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Aricent Ranks in the Top 100 of the 2009 InformationWeek 500

Innovative Mobile Employee Communication and Collaboration Reduces Telecom Costs by 25 Percent

MONARCH BEACH, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 09/24/09 -- Aricent™, a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications, today announced that it ranked in the top 100 in the 2009 InformationWeek 500 revealed on September 14, 2009 at a gala awards ceremony, part of the exclusive InformationWeek 500 Conference, at the St. Regis Monarch Beach Resort in Dana Point, CA.

Aricent's IT department was recognized by InformationWeek based on its ability to improve mobile communication and collaboration across the company's 8,000 global employees. By harnessing the latest in mobile chat and presence capabilities, and expanding the number of employees equipped with mobile devices, Aricent was able to reduce telecom costs by 25 percent. In addition, a recent survey conducted across the company found that IT is now being rated higher than ever before in customer satisfaction.

"It is an honor that InformationWeek has acknowledged our IT department's work that enables our employees to remain innovative and productive," said Mike Webb, Aricent's chief information officer. "Since we have deployed these new cost-saving communication tools, we have seen a rise in the collaboration efforts that take place from India to the Silicon Valley. Being a part of the InformationWeek 500 is further proof that what we are doing is a smart and effective method to bring our company together -- through technology -- so we can continue to serve our customers in the most efficient manner."

"For over 20 years, the InformationWeek 500 has honored the most innovative users of business technology," said InformationWeek's Editor-in-Chief Rob Preston. "Year after year, InformationWeek 500 companies harness technology to improve efficiency, boost productivity, drive revenue, and establish a competitive advantage. We applaud this year's winners, and the CIOs and other executives whose ingenuity and risk taking are at the center of business technology innovation."

InformationWeek identifies and honors the nation's most innovative users of information technology with its annual 500 listing, now in its 21st year, and also tracks the technology, strategies, investments and administrative practices of America's best-known companies. Top winners have included: Conway, National Semiconductor, Kimberly-Clark, Hilton Hotels and Unum. The InformationWeek 500 rankings are unique among corporate rankings as it spotlights the power of innovation in information technology, rather than simply identifying the biggest IT spenders.

Additional details on the InformationWeek 500 can be found online at www.informationweek.com/iw500/.

About Aricent

Aricent is a global innovation, technology and services company focused exclusively on communications. Aricent combines the leading innovation capabilities of frog design with unparalleled domain expertise in communications as a strategic supplier to the world's foremost infrastructure, application and service providers. The company's investors include Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., Sequoia Capital, The Family Office and The Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board. For more information, visit http://www.aricent.com

About InformationWeek Business Technology Network (http://www.informationweek.com/)

The InformationWeek Business Technology Network provides IT executives with unique analysis and tools that parallel their work flow -- from the defining and framing of objectives through to the evaluation and recommendation of solutions. Anchored by InformationWeek, the multimedia powerhouse that looks across the enterprise, the network scales across the most critical technology categories with online properties like DarkReading.com (security), IntelligentEnterprise.com (application architecture), Network Computing (networking and communications) and PlugintotheCloud.com (cloud computing). The network also provides focused content for key IT targets such as CIOs, developers and SMBs with Dr. Dobb's InformationWeek Global CIO and bMighty.com, as well as vital vertical industries with InformationWeek Financial Services, Government and Healthcare. With content at the nucleus of our information distribution strategy, IT professionals turn to our network of expert voices, research and communities to stay informed, get advice, and research technologies to make strategic business decisions.

About TechWeb (http://www.techweb.com/aboutus)

TechWeb, the global leader in business technology media, is an innovative business focused on serving the needs of technology decision-makers and marketers worldwide. TechWeb produces the most respected and consumed media brands in the business technology market. Today, more than 13.3 million* business technology professionals actively engage in our communities created around our global face-to-face events Interop, Web 2.0, Black Hat and VoiceCon; online resources such as the InformationWeek.com, Light Reading, Intelligent Enterprise, bMighty.com, and Advanced Trading; and the market leading, award-winning InformationWeek and Wall Street & Technology magazines. TechWeb also provides end-to-end services ranging from next-generation performance marketing, integrated media, market research, and analyst services.

TechWeb is a division of United Business Media, a global provider of news distribution and specialist information services with a market capitalization of more than $2.5 billion.

*13.3 million business decision-makers: based on # of monthly connections across TechWeb brands.

Aricent is a trademark of Aricent Inc., in the United States and other jurisdictions. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

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