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Sonus Financial Review ContinuesSonus Financial Review Continues

Sonus delays filing its annual report for 2003, considers whether to expand financial review of 2003 and 2002 to prior periods

March 29, 2004

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Sonus Financial Review Continues

CHELMSFORD, Mass. -- Sonus Networks (Nasdaq: SONS), a leading provider of voice over IP (VoIP) infrastructure solutions, today announced that the filing of its amended Annual Report on Form 10-K/A for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2003 will be delayed. The Company, having made substantial progress towards the completion of its review of 2003 and 2002 financial results, is now considering whether to expand the review to include additional prior periods. Sonus Networks' independent auditor, Ernst and Young LLP, was not the auditor of record for periods prior to 2002. Therefore, in the event that the Company determines its review should be expanded to include periods prior to 2002, such review and accompanying audit could be lengthy.

Sonus Networks is performing a detailed review of the timing of revenue recognized from customer transactions and of other financial statement accounts. The revenue issues under examination relate to the proper timing of revenue recognition and not whether the sales could ultimately be recorded as revenue. For the customer transactions under review, the products have been delivered and Sonus Networks has either received payment or is receiving payment for the products in the ordinary course.

At this time, the Company expects that its review will lead to a restatement of historical financial statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2002 and for the first three quarters of fiscal year 2003. As a result, existing financial statements for those periods should not be relied upon. Sonus Networks does not expect that these restatements will impact its December 31, 2003 cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities balance, which exceeded $300 million.

"While today's announcement is regrettable, we are committed to accurate and transparent financial reporting and require additional time to complete our comprehensive review," said Hassan Ahmed, president and CEO, Sonus Networks. "Our business is strong and Sonus continues to build on its leadership position in the rapidly expanding VoIP market. We continue to add new customers, build important new partnerships and enhance our industry-leading product portfolio. We have a great deal of confidence in our business outlook for 2004."

Sonus Networks Inc.

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