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Avaya Completes Purchase of Expanets from Northwestern Corporation

11-26-2003

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationssolutions and services for businesses, today announced it hascompleted the acquisition of substantially all of the assets ofExpanets, the nation's largest provider of converged communicationsfor mid-sized businesses, from NorthWestern Corporation. Expanetsis also one of the largest resellers of Avaya's products in theUnited States. The acquisition will allow Avaya to continueproviding quality sales and service support for Expanets'customers' and grow its small and mid-sized business.

Avaya Inc. (NYSE:AV) a leading global provider of communicationssolutions and services for businesses, today announced it hascompleted the acquisition of substantially all of the assets ofExpanets, the nation's largest provider of converged communicationsfor mid-sized businesses, from NorthWestern Corporation. Expanetsis also one of the largest resellers of Avaya's products in theUnited States. The acquisition will allow Avaya to continueproviding quality sales and service support for Expanets'customers' and grow its small and mid-sized business.

Avaya purchased the Expanets assets at an auction on October 29,2003, conducted on behalf of NorthWestern Corporation, Expanets'parent.

About Avaya
Avaya Inc. designs, builds and manages communications networks formore than 1 million businesses worldwide, including 90 percent ofthe FORTUNE 500®. Focused on businesses large to small, Avaya is aworld leader in secure and reliable Internet Protocol (IP)telephony systems and communications software applications andservices.

Driving the convergence of voice and data communications withbusiness applications — and distinguished by comprehensiveworldwide services — Avaya helps customers leverage existing andnew networks to achieve superior business results. For moreinformation visit the Avaya Web site: http://www.avaya.com

About NorthWestern
NorthWestern Corporation is one of the largest providers ofelectricity and natural gas in the Upper Midwest and Northwest,serving more than 598,000 customers in Montana, South Dakota andNebraska. NorthWestern also has investments in Expanets, Inc., anationwide provider of networked communications and data servicesto small and mid-sized businesses, and Blue Dot Services Inc., aprovider of heating, ventilation and air conditioning services toresidential and commercial customers. More information can be foundon the company's Web site at www.northwestern.com.

About Expanets
Expanets is a nationwide provider of networked communications anddata services to small and mid-sized businesses. While national inscope, Expanets delivers local service and solutions through itsteam of more than 3,000 associates based in more than 100 officesthroughout the U.S. Its broad portfolio is based on its strategicrelationships with industry-leading manufacturers, serviceproviders, carriers and application developers. More informationcan be found on the Company's Web site at www.expanets.com.

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