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RNK Enhances Switching Capacity for VoIP and PSTN Network, Expands Footprint in New York and New Jersey


Leading Telecommunications Service Provider Leverages Lucent Technologies Switches and Performance Technology Point Code Emulation to Increase Operational Efficiency, Pass Along Benefit to Mid-Atlantic Consumers

[Editor’s Note: This release was issued by RNK Telecom]

WEDNESDAY JULY 19, 2006, Dedham, MA - RNK Telecom, a leading provider of PSTN and Voice-over-IP (VoIP) telephony services, today announced that it will deploy Lucent Technologies Compact Switch, coupled with Performance Technologies’ Point Code Emulation (PCE) solution, to expand its footprint in New York and New Jersey, as well as to enhance existing telephony services throughout its Mid-Atlantic network.

Already a fixture in the tri-state metropolitan area, RNK´s combined presence in both New York and New Jersey accounts for a significant portion of the company´s total business. In addition to housing the Lucent Compact Switch in Manhattan, NY, and maintaining a sales office at 575 Lexington Avenue in Midtown Manhattan, RNK has processed tens of millions of minutes of use for New Jersey through its switches in 2006 (to-date).

“Over the past 18 months, RNK has recorded very significant growth in number of subscribers nationwide, breadth and depth of our service offerings, and in number of employees; we have experienced a 100% increase in staffing, taking our total headcount to 140 employees.” said RNK President and CEO, Richard N. Koch. “By leveraging the Lucent Compact Switch and Performance Technologies´ PTC, we have put ourselves in an ideal position to best take advantage of VoIP´s continued consumer market penetration, and to translate our existing momentum into new subscribers up and down the East Coast, and across the country.”

The Lucent Compact Switch supports more than 20,000 VoIP ports (or more than 80,000 traditional voice lines) on a single integrated platform. Service providers can deploy the switch for end-office and tandem applications to replace an existing switch or as an addition to the network. In addition to providing VoIP, Voice ATM gateway capabilities, Internet off-load and gateway mobile switching center features, the compact switch also offers CALEA and E911 capabilities.

Performance Technologies’ Point Code Emulation (PCE) solution is an SS7 routing feature that offers simplified low risk re-configuration and management of SS7 network elements. PCE establishes a virtual private SS7 network where network elements can be privately managed completely under the control of the service provider. To the PSTN, this private SS7 network and all nodes within it, assumes the identity of a single public point code.

Of particular note is that PCE furthers operational efficiency by allowing network reconfiguration to take place without involving connectivity partners. In addition, PCE is interoperable with the Lucent Compact switch, enabling signaling/trunk migration and activation of the Lucent switch. This provides RNK with the flexibility to reach a new population of potential customers and the combined functionality of both products empowers RNK to reduce its need for long-haul circuit capacity while providing significantly more switching capacity.

RNK, in addition to its position as the leading VoIP private label wholesaler of choice for over 200 carriers and 110 resellers, processes close to 10 billion minutes of use through its switches annually.

About RNK
RNK Inc., d/b/a RNK Telecom, is a global telecommunications services provider founded in 1992 and headquartered in Dedham, MA. Through its unmatched operational efficiency, industry expertise and technical innovation, RNK Telecom delivers superior products and profit margins to broadband providers, carriers and retail distributors worldwide.

RNKVoIP, a division of RNK Telecom, is the VoIP private label wholesaler for broadband providers, CLECs, cable providers and entrepreneurs. When its roots as a telephone company are combined with the company´s technical innovation and operational efficiency, RNKVoIP delivers superior products and profit margins to its customers.

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