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Siemens to deliver Unisphere's ERX Edge Routing Switch and Seabridge's
Attane XpressPass Broadband Concentrator for Nextra's Next-Generation
DSL-Network

Nextra AS, the Norwegian Communication Service Provider, has awarded Siemens
Information and Communication Networks group (ICN) an order, worth millions
of euros, to supply edge routing and a broadband access solution for its
next generation network. The order is part of a Pan-European framework
agreement. Siemens, together with its affiliates Unisphere Networks and
Seabridge, delivers Edge Routing Switches and Broadband Access
Concentrators.

The ERX 700 Edge Routing Switch from Unisphere provides broadband xDSL
access to the IP network in its function as a broadband remote access server
(BB RAS). The BB RAS is the point of entry into the Internet, used by
subscribers to dial into their service provider's network.
The Attane XpressPass Broadband Concentrator from Seabridge aggregates
connections at the access point and grooms xDSL traffic between the DSLAM
and the ERX 700 BB RAS, greatly enhancing network scalability.

Nextra will install the ERX and the XpressPass to support new DSL services
in cities throughout Norway. Nextra then expects to move forward with a
larger ERX/XpressPass supported Pan-European rollout following deployment of
the Norwegian network later in 2001.

"In a tight selection process, we chose the Siemens solutions because it was
obvious that the ERX and XpressPass systems had been designed with the needs
of carrier-class next-generation networks in mind, and because of the
expertise in IP networking that Siemens brought with them. With the ERX and
XpressPass, we have the ability to meet the demands of the increasing
Internet traffic that we expect in the next several years," says Per Björk,
CTO of Nextra AS. "In particular, we are very excited about the traffic
management capabilities that the ERX and XpressPass gives us, which will
allow us to optimize our network and more easily bring to our customers
cutting edge services."

"We are excited about this opportunity to work with an innovative company
such as Nextra in bringing new telecommunications services to the European
marketplace," said Jim Dolce, CEO, Unisphere Networks, Inc. "This
announcement showcases the power of Unisphere's ERX as well as the strengths
the combined Siemens/Unisphere relationship brings, and the commitment of
Siemens to bringing next-generation technology to service providers
worldwide."

"We are glad to be a part of Nextra's solution for its broadband access
network," said Yehuda Armoni, CEO of Seabridge, Ltd. Nextra's choice of the
XpressPass further strengthens Seabridges standing as an industry leader in
the optimization of broadband networks."

"Siemens is proud to be a partner for Nextra in Europe" said Magne
Orderløkken, Director IP and Broadband Networks Siemens AS. "Nextra is an
innovative communication service provider with high ambitions, and we are
glad to provide Nextra with leading edge products and support."


Background information

About the ERX
Unisphere Networks' ERX edge router delivers the next-generation IP
infrastructure that enables world-class service providers to deploy
high-speed Internet connections and value-added IP services to both
businesses and consumers. The ERX product family provides wire-speed
performance on all interfaces, sophisticated routing capabilities,
carrier-class reliability and high capacity port density. The ERX also
enables a number of new revenue-generating service policies such as IP
Quality of Service (QoS), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and Service Level
Agreements (SLAs).

About the Attane XpressPass
The award-winning Attane XpressPass Broadband Concentrator Platform from
Seabridge is bridging the way to scalable, versatile and competitive
next-generation broadband access. Seabridge's patent-pending VPut(tm)
technology is a key feature of the XpressPass. VPut(tm)enhances goodput
performance for best-effort traffic (like IP), minimizing the number of
damaged packets sent through the network. VPut(tm) seamlessly complements a
host of other XpressPass advanced traffic engineering mechanisms to
dramatically improve switching performance. The Attane XpressPass platform
is well-suited for a wide range of carrier and service provider applications
requiring intelligent access to ATM and IP networks and the building of
highly flexible, private ATM, IP, voice and frame relay networks.

About Nextra
Nextra is an Internet-based communications service provider (CSP) - offering
an extensive range of complete communications solutions. Nextra, which is
owned by Telenor, one of Europe's leading telecommunications companies, is
primarily a business ISP, with a particular focus on helping medium sized
businesses leverage the opportunities presented by the Internet. For more
information about Nextra please go to www.nextra.com.


About Unisphere Networks, Inc.
Unisphere Networks is a provider of data and voice platforms for service
providers. Our edge routing switch, service mediation switch, and network
and services management solutions help service providers create and deliver
innovative IP solutions. Unisphere Networks also offers service providers
technical expertise and professional services in order to deploy and
maintain next-generation networking solutions. For more information, please
visit Unisphere Networks at www.unispherenetworks.com.


About Seabridge Ltd.
Seabridge is an industry leader in the optimization of broadband networks.
Our broadband concentrator platform offers telecoms and carriers state of
the art optimization schemes for ATM/IP traffic. Our products have been
deployed world-wide and are the basis of the largest Access Network in
Europe.
For more information, please visit Seabridge at www.seabridgenetworks.com.


Siemens Information and Communication Networks Group (ICN) is a leading
provider of integrated voice and data networks for enterprises, carriers and
service providers. Its comprehensive portfolio comprises, in particular,
IP-based convergence solutions, and a full range of products for broadband
access and optical transport networks, as well as the integration, services
and applications business. The Siemens Group thus provides complete
solutions from a single source for the infrastructure of the Next Generation
Internet, a prerequesite for mobile business. In fiscal year 2000 (year-end
30 September) ICN posted sales of 11.4 billion euro, and earnings before
interest and taxes (EBIT) of 692 million euro. ICN employs 53,000 people
worldwide.

Further information about ICN is available at:
http://www.ic.siemens.com/networks

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E-mail: harald.hassenmueller@cc.siemens.de


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