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Growth Is Back for This Small Cap


Growing demand in Europe for 4G mobile phones and a rebounding US economy will be very encouraging news for this small but sturdy telecom.

The 6300's full 64-bit symmetrical multiprocessing capabilities and quad-core CPU design are engineered to deliver more than 2x the signaling performance of comparable SBC platforms.

The solution can support up to 200,000 signaled sessions, 80,000 media sessions, and 1 million subscribers simultaneously. With up to 5 times session capacity than comparable platforms, the 6300 is designed for emerging services that are expected to generate high subscriber counts and call volumes down the road-including VoLTE, rich communication suite (RCS), and video calling.

In addition, thanks to its unique architecture, the 6300 can lower service provider capital and operational costs by reducing power, cooling, cabling, and rack space requirements-including potentially reducing the number of managed SBC elements in the network by as much as 75%.

In the middle of November, Acme Packet announced that MetroPCS (NYSE:PCS) had deployed the company's Net-Net Session Director to support the world's first commercially available VoLTE service (launched in August), as well as the recent launch of RCS. The solution provides extensive SIP normalization, mediation and Internet working functions.

Acme Packet management expects VoLTE rollouts to help support growth over the next two years, starting in the second half of 2013. It's only natural that the 100 largest service providers worldwide are expected to drive this transition to VoLTE. It helps that Acme Packet counts 89 of these 100 carriers as customers.

For now, most big investors remain cautiously optimistic on Acme Packet and its rebound prospects. In the third quarter, the company's two largest holders-Fidelity and Wellington Management-both trimmed their positions by a small amount. But T. Rowe Price became a Top Five holder by boosting its stake by 27%.

Editor's Note: This article was written by Rob DeFrancesco of Tech Stock Prospector.

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