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Telica's Multiservice Switching System Achieves NEBS Level 3 Certification; Passing Stringent Test Further Proof of Carrier-Class Design of Plexus 9000 System.

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MARLBORO, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 13, 2000

Telica, Inc., a leading developer of intelligent multiservice switching systems, today announced that their flagship solution, the Plexus 9000, has been certified as NEBS Level 3 compliant. NEBS certification provides the highest level of assurance of a product's reliability when placed in the central office of a telecommunications service provider. Unprecedented in the industry, Telica's Plexus 9000 moved from conception to product release, including NEBS Level 3 certification, in less than a year.

"We designed the Plexus 9000 to exceed the reliability and availability of current switching systems," said John St. Amand, president and CEO of Telica. "These tests show that our solutions not only meet rigorous design guidelines, but can also easily be deployed in new and existing networks. Our customers, including ILECs and CLECs, agree that we have a truly carrier-class system, and NEBS Level 3 certification is further proof."

NEBS (Network Equipment Building Systems) certification tests are an extensive set of rigid assessments that evaluate the performance and quality of network equipment. To receive certification, the equipment also undergoes environmental and safety tests such as flammability, Zone-4 earthquake vibration, thermal shock, changing temperature, mechanical shock and electrostatic discharge. In addition to passing the NEBS requirements, Telica's Plexus 9000 also met every SBC and Bell Atlantic supplementary deviations to the NEBS tests.

"Our experience in testing the Plexus 9000 easily demonstrated that Telica has the knowledge and understanding required to build a NEBS-compliant system from the ground up," said Dwight Moore, vice president of East Coast Operations for National Technical Systems. "The system passed the rigorous NEBS testing process in the shortest time possible, which is clear evidence of a solid design that should stand up well in the challenging service provider environment."

About Telica

Telica is a developer of intelligent multiservice broadband switching systems for ILECs, CLECs and next generation service providers. Telica's Plexus 9000, a carrier-grade edge switching system, enables service providers to simplify their network architecture, normalize the switching and transport of voice and data traffic over a unified broadband packet network and enable highly cost-effective switched voice and data service delivery. Telica has received funding from Prism Venture Partners, Highland Capital Partners, Oak Investment Partners, Bessemer Venture Partners and Nassau Capital. Redback Networks (NASDAQ: RBAK) added its financial support on the corporate investment side. Telica was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Marlboro, MA, with offices in Colorado, Texas, Virginia and Canada.

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