Munich, Germany – March 22, 2006 - National Technical Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: NTSC) (NTS), a leading provider of quality and conformance testing and managed services, announces that it has completed NEBS certification testing for the 1460 Session Controller of Newport Networks, at its European subsidiary, NTS Europe GmbH, in Munich, Germany. Newport Networks Ltd. (London Stock Exchange: NNG) is the innovative developer of award winning, carrier-class session border controllers for the Voice over IP (VoIP) and Multimedia over IP (MoIP) markets.

The demanding Network Equipment Building System certification, also known by its acronym NEBS, is the most common set of safety, spatial and environmental design guidelines applied to telecommunications equipment in the United States. NEBS is why telephones work after the most trying calamities such as an earthquake, thunderstorm or fire.

“Our customers appreciate the fact that there is a full service ITL certified NEBS testing alternative to the United States, right in the heart of Europe,” notes Deniz Ezgi, Technical Account Manager. “Many European OEMs feel at a geographic disadvantage when they are confronted with the complexities of North American compliance regulations. NTS can locally contribute to their expertise and help them erase that disadvantage.  

“We have been very pleased with the service from NTS,” commented Mike Wilkinson, Vice President of Marketing at Newport Networks. “The Newport 1460 is the industry’s premier high capacity session border controller and ensuring strict NEBS compliance is a critical requirement for our American business,” he added.

About National Technical Systems, Inc.

National Technical Systems, Inc. is a business-to-business services company providing organizations in the aerospace, defense, information technology (IT) and high technology markets integrated testing, certification, quality registration, systems evaluation and IT staffing services.  For additional information about National Technical Systems, visit its global web site at or its European website at

About Newport Networks

Newport Networks Group PLC, listed on the Alternative Investment Market of the London Stock Exchange, has designed and developed the award winning 1460 session border controller. The 1460 session border controller addresses the key service delivery issues of quality and security, enabling service providers to create new revenue streams from VoIP and MoIP while controlling the cost of delivery. Newport Networks' product innovations and leadership have been recognized through Frost & Sullivan's 2006 IP Communications Next-Generation Carrier Infrastructure Entrepreneurial Company of the Year award and Internet Telephony magazine's Product of the Year 2005 award. Newport Networks' commitment to deliver the highest quality products and services is demonstrated by the company becoming the first independent session border controller vendor to achieve ISO 9001:2000 certification. Based in the , , North America and , Newport Networks is led by an experienced team with a proven track record of identifying new service provider network technologies, developing products and managing the growth of international businesses. Further information is available at

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