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Spring Tide Networks Earns NEBS Level 3 Certification for IP Service Switch; Scalable Service Intelligence Switch First in Its Class to Receive Third Party Validation.

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MAYNARD, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2000

Spring Tide Networks Inc. today announced its IP Service Switch 5000 has passed the rigorous Level 3 requirements of the Network Equipment Building Systems specification known as NEBS. The testing certifies the IP Service Switch 5000 is ready for deployment into any service providers' network.

NEBS Level 3 certification represents the highest attainable ranking within Bellcore/Telcordia's strict compliance guidelines. These guidelines form the standards by which networking and telecommunications equipment is judged ready for installation in facilities such as data centers and service providers' central office locations. NEBS certification verifies that the Spring Tide IP Service Switch 5000 is optically, electrically and physically compatible with new and existing network environments, and can operate as intended under electrical and physical stresses without posing a threat to services or personnel. NEBS testing also ensures that Spring Tide's equipment meets industry standards for high and low temperature thresholds, fire resistance, earthquake and office vibrations, transportation and handling, acoustic noise and illumination, electrical protection and grounding. NTS of Boxborough, Mass. and Curtis Straus LLC of Littleton, Mass. performed the testing and certification.

"NEBS certification is a mark of excellence that our customers look for when evaluating network equipment for safe and reliable operation in their telecommunication networks," said Steve Akers, founder and chief technical officer for Spring Tide Networks. "While other vendors claim NEBS compliance, service providers understand that there is an important difference between compliance and certification. Compliance is a design goal, while certification is a third party validation that the equipment adheres to the strict guidelines set by Telcordia."

Specifically designed to power the new business-quality public IP network, Spring Tide's IP Service Switch 5000 is a new class of product that makes offering business-quality network services as straightforward as offering common telephone services. The IP Service Switch 5000 is the only "any-to-any" tunnel switch, capable of full service delivery and total access to services for any user, any service, any place, any time. No other vendor brings this kind of carrier-class performance, scalability and flexibility to network services.

As a versatile platform for rapidly deploying new IP services, the IP Service Switch serves as a single service delivery point in the carrier network, eliminating the need for costly and complex multi-device solutions.

About Spring Tide

Spring Tide Networks develops carrier-class networking equipment that extends a rich set of business-quality IP services anywhere in the new public IP network with the same reliability and simplicity as the telephone network. Spring Tide's Pipelined Packet Flow(TM) architecture guarantees performance, scalability and flexibility across a greater variety of network services than any competing solution. The Maynard, Massachusetts-based company is privately owned and venture-capital funded. For more information visit the company Web site at www.springtidenet.com.
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