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6WIND and ALTEN group announce partnership to provide NFV and SDN solutions

ALTEN group to offer technology consulting and implementation services based on 6WINDGate™ networking software to network equipment suppliers and service providers

BANGALORE and PARIS, April 29, 2013 - 6WIND, the gold standard for data plane processing in software-defined networks, and ALTEN Group, the European leader in Technology Consulting and Engineering, today announced a partnership to deliver best-in-class Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) and Software-Defined Networking (SDN) solutions to network equipment manufacturers (NEMs) and telecom operators worldwide. Through this partnership, the ALTEN group will offer technology consulting and implementation services around the 6WINDGate™ networking software to NEMs and telecom operators working to virtualize network functions as part of an SDN-based architecture.

NFV has emerged as a key approach to maximize network resource utilization by virtualizing functions traditionally implemented in dedicated hardware, thereby minimizing both CAPEX and OPEX. Operators are increasingly adopting SDN-based network architectures in order to improve network manageability and accelerate the deployment of new services.

6WIND is the #1 supplier of high-performance networking software for carrier networks, with its 6WINDGate software deployed in major LTE commercial networks worldwide. Telecom operators and network equipment manufacturers select 6WINDGate for both physical and virtual networking appliances because it delivers best-in-class data plane performance, a comprehensive protocol suite and seamless scalability across boards and racks.

The ALTEN group is a leading technology consulting and engineering services firm with a workforce of over 16,000 engineers focused on delivering cutting edge solutions to telecom operators and network equipment manufacturers. Since 2009, ALTEN and its wholly owned subsidiary Calsoft Labs, has delivered virtual appliances, OpenFlow-enabled switches and SDN solutions to several equipment vendors and service providers worldwide.

"The new partnership between 6WIND and ALTEN will enable telecom operators to accelerate the deployment of high-performance virtual network solutions," said Eric Carmes, CEO of 6WIND. "As operators adopt innovative NFV and SDN-based architectures in their networks, they can now benefit from ALTEN's expert consulting services in order to ensure the optimum integration of 6WINDGate into their equipment."

"For the past few years, we have been providing technology consulting, engineering, deployment and business support services to our customers in cloud and software-defined networking space. This partnership brings best-in-class technology from 6WIND and the global service and support capability of ALTEN under one roof to help customers accelerate SDN deployments", said Gerald Attia, Deputy CEO of ALTEN.

About 6WIND
6WIND provides the only commercial software solution that solves network performance challenges for OEMs delivering advanced networking functions in mobile infrastructure equipment, networking appliances and data center networking. The company's 6WINDGate ™ networking software is optimized for cost-effective hardware based on industry-standard multicore processors, enabling rich Software Defined Networking (SDN) services and Network-as-a-Service capabilities that monetize services such as bandwidth, QoS and security. 6WIND delivers sustainable competitive advantages to both service providers and network equipment manufacturers. A privately owned company, 6WIND is based near Paris, France with regional offices in China, Japan, South Korea and the United States. For more information, visit www.6wind.com.

About ALTEN Group
As a European Leader in Technology Consulting and Engineering (TCE), ALTEN carries out design and research projects for Technical and IT divisions of major clients in industry, telecom and services. ALTEN's stock is listed in 'Compartment B' of the Euronext Paris market (ISIN FR0000071946); it is part of the SBF 120, the IT CAC 50 index, MIDCAP 100, and is eligible for the Deferred Settlement Service (SRD). For more information on Alten, please visit www.alten.com.

About Calsoft Labs
Calsoft Labs is the product design arm of the €1.2 billion ALTEN Group. Calsoft Labs offers technology consulting and product engineering services globally to equipment manufacturers (OEMs/ODMs), semiconductor vendors, and independent software vendors (ISVs). Calsoft Labs operates state-of-the-art product design and development centres at Bangalore, Chennai and Mysore in India, with sales & support offices worldwide including North America, Europe and Asia.

For further details,

Mrinmoy Purkayastha

Vice President - Marketing

E-mail: mrinmoyp@calsoftlabs.com

Phone: +91 80 4034 3102