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Agilent Technologies' Firehunter Selected by PRIMUS Telecommunications for Real-Time, End-to-End Monitoring of Internet Service Levels.

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PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 12, 2000

Australia's Fourth Largest ISP Can Now Provide Customers

Verifiable Guarantees of High-Quality Service

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) today announced that PRIMUS Australia, a subsidiary of PRIMUS Telecommunications Group Inc. (Nasdaq:PRTL), has selected Agilent Firehunter to measure the quality of its Internet services and to use these measurements to verify precise service-level guarantees for its customers.

PRIMUS Telecommunications Group is a global facilities-based total service provider offering data, Internet, e-commerce, Web hosting, enhanced applications and voice services on a bundled basis.

The fourth largest ISP in the Australian market, PRIMUS chose Firehunter to differentiate itself with premium Internet quality-of-service and to respond to growing customer demand for measurable service levels. Firehunter's network capabilities offer management of services, such as dedicated IP connectivity, virtual-private networks (VPNs), voice-over-IP (VOIP), e-commerce, Web hosting, e-mail and news. Firehunter is a comprehensive solution that proactively monitors and manages the real-time performance and availability of individual customers' business-critical Internet services and provides management reporting and drill-down fault localization. The solution's exacting verification capabilities enable PRIMUS to attract customers with enforceable service-level agreements (SLAs).

"We chose Firehunter because it is the most comprehensive product available that enables us to focus on service-quality improvement," said Jeff Pace, general manager of network operations at PRIMUS Australia. "We've seen quantifiable results in a short period of time, which means our customers are enjoying a higher standard of Internet service."

"Customers will now be more likely to choose PRIMUS for the quality of service the company can ensure with the aid of Firehunter," said Tom White, vice president and general manager of Agilent's Communications Solutions Group. "As the industry's most advanced end-to-end Internet service management offering, Firehunter is the most effective way to proactively manage the performance and availability of Internet services. It will significantly benefit both PRIMUS and its customers."

About Firehunter

The Firehunter family of service-assurance solutions for e-business provides vital functionality for proactive management of the performance and availability of business-critical services. Firehunter supports service-level monitoring and reporting in addition to SLA management, resulting in assured, verified service levels for optimal quality of service (QoS) and customer satisfaction. These powerful capabilities enable service providers to rapidly trouble-shoot, improve operational efficiency and realize immediate revenue gains.

About Agilent Technologies

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE:A) is a diversified technology company, resulting from Hewlett-Packard Company's plan to strategically realign itself into two fully independent companies. With approximately 43,000 employees serving customers in more than 120 countries, Agilent Technologies is a global leader in designing and manufacturing test, measurement and monitoring instruments, systems and solutions, and semiconductor and optical components. The company serves markets that include communications, electronics, life sciences and healthcare. In fiscal year 1999, the businesses comprising Agilent, then a subsidiary of HP, had net revenue of more than $8.3 billion.

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