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NETADVANTAGE DELIVERS WORLD CLASS SONET/SDH AND OPTICAL LAYER NETWORK OPTIMIZATION SUITE TO TELLABS

In March, 2003, NetAdvantage delivered its new NetModeler toolset to Tellabs Operations, Inc. This dynamic network modeling and optimization software suite will support on-going planning, configuration and implementation of Tellabs' 5000, 6000, and 7000 series products. The tool delivered to Tellabs includes a feature-rich set of capabilities specifically tailored to optimize the SONET/SDH and optical layers of the network. As a result, Tellabs users will have access to high performance network design software capable of supporting VT 1.5 grooming, single and dual-ring interconnection, vendor equipment modeling and interoperability, as well as wavelength routing and assignment for banded optical transport systems. According to NetAdvantage's Dr. Tony Cox, "this world class product provides Tellabs a powerful new platform in which they can efficiently design and configure networks for their customers, as well as advance Tellabs' competitive position in the market place." Dr. Cox added that NetAdvantage also expects that its NetModeler toolset will set the de-facto industry standard for network planning and modeling software, by blending its state of the art software and easy-to-use interfaces with powerful optimization technology.

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NETADVANTAGE PROVIDES STRATEGIC CONSULTING SERVICES AND SOFTWARE TOOLS TO MAJOR SATELLITE NETWORK PROVIDER

In September, 2002, NetAdvantage delivered strategic consulting services to a major satellite network service provider. During this project, NetAdvantage provided expertise to the client by designing and implementing a network optimization program, including developing the network optimization framework, analyzing and re-engineering critical business processes, and building simulation and optimization software specifications. NetAdvantage also designed and delivered two proof-of-concept software packages showing the client how to use available data to optimize infrastructure investment decisions while taking into account realistic uncertainties in future demands, delivery times, and potential failures of satellites at launch or in orbit. This innovative methodology and software design promise to bring powerful new tools for risk management and decision-making to the industry. Uncertainty and risk analysis capabilities will be introduced into NetAdvantage's line of telecommunications network planning and optimization tools starting in 2003.

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ESTIMATING THE TRUE COSTS OF OPTICAL NETWORKS

In July, 2002, NetAdvantage delivered to a national network service provider an Optical Network Cost Modeling Tool showing how changes in network architectures, technology platforms, and engineering rules affect CAPEX, OPEX, NPV, and other metrics over time. The model provides a new level of realism in understanding cost drivers and the impacts on national network economics of specific architecture and engineering choices now being evaluated by this customer. It is now being used by the client to study the financial consequences of strategies such as delaying the roll-out of gigabit ethernet in metropolitan areas or applying different cap-and-grow strategies for network architecture migration toward DWDM mesh topologies.

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SPRINT RINGPLANNER TOOL EXTENDED TO ADDRESS NEXT GENERATION CROSS-CONNECT ADMs

In June, 2002, NetAdvantage released to Sprint a new version of its multi-period SONET ring planning tool that incorporates far greater flexibility in objectives (allowing the user to weight criteria such as ring interconnect costs, mileage costs, and equipment costs as desired) and a rich menu of design options for fine-tuning the engineering constraints placed in network design. The new tool models next-gen as well as legacy ADMs, allows designs that are restricted to existing rings and topologies or that allow new ones to be created, and considers the consequences of early design decisions on capacity available in subsequent periods. According to Dr. George Bell, who led the software development for NetAdvantage, this tool provides a new level of realism and flexibility in the design of SONET networks that makes it especially valuable for use with existing network planning processes. George Fischer of NetAdvantage, who worked closely with Dr. Magesh Srinivasan, the Sprint Project Manager, to assure that NetAdvantage addressed all high-priority business and engineering issues, says that "Our new RingPlanner tool is the first in the industry to allow economic and engineering rules and priorities to be changed on the fly while still providing high-quality multi-year network design and traffic routing plans. NetAdvantage has already extended this new planning platform to mesh topologies."

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NETADVANTAGE INTRODUCES BROADBAND CONFIGURATORS

In March, 2002, NetAdvantage delivered to a Passive Optical Network (PON) company two configurator software tools for deciding when, where, and how to deploy Fiber to the Business (FTTB) and Fiber to the Home (FTTH) using PONs technology. As inputs, these configurators take shelf, card, and rack equipment costs; fiber, splitter, and transport costs; pricing plans (e.g., volume discount schedules); and demand data (e.g., number of buildings by category, distance from chassis, total number of POTS, T1s, coax drops, etc. per building in each category, and protection requirements.) As outputs, they produce cost and equipment requirements summaries and detailed bill-of-materials reports showing exactly how many of what items, down to the card level, will be required to meet demands. The configurators can instantly calculate the detailed equipment requirements needed to support different demand scenarios and policies on over-provisioning ratios and other optional engineering requirements.

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DARK FIBER, SONET AND WIRELESS PLANNING TOOL

In September, 2001, the NetAdvantage team delivered a dark fiber network planning and optimization tool to Sprint. The NetAdvantage Dark Fiber Planner tool optimizes the deployment and purchasing of facilities such as dark fiber, LEC leases and fixed wireless connections. The tool even provides flexibility for use of available network capacity on SONET BLSR rings. Dark Fiber Planner also optimizes the deployment of DWDM and fixed wireless terminating equipment in metro area buildings and POPs to carry traffic from buildings to Sprint's backbone network. As an output, the tool recommends where to place equipment and how to route traffic to meet the goal of carrying all traffic with all protection requirements satisfied (e.g. unprotected, ring and mesh) at minimum cost.

