Nuera wins contract with Grant County Public Utility District

SAN DIEGO, Calif., Jan. 30, 2002 — Grant County PUD in Washington State has selected Nuera Communications to provide the ORCA® (Open, Reliable Communications Architecture) RDT-21 gateways for converged network services, Nuera announced today.

This agreement represents the first deployment of Nuera’s Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) equipment by a public utility company, and enables Grant County PUD to offer telephone, data and video service to its utility customers in Washington State.

“We are very pleased with Nuera’s responsiveness to our need for rapid deployment of a VoIP gateway to meet the telephone demands of our fiber subscribers. Their collaboration with World Wide Packets is a big plus because it guarantees us a tested and proven platform in conjunction with the WWP equipment,” said Ed Williams, director of customer service for Grant County PUD.

This novel approach by Grant County PUD is one of the first examples of phone, data and video service converged on a gigabit Ethernet communications line. Utility customers will now have an alternative to existing data service providers, the incumbent local telephone provider and the local cable operator. In addition to bringing high-speed connectivity to the community, Grant County PUD can also read customers’ power meters through the established communications network.

“We are proud that Grant County PUD has selected Nuera equipment for the foundation of this innovative service offering for its customers,” said Bill Ingram, president and CEO of Nuera. “Through our interoperability with World Wide Packets, the ORCA RDT-21 provides unmatched quality and features for the converged network. The Grant County network will become a model for advanced service providers offering converged services over fiber.”

Nuera’s ORCA RDT-21 is the premier carrier-class platform for broadband integrated voice service over HFC, fiber, copper and fixed-wireless networks. The RDT-21 connects calls from a class 5 switch to the broadband IP network enabling phone service to the end user. Grant County customers will use World Wide Packets’ integrated access device (IAD) that supports delivery of data, voice and video. The voice processing capability of the IAD is based on Netergy Microelectronics’ Audacity semiconductor and Veracity software, supporting two analog telephone lines. Netergy Microelectronics, a subsidiary of 8×8 Inc., is a global provider of semiconductor and software solutions for the delivery of packet-based communications over broadband networks.

“Our partnership with Nuera allows our customers to deploy Ethernet access networks using Voice-over-IP and allows us to provide the same features and reliability that consumers have come to expect from their current telephone service provider,” said Bernard Daines, CEO, founder and CTO of World Wide Packets.

World Wide Packets, the pioneering solutions provider for Ethernet broadband connectivity, designs, manufactures and sells optical network equipment, which provides a solution to deliver massive bandwidth over the last mile of a fiber optic network. World Wide Packets’ LightningEdgeà¢â€ž- offering enables a single access platform for both business and residential subscribers, providing the most cost competitive broadband access solution for delivery of voice, video and data services.

About Nuera

Nuera Communications Inc. is a top-rated provider of Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP) infrastructure solutions that work over any medium (cable, wireless, copper and fiber). The company’s Open, Reliable Communications Architecture (ORCA®) product portfolio helps carriers worldwide migrate from legacy networks to next-generation VoIP networks.

Nuera continually wins awards for its superior products and services and is respected throughout the industry for driving the adoption of interoperability and open, standards-based platforms. For more information, please visit www.nuera.com.

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