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Integral Access PurePacket Platform Receives NEBS Certification; MPLS-Based Multi-Service Access System Achieves Universal Measure of Public Network Product Excellence.

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CHELMSFORD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 13, 2000

Integral Access, Inc. -- the multi-service MPLS access company -- today announced that the PurePacket Platform has successfully achieved Network Equipment Building System (NEBS) certification. PurePacket, which enables network operators to combine voice/data on IP-based and circuit switched infrastructures, conforms to the stringent NEBS standards for risk, safety, and hazard. NEBS certification is required for all equipment that Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs) collocate in a regional operating company's facilities. National Technical Systems (NTS) Corporation and Curtis-Straus LLC, two Nationally Recognized Test Laboratories (NRTL), certified PurePacket compliance with the NEBS standard.

Originally developed by Bell Telephone Laboratories in the 1970s and expanded by Bellcore (now Telcordia Technologies), NEBS is a rigorous set of specifications for network facilities located equipment. To receive NEBS certification products must pass a suite of tests ensuring that they will: not negatively affect other service providing equipment; operate properly in adverse environmental conditions; and not cause harm to the environment or personnel.

"NEBS provides network operators with the confidence of knowing that certified equipment is safe to use and does not pose a risk to existing equipment," said Marc Parent, Vice President of Hardware, Integral Access. "The PurePacket platform was designed to comply with the NEBS standards and exceed the requirements of the most demanding carrier networks."

PurePacket Overview

PurePacket is a multi-service packet-based access system that enables competitive carriers to offer differentiated services and combine voice/data on new generation IP-based networks, as well as traditional circuit switched infrastructures. This complete access solution includes customer premise equipment, central office aggregation devices (for central office, co-locations and points of presence), and an operations management system for network control and services management. To guarantee QoS, enable Class of Service (CoS), and maximize the traffic carrying capacity of access networks, PurePacket uses an MPLS-based architecture to route, transport and switch voice and data transmissions in packet format.

Company Background

Integral Access, Inc. provides multi-service packet-based access systems. The Company is based in Chelmsford, Massachusetts and is privately held. To contact Integral Access call +1-978-256-8833, visit us on the Web at http://www.integralaccess.com, or write to info@integralaccess.com.

Note to Editors: PurePacket is a trademark of Integral Access, Inc.
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