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VINA Technologies' Multiservice T1 Integrator Earns Bellcore's Highest NEBS Certification - Level 3.

FREMONT, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 3, 1998--VINA Technologies, a provider of multiservice integrated access solutions, today announced that its Multiservice T1 Integrator(tm) has been certified for Bellcore's Network Equipment Building Standards (NEBS) Level 3, GR-63-CORE Physical Protection compliance by WYLE Laboratories, based in Huntsville, AL.

To ensure network reliability, many Regional Bell Operating Companies (RBOCs) and Interexchange Carriers (IXCs) require new telecommunications equipment to be NEBS-certified before it is deployed in their central switching offices.

Bellcore, an SAIC company, is a leading provider of communications software, engineering, and consulting services based on world-class research. Bellcore defines NEBS Level 3 certification as the highest assurance of a product's operability. VINA's Multiservice T1 Integrator, designed for the small to mid-sized business market, is the first integrated access device to attain this level of reliability compliance.

The T1 Integrator earned Level 3 certification by passing a series of durability tests. GR-63-CORE NEBS certification tests a telecommunication product's ability to withstand office vibration, transportation vibration, Zone 4 earthquakes, flammability, and operational thermal conditions.

"As a result of the certification, our service provider customers can feel confident in the quality and reliability of VINA's Multiservice T1 Integrator," said Josh Soske, president, VINA Technologies. He continued, "Since the Multiservice T1 Integrator is an extension of the service provider's network, it is important to demonstrate its reliability under harsh natural conditions through the NEBS certification."

Service Provider/End User Benefits of VINA's Multiservice T1 Integrator

The costs associated with building, expanding and managing a traditional network infrastructure can be high. In an effort to keep their customers satisfied and to minimize churn, service providers are looking for reliable ways to offer bundled voice and data services that are easy to turn up and manage.

VINA's Multiservice T1 Integrator enables service provides to offer customers bundled voice and data services using their existing network. Also, the combination of the integrated system management and the minimal outside plant provisioning required to turn up the system enables service providers to cost-effectively deliver and manage these new bundled services.

VINA's solution offers small business end users the simplicity and reliability of one-stop shopping for high-speed data and voice services with a single monthly bill.

About VINA Technologies

Founded in 1996, VINA Technologies bridges the gap between the worlds of telecommunications and data communications by delivering multiservice integration at the network edge. Marketed to service providers and distributors, VINA's customer premises solutions enable service providers to cost-effectively deliver integrated voice, data and Internet services to small to mid-sized businesses and branch offices (10 to 100 employees).

Available since 1997, the company's premier product, the Multiservice T1 Integrator, is a compact, economical device that represents an industry first, integrating voice, data and Internet traffic onto a single T1.

Note to Editors: T1 Integrator is a trademark of VINA Technologies. All other trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

 CONTACT: VINA Technologies
 Nancy J. Smith, 510/413-1315
 nancy.smith@vina-tech.com
 http://www.vina-tech.com
 or
 The Hoffman Agency
 Pamela Rupert or John Chester, 408/286-2611
 prupert@hoffman.com
 jchester@hoffman.com


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