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Ascend Accelerates Market Adoption of Virtual Private Networks With Breakthrough MultiVPN Strategy.

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 4, 1998--

Ascend Solutions Move VPN Deployment Beyond Conventional

Tunneling for Enterprise and Service Provider Networks

Ascend Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASND) today announced its MultiVPN(TM) (virtual private network) strategy designed to advance the VPN market by addressing the key concerns of both service providers and enterprise subscribers. MultiVPN enables the utilization of the public network infrastructure for private enterprise communications with management capabilities, assured levels of service and availability, and compatibility and security through a provider/subscriber architecture. By encompassing Internet protocol (IP), asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and frame relay (FR) technologies, Ascend's MultiVPN strategy supercedes the traditional approach to VPNs with value-added services and comprehensive solutions that leverage the entire Ascend product line.

"Through our MultiVPN strategy, we are enabling the enterprise to build VPNs with best-of-breed IP, ATM and frame relay solutions as well as enabling the service provider to deliver VPN services with assured management, compatibility and availability," said Kurt Bauer, Vice President, Access pro duct management for Ascend Communications. "Together, our flexible provider/subscriber framework, robust technology, and unequaled service and management capabilities distinguish Ascend's approach to VPNs, and poise the company to accelerate adoption of VPNs worldwide."

Until now, enterprise hurdles to VPN deployment have included inadequate manageability, lack of availability/Service Level Agreements (SLAs), incomplete application compatibility and unacceptable security deficiencies. MultiVPN overcomes these challenges with a continuum of key products and services. Issues faced by service providers when deploying VPN services have included billing, service creation, provisioning, client network management, Quality of Service (QoS) and high-availability services/SLAs. Again, MultiVPN overcomes these deployment and administration hurdles with comprehensive management capabilities and guaranteed service levels. With MultiVPN, both the enterprise and the service provider utilize Virtual Private Remote Networking (VPRN), Virtual Private Trunking (VPT), and Virtual IP Routing (VIPR). -0-
-- VPRN -- creates multi-protocol VPNs via the Internet;

-- VPT -- uses VPN technology to assure FR and ATM service
 availability and optimizes trunk bandwidth to ensure SLA
 performance even during periods of heavy congestion;

-- VIPR -- extends the enterprise private IP environment over public
 network services by creating virtual routing environments for
 each subscriber. Each routing environment can also deliver QoS
 capability using IP Navigator. (For technical details on this
 capability, please see the IP Navigator with Virtual Private
 Routing release.)




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VPRN, VPT and VIPR work with the Navis(TM) family of network and service management products -- a key element of Ascend's MultiVPN strategy -- to enable the service provider and enterprise with integrated private and VPN management. (For additional technical details, please reference the NavisXtend CNM Gateway/SLA release.)

"Ascend is redefining VPNs to move beyond conventional tunneling with comprehensive solutions that are being widely embraced by service providers and enterprises," said Deb Mielke, Senior Broadband Consultant, TeleChoice, Inc. "Their MultiVPN strategy leverages two critical success factors -- the growing presence of the company's access products throughout the enterprise and Ascend's recognized leadership on the infrastructure side with core networking products that continue to be widely adopted by service providers across the globe."

Ascend's approach to VPNs has been positively received by both service provider and enterprise customers. To date, forward-thinking organizations, including Frontier and ISDNet, have initiated early deployment of Ascend's MultiVPN solutions. (Further details are available in the Frontier and ISDNet press releases.)

About Ascend Communications

Ascend Communications, Inc. develops, manufactures, sells and services wide area networking solutions for telecommunications carriers, Internet service providers and corporate customers worldwide.

Press and Industry analysts, please contact Meredith Valt or Kate O'Sullivan, Alexander Communications, 415/923-1660, mvalt@alexandercom.com or kosullivan@alexandercom.com. Investors and financial analysts, please contact Kristina Graziano, 510/747-2345, kristina.graziano@ascend.com. For all other inquiries please call toll-free: 800/ASCEND4.

For more information about Ascend and its products, please visit the Ascend web site at www.ascend.com, or send e-mail to info@ascend.com. Ascend is headquartered at One Ascend Plaza, 1701 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, Calif. 94502; phone is 800/ASCEND4 and fax is 510/814-2300. -0-

The foregoing statements may contain forward looking statements that are based on current expectations and involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results could differ materially from these expectations as a result of factors including, but not limited to, the Company's success in developing, introducing or shipping new products, competition, the mix of distribution channels employed, the Company's dependence on single or limited source suppliers for certain components used in its products, risks inherent in international sales, seasonality and general economic conditions. These and other factors are discussed in Ascend's 10-K, 10-Q and other filings made periodically with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

CONTACT: Ascend Communications

Stacy L. Ellis, 510/747-6783

stacy.ellis@ascend.com

or

Alexander Communications

Kate O'Sullivan or Meredith Valt, 415/923-1660

kosullivan@alexandercom.com

mvalt@alexandercom.com
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