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Natural MicroSystems, ECT Pass Rigorous Deutsche Telekom Testing for Leading Public Network Switch.

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 21, 2000

SS7 Conformance Testing Supports Global Deployment of

Carrier-grade Intelligent Services and Switching Platform

Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ:NMSS), the technology leader enabling the world's top networking and communication equipment suppliers to build New Network infrastructure and services, today announced that the company and its partner, ECT European Computer Telephony GmbH, have successfully completed T-Nova Deutsche Telekom's MTP and ISUP conformance testing for ECT's AutoCarrier public switching platform.

Among the most extensive testing programs of all European carriers, T-Nova Deutsche Telekom approval is widely considered one of the most critical and desirable. Earning this approval reinforces that the NMS/ECT partnership represents a best-in-class solution for carriers seeking to expand their network services offerings -- and deploy them with confidence on a global basis.

By incorporating Natural MicroSystems TX3220c(TM) communications platform and SS7 Release 3.0(TM) software, the next-generation public switching leader ECT provides the high availability, high density and SS7 signaling required by major carriers and thus critical for the telecomms market. The certification of ITU SS7 conformity with this technology represents a significant milestone in the partnership NMS and ECT unveiled in February 2000. At that time, ECT announced that it would use NMS' products for redundant SS7 signaling, high-density trunks, fax transmission and Voice over IP (VoIP).

Now that ECT's AutoCarrier has passed conformity testing, it can be connected directly to the public network as a service switching point. Moreover, as the switch also utilizes the NMS AG Quad E1 that provides both trunks and digital signaling processors (DSP) for all channels, the AutoCarrier is at the same time a complete platform for intelligent services. This eliminates the need for the additional service nodes or intelligent peripherals which carriers are often forced to attach to their proprietary public switches in order to provide services requiring voice processing. Now carriers can use one platform to set up public switching networks as well as rapidly develop and deliver new value-added services.

"Thanks to NMS' SS7 signaling and connectivity offerings, we were able to pass the most strict and challenging MTP2 and MTP3 testing in the world," said Walter Rott, ECT director of research and development. "NMS' commitment to facilitating global deployment and interoperability for service provider equipment market has strengthened ECT's value-add for carriers and helped make AutoCarrier the leading modular public switch platform throughout Europe."

"ECT is widely regarded and its equipment is deployed in the networks of more than 15 European carriers, but Deutsche Telekom standards are considered to be the toughest and most desirable to pass," said Chris Burmeister, product marketing manager at Natural MicroSystems. "By teaming to pass the T-Nova Deutsche Telekom testing, ECT and NMS are ensuring carriers that ECT's AutoCarrier can stand up to extensive and exhaustive inspection. NMS is proud to share such high recognition with a company like ECT."

Deployed throughout Europe, AutoCarrier customers already include Tele2, World Access, RSL Com, MobilCom, Unicom, D Plus, Gigabell, 1&1 Internet AG, Worldport, Worldline, Mox Telecom, Mundophone, Komtel, Stentor and the Calling Card Company. GartnerGroup's Dataquest projects that carrier and public network revenues generated by such technologies as Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and voice messaging systems will reach $7.5 billion by 2003, including hardware maintenance and support. To take advantage of this tremendous market opportunity, carriers require field-tested, globally approved solutions such as those offered by ECT and NMS. For example, carriers deploying ECT's AutoCarrier as a public switch can also offer new revenue-generating applications such as Personal Number Services with Unified Messaging, Service Numbers with Virtual ACD and Network-Based IVR, Advertising Telephony, Prepaid Calling Cards, etc.- at any time and without additional costs for intelligent peripherals or service control points. And the AutoCarrier - being a PC-based public switch - takes to the web like a fish to water, so that all services can be made directly available to the customer via the Internet.

About ECT European Computer Telephony

As a strategic OEM partner of the Motorola Computer Group as well as a committed partner of NMS, ECT develops and markets intelligent switching technology for the recently liberalized European telecomms markets. In the first full year after the introduction of its AutoCarrier product line in September 1998, ECT has enjoyed a quarterly growth rate of over 50%, and 1999 profits exceeded 5 Mio. German Marks. ECT is currently being converted into a public company (Aktiengesellschaft) with the intention of going public in 2001.

Founded in 1998 by Dr. Marshall E. Kavesh, Dr. Hans Huber and Walter Rott, ECT received substantial support from both the Bavarian and Federal German venture capital companies. Headquartered in Munich with offices in London, Strasbourg and the Hague, ECT plans to open additional sales and service centers Scandinavia, Austria and Switzerland.

For more about ECT European Computer Telephony GmbH, see the company web site at http://www.ect-munich.com.

About Natural MicroSystems

Natural MicroSystems (NASDAQ: NMSS), based in Framingham, MA, is the technology leader enabling the world's premier networking and communication equipment suppliers to create and accelerate next-generation infrastructure and services. The company designs, develops and supplies network-quality hardware and software components and provides design and customization services.

NMS' products and technologies are deployed at the foundation of today's high-value communications systems, including network-based enhanced service platforms, wireless networks, media servers, unified messaging platforms, VoIP and other communications gateways, integrated voice and fax servers, and web-enabled call centers. By using NMS products and services, leading networking and communications suppliers are able to shorten time to market, leverage development resources, and offer truly global telecommunications solutions.

NMS' products and services are deployed in close to 50 countries. The company's quality processes have earned ISO 9002 certification. More information on the company is available at http://www.nmss.com.

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