Transition Networks, a Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Pioneer, Paves the Way With CE 2.0 Certified Products

Transition Networks, a Carrier Ethernet 2.0 Pioneer, Paves the Way With CE 2.0 
Certified Products 
Transition Networks Continues Its Customer Focus as One of First
Vendors Worldwide to Receive the MEF CE 2.0 Certification 
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- (Marketwire) -- 01/30/13 --  Transition Networks
Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary
of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCS), today announced that
it is in the first round of Carrier Ethernet vendors to receive the
MEF CE 2.0 certification on its S3280 intelligent Ethernet
demarcation device.  
As Transition's foundational product in the company's portfolio of
service provider products, the S3280 was developed to assure
compliance with the new CE 2.0 services, simplifying the ability for
service providers to deploy new services for Business Ethernet, Cloud
Service Delivery, Wholesale Ethernet, and Mobile Backhaul
Applications. CE 2.0 compliance testing and certification for the
S3280 consisted of numerous test cases performed by Iometrix, the
official MEF certification test lab. The MEF Carrier Ethernet
Certification Program is designed to ensure that global equipment and
services comply with MEF standards and pave the way for
"CE 2.0 is a highly challenging and significant accreditation to
achieve. The CE 2.0 test plan sets a new standard for Carrier
Ethernet services, which involves hundreds of exacting test cases.
MEF CE 2.0 Certification creates an important standard of deployment
for the marketplace. Over 155 companies are now certified for CE 1.0
and the adoption signs for 2.0 are exciting," said Bob Mandeville,
President and Founder of Iometrix. "The demand for certified products
and services is a driving force, and we expect a significant increase
in service provider members from emerging economies in 2013. The
strong demand for CE 2.0 capability is illustrated by the first 20 CE
2.0 certified vendors in San Diego today."  
MEF CE 2.0 Framework:
 The new CE 2.0 extends the original purpose of
Carrier Ethernet with vital added features, including multiple
classes of service, greater manageability and easier interconnect for
eight standard service types, enabling new levels of efficiency for
mobile backhaul, making it easier for a large number of access
viders to join the Carrier Ethernet community and establish
Carrier Ethernet as a business class cloud service carrier. 
"Transition Networks continues to develop leading edge products for
service providers that enable them to streamline Ethernet services
for business and mobile backhaul applications within a highly
reliable environment," said Kevin Faulds, Director of Product
Management at Transition Networks. "Transition Networks is honored to
be among the first vendors to achieve the CE 2.0 certification,
further showing our commitment to Carrier Ethernet and leading
industry organizations like the MEF." 
This latest certification is further evidence of Transition Networks'
dedication to providing products that help service providers simplify
their network, while adding the most advanced features, to enable
additional revenue capabilities and service offerings. The S3280
family of Carrier Ethernet NIDs and access switches share the same
software platform that has been certified under CE 2.0 and built to
meet the demands of greater reliability, increased performance and
ease of management in an intuitive easy to use interface. Adding
Transition Networks' certified CE 2.0 S3280 product coupled with our
Converge(TM) Element Management system will significantly reduce the
total cost of network ownership, reducing service provisioning time,
accelerating the time to revenue, and increasing service returns.  
"The achievement of the CE 2.0 equipment vendors is a testament to
their commitment to outstanding delivery to the Carrier market. MEF
CE 2.0 standards will enable carriers to choose equipment vendors
with greater speed, clarity and certainty," said Ihab Tarazi Chairman
of the Board, MEF, Vice President of Global Planning and Technology
MEF CE 2.0 Information:
 For more information on Transition Networks
CE 2.0 certified products please contact Transition Networks at (800)
526-926, +1 (952) 941-7600 or for the latest
About The MEF:
 The MEF 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.
more information about the Forum, including a complete listing of all
current MEF members, please visit the MEF web site at 
About Transition Networks Inc. 
 Transition Networks has achieved
international recognition as a major manufacturer of high quality
access and backhaul equipment for data communications and
telecommunications applications. Transition Networks has been a
long-time active member of the MEF and a proponent for the
proliferation of Ethernet technology in Carrier access networks.
Transition Networks has previously achieved Carrier Ethernet
Generation 1.0 certification (MEF 9, 14, and 21), and the S3280 and
S3280-TST are now CE 2.0 certified. Based in Minneapolis, Transition
Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions
exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries, including
Ingram Micro and Tech Data. Transition Networks is a wholly owned
subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company
Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2013
are forward-looking and involve risks and uncertainties, including
but not limited to: competitive products and other factors discussed
from time to time in the Company's filings with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.  
Company Contact:
Jacob Pomplun
Transition Networks
(952) 996-1575  
Editorial Contact:
Kim Miller
KLM Public Relations Inc.
(617) 610-0583 
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