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ADC Bridges Voice Mail Platforms, Advances Unified Messaging for Service Providers.

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MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 20, 2001

Voice Profile over Internet Mail (VPIM) Enables Service Providers

to Seamlessly Connect Voice Mail Platforms from

Multiple Vendors via the Internet

ADC (Nasdaq:ADCT; www.adc.com), a leading global supplier of fiber optics, network equipment, software and integration services for broadband, multiservice networks, today announced the release of Voice Profile over Internet Mail (VPIM). This new product will enable service providers to expand voice messaging by permitting end users to send and receive messages across multiple voice mail systems.

VPIM connects disparate voice mail systems through a common interface via the Internet, increasing subscribers' access to other voice mail subscribers -- no matter what system they use -- without the need for new infrastructure on the part of service providers. VPIM is the latest addition to ADC's Broadband Services Platform, which enables service providers to introduce a new wave of capabilities for consumers and businesses through anywhere, anytime communications.

For wireless and wireline service providers, VPIM offers multiple benefits. By giving subscribers another valuable messaging option, service providers may help reduce churn. And, by leveraging the Internet as the way to transport messages between systems, service providers reduce the cost of upgrading infrastructure (in connecting different systems, VPIM converts messages into Internet mail that bypasses the circuit-switched voice network). These benefits can translate into revenue with minimal capital investment, as VPIM may increase messaging activity by subscribers, including increased airtime for mobile communications.

"Service providers need a higher degree of interoperability between voice messaging systems, and VPIM is ADC's response," said Dana Love, vice president and general manager of ADC's Enhanced Services Division. "VPIM, bridging traditional voice mail systems, VoIP-enabled unified messaging platforms and any other platform that embraces open standards, allows service providers to add a vital new offering on the back of their existing infrastructure."

VPIM addresses an important need among service providers by knocking down a barrier to the growth of messaging services. Voice mail is a common function among business users, and mobile telephone usage is growing 26 percent per year, with voice mail accounts fast gaining ground as free add-on services. But only 15 percent of U.S. households subscribe to service provider voice mail. VPIM is intended to help service providers close the gap between business and residential users by allowing subscribers to send messages wherever they want, state to state and even country to country. More efficient voice mail usage and the corresponding savings on long-distance calls is intended to help providers boost service subscription and usage.

About ADC

ADC is The Broadband Company(TM). ADC's fiber optics, network equipment, software and integration services make broadband communications a reality worldwide by enabling communications service providers to deliver high-speed Internet, data, video and voice services to consumers and businesses. ADC (Nasdaq:ADCT) is a Fortune 500 company with sales into more than 130 countries. Learn more about ADC Telecommunications, Inc. at www.adc.com.

Cautionary Statement Under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995

All forward looking statements contained herein, particularly those pertaining to ADC's expectations or future operating results, reflect management's current expectations or beliefs and are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. ADC Telecommunications cautions readers that future actual results could differ materially from those in forward-looking statements depending on the outcome of certain factors. All such forward-looking statements are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to, demand for ADC's products or services, availability of materials to make products, changing market conditions and growth rates either within ADC's industry or generally within the economy, volatility in the stock market, new competition and technologies, increased costs associated with protecting intellectual property rights, the impact of customer financing activities, ADC's ability to successfully integrate the operations of acquired companies with ADC's historic operations, retention of key employees, fluctuations in ADC's operating results, pressures on the pricing of the products or services ADC offers and the mix of products and services actually sold, and other risks and uncertainties, including those identified in Exhibit 99-a to ADC's Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2000. ADC disclaims any intention or obligation to update or revise any forward looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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