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Transition Networks Executive to Speak at Light Reading’s Inaugural Big Telecom Event

Transition Networks Inc., the fiber access technology expert, a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ-GM: JCS), today announced that its VP of Product and Technology Development, Tom Savard, Ph.D., will speak on a panel at Light Reading’s Inaugural Big Telecom Event, happening June 17-18, 2014 in Chicago.

On Tuesday, June 17, from 3:45 to 4:40, Savard will participate on a panel entitled “Carrier Ethernet & the Cloud.” As more businesses move mission-critical applications and data into the cloud, they expect network services connecting them to that cloud to feature the same on-demand qualities, while retaining the reliability and availability for which Carrier Ethernet is known. This panel will look at how Carrier Ethernet services need to rapidly evolve to support flexible bandwidth models, and the changes telecom network operators must make to their edge infrastructure and service delivery processes.

Additional panel members include Mark Durrett, VP, corporate communications and market strategy for Overture Networks, Inc., Michael Kearns, CEO & founder of Amartus, Adam Saenger, VP of portfolio management for TW Telecom and Ricardo Torres, director of product marketing for VeEX. Carol Wilson, Light Reading editor-at-large, will moderate the panel.

“With the growth of the cloud and increasing adoption of Carrier Ethernet 2.0 services, the telecommunications industry is rapidly changing,“ said Savard. “We’re thrilled to be a part of this new event and look forward to a lively discussion with our peers and customers on the future role of Carrier Ethernet in the industry.”

Located in booth #G2 in the SDN & NFV Service Orchestration demo zone, Transition will be showcasing its software defined services (SDS) solution that helps service providers compete effectively today by facilitating the delivery of dynamic, on-demand, elastic services over today’s CE 2.0 networks. Transition will demonstrate how its Converge™ service management solution allows dynamic programmability of the network through its complete, fully integrated northbound REST API. Booth visitors will have access to a live demonstration of the SDS orchestration solution and will be entered to win a GoPro or an iPod Touch.

Products on display will include Transition’s latest Carrier Ethernet 2.0 solutions, including its S3280 network interface device (NID), S4140 10GE NID and its S4224 access switch with 24 100/1000Mbps ports and 4 10GE uplinks. Also on display will be prototypes of Transition Networks’ highly-competitive next generation NID featuring support for Y.1564 (service activation) MPLS-TP, SOAM, E-Line, E-LAN and E-Tree, ITU-T G.8031/ G.8032v2 and IEEE 1588v2 (PTP).

Light Reading, in partnership with the Open Networking Foundation (ONF), will host the first BIG Telecom Event, that aggregates all the hottest areas across the telecom industry – including SDN/NFV and the carrier cloud, Ethernet, telco data centers, service orchestration, packet-optical transport, mobile backhaul, mobile network security, 4G/small cells, service provider IT, content management, and business services. For more information, visit http://www.bigtelecomevent.com.

About Transition Networks Inc.

Transition Networks, Inc. is an industry leader with over 25 years of experience designing fiber integration products that deliver the security and reliability for today’s networks while future proofing for tomorrow. Offering support for multiple protocols, any interface, and a multitude of hardware platforms, including Hardened Ethernet, Carrier Ethernet, CWDM, 1G/10G Ethernet, SFPs, PoE and PoE+, Transition Networks gives you the power to deliver and manage traffic reliably over fiber in any data network – in any application – in any environment. Based in Minneapolis, Transition Networks distributes hardware-based connectivity solutions exclusively through a network of resellers in 50 countries. Transition Networks is a wholly owned subsidiary of Communications Systems, Inc., a publicly traded company (NASDAQ-GM: JCS). For more information about Transition Networks, please visit www.transition.com.

Statements regarding the Company's anticipated performance in 2014 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.

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