Symmetricom Announces IEEE 1588 Version 2 Carrier-Class Grandmaster Clock: TimeProvider(TM) 5000 Provides Critical Timing and Synchronization Technology Essential for Next Generation Networks

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Symmetricom, Inc. (NASDAQ: SYMM), a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency technologies that accelerate the deployment and enable the management of next generation networks, today announced TimeProvider(TM) 5000, the newest product in the company's broad portfolio of carrier-grade, packet-based timing and frequency solutions. TimeProvider 5000 is a "purpose built" IEEE 1588 Version 2 carrier-class grandmaster clock designed to meet the most stringent timing and synchronization requirements of next generation network applications including Ethernet backhaul, circuit emulation and passive optical networks (PON).

Without an appropriate timing solution capable of working over PTP, NTP or Synchronous Ethernet, these next generation networks cannot be optimized for peak performance. The TimeProvider 5000 is a great example of a product that enables timing in next generation networks and will help fuel the strong growth we expect to see in this market over the next five years.

    TimeProvider 5000 is ideally suited for deployment at Radio Network Controller (RNC) and Base Station Controller (BSC) sites where rack space and real estate are extremely limited. TimeProvider 5000 incorporates hardware-based time stamping providing the highest level of timing and frequency accuracy over a broad range of wireline and wireless applications.

"Timing and synchronization is a critical component for the reliability of next generation networks as service providers migrate away from traditional T1/E1 network infrastructures in order to reduce their operating expenses while simultaneously increasing network capacity to handle bandwidth hungry applications such as video streaming and IPTV," commented Gurdip Jande, senior vice president of marketing for Symmetricom. "For the most stringent timing requirements of today's emerging packet-based, next generation networks, TimeProvider 5000 enables service providers to roll out new, feature-rich services while simultaneously providing the highest Quality of Service (QoS) levels."

TimeProvider 5000 provides the following key features and benefits:

-- IEEE 1588 v2 Grandmaster - adheres to the latest IEEE 1588 v2 standard including the provisioning of telecom profile extensions for telecommunications based applications

-- Hardware Time Stamping - for higher precision, accuracy and capacity

-- Compact 1RU Footprint - ideal for locations where real estate and rack space are limited

-- Precise Timing and Synchronization over Ethernet - enables smooth migration to Ethernet allowing significant backhaul cost savings without sacrificing quality of service

-- Hardware Redundancy - for six nines reliability (99.9999%)

-- High Packets per Second Throughput - for scalability from small to large distributed networks

-- Multi-Vendor Client Support - interoperable with multiple vendors' PTP clients, including Semtech, Imsys and Zarlink, as well as Symmetricom's 1588 to T1/E1 Translator.

-- Rubidium and Quartz Options - enables service providers and network equipment manufacturers to choose the optimal level of holdover capacity based on network performance, application and cost requirements

"The transition from TDM-based backhaul is just beginning," said Godfrey Chua, research manager, wireless and mobile infrastructure at IDC. "Without an appropriate timing solution capable of working over PTP, NTP or Synchronous Ethernet, these next generation networks cannot be optimized for peak performance. The TimeProvider 5000 is a great example of a product that enables timing in next generation networks and will help fuel the strong growth we expect to see in this market over the next five years."

CTIA Wireless Show

Symmetricom's next generation timing and synchronization solutions, including the TimeProvider 5000, will be showcased at CTIA Wireless 2008 on April 1-3, 2008 in Las Vegas, NV at the Walker & Associates booth #6201. Also at CTIA Wireless 2008, Rajendra Nath Datta, senior marketing director for Symmetricom, will be speaking on the panel, "Using Ethernet to Backhaul Mobile Voice With Clock Synchronization" during the "Next Gen Backhaul: 3G, 4G and Beyond" portion of the conference on April 2, 2008, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. For more information on this event, visit: http://www.ctiawireless.com/events/event_details.cfm?calID=667.

Availability

TimeProvider 5000 is currently available for trials with volume shipments beginning in third quarter 2008. Pricing is available upon request.

For more information on TimeProvider 5000, visit: http://ngn.symmetricom.com/lp/TimeProvider5000b/.

About Symmetricom, Inc.

As a worldwide leader in precise time and frequency products and services, Symmetricom provides "Perfect Timing" to customers around the world. Since 1985, the company's solutions have helped define the world's time and frequency standards, delivering precision, reliability and efficiency to wireline and wireless networks, instrumentation and testing applications and network time management. Deployed in more than 90 countries, the company's synchronization solutions include primary reference sources, building integrated timing supplies (BITS), GPS timing receivers, time and frequency distribution systems, network time servers and ruggedized oscillators. Symmetricom also incorporates technologies including Universal Timing Interface (UTI), Network Time Protocol (NTP), Precision Time Protocol (IEEE 1588), and others supporting the world's migration to Next Generation Networks (NGN). Symmetricom is based in San Jose, Calif., with offices worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.symmetricom.com.

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