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PROTEON ROUTERS RECEIVE GOSIP CERTIFICATION

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Jan. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Strengthening its ability to provide internetworking solutions to a wide range of government users, Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), today announced that its multi-protocol bridging routers have received Government Open Systems Interconnection Profile (GOSIP) Version 2.0 certification.
 The certification means that Proteon's line of CNX routers meet the rigid open systems standards mandated by the United States government agencies for the purchase of internetworking equipment. The GOSIP certification enhances Proteon's existing Open Systems Interconnect (OSI) protocol suite, which provides comprehensive support for the set of standards that govern international open systems support and multivendor interoperability.
 Developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), GOSIP 2.0 requires vendors to build and supply interoperable OSI- based networking products to government users for the open exchange of data between dissimilar systems. Proteon's GOSIP conformance was successfully tested by CDA, Inc., Reston, Va., an NIST-accredited lab. CDA tested and registered Proteon's Connectionless Network Layer Protocol (CLNP) and End-System-to-Intermediate System (ES-IS) implementations which are part of the routers' OSI protocol.
 "GOSIP certification is consistent with our long established policy of providing users with open, standards-based internetworking products," said William Donovan, acting director, Proteon Internetworking Division. "This registration will allow us to better serve U.S. Government agencies and the independent government contractors that require GOSIP certified products."
 The OSI GOSIP 2.0 certification implementation is available across Proteon's full line of high performance routers. This includes the CNX 400, CNX 500 and CNX 600, a family of internetworking products for regional sites and large corporate headquarters operations. Proteon's DNX 300 series and DNX 350 series, "plug-and-play" bridging routers for remote site/branch office connectivity; and the ProNET BOSS, an integrated three-slot hub/router that incorporates the DNX 300 or DNX 350 series routers and Proteon Series 90 hub, are now undergoing the certification process. Proteon's GOSIP implementation is part of the OSI protocol suite and provided to customers at no extra cost.
 Proteon's bridging routers provide users with innovative and leading edge technology and superior Systems Network Architecture (SNA) integration support. Features found only in Proteon routers include Bandwidth Reservation to ensure predictable response time and application availability for mission-critical traffic; four levels of protocol prioritizations within a given class of bandwidth; Multicast Open Shortest Path First (MOSPF) capability providing ease-of- configuration and low WAN overhead; and a Shared Memory Architecture for the industry's best zero packet loss performance (rather than mere aggregate packet performance.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis of Proteon, 508-898-2800; or David Copithorne or David Kitchen of Copithorne & Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon/
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