Polycom Announces G.SHDSL and BRI NetEngine Integrated Access Devices For Global VoDSL Market

G.SHDSL and BRI Integrated Access Devices From Polycom Offer Higher Speeds,

Higher Reach and Increased Connectivity for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Around the World



Apr 11, 2001, 01:00 ET from Polycom, Inc.

    DENVER, DSLcon Spring 2001, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a worldwide leader in broadband communication
 solutions, at DSLcon Spring today announced four new additions to its line of
 industry-leading NetEngine(TM) Integrated Access Devices (IADs) for Voice over
 Digital Subscriber Line (VoDSL) services.  The new G.SHDSL-based IADs and
 Basic Rate Interface (BRI)-enabled devices offer enhanced VoDSL connectivity
 and enable significant cost savings for small and medium-sized businesses
 around the world.  Polycom is displaying a full range of IADs, including the
 new G.SHDSL and BRI products, in booth #417 at DSLcon Spring 2001, being held
 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
     In early February the International Telecommunications Union ratified
 G.SHDSL (single-pair high-speed DSL) as a standard (G.991.2) for high-speed
 voice and data access.  G.SHDSL offers significant improvements over 2B1Q SDSL
 with higher connection speeds of up to 2.3 Mbits/s symmetrical, and higher
 reach of greater than 20,000 feet.
     "Having established our leadership in the North American market with the
 SDSL, T1 and ADSL IADs, we are expanding our reach into the international
 market.  Our customers and strategic partners have asked us for IADs with BRI
 telephone interfaces and for the upcoming G.SHDSL WAN interface," said Hans
 Schwarz, senior vice president and general manager of network access products
 for Polycom.  "We are proud to announce the new BRI IADs specifically targeted
 for the European market and G.SHDSL IADs targeted for both the international
 and domestic markets."
 
     Polycom NetEngine 6504 and 6508 - G.SHDSL Integrated Access Devices
     Polycom's G.SHDSL IADs enable international small and medium-sized
 businesses to integrate voice and data services over a single SHDSL line and
 realize substantial telecommunications cost savings.  The NetEngine 6504 (four
 port) and the NetEngine 6508 (eight port) enable customers to realize the full
 benefit from the higher connection speeds and greater reach made possible by
 the G.SHDSL protocol using standard POTS phones.
     G.SHDSL's rate adaptive capability allows the protocol to negotiate the
 highest achievable data rates given a set of loop conditions.  G.SHDSL's
 ability to provide data rates up to 50 percent higher than 2B1Q SDSL, and
 extend service reach up to 20 percent higher than 2B1Q SDSL increases the
 total addressable DSL market.  Trellis Coded Pulse Amplitude Modulation (TC
 PAM) has been chosen as the line coding technique for G.SHDSL.  Incumbent
 Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) have used TC PAM extensively in recent years
 for their ISDN deployments and have given high marks to its high performance
 and spectral characteristics.
 
     Polycom NetEngine 6104i and 6504i - BRI Integrated Access Devices
     Polycom's NetEngine 6104i and NetEngine 6504i address the widespread use
 of BRI-based telephones in European countries.  These devices provide small
 and medium-sized businesses throughout Europe with IADs that are interoperable
 with the popular BRI phone system.  NetEngine 6104i and NetEngine 6504i offer
 four BRI ports with ADSL and G.SHDSL WAN interfaces respectively.
     ISDN BRI, the telephone interface of choice in Europe, consists of two
 64kbits/s B-Channels and a single 16kbits/s D-Channel.  The B-Channels are for
 information transfer only and the D-Channel is used primarily for signaling
 the network.
     All of Polycom's new NetEngine IADs feature toll-quality voice, a
 10/100 BaseT Ethernet LAN interface, complete routing and bridging, integrated
 firewall capabilities, NAT and DHCP, all of the necessary domestic and
 international approvals, and the broadest interoperability in the industry
 with leading DSLAM and Voice Gateway providers.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Polycom's NetEngine 6504, 6508, 6104i and 6504i IADs are currently
 starting beta trials and are scheduled to begin shipping in the third quarter
 of 2001. Prices will range from $899 to $1,499.
 
     Polycom's NetEngine Integrated Access Devices
     As the industry's largest supplier of DSL-based IADs to telecommunication
 service providers and equipment manufacturers, Polycom's NetEngine IADs offer
 the broadest interoperability with industry-leading DSLAMs and voice gateways.
 IADs, located at the customer's facility, enable the transmission of both
 voice and data onto high-speed broadband networks from the existing copper
 pair wiring that is in almost every home and office.  The NetEngine family of
 broadband access equipment is designed specifically for small and medium-sized
 businesses, as well as the small office/home office (SOHO) and telecommuter
 markets.
 
     About Polycom
     Located in Milpitas, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, Polycom, Inc.
 develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use
 and affordable voice and video communication endpoints and network
 infrastructure and access solutions.  Polycom's integrated communication
 solutions enable business users to immediately realize the benefits of video,
 voice and data over rapidly growing converged networks.  For additional
 information, call 800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or 408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom
 web site at www.polycom.com.
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and
 ViewStation is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries.
     This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
 about Polycom products.  These statements are subject to many risks and
 uncertainties, including potential fluctuations in results and future growth
 rates, the market acceptance of the company's products, possible delays in the
 development and shipment of new products, and risks associated with changes in
 general economic conditions.  Further risks are detailed from time to time in
 Polycom's SEC reports, including the Form 10-K, for 2001, and subsequent Form
 10-Q filings.
 
