SOURCE: PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Inc.

Primus Telecommunications Group, Inc.

April 11, 2011 07:30 ET

PTGi Announces Selection of iPrimus as Retail Service Provider in First Five Trial Sites of NBNCo's New National Broadband Network in Australia

Company Completes Onboarding Program Accreditation & Declared 'NBN Ready' to Provide Retail Services for NBNCo in Mainland Australia

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - Apr 11, 2011) - Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) (OTCBB: PMUG) today announced that iPrimus, the residential services division of its Australian subsidiary, Primus Telecom, has been selected by NBNCo, the company building Australia's National Broadband Network (NBN), as a "First Release" NBN retail service provider.

iPrimus will deliver services as part of upcoming end-user trials across the five first release sites of the new NBN on the Australian mainland. The announcement follows a very successful partnership for iPrimus with NBN Tasmania to provide services in Midway Point, Scottsdale and Smithton as part of the NBN trial in 2010.

In announcing its appointment by NBNCo, iPrimus confirmed that it has successfully completed accreditation with NBNCo, known as the onboarding program, which ensures it is NBN ready. The onboarding program includes network and operational testing to ensure services can be ordered and delivered efficiently once the rollout begins.

The first iPrimus customer in this second phase of deployment is expected to go live in the near future on a 100Mbps/40Mbps service, with additional customers to follow as the NBN is commissioned in more areas around Australia.

Primus Telecom CEO Ravi Bhatia said: "iPrimus is delighted to bring the new generation Fiber to the Home high speed services to our customers. We have gained valuable experience from our Fiber customers in Tasmania, as well as other greenfield Fiber sites around Australia and we believe we have the expertise, people, and network to provide our customers with a superior experience."

Initial test services will be activated in customers' homes, providing them with the first services delivered on mainland Australia as part of the new network. Extensive testing has already begun and live customers will be turned on once the network is ready.

Primus Telecom's involvement in updating its network to be NBN-ready is part of the company's expansion plans in Australia which have included upgrading its core network to support high-throughput services, IPv6 and a host of advanced functionalities to provide enhanced Corporate and Consumer services, both on the NBN and for the existing Primus Telecom National Network.

About Primus Telecom

Primus Telecom is part of Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) and is one of Australia's largest telecommunications carriers. It offers a comprehensive range of high speed broadband, data, Internet, data centre and voice products, servicing both business, residential and carrier sectors. The Primus Telecom network provides nationwide coverage through its own backbone network with facilities in 66 cities and 286 DSLAM exchanges across Australia. Primus Telecom operates its own fibre network in the five major capital cities, delivering a range of business direct-connect services including IP, Ethernet, ATM, ISDN, high speed broadband, data centre and inbound as well as outbound voice services .

About PTGi

Primus Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (PTGi) is a leading provider of advanced communication solutions, including traditional and IP voice, data, mobile services, broadband Internet, collocation, hosting, and outsourced managed services to business and residential customers in the United States, Canada, Australia, and Brazil. PTGi owns and operates its own global network of next-generation IP soft switches, media gateways, hosted IP/SIP platforms, broadband infrastructure, fiber capacity, and data centres located in Canada, Australia, and Brazil. Founded in 1994, PTGi is headquartered in McLean, Virginia.

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