Sparkle Expands Network with Performance Technologies' Protocol Converters

1/21/2004 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leader in unified systems design for the communications, industrial and military markets, announced Telecom Italia Sparkle is using the company's SEGwayTM SS7 Protocol Converters to provide signaling connectivity between countries around the globe.

“Performance Technologies' SEGway signaling solutions enable us to cost-effectively expand our offering to new global markets,” said D.Alfani, designer of the Telecom Italia Sparkle Network in the United States. “Performance Technologies is a recognized leader in this field, and we are happy to be working with them.”

Performance Technologies' SEGway products are used to reliably transport, concentrate and route SS7 messages between SS7 and IP entities to bridge traditional and packet-switched telephone networks. The SEGway products include SS7 network replacement products, SS7/IP products and the GSM SS7 signaling platform.

“There are many different international variants of SS7, and in order for telecommunications to exist between countries, these variants must understand one another,” said Jean Pierre Filion, vice president of worldwide sales for Performance Technologies. “Telecom Italia Sparkle is taking an intelligent and managed approach to its growth, and our SEGway SS7 and SS7 over IP Signaling Products offer an ideal solution to this challenge.”

About Telecom Sparkle
Telecom Italia Sparkle S.p.A. is the new reality in the international telecommunications world created from the spin-off of the International Wholesale Services Department of Telecom Italia - Domestic Wireline.

Telecom Italia Sparkle is 100% owned by the Telecom Italia Group, a leading Group in the ICT world Telecom Italia Sparkle is headquartered in Rome, Italy and has a worldwide commercial presence for the provision of best cost, best performance services to the main players in the international telecommunication world: fixed and mobile operators, ISPs, and, in synergy with Telecom Italia, multinational companies.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) is a leading developer of unified embedded computing products and system-level solutions for the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for over 20 years, our packet-based products enable equipment manufacturers and carriers to provide highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit

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