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Press Release -- November 16th, 2010
Source: Sonus Networks
Tags: VoIP

Sonus Networks and Shared Technologies Join Forces to Expand Sonus’s Presence in the Enterprise

Shared Technologies to Resell Sonus's Entire Product Portfolio to Its Enterprise Customer Base

Westford, Mass., and Irving, Texas, Nov. 16, 2010 - Sonus Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings), a market leader in next-generation IP-based network solutions , and Shared Technologies Inc. (STI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics Inc., today announced an agreement to resell Sonus Networks' broad portfolio of carrier-class products and solutions to the enterprise market.

Under the terms of the agreement, STI will act as a reseller of the complete Sonus product portfolio, including the NBS9000™ Network Border Switch, the recently announced NBS5200™ Network Border Switch on Sonus's new ConnexIP platform, the GSX9000™ High-density Media Gateway, PSX™ Call Routing Server, and the SGX™ Signaling Gateway.

"The combination of Sonus's proven carrier-class solutions-including its VoIP and session management portfolio-and our enterprise sales and service experience represents a tremendous opportunity for both organizations and a significant benefit to the enterprise market," said Jeff Graham, chief technology officer for STI. "Sonus's technology is well suited to meet the evolving voice and data communications challenges facing today's enterprises."

Given evolving market and technology conditions, many large enterprises are currently experiencing four major communications challenges: a large and mobile employee base, geographically dispersed points of presence, multivendor voice architectures, and the complex interworking of various media and signaling protocols.

As enterprises seek to transform their networks to an all-IP core despite budget limitations, they can save money with the next-generation NBS5200's unique hybrid solution. It combines full session border control (SBC) functionality with media interworking, an advanced routing and policy engine and multi-access security gateway features in a single two-rack unit (2RU) form factor. This unique combination of functionality replaces multiple disparate network elements with a single NBS5200--without compromising scale or features. This allows enterprises to obtain a quick return on investment while also upgrading their network architecture to be able to handle new unified communication applications.

"The trends are clear. Large enterprises are increasingly deploying carrier-class technologies and building infrastructures that resemble mini carrier environments," said David Tipping, vice president of product management and marketing at Sonus. "Shared Technologies is well positioned to deliver Sonus enterprise solutions to this market."

Sonus's powerful products and the expertise of STI together offer solutions that incorporate session border control, centralized policy and routing and media transcoding functionality in an innovative architecture that empowers enterprises to solve their fixed and mobile communications challenges within a proven and cost-effective framework.

About Shared Technologies
Founded in 1974, Shared Technologies is a total solutions provider specializing in unified communications, converged technologies, contact center, network security and IP telephony technologies to the national enterprise community. Shared Technologies is a wholly owned subsidiary of Arrow Electronics Inc. Shared Technologies is based in Irving, Texas, operating in over forty markets in the United States. For more information about Shared Technologies, visit: www.sharedtechnologies.com.

About Sonus Networks
Sonus Networks, Inc. is a leader in IP networking with proven expertise in delivering secure, reliable and scalable next-generation infrastructure and subscriber solutions. With customers in over 50 countries across the globe and over a decade of experience in transforming networks to IP, Sonus has enabled service providers and enterprises to capture and retain users and generate significant ROI. Sonus products include media and signaling gateways, policy/routing servers, session border controllers and subscriber feature servers. Sonus products are supported by a global services team with experience in design, deployment and maintenance of some of the world's largest and most complex IP networks. For more information visit .

This release may contain forward-looking statements regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties. Readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and may differ materially from actual future events or results. Readers are referred to Item 1A "Risk Factors" of Sonus' Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and all subsequent Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q, which identify important risk factors that could cause actual results to differ from those contained in the forward-looking statements. Any forward-looking statements represent Sonus' views only as of today and should not be relied upon as representing Sonus' views as of any subsequent date. While Sonus may elect to update forward-looking statements at some point, Sonus specifically disclaims any obligation to do so, except as required by law.

Sonus is a registered trademark of Sonus Networks, Inc. All other company and product names may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

For more information, please contact:

Sonus Networks:
Aline Kaplan
alkaplan@sonusnet.com
+1 978-614-8167

Paul Roberts
sonus@daviesmurphy.com
+1 781-418-2418

Shared Technologies:
Greg Bosworth
Shared Technologies Inc.
972-462-5880
greg.bosworth@sharedtechnologies.com

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