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NETWORK SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES IMPLEMENTATION SERVICE ON USAGE SENSITIVE BILLING FOR NETWORKS

 NETWORK SYSTEMS ANNOUNCES IMPLEMENTATION SERVICE
 ON USAGE SENSITIVE BILLING FOR NETWORKS
 WASHINGTON, May 18 /PRNewswire/ -- At the INTEROP 92 Spring Conference being held here, Network Systems Corporation (NASDAQ: NSCO) announced Usage Sensitive Billing, an implementation service designed to assist network managers in establishing a network billing policy and implement billing of users according to their usage of the network.
 Usage Sensitive Billing consists of consulting on network billing policies, the Usage Sensitive Billing Program (USBP) software, training and implementation services. This package is delivered by Network Systems' Professional Services Group.
 USBP performs four functions: establishes a billing policy for a provider network; allows providers of network services to measure subscriber use of those services; allows providers to assign a cost to the amount of service used by each subscriber; and generates monthly billing data for each subscriber. The provider and subscribers can all be part of the same organization, or the provider can be a company providing network services to other organizations.
 USBP software works with IP (Internet Protocol) and uses the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and its standard Management Information Base (MIB) to collect usage statistics. A future version of USBP will work with Network Systems' Packet Control Facility to provide even more precise billing based on traffic patterns as well as data volume.
 The current implementation of USBP software runs on a Sun SPARCstation 2 with the X Window System software. USBP provides 26 different billing plans and can support up to 128 network devices, each with up to 16 interfaces, and up to 512 subscribers. A subscriber can be a department or remote location, for example.
 "We have seen a strong interest in Usage Sensitive Billing," noted Warren Pillsbury, vice president of marketing for Network Systems. "It will help large organizations manage their internal networks more efficiently, and it provides a powerful billing tool to carriers providing data services."
 The Usage Sensitive Billing implementation service is available now, and it is priced according to the number of network devices (billing points), starting at $22,500.
 Network Systems, based in Minneapolis, is a leading supplier of high-performance networking solutions.
 Network Systems and Usage Sensitive Billing are trademarks of Network Systems Corporation. Sun and SPARC are trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Don Flanagan of Network Systems, 612-424-1555/
 (NSCO) CO: Network Systems, Inc. ST: Washington, D.C.; Minnesota IN: CPR SU: PDT


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