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Telstra Selects Unisphere Networks' ERX Edge Router for Routed Data Network Project

ERX Edge Router with MPLS Support to Reduce Operating Expenses by Consolidating more than 20 IP Networks onto a Single IP Backbone Infrastructure

MELBOURNE, Australia (November 5, 2001) - Unisphere Networks, Inc., a leading provider of IP infrastructure products to enable broadband data and voice services, today announced that Telstra (ASX:TLS), Australia's incumbent telecommunications carrier, has selected Unisphere Networks' ERX Edge Router for edge aggregation and IP routing in Telstra's innovative Routed Data Network (RDN) project.

According to Telstra, the ERX was selected for a nationwide deployment because of its advanced feature set, including support for Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) edge functions, along with a number of Virtual Private Network (VPN) options that are all delivered at wire-speed. Unisphere Networks' ERX technology will enable Telstra to consolidate more than 20 separate IP networks by aggregating these networks onto a single IP infrastructure backbone.

David Piltz, general manager, Core & Enterprise Planning & Development, Telstra said, "Our Routed Data Network project is extremely important to Telstra and provides us with the opportunity to deliver next-generation services to our customers. Through the implementation of the advanced MPLS features offered by the ERX, we will have the ability to consolidate our multiple IP networks into a single network which will reduce our operating costs."

"Telstra's drive to integrate its existing IP infrastructure onto our next-generation IP routing products provides a wonderful opportunity and an immense responsibility for Unisphere Networks," said Shaun Page, general manager, Australia / New Zealand, Unisphere Networks. "As the sole edge routing platform, the ERX will play a lead role in this strategic project. After our successful MPLS VPN deployment at Telstra-Saturn in New Zealand, I believe that we are prepared and equipped to meet the challenge of the Telstra RDN project."

Telstra will utilize the sales, implementation and support infrastructure of Siemens Ltd. for the integration of Unisphere equipment into RDN.

About the ERX

Unisphere Networks' ERX Edge Routers deliver the next-generation IP infrastructure that enables many of the world's leading service providers to deploy high-speed Internet connections and value-added IP services to both businesses and consumers. The ERX product family provides wire-speed performance, sophisticated routing capabilities, carrier-class reliability and high capacity port density. The ERX features leading-edge technologies such as IP QoS, Virtual Private Networks and MPLS. Used in combination with Unisphere Networks' Service Selection Center (SSC), the ERX provides a comprehensive dynamic service creation, activation and accounting system that delivers revenue generating services such as tiered Internet and media rich services. Unisphere Networks' ERX product family includes three models: the high-capacity ERX-1440, the mid-range ERX-1400, and the low-end ERX-705. Each model features a full suite of Internet routing protocols, including BGP-4, IS-IS, OSPF, and RIP.

About Telstra

Our vision is to enhance our position as the leading full-service, telecommunications and information services company in Australia and to expand our presence internationally. To realize this vision, increase shareholder value and successfully compete, we have a four-part growth strategy. In addition, we continually review our entity and organization structures to ensure we optimize the overall value to shareholders of the total business and its component parts.

For more information, please visit Telstra at www.telstra.com.

About Unisphere Networks

Unisphere Networks, Inc. is a leading provider of carrier-grade IP networking solutions to enable data, voice and rich media services. The Unisphere Networks IS POPTM product framework, along with its service and support organization, enables leading service providers to deploy revenue-generating services with quality, reliability and wire-speed performance at the network edge. Founded in 1999, the company is headquartered in Westford, Mass. More than 30 sales offices worldwide and a network of international resellers serve its globally diverse customer base.