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SWINDON, U.K. -- Sonus Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: SONS - News), a leading supplier of service provider voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure solutions, and Opal Telecom, a subsidiary of Carphone Warehouse, one of the United Kingdom's largest telecommunications network operators, announced today that as part of a multi-million dollar contract with Sonus, Opal Telecom has deployed Sonus solutions as the foundation for Carphone Warehouse's next-generation network. By leveraging Sonus' IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)-ready architecture, which includes the full set of UK primary line residential call features, Carphone Warehouse will be able to leverage Opal's Sonus-based network to deliver a unique value proposition to residential customers throughout the UK. In addition, by deploying Sonus' industry-leading infrastructure, Carphone Warehouse is positioned to be a leading next generation telecommunications provider.

"Carphone Warehouse is one of the most recognized brands in the European telecommunications industry, and we are proud that Opal Telecom has selected Sonus as its strategic supplier for its next-generation voice network," said Hassan Ahmed, chairman and CEO, Sonus Networks. "Recent regulatory changes are transforming the competitive landscape, and Opal Telecom is one of the first service providers to fully embrace the opportunity. The Sonus solution allows Carphone Warehouse to deliver a high quality residential service with today's UK call features, but more importantly, the solution provides the foundation for future multi-media and wireless services."

Designed to reach nearly 70% of the population in the UK, Opal's next generation network will be one of the most sophisticated telecommunications networks in the world. Opal will deploy the complete, end-to-end Sonus solution, including the ASX(TM) Access Server, GSX9000(TM), PSX(TM) Call Routing Server, SGX(TM) Signaling Gateway, and the Sonus Insight(TM) Management System to deliver a unique primary line residential voice service that enables enhanced capabilities while supporting the stringent demands for reliability and telecom-grade quality of service. The Sonus/Opal network deployment highlights the significant benefits that next generation technology offers, enabling service providers to rapidly replace legacy networks with a full scale IP-based solution that can scale to support millions of users.

"Sonus is the premier provider of next-generation telecommunications solutions worldwide. Our investment in a Sonus-based network will allow us to offer our customers an enhanced voice service with the same or better service quality than our customers receive today," said Neil McArthur, managing director, Networks, Opal Telecom. "Consumers and businesses throughout the UK will now have an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy a truly converged voice service, using their existing telephone equipment. The Opal network currently carries over 1.5 billion minutes of voice traffic per month, and by the end of 2006, we hope to have doubled that number. We are confident that by selecting Sonus as the foundation for our next-generation network, we are deploying the platform that will enable us to successfully support our customers now and into the future."

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