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NETADVANTAGE ANNOUNCES CONTRACT TO DELIVER RING AND MESH PLANNING TOOLS TO SPRINT

In July, 2001, NetAdvantage, Inc and Sprint (NYSE: FON) announced that Sprint has licensed NetAdvantage's suite of network planning and modeling tools to design and optimize deployment of SONET and next-generation optical networks.

NetAdvantage's industry-leading RingPlanner(TM) and MeshPlanner(TM) tools enable Sprint to reduce network operations and planning costs, central office floor space, and equipment power consumption by optimizing equipment placement, fiber utilization, traffic routing and protection. This agreement will provide Sprint with intelligent software tools capable of solving large-scale real-world telecommunications network design, engineering, and architecture optimization problems.

NetAdvantage's suite of network planning tools integrates proprietary optimization technology into effective network planning, economic evaluation, and engineering optimization software applications. NetAdvantage's optimization technology enables service providers to rapidly design, plan and optimize optical networks and to identify cost-effective strategies for equipment deployment and traffic routing strategies that meet desired survivability and performance goals. NetAdvantage's tools also provide state-of-the-art graphical user interfaces to display DWDM wavelengths, fiber facilities, optical equipment, and bills-of-materials and to graphically visualize how to reduce costs of network operation. With NetAdvantage's software tools, service providers can identify the economic and operational impacts of architecture choices and better determine where to place facilities and equipment to minimize cost, floor space and power consumption as network traffic demand increases.

According to Dr. Tony Cox, Chief Executive Officer of NetAdvantage, "NetAdvantage is delighted that Sprint has chosen to deploy our network optimization software products to support their critical transport planning functions. We expect that this relationship will allow Sprint to lower network operations costs, gain critical leverage with suppliers, and expedite their evaluation and assessment of competing vendor technologies. Sprint has already extensively evaluated our tools against others and we are very pleased with their technical insights and the high caliber of the Sprint planning team, as well as with their evaluation and selection of the NetAdvantage technology. This is the type of success that we plan to repeat and build upon."

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NETADVANTAGE DELIVERS CARD-LEVEL SONET RING MODELING TOOLSET TO REDBACK NETWORKS

In June, 2001, NetAdvantage delivered to Redback Networks a SONET ring planning and optimization software suite (NetPlanner) that optimizes the configuration of metropolitan SONET rings for the Redback SmartEdge 100 and 800 systems. This software delivered by NetAdvantage simultaneously optimizes the design of the SONET ring network, as well as the card and system level configuration of the SmartEdge. NetPlanner provides joint optimization of equipment placement, ring interconnection, traffic routing, grooming down to the STS-1 level, VT1.5 management, and a host of user options for specifying design philosophies and goals. It models specific types of fiber, including Allwave and Truewave and accounts for optical loss budgets in performing network planning and optimization. The tool is commercially available from Redback Networks and NetAdvantage.

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NETADVANTAGE SIGNS TEAMING AGREEMENT WITH ASTRAL POINT

On March 14, 2001, Astral Point Communications, Inc. and NetAdvantage, Inc. announced that they have signed a Teaming Agreement selecting NetAdvantage as the preferred provider of optical network planning tools to be used in designing and implementing optical networks for Astral Point customers.

NetAdvantage's optical network planning technology will enable Astral Point customers to reduce costs, central office floor space, and power requirements by optimizing equipment configuration and traffic routing. NetAdvantage's planning tools also allow cost-effective utilization of mesh restoration, traffic splitting, and deployment of equipment such as optical switches and DWDM systems.

NetAdvantage's optical planning tools integrate proprietary optimization techniques into economic decision-making tools. They allow service providers to rapidly design and plan optical networks and recommend cost-effective equipment deployment and traffic routing strategies that meet desired survivability goals. NetAdvantage's tools also provide state-of-the-art graphical user interfaces to display WDM channels, fiber facilities and optical equipment, and graphically visualize how to reduce costs of network operation. With NetAdvantage's software tools, service providers can identify the economic and operational impact of architecture choice, and better determine where to place facilities and equipment to minimize cost, floor space and power consumption as network traffic demand increases.

According to George Fischer, Senior Director of NetAdvantage, "NetAdvantage is pleased that Astral Point has chosen to utilize our suite of network optimization technologies for their customers' use in designing and planning new metropolitan optical networks. We expect that this relationship will enhance the way service providers make use of the Astral Point solution to create new revenue streams and lower operating costs as they turn up high-speed services."

"Implementing new equipment into an existing network can be a time consuming and laborious task for service providers. Each day spent planning is a day of lost revenue generation. Astral Point can now offer its customers a complete suite of optical network planning tools that are capable of optimizing network costs by specifying various network architecture scenarios," said Raj Shanmugaraj, founder, president and chief executive officer of Astral Point. "Giving our customers the tools to quickly design and implement the most efficient networks is a real competitive advantage."

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