ETEX Telephone Selects Equinox Suite of Software Applications

ETEX LICENSES NETWORK MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE

Nashville, TN — October 3, 2003 - Nashville-based Equinox Information Systems today announced that ETEX Telephone Cooperative, a customer-owned cooperative with over 16,000 access lines, has licensed a suite of Equinox software applications. The software applications are Collector, Manager, and ShowCDR. These applications will enable ETEX Telephone to manage their network in real-time with advanced features for call detail record (CDR) reporting.

"We anticipate that these Equinox software applications will help us manage our Nortel DMS 500 telephone switch in an efficient and cost-effective fashion.” stated Ed White, Central Office Supervisor of ETEX Telephone Cooperative. “Our team is excited about implementing these advanced software applications for network and CDR management. By managing CDRs efficiently, we can offer excellent customer service and maintain the lowest possible rates to our valued customers."

The software applications purchased by ETEX Telephone include:

"We are pleased to provide ETEX Telephone Cooperative with three excellent applications to help them manage their network more efficiently,” noted David West, Equinox Executive Vice President. “We look forward to supporting ETEX as they continue to grow throughout East Texas."

Providing the industry’s widest range of software solutions has been a trademark of Equinox since we started in 1986,” commented David West, Executive Vice President of Equinox. “Expanding our line of products to accommodate the Plexus 9000 switch is a natural step in our goal of providing the most effective, flexible, and economic software solutions in the telecom industry.”

About ETEX Telephone
Headquartered in Gilmer, Texas, ETEX Telephone is a customer-owned cooperative with over 16,000 access lines. The Cooperative, which operates on a non-profit basis, has served Upshur County (pop. 34,000) and six other counties in Northeastern Texas since 1952. From the day ETEX Telephone was founded, they have maintained a simple philosophy: to provide a variety of quality services at affordable rates to the residents and businesses they serve. For more information, please visit www.etex.net.

About Equinox
Founded in 1986, with hundreds of customers worldwide, Equinox Information Systems is a global provider of software solutions for the telecommunications industry. Providing a full range of software applications, which are backed by exceptional customer support, the company offers solutions in areas critical to profitability and network efficiency, including mediation, fraud detection, CDR and switch administration, and network management, as well as custom application development. For more information, visit Equinox at www.equinoxis.com.


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