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Critical Links Awarded “Best of Show” at ITEXPO EAST 2009

Critical Links edgeBOX honored with Best of Open Source award at leading IP communications conference in Miami

FAIRFIELD, NJ, February 10, 2009 - Critical links , a global provider of unified voice, data and IT solutions for SMBs, announced today that its edgeBOX has received a “Best of Show Award” in the Open Source category at Technology Marketing Corporation’s (TMC®) INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference and EXPO East 2009 in Miami.

The award-winning edgeBOX offers a full-fledged IP-PBX, Security, Storage/Back-up, Web/Email/Print server, Quality of Service, Network Access Control, Router and a host of other functions in addition to a wireless access point, in a single appliance. Starting at under $2500, the edgeBOX provides the broadest range of vital telephony, security and data features in the industry at a price that can be as low as $50 per user. The edgeBOX has integrated over 200 open source components to deliver a state-of-the-art platform that has been deployed at thousands of locations worldwide.

“We are pleased to be recognized for leveraging the power of open source to deliver a game-changing value proposition for Small and Medium Businesses,” said Abdul Kasim, vice president, Global Marketing & Business Development at Critical Links. “By offering the broadest range of best-of-breed features at an unprecedented price, the edgeBOX eliminates the traditional trade-offs between features and cost. In the current economic environment, this is especially welcome news and to a large extent, this is made possible by open-source.”

The value of edgeBOX is being increasingly recognized in the market and its deployment is accelerating. Notably, the edgeBOX was recently selected by one of the fastest growing European Alternative Carriers, ONI Communications, as the platform for delivering the gamut of managed voice and data services to its SMB customer base. The edgeBOX is also being deployed in vertical markets such as retail and education. Thousands of edgeBOXes have recently been deployed in one of the world’s largest school modernization programs.

“Outstanding companies like Critical Links with their award winning solutions, help to validate ITEXPO's status as the leading forum in the communications industry,” said TMC president and conference chairman, Rich Tehrani. “Service providers, enterprise buyers, developers, and resellers come to ITEXPO, because they know they'll find solutions, from innovative companies like Critical Links that can help their businesses today.”

The INTERNET TELEPHONY Conference & EXPO Best of Show Award recognizes innovative products and solutions that were featured in the exhibit hall during the event. This designation serves to highlight the technological achievement and creative product features that set these winners apart from the rest of the crowd. The INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine editorial staff evaluated the pre-show nominations, and met with vendors to inspect and review the displayed products on the first day of the Expo. A full list of the winners is posted on TMC’s Web site at www.tmcnet.com.

About Critical Links

Critical Links is a global provider of converged voice, data and IT solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs) that dramatically simplify and cost-reduce by consolidating over a single scalable and fault-tolerant platform.

Critical Links’ flagship product, the edgeBOX™, is an award-winning multi-function gateway appliance that includes VoIP/IP-PBX, VPNs, security, NAC, QoS and a WiFi access point as well as a fax server, web server, e-mail server, print server and data storage. It is available on a range of hardware platforms that support up to 300 users, with different form factors and a host of broadband interfaces such as BRI/PRI(T1/E1), FX0/FXS, Ethernet, etc. Critical Links typically serves SMBs through a global network of VARs, System Integrators, OEMs and Service Providers. For more information: www.critical-links.com or info@critical-links.com.

About TMC

Technology Marketing Corporation (TMC) is an integrated global media company helping clients build communities in print, in person and online. TMC publishes Customer Interaction Solutions, INTERNET TELEPHONY, Unified Communications, and NGN magazines. TMC is also the first publisher to test new products in its own on-site laboratories, TMC Labs. TMCnet, TMC's Web site, is the leading source of news and articles for the communications and technology industries. TMCnet is read by two to three million unique visitors each month worldwide, according to Webtrends. For more information about TMC, visit www.tmcnet.com.

For more information, contact:
TMC contact:
Todd Keefe
6172621968 x 101
akasim@critical-links.com
www.critical-links.com/PR
Critical-Links contact;
Jay Russo
LVA Communications
860-739-55981
jay@lva.com