F5® Traffix™ Signaling Delivery Controller™ is the Market’s First to Support New IETF Diameter Base Protocol Release

  F5® Traffix™ Signaling Delivery Controller™ is the Market’s First to Support
  New IETF Diameter Base Protocol Release

F5’s expertise and leadership in Diameter enable customers to be ready for new
              industry standards and optimize their LTE rollouts

LTE North America 2012

Business Wire

DALLAS -- November 14, 2012

F5 Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:FFIV) announced that its Traffix^™ Signaling
Delivery Controller^™ (SDC^™) is the market’s first Diameter solution to
support the new Diameter specifications per the latest release of RFC 6733 by
the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The release of this new standard
makes the previous RFC 3588 and 5719 obsolete. Diameter is the base protocol
for Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA), enabling network
access and IP mobility in both home and roaming mobile LTE networks.

F5’s SDC product is the market-leading, multifunctional platform for Diameter
routing, load balancing, and gateway connectivity. Since the product’s
inception, it has been fully compliant with IETF, 3GPP, and GSMA standards. In
addition, all current deployments of the SDC are forward compatible with the
new standard.

“Through our work with communications service providers and global network
equipment providers, we are able to stay apprised of what’s on the horizon for
industry standards bodies,” said Ben Volkow, VP of Product Development at F5.
“We have been aware of RFC 6733 and welcome its arrival because it provides
for several enhancements for CSPs in the areas of security, management, and
flexibility. We see this leading to better routing and management capabilities
for operators to handle the challenges inherent with LTE.”

“The new IETF standard release RFC 6733 will be an asset to operators as it
adds flexibility in configuring their networks for the many situations and use
cases that LTE will bring—some of which we are already aware, and some which
we have yet to encounter,” said Dimitris Mavrakis, Principal Analyst at
Informa Telecoms & Media, a leading research firm. “F5 should be recognized
for its far-ranging vision into the LTE ecosystem, particularly around how
Diameter plays the enabling role for the success and profitability of
operators rolling out LTE technology.”

Some of the highlights of RFC 6733 are as follows:

  *Tighter security with better connections between peers by requiring the
    use of TLS/TCP and DTLS/SCTP
  *Added routing functionality and flexibility using routing table add-ons
  *Additional SCTP functionality
  *Updates to AVPs and messages to enable additional functionality and better
    interworking
  *Caching mechanism to reduce signaling, increase performance, and enable
    additional routing capabilities

For a more comprehensive view of RFC 6733, go to
http://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc6733.

F5 solutions are a core component in service provider networks as they
transition from a 2G/3G to a 4G LTE all-IP infrastructure. F5 provides
intelligent and context-aware solutions enabling CSPs to gain greater
application visibility, optimize service delivery, and secure their
networks—leading to increased ARPU and reduced CAPEX/OPEX.F5 enables CSPs to
optimize, scale, and simplify their service architectures and monetize their
layer 4–7 networks with new revenue generating application services. With
Traffix Diameter solutions deployed at more than 100 locations, F5 and its 4G
and Diameter expertise provide significant benefits to customers around the
world.

F5’s data and signaling experts will be at the Informa LTE North America
conference, November 14–15. To schedule a meeting with an F5 representative,
please visit the registration page: http://bit.ly/RxyGnp

About F5 Networks

F5 Networks, Inc., the global leader in Application Delivery Networking (ADN),
helps the world’s largest enterprises and service providers realize the full
value of virtualization, cloud computing, and on-demand IT. F5^® solutions
help integrate disparate technologies to provide greater control of the
infrastructure, improve application delivery and data management, and give
users seamless, secure, and accelerated access to applications from their
corporate desktops and smart devices. An open architectural framework enables
F5 customers to apply business policies at “strategic points of control”
across the IT infrastructure and into the public cloud. F5 products give
customers the agility they need to align IT with changing business conditions,
deploy scalable solutions on demand, and manage mobile access to data and
services. Enterprises, service and cloud providers, and leading online
companies worldwide rely on F5 to optimize their IT investments and drive
business forward. For more information, go to www.f5.com.

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F5, Traffix, Signaling Delivery Controller, and SDC are trademarks or service
marks of F5 Networks, Inc., in the U.S. and other countries. All other product
and company names herein may be trademarks of their respective owners.

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Contact:

F5 Networks, Inc.
Alane Moran, 206-272-6850
a.moran@f5.com
or
Connect Public Relations
Holly Hagerman, 801-373-7888
hollyh@connectpr.com
 
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