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PROTEON ANNOUNCES MAJOR CONTRACT WITH WESTPAC BANK OF AUSTRALIA; SALES PACT FOR ROUTERS AND HUBS WILL LEAD TO COMPANY'S FIRST 1000-NODE NETWORK

 WESTBOROUGH, Mass., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Proteon, Inc. (NASDAQ: PTON), a leading provider of internetworking solutions in IBM Systems Network Architecture (SNA) environments, today announced it has won a major contract with Westpac bank of Australia, one of the country's largest and most prominent financial services institutions. When fully deployed, the Westpac network could contain up to 1000 routers.
 The new contract extends an existing Westpac customer relationship to include more Proteon backbone routers, regional and remote site routers, and Token Ring intelligent hubs. Westpac, whose full-service, 1000-branch retail network currently uses IBM 4700 branch controllers and terminals, has already installed Proteon RISC-based CNX 500 bridging routers to interconnect its main data centers that handle front-end processor traffic.
 The initial phase of the contract is a pilot installation. In the pilot stage, the bank will install two high-performance CNX 600 bridging routers at its headquarters operation, a CNX 500 in a regional data center, and 20 ProNET BOSS hub/routers in selected branches. The project is designed to continue support of IBM 4700s and to allow connection of Token Ring-based PC workstations to be introduced to the banking network with Proteon bridge routers and Token Ring hubs. Upon completion of the pilot phase, the expectation is that Westpac will roll out Proteon technology in more than 1,000 branches over several years.
 According to Paul Toldalagi, vice president and general manager, Internetworking Systems Division, "There were several key differentiators in Proteon's winning bid." These included Proteon's unique Shared Memory Architecture which provided significant performance benefits in SNA; bandwidth reservation capability that guaranteed SNA sessions over other traffic; Proteon's commitment to standards such as IBM's Data Link Switching (DLSw) and the Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) protocol; and the company's overall focus and expertise in SNA environments.
 Proteon's bandwidth reservation is the industry's leading technology to guarantee predictable response time in mixed traffic WAN backbones. Based on the user's specific protocol patterns, network managers can create separate classes of service with predictable response times even when the network is fully loaded.
 Proteon's multi-protocol bridging routers are designed to meet the needs of large corporate networks with seamless integration of IBM SNA and other types of traffic. The CNX 500 and CNX 600 are both high-performance RISC-based bridging routers for headquarters and regional site connectivity. The ProNET BOSS hub/router combines a DNX 300 bridging router with a 3-slot Series 90 Intelligent Hub. Both hub and router are designed and manufactured by Proteon.
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 /CONTACT: Joe Grillo or Karin Bakis, both of Proteon, 508-898-2800; or David Copithorne or David Kitchen, both of Copithorne and Bellows, 617-252-0606, for Proteon/
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CO: Proteon; Westpac bank ST: Massachusetts IN: CPR SU: CON

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