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Convergent Networks, Woodwind Communications Demonstrate Interoperability of Broadband Switching and Access Products.

Combined Next-Generation Switching Solution Enables Carriers to Deliver

Advanced Voice Over DSL to Small, Medium-Sized Businesses

LOWELL, Mass., and GERMANTOWN, Md., Sept. 19 /PRNewswire/ --

Convergent Networks and Woodwind Communications, both leading providers of next- generation voice networking solutions, today announced that their products are fully interoperable, offering service providers a complete solution for meeting growing customer demand for voice over broadband services such as voice over digital subscriber lines (VoDSL). Convergent Networks' ICS2000(TM) broadband switch, which resides in a carrier's central office, provides switching and inter-working between traditional circuit switched networks and next-generation broadband networks. Woodwind's ClariNet Integrated Access Device (IAD) is a customer-located, network edge platform that distributes intelligence and services from the central office to the customer location. Interoperability between the company's products will be demonstrated live this week at DSLcon in Boston, booth #237.

By deploying Woodwind's ClariNet at the customer premise in conjunction with Convergent Networks' ICS2000 in an end office, carriers can deliver a host of integrated voice and data services, in particular VoDSL, to their small to medium size business customers. Both companies' products also leverage the voice quality of service (QoS) capabilities of asynchronous transfer mode (ATM), the primary underlying transport technology for DSL, and can interoperate for a complete voice over ATM solution using a standard ATM- based signaling protocol.

"Carriers today need networking solutions that will help them differentiate in an increasingly competitive market," said Sally Bament, Convergent Networks' Vice President, Marketing and Product Management. "Working together with Convergent Networks' ICS2000 broadband switch, next- generation access equipment like Woodwind's enables carriers to deliver converged services, such as voice over DSL. We are pleased to confirm interoperability with Woodwind Communications to take advantage of the growing VoDSL market opportunity."

"Woodwind Communications is committed to solving the problem of deploying next-generation services by providing intelligent, voice over broadband solutions for the customer premise," said Parag Sheth, vice president of marketing, Woodwind Communications. "Through interoperability with other leading next-generation products, like Convergent Networks' ICS2000, we can enable service providers to provide their customers with toll-quality, reliable voice and data communications. We are delighted to add an industry innovator such as Convergent Networks to our list of interoperability partners.

Convergent Networks and Woodwind Communications will show their interoperability with a live demonstration at this week's DSLcon. Visitors to Woodwind's exhibitor booth will be able to place and receive live voice calls from one Woodwind ClariNet to another that is switched via Convergent Networks' ICS2000 broadband voice switch.

About Convergent Networks, Inc.

Founded in 1998, Convergent Networks is the Voice of Broadband Networking(TM). The company designs, develops and markets carrier-class switching solutions that enable emerging and incumbent carriers to economically deliver innovative broadband services to their business and residential customers. Convergent Networks' Cohesion(TM) product family is comprised of three primary elements: the ICS2000 broadband switch, the ICServiceWorks(TM) service creation softswitch and the ICView(TM) network management system. More information about the company can be found at www.convergentnet.com.

About Woodwind Communications

Based on the 270 High Technology Corridor, Woodwind Communications is focused on delivering "intelligent" customer premise equipment (CPE) that host new capabilities such as dynamic sharing of the DSL bandwidth between voice and data traffic, "toll-quality" voice and a variety of CLASS 5 features for the voice over broadband market. Woodwind's family of Integrated Access Devices offers small and medium-sized businesses a low cost yet powerful network edge solution for Voice over broadband market. Woodwind's unprecedented deployment ease and superior ability to interoperate with multiple vendor equipment (DSLAMs, Voice Gateways, ATM switches) and multiple infrastructure technologies (ATM, Frame Relay, IP) protect the service provider from technology obsolescence while maximizing their access to the broadest possible market. Additional information on Woodwind Communications is available at http://www.woodwindcom.com.

Cohesion, ICS2000, ICServiceWorks, ICView, and The Voice of Broadband Networking are trademarks of Convergent Networks.
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