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Press Release -- March 27th, 2012
Source: Sonus Networks
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inetwork Selects Sonus Networks for Session Border Controller Platform

inetwork Selects Sonus Networks for Session Border Controller Platform Investment with Sonus Networks Helps Nationwide Provider of Voice, 9-1-1 and SMS Continue Record Growth

For Immediate Release
3.27.2012

inetwork Selects Sonus Networks for Session Border Controller Platform

Investment with Sonus Networks Helps Nationwide Provider of Voice, 9-1-1 and SMS Continue Record Growth

For Immediate Release: March 27, 2012

Key Takeaways:

·  Multimillion-dollar contract awarded to Sonus Networks to enhance inetwork's nationwide network and feature set

·  Platform scalability, reliability and rich media transcoding features cited as drivers for choosing Sonus

·  Nationwide deployment of the Sonus Networks SBC 5200 frees inetwork customers to launch and scale innovative communication services requiring voice, SMS and 9-1-1

WESTFORD, Mass., -- Sonus Networks (NASDAQ:SONS, news, filings), a  global leader in SIP communications , today announced that  inetwork , a division of Bandwidth and a leader for innovative and scalable voice, SMS and 9-1-1 solutions, selected the  Sonus Networks® Session Border Controller 5200 (SBC 5200™) as its session border controller (SBC) platform to enhance its nationwide network. The multimillion-dollar contract awarded to Sonus Networks will involve the deployment of Sonus SBC 5200s in more than a dozen U.S. markets and give inetwork an enhanced, scalable platform to support its communications service provider customers.

Scalability and reliability seen as key drivers in the SBC selection process

To meet growing demand for IP-based communications services, inetwork sought an expanded SBC solution that could be quickly and reliably rolled out to customers. Scalability of the platform was also an important consideration.

inetwork previously selected Sonus Networks as its SIP core network provider and deployed Sonus NBS9000 SBCs as a hybrid TDM/IP solution. The decision to choose the Sonus SBC 5200 was based on a head-to-head evaluation with competitive SBC products. inetwork selected the Sonus SBC 5200 for its superior scalability and reliability as well as its exceptional performance in enterprise applications such as IPv6-IPv4 interworking and IPsec encryption.

Interest in SIP trunking and Unified Communications (UC) services is fuelling demand for SIP-based services. UC solutions in particular can provide enterprises (an important segment for inetwork's carrier customers) with a substantial return on investment. According to a soon-to-be released research report conducted by Webtorials ("Economic Impact of SIP in the Enterprise"), implementing a fully functional SIP-based UC infrastructure can save enterprises $12,297 per year in regained productivity for every knowledge worker.

Quotes:

"Originally, we selected Sonus because of their reliability, scalability, and focus on innovation. With our recent growth in the past year, this additional investment reaffirms our commitment to Sonus," said Randy Campbell, Vice President of Planning, Engineering, Operations and Development, inetwork. "Our customers choose us because we're easy to work with and our solutions are easy to use. Sonus helps make that possible."

"inetwork is re-invigorating communications, helping break down barriers to make it easier for its customers to communicate in new and innovative ways." said David Tipping, Vice President and General Manager, Sonus SBC Business. "inetwork's decision to trust Sonus's advanced SBC platform will allow inetwork to capitalize on a growing demand for its voice, SMS and 9-1-1 services."

Other Facts:

·  inetwork currently serves over 500 over the top (OTT) and other communication service provider customers, including Google, Pinger, RingCentral and Skype

·  Sonus is engaged to lead the nationwide deployment of the SBC 5200 SBCs for inetwork and will provide installation, configuration and customization services as needed

·  Latest research from Infonetics Research shows Sonus as the fastest-growing SBC vendor ("Service Provider VoIP Equipment and Subscribers," 4Q11 report)

Tags/Keywords:

Sonus Networks, inetwork, Bandwidth.com, SBC 5200, SBC5200, NBS5200, SBC, session border controller, SIP trunking services, ipsec, media transcoding, ipv6 interworking, unified communications, Cloud VoIP communications, SMS, 911, wholesale voice, over the top providers, OTT.

About inetwork

inetwork, a division of Bandwidth, gives people the freedom to launch and scale innovative communication services requiring voice, SMS and 9-1-1. Its network (purpose-built for IP applications), industry-leading portal, and competitive pricing provide customers with an easier way to meet their communications needs. inetwork customers like Google, Skype and Pinger benefit from its customizable solutions, nimble operating environment, and responsive customer support. With the nation's 6th largest interconnected footprint, inetwork is a financially strong facilities-based provider in 49 states. Services available include Voice Origination and Termination, Toll Free, SMS and 9-1-1 Call Routing, each with customizable deployment options and features. www.inetwork.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 session border controllers, policy/routing servers, subscriber feature servers and media and signaling gateways. 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 www.sonusnet.com .

Important Information Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

The information in this release may contain certain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 regarding future events that involve risks and uncertainties.

Although the company believes that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, readers are cautioned that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Our actual results may differ materially from those contemplated by the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements may relate to, among others, expected growth rates, future business prospects and market conditions. Such forward-looking statements do not constitute guarantees of future performance and are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. These include, but are not limited to: the timing of the Company's recognition of revenues; the ability to recruit and retain key personnel; difficulties supporting our new strategic focus on channel sales; difficulties expanding the Company's customer base; difficulties leveraging market opportunities; difficulties providing solutions that meet the needs of customers; market acceptance of the Company's products and services; rapid technological and market change; the ability to protect intellectual property rights; the ability to maintain partner, reseller, distribution and vendor support and supply relationships; higher risks in international operations and markets; the ability to hire and retain employees; the impact of increased competition; currency fluctuations; litigation; changes in the market prices of the Company's common stock; actions taken by significant stockholders; failure or circumvention of the Company's controls and procedures and other risks and uncertainties described more fully in documents filed with or furnished to the Securities and Exchange Commission by the Company, including in Part I, Item 1A "Risk Factors", and Part II, Item 7 and Item 7A "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations", and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosure about Market Risk" in the Company's most recent Annual Report on Form 10-K, and in Part I, Items 2 and 3 "Management's Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations" and "Quantitative and Qualitative Disclosures About Market Risk", and Part II, Item 1A, "Risk Factors", in the company's quarterly reports filed thereafter.

Any forward-looking statements represent Sonus' views only as of the date on which such statement is made, 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:

For Sonus Networks:

Kerry Brackett

978-614-8784
kbrackett@sonusnet.com

Anastasia Efstratios

Lois Paul & Partners

617-986-5873

anastasia_efstratios@lpp.com

For inetwork:

Scott Fincher
303.228.8835
sfincher@inetwork.com

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