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Ascend Pipeline 50 Wins Most Valuable Product Award at COMDEX.

ALAMEDA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nov. 25, 1996--For the second year in a row, the Pipeline 50 from Ascend Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:ASND) has won a PC/Computing Most Valuable Product award. Winners of the MVP awards, including the Pipeline 50 as "Best ISDN Router," were announced last week at the COMDEX/Fall computer trade show in Las Vegas.

"Ascend's Pipeline 50 supports all the management features a network administrator craves," according to PC/Computing's announcement on the World Wide Web. "It is the best solution for fast networking to remote offices and the Internet. Multiprotocol bridging and routing make the Pipeline a great choice for any environment. And its bandwidth-on-demand feature saves you money by initiating and disconnecting ISDN channels as needed."

The Pipeline 50 is the world's best selling remote office ISDN router which integrates proven performance, iron-clad security options and remote management capabilities with multiprotocol routing and bridging at an extremely competitive price.

"Once again, Ascend's Pipeline 50 carries the distinction of being judged the communications hardware of choice for connecting to the Internet," said Bert Forbes, Ascend's Pipeline product manager. "For the second year in a row, this award underscores the lead that we are taking with our ISDN routers."

The Pipeline 50 has received considerable recognition for outstanding achievement, including last year's PC/Computing MVP award for "Best Networking Hardware," the John C. Dvorak Award for "Excellence in PC Telecommunications," INTERNETWORK Magazine's Standard Achievement Award for "Best Access Device" and Network Computing's Editor's Choice for "Low Cost ISDN Routers."

For this year's MVP awards, which span 68 categories, PC/Computing's editors and lab technicians evaluated thousands of computer products for usability, performance, innovation, technology and value.

"Every MVP award-winning product carries the distinction of being judged the best in its class by a tough panel of experts," said PC/Computing Editor Wendy Taylor. "This rigorous review process distinguishes the MVP Award from other publications' best-of-the-year product awards, since many of those are based on reader polls or popular opinion."

The 1996 MVP Award winners will be featured in PC/Computing's January 1997 issue.

About PC/Computing

PC/Computing is a magazine for business professionals who think strategically and are motivated by the business benefits of new technology -- especially the vast potential of the Internet. Written in the language of business, it empowers business computer buyers with the practical information they need to make smart computer product purchases.

About Ascend Communications

Ascend Communications, Inc. is a leading, worldwide provider of remote networking solutions for corporate central sites, Carriers and Internet Service Providers' points of presence, remote offices, mobile workers and telecommuters.

Ascend develops, manufactures, markets, sells and supports products which utilize bandwidth on demand to extend existing corporate networks for applications such as remote LAN access, Carrier services and Internet access, telecommuting, SOHO connectivity; and videoconferencing/multimedia access. Detailed information on Ascend products, news announcements, seminars, service and support is available on Ascend's home page at the World Wide Web site

Ascend is headquartered at One Ascend Plaza, 1701 Harbor Bay Parkway, Alameda, California 94502. Phone: 800/ASCEND4; Fax 510/747-2300; E-mail:

CONTACT: Gallagher PR

Katie Fallon, 510/747-2058
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