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Lucent Technologies and Vina Technologies Provide Integrated Access Solution to Time Warner Telecom.

MURRAY HILL, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 1999--

Lucent and VINA also expand existing OEM agreement

Lucent Technologies today announced that Time Warner Telecom Inc. (Nasdaq: TWTC) is deploying Lucent's ConnectReach(TM) integrated access device. Designed to support all the communications needs of small to mid-sized businesses, the integrated access device delivers broadband applications across the "last mile" - the link between a service provider's central office and a customer.

Lucent also announced that it has expanded its OEM agreement with VINA Technologies to include VINA's new Multiservice Xchange(TM), which Lucent is branding ConnectReach Plus. ConnectReach Plus is Lucent's next generation integrated access solution and it joins Lucent's existing ConnectReach product, which is based on an OEM version of VINA's T1 Integrator(R).

"We are deploying ConnectReach to provide medium-sized business customers with an on-site integrated access device that can combine local voice, long distance and high-speed Internet services over a single T1 connection," said Ray Whinery, Time Warner Telecom's senior vice president for technical operations. "By combining multiple services into a single product that can be remotely managed and requires almost no space at the customer site, ConnectReach helps us serve the communications needs of our customers more efficiently."

ConnectReach Plus combines the voice functionality of routing local and long distance calls with the data networking functionality of an Internet Protocol (IP) router, channel/data service unit (CSU/DSU) and Internet firewall. It also extends the existing network infrastructures to the customer premise and reduces network provisioning, maintenance and management costs while enabling service providers to deploy Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)-based voice and data services.

Lucent offers ConnectReach Plus interconnected with its AnyMedia(R) Access System or DACS(R) II digital access cross-connect system, giving service providers a single, integrated access system across the last mile. In the network, the AnyMedia Access System or DACS II takes the integrated traffic from ConnectReach Plus, segregates it by traffic type and then sends it to the appropriate voice or data network.

"ConnectReach Plus appears to take integrated access technology a step further by offering a solution that can not only deliver multiple services over one T1 line, but it also can migrate from circuit-based to packet-based communications with the quality-of-service guarantees that are so important to business customers," added Whinery.

ConnectReach Plus, with its inherent ATM Quality of Service (QoS), enables service providers to guarantee services and maximize bandwidth for their customers. The efficient use of the service provider's existing infrastructure becomes especially important in the last mile because it is an expensive and resource-intensive part of the access network. Making the last mile more efficient maximizes the service provider's investment in its infrastructure and creates a "win-win" situation, with the end customer receiving reliable, flexible and cost-effective services.

"By consolidating so much functionality into a single, compact device, ConnectReach Plus enables network service providers to maximize the number of revenue-generating voice and data services they offer while using less equipment," said Bill Plunkett, vice president - Emerging Service Providers, Lucent Technologies. "More importantly, to reduce network complexity, Lucent uses a common element management system for both ConnectReach Plus and the access equipment it is connected to in the network."

"Network equipment needs to easily and cost-effectively support multiple services to offer value to next-generation service providers," said Josh Soske, president, VINA Technologies. "With Lucent, we are able to offer an end-to-end multiservice solution that eases the migration of service providers to the next-generation multiservice networks."

ConnectReach Plus will be available from Lucent in the third quarter of this year for new network builds or as a new solution to offer from the embedded base of AnyMedia Access Systems and DACS II digital access cross-connect systems.

Founded in 1996, VINA Technologies leads the way in providing advanced integrated access solutions at the network edge. Marketed to service providers and distributors, VINA's reliable, carrier-class solutions enable service providers to cost-effectively deliver enhanced voice, video, data and Internet services by leveraging their existing network infrastructures. Designed for small to mid-sized businesses and branch offices (10 to 144 employees), VINA's multiservice product families offer compact, flexible devices that simplify the provisioning and management of carrier services, while providing true voice/data convergence in TDM and ATM-based networks. For more information about VINA Technologies, visit its web site at

Lucent Technologies, headquartered in Murray Hill, N.J., designs, builds and delivers a wide range of public and private networks, communications systems and software, data networking systems, business telephone systems and microelectronics components. Bell Laboratories is the research and development arm of the company. For more information about Lucent Technologies, visit its web site at

Time Warner Telecom, Inc., is a fiber, facilities-based provider of broadband "last mile" connections for data, high-speed Internet access, local voice and long distance. The company serves business customers in 19 U.S. cities and is headquartered in Greenwood Village, Colo. The Time Warner Telecom web site is

T1 Integrator is a registered trademark of VINA Technologies. Multiservice Xchange is a trademark of VINA Technologies.
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