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25 August, 2005
Centennial, CO, USA

Verilink Adds Promptus Communications as Master Distributor For Asia Pacific
Promptus Signs Agreement to Market and Distribute Verilink's Advanced Voice over IP (VoIP) and Voice over DSL (VoDSL) Products In Asia Pacific

Verilink Corporation (Nasdaq: VRLK), a leading provider of broadband access solutions, today announced the execution of a Master Distributor agreement with Promptus Communications based in Sydney Australia, a leading value-added distributor specializing in IP telephony and converged access solutions in the Asia Pacific (APAC) region, with particular focus in Australia and New Zealand.

Under the agreement, Promptus will market and distribute Verilink's full line of Integrated Access Devices (IADs) and professional services to service providers, value-added resellers and system integrators in the APAC region. Products covered under the contract include Verilink's award-winning 8000 Series VoIP/VoATM/VoDSL IAD, the WANsuite VoDSL IAD, and complete line of TDM products including CSU/DSUs, Multiplexers and DACS. Promptus, through its annual purchase commitment for Verilink products, has earned master distributor-level volume pricing. Verilink and Promptus will jointly engage in market development and demand creation in the APAC territory, which will be serviced and supported regionally by Promptus.

"We are pleased to market Verilink's market-leading VoIP, VoATM, VoDSL access solutions to service providers and VAR channels in Australia and throughout Asia Pacific," said Michael Smith, Chief Executive Officer, Promptus Communications Group. "As carriers in our region begin moving toward voice-over-packet solutions that deliver converged voice and data access and triple play services, Verilink's products are well positioned for these markets. Our distribution relationship with Verilink reflects our commitment to provide our customers with best-in-class products that address this emerging market."

"We are delighted to have Promptus as our Master Distributor and partner in the APAC region," said Wayne Shackelford, Sr. Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Service for Verilink. "Building on our global expansion efforts initiated in 2004, the addition of Promptus as a Master Distributor extends our global footprint into the Asia Pacific region, one of the highest-growth regions for broadband deployments. Promptus' broad base of regional service provider and system integrator customers, combined with their extensive experience in marketing, distribution and support of complementary networking products, makes them an excellent choice as a strategic partner."

The Asia Pacific region has been identified as a high growth and emerging market for broadband and converged access services. In a recently published report by the Dell'Oro Group, a market research analyst firm based in Redwood City, CA., Dell'Oro Group estimated that DSL subscriber lines will grow by more than double by 2008. According to the firm's report, the Asia Pacific region was estimated to have 45 Million DSL lines in service in 2004, going to over 93 Million subscriber lines in service by 2008, growing over 105% in the next 3-year period.

Verilink's 8000 Series IADs provide all of the advanced features and functions that carriers need to deliver toll-quality voice and business-class data services. Operating as intelligent customer-located equipment, the 8000 Series supports Session Initiated Protocol (SIP) and Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP) and provides a built-in migration path from traditional telephony, Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) and Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM), to Internet Protocol (IP).

This migration path allows carriers and enterprises to maximize their existing network investments, including POTS and BRI equipment, while having an on-ramp to more cost-efficient, scalable packet networks. The 8000 Series is a flexible product set based on a true plug-and-play architecture, plugging directly into existing analog phones, PBX and Key Systems, and supporting a wide range of Wide Area Network (WAN) interfaces, including T1, E1, ADSL, SDSL, and SHDSL. The remote management functionality allows services to be configured, provisioned and managed without truck rolls, saving up to five times the operational cost of traditional operations.

Verilink Corporation (Nasdaq: VRLK) is a leading provider of next-generation broadband access solutions for today's and tomorrow's networks. The company develops, manufactures and markets a broad suite of products that enable carriers (ILECs, CLECs, IXCs, and IOCs) and enterprises to build converged access networks that enable the cost-effective delivery of next-generation communications services to their end customers. The company's products include a complete line of VoIP and TDM-based integrated access devices (IADs), optical access products, wire-speed routers, and bandwidth aggregation solutions including CSU/DSUs, multPromptusexers and DACS. Verilink also provides turnkey professional services to help carriers plan, manage and accelerate the deployment of new services. The company has operations in Madison, AL, Aurora, CO and Newark, CA with sales offices in the U.S., Europe and Asia. To learn more about Verilink, visit the company's website at

Promptus is an international value added distribution, services and support company specializing in high speed access, security and conferencing solutions. Promptus offers a broad range of Integrated Access Devices(IAD, Access Routers/Gateways, switches, converters, extenders, bandwith aggregators and encryption devices to support ISDN, IP, Frame relay, ATM, xDSL, ADSL2+, VoIP and VoDSL technologies.

A hallmark of the Promptus product portfolio is support for legacy systems and existing infrastructure over current and future networks and protocols. This has the effect of extending the life of our customers existing infrastructure investments while allowing them to take advantage of the lower cost and higher bandwidth opportunities offered by new and emerging telecommunications trends. Promptus helps you avoid, or delay, expensive and potentially disruptive capital programs.


Michael Smith
President and Chief Executive

Gary W. Gray
Vice President of Corporate
Promptus Communications
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Crows Nest NSW 2065
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