 

SOURCE Polycom, Inc.
    DENVER, DSLcon Spring 2001, April 11 /PRNewswire/ --
 Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: PLCM), a worldwide leader in broadband communication
 solutions, at DSLcon Spring today announced four new additions to its line of
 industry-leading NetEngine(TM) Integrated Access Devices (IADs) for Voice over
 Digital Subscriber Line (VoDSL) services.  The new G.SHDSL-based IADs and
 Basic Rate Interface (BRI)-enabled devices offer enhanced VoDSL connectivity
 and enable significant cost savings for small and medium-sized businesses
 around the world.  Polycom is displaying a full range of IADs, including the
 new G.SHDSL and BRI products, in booth #417 at DSLcon Spring 2001, being held
 at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver.
     In early February the International Telecommunications Union ratified
 G.SHDSL (single-pair high-speed DSL) as a standard (G.991.2) for high-speed
 voice and data access.  G.SHDSL offers significant improvements over 2B1Q SDSL
 with higher connection speeds of up to 2.3 Mbits/s symmetrical, and higher
 reach of greater than 20,000 feet.
     "Having established our leadership in the North American market with the
 SDSL, T1 and ADSL IADs, we are expanding our reach into the international
 market.  Our customers and strategic partners have asked us for IADs with BRI
 telephone interfaces and for the upcoming G.SHDSL WAN interface," said Hans
 Schwarz, senior vice president and general manager of network access products
 for Polycom.  "We are proud to announce the new BRI IADs specifically targeted
 for the European market and G.SHDSL IADs targeted for both the international
 and domestic markets."
 
     Polycom NetEngine 6504 and 6508 - G.SHDSL Integrated Access Devices
     Polycom's G.SHDSL IADs enable international small and medium-sized
 businesses to integrate voice and data services over a single SHDSL line and
 realize substantial telecommunications cost savings.  The NetEngine 6504 (four
 port) and the NetEngine 6508 (eight port) enable customers to realize the full
 benefit from the higher connection speeds and greater reach made possible by
 the G.SHDSL protocol using standard POTS phones.
     G.SHDSL's rate adaptive capability allows the protocol to negotiate the
 highest achievable data rates given a set of loop conditions.  G.SHDSL's
 ability to provide data rates up to 50 percent higher than 2B1Q SDSL, and
 extend service reach up to 20 percent higher than 2B1Q SDSL increases the
 total addressable DSL market.  Trellis Coded Pulse Amplitude Modulation (TC
 PAM) has been chosen as the line coding technique for G.SHDSL.  Incumbent
 Local Exchange Carriers (ILECs) have used TC PAM extensively in recent years
 for their ISDN deployments and have given high marks to its high performance
 and spectral characteristics.
 
     Polycom NetEngine 6104i and 6504i - BRI Integrated Access Devices
     Polycom's NetEngine 6104i and NetEngine 6504i address the widespread use
 of BRI-based telephones in European countries.  These devices provide small
 and medium-sized businesses throughout Europe with IADs that are interoperable
 with the popular BRI phone system.  NetEngine 6104i and NetEngine 6504i offer
 four BRI ports with ADSL and G.SHDSL WAN interfaces respectively.
     ISDN BRI, the telephone interface of choice in Europe, consists of two
 64kbits/s B-Channels and a single 16kbits/s D-Channel.  The B-Channels are for
 information transfer only and the D-Channel is used primarily for signaling
 the network.
     All of Polycom's new NetEngine IADs feature toll-quality voice, a
 10/100 BaseT Ethernet LAN interface, complete routing and bridging, integrated
 firewall capabilities, NAT and DHCP, all of the necessary domestic and
 international approvals, and the broadest interoperability in the industry
 with leading DSLAM and Voice Gateway providers.
 
     Pricing and Availability
     Polycom's NetEngine 6504, 6508, 6104i and 6504i IADs are currently
 starting beta trials and are scheduled to begin shipping in the third quarter
 of 2001. Prices will range from $899 to $1,499.
 
     Polycom's NetEngine Integrated Access Devices
     As the industry's largest supplier of DSL-based IADs to telecommunication
 service providers and equipment manufacturers, Polycom's NetEngine IADs offer
 the broadest interoperability with industry-leading DSLAMs and voice gateways.
 IADs, located at the customer's facility, enable the transmission of both
 voice and data onto high-speed broadband networks from the existing copper
 pair wiring that is in almost every home and office.  The NetEngine family of
 broadband access equipment is designed specifically for small and medium-sized
 businesses, as well as the small office/home office (SOHO) and telecommuter
 markets.
 
     About Polycom
     Located in Milpitas, Calif., in the heart of Silicon Valley, Polycom, Inc.
 develops, manufactures and markets a full range of high-quality, easy-to-use
 and affordable voice and video communication endpoints and network
 infrastructure and access solutions.  Polycom's integrated communication
 solutions enable business users to immediately realize the benefits of video,
 voice and data over rapidly growing converged networks.  For additional
 information, call 800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or 408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom
 web site at www.polycom.com.
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks and
 ViewStation is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries.
     This release contains forward-looking statements, including statements
 about Polycom products.  These statements are subject to many risks and
 uncertainties, including potential fluctuations in results and future growth
 rates, the market acceptance of the company's products, possible delays in the
 development and shipment of new products, and risks associated with changes in
 general economic conditions.  Further risks are detailed from time to time in
 Polycom's SEC reports, including the Form 10-K, for 2001, and subsequent Form
 10-Q filings.
 
 SOURCE  Polycom, Inc.