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Primus Telecommunications Uses Performance Technologies' SEGway(TM) Compact-STP to Enhance Network Services.

ROCHESTER, N.Y., March 20 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Performance Technologies , a leading developer of communications platforms and systems, today announced that PRIMUS Telecommunications Inc., the principal U.S. operating subsidiary of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated , will use the company's SEGway(TM) 6300 Compact- STP to enhance network services for its customers.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated is a global integrated service provider offering bundled data, Internet, DSL, VPN, voice and other services to customers primarily in North America, Australia, the United Kingdom and Western Europe. The company operates an extensive global network of owned and leased transmission facilities, including 16 carrier-grade international gateways and domestic switches, allowing the company to manage and deliver traffic worldwide.

Performance Technologies' SEGway 6300 Compact-STP will allow PRIMUS to control its own SS7 infrastructure and cost-effectively manage global SS7 network traffic while planning for future VoIP services and other network enhancements, including Global Title Translation (GTT) and Point Code Emulation(TM). It also gives the carrier the ability to configure ITU and ANSI-based traffic on the same STP, allowing PRIMUS to connect to two separate networks at the same time.

"PRIMUS Telecommunications takes pride in the ability to offer customers cutting-edge services both cost-effectively and efficiently," said Ravi Bhatia, president of PRIMUS Telecommunications USA. "Performance Technologies' SEGway 6300 is a proven, cost-effective and IP-enabled STP solution that easily integrates into our existing SS7 infrastructure, giving us the basis to continue to offer new subscriber services and remain a leader in this competitive market for years to come."

The convergence of TDM and IP signaling networks makes it critical that signaling equipment be able to support SIGTRAN for deployment of new VoIP services and interconnectivity with other IP-enabled devices. The SEGway 6300 Compact-STP is a carrier-grade, redundant system designed to bridge SS7 networks by supporting both IP-based and circuit-switched SS7 signaling. The 6300 can scale up to 96 SS7 links and 32 M2PA links and supports a full range of hardware configurations and options for seamless scalability. It is an ideal product offering for small- to mid-sized carriers looking to minimize leasing costs and port charges without a significant capital investment.

"In an increasingly competitive and evolving market, carriers need to offer the most cutting-edge services quickly and cost-efficiently. Legacy SS7 infrastructure costs often inhibit their ability to do this," said Michael Skarzynski, president and chief executive officer of Performance Technologies. "Our STP products were designed precisely to address this problem. For PRIMUS, the 6300 makes sense not only from an economic standpoint, but also from a services standpoint. The product's flexibility allows PRIMUS to address their international traffic needs with room for future growth."

Performance Technologies has been a leading provider of signaling products designed for SS7 over IP connectivity, routing and transport for nearly ten years. These solutions include signaling gateways, STPs, IP-Edge and link replacement products. The company's signaling experts have been involved in the establishment and evolution of SS7 over IP protocols since their inception.

About PRIMUS Telecommunications

PRIMUS Telecommunications is an integrated communications services provider offering international and domestic voice, voice-over- Internet protocol (VoIP), Internet, wireless, data and hosting services to business and residential retail customers and other carriers located primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and western Europe. PRIMUS provides services over its global network of owned and leased transmission facilities, including approximately 350 points-of-presence (POPs) throughout the world, ownership interests in undersea fiber optic cable systems, 16 carrier-grade international gateway and domestic switches, and a variety of operating relationships that allow it to deliver traffic worldwide. Founded in 1994, PRIMUS is based in McLean, Virginia.

About Performance Technologies

Performance Technologies develops platforms and systems for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes global technology companies in the telecommunications, defense and homeland security, and commercial markets. Serving the industry for 25 years, our complete line of embedded and system-level products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer highly available and fully- managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California; and Ottawa, Ontario (Canada). For more information, visit http://www.pt.com/ or contact sales@pt.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

The Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 provides a "safe harbor" for certain forward-looking statements. This press release contains forward-looking statements, which reflect the Company's current views with respect to future events and financial performance, within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and is subject o the safe harbor provisions of those Sections.

These forward-looking statements are subject to various risks and uncertainties and the Company's actual results could differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. These risks and uncertainties include, among other factors, general business and economic conditions, rapid technological changes accompanied by frequent new product introductions, competitive pressures, dependence on key customers, the attainment of design wins, fluctuations in quarterly and annual results, the reliance on a limited number of third party suppliers, limitations of the Company's manufacturing capacity and arrangements, the protection of the Company's proprietary technology, the dependence on key personnel, potential delays associated with the purchase and implementation of an enterprise-wide software system and potential impairments of investments. These statements should be read in conjunction with the audited Consolidated Financial Statements, the Notes thereto and Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations of the Company as of December 31, 2004 as reported in its Annual Report on Form 10-K, and other documents as filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

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CONTACT: Kelly Manuel of Performance Technologies, +1-613-782-2881, kmanuel@pt.com

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