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Frontier Communications to Trial Pluris' Terabit Router; Pluris' Multi-Stage Design and Scalability Are Distinct Among Competitors, Enable Greater Flexibility in Managing Cost of Ownership.

ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 14, 1999--

Pluris, the leading developer of multi-stage terabit routers for the new Internet infrastructure, today announced that Frontier Communications has joined the Pluris Partner Program.

Under the program, Frontier and other top-tier carriers work with Pluris to test protocols and equipment and to help define product features as the Pluris Terabit Network Router (TNR) comes to market.

"The Pluris TNR, with its highly scalable design and leading capacity metrics, is the kind of platform we need to evaluate to continue to grow our global IP architecture," said Alan Hannan, senior director of network architecture for Frontier. "We're constantly targeting communications equipment that can best help us stay ahead of our customers' application demands and provide flexible and reliable bandwidth."

Frontier, a leading worldwide provider of IP and integrated communications services, joins Deutsche Telekom and other major service providers in participating in the Partner evaluation program.

"Frontier's perspective as a leading communications provider, with its particular focus on optical networking technologies, will provide us with key insights as we continue to refine the TNR," said Sam Halabi, vice president of marketing for Pluris.

The Pluris TNR multi-stage router lets carriers begin an installation with as little as 90 Gbps of switching capacity and 10 Gbps of line interfaces and grow the system, via fiber interconnection, to as many as 128 chassis providing in excess of 19 terabits of interface bandwidth and 184 Tbps of switching throughput. Designed to be the foundation of the next-generation telecommunications infrastructure, the TNR supports OC-12, OC-48, and OC-192 interfaces.

About Pluris

Pluris was formed in 1997 to develop IP core telecommunications routers offering carrier-class availability and the long-term capacity growth that service providers require in the next-generation IP-based optical core. The company has raised approximately $60 million in funding, and Telecommunications Magazine recently selected Pluris as one of 13 "Startups to Watch in '99" in its annual evaluation of the telecom industry's hot new companies. For more information, contact the company at 408/863-9920 or visit the Pluris web site at

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