Polycom and Sphere Communications Deliver Department of Defense JITC PBX1 Capabilities


DoD's Joint Interoperability Test Command recognizes Polycom IP Phones in PBX1 certification, the U.S. government's most rigorous testing for reliability, resilience and interoperability.

WASHINGTON, FOSE Conference and Expo, March 8 / -- Polycom, Inc. (NASDAQ:PLCM) announced today that it has achieved U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) PBX1 certification for Polycom IP Phones with the Sphere Communications Sphericall IP PBX. Polycom will demonstrate its full line of VoIP phones at the FOSE Conference and Expo taking place March 7-9, 2006 at the Washington Convention Center (Polycom Booth #1213).

The DoD's Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) PBX1 certification is required for DoD organizations to deploy Polycom IP phones with Sphericall IP PBX in mission-critical Command and Control environments, and deliver assured connectivity across multiple Assured Services Voice Application Local Area Networks.

Polycom's line of SoundPoint IP desktop phones offers standards-based flexibility with renowned Polycom voice quality and clarity. The phones are software upgradeable and offer rich feature support through a combination of intuitive hard and soft keys with a large graphical display, making it easy for users to transition to a VoIP environment. Sphericall IP PBX is an open, software-based solution that runs on multi-vendor networks and scales to 30,000 ports per system.

"We are excited to team with Sphere Communications to support JITC PBX1 certification," said Sunil Bhalla, senior vice president and general manager, voice communications, Polycom. "Through this offering, Polycom and Sphere offer a standards-based, flexible solution that enables our DoD customers to enjoy excellent sound quality within an IP PBX solution customized to fit their specific requirements."

"We believe that DoD and civilian organizations alike gain incredible value through the PBX1 certification," said Graeme Robinson, president, Sphere communications. "With Sphericall's unique distributed software architecture and Polycom's complete line of IP phones, our customers achieve seamless scalability and a truly future-proofed IP communications solution."

About Polycom

Polycom, Inc. is the worldwide leader in unified collaborative communications (UCC) that maximize the efficiency and productivity of people and organizations by integrating the broadest array of video, voice, data and Web solutions to deliver the ultimate communications experience. Polycom's high quality, standards-based conferencing and collaboration solutions are easy to deploy and manage, as well as intuitive to use. Supported by an open architecture, they integrate seamlessly with leading telephony and presence- based networks. With its market-driving technologies, best-in-class products, alliance partnerships, and world-class service, Polycom is the smart choice for organizations seeking proven solutions and a competitive advantage in real-time communications and collaboration. For additional information call 1-800-POLYCOM (765-9266) or +1-408-526-9000, or visit the Polycom Web site at www.polycom.com.

About Sphere Communications

Sphere Communications is the first to deliver IP PBX technology as a business application for Service Oriented Architecture. A software company, Sphere delivers the most robust IP-based software communications technology available in the marketplace. The Sphericall platform hosts an extremely rich PBX feature set and is proven in deployments that scale to more than 20,000 users. Sphere provides OEMs, ISVs and application developers with the Sphericall Web Services SDK, enabling communications to be easily integrated into business applications and purpose-built communications systems. Founded in 1994, Sphere Communications is headquartered in Lincolnshire, Illinois and provides its products to a wide variety of customers worldwide. For more information please see the Sphere Communications web site at www.spherecom.com or contact us at 1-888-774-3732.

Source: Polycom, Inc.

CONTACT: Kevin Young of Polycom, Inc., +1-925-924-5706, or
kyoung@polycom.com; or Lawren Markle of TechImage, +1-847-279-0022, ext. 223,
or lawren.markle@techimage.com, for Sphere Communications

Web site: www.polycom.com/
http://www.spherecom.com/

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