greatest impact on network loading, operating expenditure, and customer experience,” said Simon Sherrington, Author of Heavy Reading’s Deep Packet Inspection Market Tracker.

The PTS 22000 leverages a powerful array of technological features that enable network policy control solutions:

· Compact form factor with scalable capacity from 10 Gbps to 80 Gbps in a virtual switch cluster, ideal for expanding edge deployments

· Support for up to 5 million subscribers and 32 million concurrent flows, optimal for dynamic multi-session 3G and LTE mobile environments

· Highest port density on the market, suitable for network edge aggregation, thus reducing required capital expenditure

· True subscriber awareness, even with multiple IP addresses spread across many devices

· Accurate application traffic identification augmented with subscriber, device, and location awareness enabling sophisticated network policy definition

· Integrated policy decision and policy enforcement, providing real-time identification of network conditions and evaluation of business rules for immediate enforcement of policies across multiple or converged access networks

The PTS 22000 platform, combined with policy control software features provides a powerful tool set that enables service providers to address the challenges of today’s broadband networks, meeting consumers’ diverse application and device usage requirements while profitably managing the tremendous data growth rate. The PTS is the backbone, which provides a broad range of network policy control solutions in the areas of traffic optimization, service creation, operations management, and business intelligence solutions.

For more information on Sandvine’s platform, products and applications, visit us at Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, booth #1J42, in Hall 1.


Additional Information:

The PTS 22000 further evolves a number of Sandvine technologies that enable enhanced network policy control: stateful behavioral traffic inspection unlike inaccurate measurement technologies like NetFlow and port numbers, and the platform’s clustering technology allowing true N:N+1 redundancy. The PTS 22000 helps lower operators’ total cost of ownership with industry-leading density metrics such as number of subscribers and ports per rack unit. The cost-efficiencies also benefit subscribers when service providers expand their network and service offerings. The PTS 22000 intersects up to 20 Gbps of network capacity and is perfect for edge and aggregation layer deployments in large networks.
Technical Overview

The following table provides key performance metrics under typical network conditions.


(exclusively PTS 22000)

PTS 22400

PTS 22100

Maximum Intersection Throughput

80 Gbps

20 Gbps

10 Gbps

Maximum Inspection Throughput

80 Gbps

20 Gbps

10 Gbps

Maximum New Flows per Second

800 K

200 K

100 K

Maximum Concurrent Flows

32 M

8 M

4 M

Maximum Subscribers

5 M

2 M

1 M

Physical Specifications

· Dimensions: 428 mm x 88.14 mm x 582 mm / 16.85” x 3.47” x 22.91” (Width x Height x Depth)

· Mounting: Standard 19” rack (2 RU)

· Weight: 18.68 kg / 41.5 lbs

· Power Supply efficiency of minimum 89% at 50%, and minimum 85% at 20% and 100% of PSU’s rated output

· NEBS Level 3 Certified

· Product Safety and EMC Approvals for Argentina, Australia, Canada, Europe, Mexico, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan and the United States

Redundancy and Availability

· N:N+1 clustering for simple, cost-effective solution redundancy

· dual console ports and dual management ports

· redundant/ field-replaceable components

Software Licenses

A number of software licenses are available to address specific business objectives:

* Network Analytics – gain visibility into the traffic usage on the network for enhanced operational and marketing decisions
* Fairshare Traffic Management - manage growing bandwidth demands while ensuring subscriber fairness
* Usage Management – create differentiated service offerings to meet subscribers broadband usage needs
* Network Protection - protect network infrastructure, subscribers and limit the impact of malicious network traffic
* URL Access Control - simplify regulatory filtering compliance with in-country legislation
* VoIP Quality of Experience – improve VoIP experience while minimizing VoIP costs and maximizing revenue
* Third Party Partner Integration– expand offerings with new value-added services

External Interface Specifications

The PTS 22000 offers a broad range of standards-based interfaces:

· IETF standard-compliant alarm MIBs to Network Operations Center

· 3GPP standard-compliant Gx interface to Policy and Charging Rules Function (PCRF)1

· 3GPP standard-compliant Gy interface to Online Charging Systems (OCS) 1

· Support for mobile data intersection for 3GPP Gn, Gi, Gp IuPS, S5, S8, S1

· Support for mobile data intersection for 3GPP2 Pi, PDN

· Usage Data Records (UDR) to Offline Charging Systems (OFCS) 1, 2

· RADIUS interface to AAA, DHCP, LDAP systems 2

· SOAP and SQL interface, CSV files to external reporting and Operations Support Systems (OSS) 1, 2

1Requires separate software license

2 Interface provided via other system elements (Subscriber Policy Broker, Service Delivery Engine)

More information available at


Sandvine’s network policy control solutions focus on protecting and improving the quality of experience on the Internet. Our award-winning network policy control equipment and software helps DSL, FTTx, cable, fixed wireless and mobile operators better understand network traffic, manage network congestion, create new services and revenues, mitigate traffic that is malicious or undesirable to subscribers, deliver QoS-prioritized multimedia services and increase subscriber satisfaction. With service provider customers in more than 80 countries serving hundreds of millions of broadband and mobile data subscribers, Sandvine is enhancing the Internet experience worldwide. For more information, please visit


Certain statements in this release constitute forward-looking statements or forward-looking information within the meaning of applicable securities laws and are made pursuant to the “safe harbor” provisions of such laws. Statements related to potential benefits of, and demand for, Sandvine’s products or services including statements with respect to the features and benefits that may be achieved through the use of Sandvine’s products or services and the relative position of these products vis-à-vis competitive offerings in the industry are forward-looking statements which are subject to certain assumptions, risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include such factors as rapid technological changes, changes in customer architecture and equipment deployment requirements, the introduction of competing technologies, the risks and uncertainties of new product introductions, dependence on key supplies and other similar factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of Sandvine to differ materially from the results, performance, achievements or developments expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on such statements. Sandvine assumes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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