NMS Helps Phonica Develop Next-Generation Class 5 Switches

11/18/2004 - NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS), the leading provider of technologies and solutions for enhanced services and efficient networks, announced that Phonica, one of Europe's foremost providers of switching equipment to regional and city operators, has chosen its Open AccessTM platform as the underlying architecture for its Class 5 switch applications. The company chose NMS' solutions because of their desire to ensure that software modules could be added easily to the switch, simplifying the process of adding new VoIP, conferencing, Softswitch and other applications. NMS' Open Access architecture provides a robust application development environment that eases the integration of software and hardware applications while maintaining telecom-grade standards for reliability.

"Because Phonica plays in an ultra-competitive market with traditional switch manufacturers, we needed a solution that could be offered at a price point that would equal maintenance-only costs associated with traditional switches, and allow our customers to offer their users a robust set of communications applications," said Oscar Luppi, Phonica's CEO. "NMS offers us a comprehensive development environment, and highly reliable, standards-based hardware and easy-to-use industry standard software, ensuring that our solutions provide customers with the ability to offer innovative communications solutions without the expense and complexity often associated with running a carrier network."

Phonica, a communications operator based in Italy, provides a full range of telecom services including transport, switching, billing and OSS, to smaller regional and city carriers. The company's DCT-1000 All-in-One Switch was designed to provide scalability and flexibility, carrier-grade reliability, an IP evolution path (including TDM/IP switching), IN/SS7 capabilities and a full-featured VoIP platform. The company competes with traditional switch manufacturers by providing cost-effective scalability, a full range of application features, the ability to easily configure and re-configure its gear and low maintenance costs.

"Phonica is addressing a key market need quick and cost-effective deployment of innovative communications solutions and the ability for smaller operators to compete on price, performance and offerings," said Brough Turner, Founder and CTO, NMS Communications. "Companies like Phonica that are focused on innovation and competing in a rapidly changing market are increasingly turning to the Open Access suite of products as the basis for their offerings."

About Phonica
Phonica s.p.a. is a licensed telecommunications operator in Italy and the only national producer of carrier grade switches. Its business includes the sale of traditional and IP-based voice traffic to resellers, the development and sale of telecommunication equipment, management of communications networks and the development of custom software application for the telecom market. For further information, the company can be contacted at http://info@phonica.it.

About NMS Communications
NMS Communications (NASDAQ: NMSS) is a leading provider of communications technologies and solutions for mobile applications and infrastructure. NMS develops products that enable new mobile voice, data and video applications and improve the performance and quality of wireless networks, helping our customers grow their revenues and profits. Visit www.nmscommunications.com for more information.

NMS Communications and Open Access are trademarks of NMS Communications Corporation.

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