SOURCE: Soapstone Networks, Inc.

June 17, 2008 07:00 ET

Soapstone Networks Makes Carrier Ethernet Resources Service Ready Through Its PNC Framework

Demonstrates Standards Based Integration From OSS to Largest Multi-Vendor Carrier Ethernet Network at NXTcomm

LAS VEGAS, NV--(Marketwire - June 17, 2008) - Soapstone Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: SOAP) today announced that it is showcasing the PNC™ (Provider Network Controller), its multi-vendor resource and service control plane software framework, at NXTcomm in Las Vegas. Soapstone will be showcasing its PNC framework making Carrier Ethernet resources service-ready in the largest multi-vendor Carrier Ethernet demonstration at NXTcomm demonstrating standards based integration from OSS to network equipment.

Service providers need to deliver a superior quality of experience to their customers that is based on product as well as the ease of use for doing business with the service provider. Service providers require precise control over services which is achieved by reducing the variability in the customer experience. This requires the implementation of continuous quality improvement for products and touch to the customer. Carriers have realized they need better network resources such as those offered by Carrier Ethernet to achieve superior levels of quality. Carrier Ethernet provides the predictability of circuits and rich OAM&P capabilities to support service quality objectives as well as long term Opex reduction. Quality also needs to be measured and control systems needed to reduce variations in quality (between customer expectation and service definition and between service definition and resource behavior). Service ready resources need to be automated and integrated into service lifecycle management systems to improve the quality of the customer touch by service providers.

The demonstration showcases Amdocs Cramer OSS taking apart a service into its component resources, establishing quality criteria for resources and passing the complete description to the PNC using TMF standards implementing a NGOSS contract. Utilizing the NGOSS contract from Amdocs Cramer, the Soapstone PNC identifies the appropriate network resources, provisions the network resources to implement the contract, and maintains them in real-time to ensure compliance of both availability and performance. In the event of a failure, the PNC selects alternative resources to restore the service. The Carrier Ethernet network is comprised of ANDA Networks, Telco Systems, Cisco, Extreme Networks, Hammerhead, and Nortel switches.

"We are very pleased to drive this demonstration because it shows the service provider community how they can provide a quality experience to their customers both in terms of the product quality as well as interaction with their customers," said Esmeralda Swartz, SVP Marketing and Business Development at Soapstone Networks. "We believe that delivering pre-integrated components from the OSS to network equipment is key to tapping the potential for NGN services."

The Soapstone PNC framework provides quality and capacity management for transport resources. The tight coupling of fulfillment and assurance results in a true control plane that creates and maintains resources through active monitoring of network elements and provides uniform reporting of performance, utilization, faults, and resource inventory. The PNC supports provisioning, fault correlation, performance and monitoring, capacity planning, and optimization as part of an overall integrated management system. To learn more, visit Soapstone Networks at NXTcomm in Las Vegas in Booth SU 8710.

About Soapstone Networks

Soapstone Networks is at the forefront of the movement to Carrier Ethernet by delivering resource and service control systems that realize NGN software-provisioned services in the new Carrier Ethernet transport network. Soapstone's common control framework decouples services from underlying network technologies. The Soapstone solution dynamically provisions precise, SLA-quality services, continuously optimizing utilization of network resources to bring orderly, predictable business-driven behavior to service provider networks. Accelerating Innovation --

This release contains information about Soapstone Network's future expectations, plans, and prospects including expectations for the growth opportunity that constitute forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.Such forward-looking statements are subject to risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those anticipated. When used in this press release, the words "will," "expected" and other similar expressions are intended to identify such forward looking statements. Such risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to the market acceptance of our products, services and enhancements, dependence on our major customer, customer purchasing patterns and commitments, development of the market place, product development and enhancement, intensity of competition of other vendors, technological changes, reliance on technology and distribution partners, and other risks set forth in Soapstone's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Soapstone does not undertake any duty to update forward-looking statements.

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