Polycom Successfully Completes CallFest II Interoperability Testing, Qualifies For OpenVoB's VoDSL Showcase at DSLcon SPRING 2001

Polycom's NetEngine 6100-4 Integrated Access Device Proves Interoperability

With multiple Voice Gateways



Apr 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Polycom, Inc.

    MILPITAS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:   PLCM),
 a worldwide leader in broadband communication solutions, today announced that
 its NetEngine(TM) 6100-4 Integrated Access Device (IAD) has successfully
 completed OpenVoB's(TM) CallFest(TM) II multi-vendor interoperability testing
 and has qualified for participation in the upcoming OpenVoB Interoperability
 ShowCase at DSLcon. The NetEngine 6100-4 device, which shares a common
 software platform with all Polycom IADs, successfully completed
 interoperability testing with products from multiple broadband voice gateway
 providers.
     Held March 26-30, 2001, at the University of New Hampshire
 Interoperability Laboratory in Durham, N.H., CallFest II included a series of
 tests, which resulted in successful interoperability between multi-vendor
 broadband gateways and IADs using the OpenVoB D1 Implementation Guide for the
 ATM Forum's Voice over AAL2 -Loop Emulation Service (LES) using CAS.
     Hosted by OpenVoB, the inaugural Voice over DSL (VoDSL) Interoperability
 ShowCase will take place during DSLcon April 9-12 at the Colorado Springs
 Convention Center in Denver. In addition to participating in the showcase,
 Polycom will be showing its full range of IADs, including several new products
 at the Polycom booth (#417).
     "Polycom's contribution to the development of the D1 Model, and the
 company's active participation in demonstrating multi-vendor interoperability
 at CallFest II and the upcoming ShowCase at DSLcon, help to validate the
 efforts of OpenVoB and strengthen support for the industry standards upon
 which the D1 Model is based," said Ken Cavanaugh, chairman of OpenVoB. "We
 welcome more organizations to join OpenVoB and participate fully in our
 activities."
     "The interoperability we achieved at OpenVoB CallFest II further
 underscores our commitment to offering high-quality residential and business
 broadband solutions to carriers," said Hans Schwarz, senior vice president and
 general manager of network access products at Polycom. "We see the successful
 testing of our NetEngine products as yet another proof point of our commitment
 to offer high-quality and reliable solutions that provide the broadest
 interoperability."
 
     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.
 
     About OpenVoB
     OpenVoB was formed in May 2000 to meet the expressed needs of service
 providers planning to deploy voice over broadband services by facilitating
 multi-vendor, system-level interoperability of packetized voice services based
 on existing and emerging industry specifications. The group leverages a
 cooperative engineering approach to create deployment models and test plans
 that enable and promote the development of valid implementations of
 interoperable gateways, IADs and other VoB products from multiple equipment
 vendors.
     Members of OpenVoB have drafted a white paper that outlines the pressing
 need for this organization and presents a road map detailing the steps the
 group is taking to reach its primary objectives. The white paper can be found
 on the OpenVoB web site (www.openvob.org), which also hosts a wealth of
 information about the OpenVoB organization, FAQs, online technical discussion
 groups and other resources. For more information about becoming a member of
 OpenVoB, please contact Michael Ares (michael.ares@openvob.org).
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks, and
 NetEngine is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries.
     OpenVoB and CallFest II are registered trademarks of OpenVoB.
 
 

SOURCE Polycom, Inc.
    MILPITAS, Calif., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Polycom(R), Inc. (Nasdaq:   PLCM),
 a worldwide leader in broadband communication solutions, today announced that
 its NetEngine(TM) 6100-4 Integrated Access Device (IAD) has successfully
 completed OpenVoB's(TM) CallFest(TM) II multi-vendor interoperability testing
 and has qualified for participation in the upcoming OpenVoB Interoperability
 ShowCase at DSLcon. The NetEngine 6100-4 device, which shares a common
 software platform with all Polycom IADs, successfully completed
 interoperability testing with products from multiple broadband voice gateway
 providers.
     Held March 26-30, 2001, at the University of New Hampshire
 Interoperability Laboratory in Durham, N.H., CallFest II included a series of
 tests, which resulted in successful interoperability between multi-vendor
 broadband gateways and IADs using the OpenVoB D1 Implementation Guide for the
 ATM Forum's Voice over AAL2 -Loop Emulation Service (LES) using CAS.
     Hosted by OpenVoB, the inaugural Voice over DSL (VoDSL) Interoperability
 ShowCase will take place during DSLcon April 9-12 at the Colorado Springs
 Convention Center in Denver. In addition to participating in the showcase,
 Polycom will be showing its full range of IADs, including several new products
 at the Polycom booth (#417).
     "Polycom's contribution to the development of the D1 Model, and the
 company's active participation in demonstrating multi-vendor interoperability
 at CallFest II and the upcoming ShowCase at DSLcon, help to validate the
 efforts of OpenVoB and strengthen support for the industry standards upon
 which the D1 Model is based," said Ken Cavanaugh, chairman of OpenVoB. "We
 welcome more organizations to join OpenVoB and participate fully in our
 activities."
     "The interoperability we achieved at OpenVoB CallFest II further
 underscores our commitment to offering high-quality residential and business
 broadband solutions to carriers," said Hans Schwarz, senior vice president and
 general manager of network access products at Polycom. "We see the successful
 testing of our NetEngine products as yet another proof point of our commitment
 to offer high-quality and reliable solutions that provide the broadest
 interoperability."
 
     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.
 
     About OpenVoB
     OpenVoB was formed in May 2000 to meet the expressed needs of service
 providers planning to deploy voice over broadband services by facilitating
 multi-vendor, system-level interoperability of packetized voice services based
 on existing and emerging industry specifications. The group leverages a
 cooperative engineering approach to create deployment models and test plans
 that enable and promote the development of valid implementations of
 interoperable gateways, IADs and other VoB products from multiple equipment
 vendors.
     Members of OpenVoB have drafted a white paper that outlines the pressing
 need for this organization and presents a road map detailing the steps the
 group is taking to reach its primary objectives. The white paper can be found
 on the OpenVoB web site (www.openvob.org), which also hosts a wealth of
 information about the OpenVoB organization, FAQs, online technical discussion
 groups and other resources. For more information about becoming a member of
 OpenVoB, please contact Michael Ares (michael.ares@openvob.org).
 
     NOTE:  Polycom and the Polycom logo are registered trademarks, and
 NetEngine is a trademark of Polycom in the U.S. and various countries.
     OpenVoB and CallFest II are registered trademarks of OpenVoB.
 
 SOURCE  Polycom, Inc.