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[January 22, 2013]

Overture Technical Support Achieves MEF Professional Certification

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, N.C. --(Business Wire)--

Overture, the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner for service providers and network operators worldwide, today announced it is moving towards full MEF (News - Alert) professional certification for all customer-facing employees. To date, the company's entire technical support staff has become MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals (MEF-CECP) and a number of the company's field service engineers have also been certified, with full compliance expected within the coming year. Overture, which is one of only five companies with ten or more MEF Carrier Ethernet Certified Professionals, also counts product managers, system engineers and product development engineers among those that have achieved the MEF professional certification as it continues to embrace MEF training and compliance.

"Since its inception, Overture has embraced the MEF certification program. We took the initiative early on to ensure our entire technical support staff were among the first to pass the requirements laid down by the forum," said Keith Donahue, Vice President of Customer Service. "As a company, we pride ourselves on our commitment to quality and service, and the MEF Professional Certifcation is another way to ensure that we are doing everything we can to increase our customers' success."

The MEF certification program is the telecommunication industry's reference for Carrier Ethernet excellence. The threefold MEF program certifies equipment, services and professionals: equipment that service providers rely on to build fully compliant high performance Carrier Ethernet services; services that earn buyers' trust by conforming to MEF standards of quality and performance; professionals with the proven knowledge and skills to support the explosive growth of Carrier Ethernet across the world's markets. The CECP program is the newest of these certifications and is off to a strong start. To date, there are 541 certified professionals from 40 countries and 124 member organizations.

"Overture is a good example of a Carrier Ethernet company that understands the importance of leading the market through MEF certification," said Kevin Vachon, MEF COO. "The MEF Certification Program was designed to ensure excellence across the board and we congratulate Overture particularly on their MEF-CECP accomplishments to date."

About the MEF

The MEF, as the defining body for Carrier Ethernet is a global industry alliance comprising more than 200 organizations including telecommunications service providers, cable MSOs, network equipment/software manufacturers, semiconductors vendors and testing organizations. The MEF's mission is to accelerate the worldwide adoption of Carrier-class Ethernet networks and services. The MEF develops Carrier Ethernet technical specifications and implementation agreements to promote interoperability and deployment of Carrier Ethernet worldwide.

About Overture Networks (News - Alert)

Overture is the preferred Carrier Ethernet edge and aggregation partner to hundreds of service providers and network operators worldwide. By providing an entrance to a smarter network, service providers can leverage Carrier Ethernet to multiply revenue and streamline operational costs by enabling high-capacity Ethernet services over any physical media, including fiber, copper and TDM. Overture's solutions are designed for reliability and ease of use, and arm customers to compete in demanding applications such as cloud computing and mobile communications that require greater bandwidth and smarter networks. Overture is headquartered in Research Triangle Park, NC, with offices around the globe. For more information, visit http://www.overturenetworks.com.


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