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...extending the power of office telephone systems to mobile
phones...


Natural MicroSystems (NMS), the technology leader enabling a
new era of communications, today announced a new partnership
with Telit Networks, leading manufacturer of GSM networks
and special applications terminals, to develop a GSM-based
in-building wireless solution extending the power of the
office phone to mobile handsets.

NMS' TX 3220C and Fusion/Convergence Generation (CG) 6000C
platform products are at the heart of the system, along with
custom-built software developed by NMS' NaturalEdge
Engineering Consulting group. The Nanonet system,
specifically targeted for short-range areas such as
small/medium businesses or campuses, will allow corporate
users to use their mobile phones like any other fixed phone
connected to the PBX. Users will place internal calls using
only the internal extension number, place external calls
through the PBX, and be reached from internal extension
lines or outside lines - all from the same telephone number
at their desktop. Outside the covered area, the mobile phone
will act as a standard mobile phone.

"NMS is a superb partner for Telit Networks in developing
our in-building GSM wireless system," said Mr. Decio Ongaro
of Telit Networks. "The company offers us a breadth of
enabling technologies that have stood the test of real-world
deployment, including IP, wireless and wireline interfaces.
A rapid development cycle is also essential to us, which
makes NMS' ability to act as an experienced consulting
partner extremely important, allowing us to meet a very
aggressive timeframe for delivery."

According to research from the EMC World Cellular Database,
the worldwide GSM subscriber base is estimated at
approximately 330 million in June 2000, and predicted to
more than double to over 730 million by the end of 2004. In
response to this overwhelming adoption, in-building wireless
systems present a new opportunity for companies to provide
mobile professionals with the reach and features of
sophisticated office telephone systems, with the convenience
of one telephone and number. Benefits include increased user
satisfaction and efficiency, in addition to a reduction in
communications costs associated with expensive
fixed-to-mobile phone calls. Communications equipment
providers gain a way to supply an even broader range of
wireless offerings that support new "mobile" services,
allowing carriers to maintain customer loyalty among
existing users, and to serve the booming number of new
cellular subscribers.

Notes to Editors

By calling on NMS as a partner to develop this system, Telit
Networks is garnering a vital advantage in applying its
advanced GSM network technologies to a new wireless
communications system that meets the cost and operational
requirements for concentrated geographical areas of users.
Chosen for its flexibility and functionality, the NMS
TX3220C high-performance communications platform provides a
powerful and flexible hardware for a variety of Signaling
System 7 (SS7) applications and for a wide variety of
enhanced services for use in the Telit Networks' Nanonet
system.

In addition, NMS' Fusion/CG 6000C has been developed from
the ground up to address packet-intensive convergence
applications, making it an excellent choice for use within
the Nanonet system. The CG 6000C supports up to four E1
interfaces and has the digital signal processing (DSP)
resource to implement custom product functionality Telit
Networks needs. Custom capabilities include GSM Full Rate
(FR) service and Enhanced Full Rate (EFR) transcoding when
required, as well as subrate switching for communication
between Base Station Controller (BSC) and BSC or between BSC
and Mobile Switching Center (MSC).

NMS' Natural Access software environment for the CG6000C
provides the protocol support, along with the Fusion IP
gateway technology and the necessary infrastructure to
implement other required features such as packetization and
framing. This comprehensive foundation of hardware, software
and expertise allows NMS and Telit Networks to deploy a
robust and highly scalable wireless solution for use across
enterprises and campuses - while enjoying accelerated
time-to-market in the exploding wireless market.

About Telit Networks

Telit Networks S.p.A , located in Via E. Mattei 21, Chieti
Scalo (Chieti), Italy, designs and manufactures a broad
range of network technologies and special application
terminals for use in GSM networks. A part of the Telit
Group, a leader in mobile and advanced telecommunications
systems, Telit Networks focuses specifically on the
radiomobile networks within the European Contract
Electronics Manufacturing market. Telit Group, originally
part of Telital S.p.A. (which changed its name into Telit
Mobile Terminals in 1999), was founded in 1986 by a group of
engineers that provided research and development to large
international corporations. Since then, the Group's
evolution has been characterized by a rapid pace of
development, unique to the Italian telecommunications
market, and the validity of its strategies has been further
confirmed by the institutional investors. The Telit Group's
investments and acquisition have enabled it to operate on
the global telecommunications market with a wide range of
products, such as Telit Mobile Terminals, currently featured
as the only supplier of the dual mode Satellite/GSM900
terminal for the Globalstar network. For more information
about Telit Networks or Telit Group, please visit
http://www.telital.com or call +39-0871-5854-332.

About Natural MicroSystems

Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS) is the technology leader
making it possible for the world's top networking and
communication equipment suppliers to create and accelerate
communications infrastructure and services. The Framingham,
MA company designs, develops and supplies network-quality
hardware and software components and provides design and
customization services that are enabling a new era of
communications. Deployed in close to 50 countries, NMS'
products and technologies are at the foundation of today's
high-value communications systems, including network-based
enhanced service platforms, media and access gateways, media
servers, voice portals, web-enabled call centers, unified
messaging platforms and wireless networks. NMS has a long
history of technology innovations that advance the rapid
growth of the communications industry worldwide, including
breakthroughs such as the first complete open IP gateway,
the first complete open packet media server and leadership
in bringing open, scalable CompactPCI to the
telecommunications industry. More information about NMS is
available at http://www.nmss.com.

Natural MicroSystems, TX Series, Fusion, Convergence
Generation, Natural Edge and Natural Access are trademarks
of Natural MicroSystems Corporation. All other company or
product names mentioned may be trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.

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