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Network equipment start-up posts smaller loss

Sonus Networks, an upstart network equipment maker, posts a better-than-expected second-quarter loss following several new customer deals.

    Sonus Networks, an upstart network equipment maker, today posted a better-than-expected second-quarter loss following several new customer deals.

    The company reported a pro forma loss, excluding stock-based compensation, of $9 million, or 21 cents per share, wider when compared with a pro forma net loss of $4.4 million, or 13 cents a share, for the same period a year ago.

    Wall Street analysts expected a loss of 24 cents a share, according to a consensus estimate tallied by First Call/Thomson Financial.

    Quarterly revenue rose to $6.5 million from no revenue last year and just $1.1 million during the first quarter.

    Sonus, which went public in May, announced four new customers during the quarter, counting BroadBand Office, Cybertel, USA Datanet and Z-Tel Technologies. The companies will use Sonus equipment in their voice networks.

    The company manufactures network switching gear and "softswitch" software that enables communications carriers to deliver packet-based voice services. Global Crossing, Williams Communications and Intermedia use Sonus equipment.