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Kenetec Announces EdgeXpert Service Planning Suite Designed to Save Providers Money by Planning Network Service Access Requirements Before Deployment.

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ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 4, 2001

EdgeXpert calculates ROI, cash flow and bandwidth requirements before deployment of EdgeXpress(TM) System and building infrastructure

Kenetec, Inc., an innovator in the development of next generation broadband access solutions for converged networks, today announced EdgeXpert(TM), a Service Planning Suite that enables communications providers to plan the delivery of multimedia services to businesses over a single converged network.

With EdgeXpert, providers can generate the accurate, detailed information they need to assess the economic impact of a project and network requirements prior to investing significant financial or manpower resources.

Using an GUI-based front end, EdgeXpert guides a provider through a "wizard based" network planning and services scenario prior to ordering and installing any equipment at a site. "In today's capital crunch, Service Providers have a clear need to streamline the entire planning process before buying equipment or allocating resources for a specific project," stated Scott Heinlein, Consultant for TeleChoice, the leading strategic catalyst for the telecom industry. "Kenetec's EdgeXpert eliminates the guess work of an installation by enabling Service Providers to calculate their return on investment, as well as bandwidth and equipment requirements, before moving forward with deployment, which will in turn help ensure their company's long-term profitability."

When used in conjunction with Kenetec's EdgeXpress(TM), an end-to-end services platform for enabling multimedia services to businesses over a single converged network, EdgeXpert enables service providers to efficiently plan common building and customer equipment requirements, such as WAN and Uplink trunks, levels of redundancy, QoS as well as all specific equipment needs. EdgeXpert specifies the exact configuration of its modular product family based upon each business's service requirements and supports advanced features such as service queuing. Service queuing is crucial to ensure class of service delivery providing the customer with the confidence that their business critical applications will be successfully passed through to their final destination.

The EdgeXpress product family consists of the EdgeXpress 1000 Service Access Unit, the EdgeXpress 5000 Series Service Exchange Platform, and the EdgeXpress Service Provisioning System. EdgeXpert is an expansion of Kenetec's EdgeXpress Service Provisioning System, which also includes EdgeManager network management.

"Planning the service and product requirements for customers is a complex and tedious process that can truly impact the quality of service delivered and ability to optimize a providers return on investment," stated Brian Regli, CEO and Chairman of Inlec Communications, a Philadelphia based provider of high quality broadband access and communications service options. "Kenetec was the first to recognize this growing concern among service providers, and has developed a software product suite that will enable us to efficiently plan and manage each installation, determine the exact bandwidth needs of every tenant, and quickly deliver the right services-profitably." Inlec Communication is the first provider of residential, primary line Voice over IP services in the US.

Within the EdgeXpert Service Planning Suite there are five key modules:
-- Economic Analysis - easily determine the ROI and case flow for various
assumptions of multimedia services.

-- Building and Customer Database - profile key building and customer metrics
including building and customer services required.

-- Bandwidth Planning - a quick and error-free way to determine the exact
bandwidth needs and the QoS/CoS for each customer and the building.

-- The Equipment "Punch List" - automatically deliver a complete list of
equipment and modules required to deliver services to the building and
customers.

-- Provisioning - automated discovery of a planned network, and once it is
installed, configures the equipment in the building and provisions the
services, from a remote NOC, and using the already compiled information
database.


About Kenetec

Kenetec was founded in 1998 to deliver next generation communications access equipment optimized to meet the needs of Integrated Communications Providers deploying multimedia services to businesses over a converged network. The company's EdgeXpress product family is the industry's first broadband infrastructure solution based on a Services-oriented Building Area Network (SBAN) architecture that supports voice, data and video traffic to multi-tenant office complexes. EdgeXpress products are specifically designed to allow Integrated Communications Providers to cost-effectively deploy equipment and services that enable the profitable delivery of value-added broadband services. For more information, visit www.kenetec.com.

Kenetec, EdgeXpress, EdgeManager, and EdgeXpert are trademarks of Kenetec Incorporated. All other company names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.
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