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SONAbeam shines, enduring rigors imposed by independent lab


SONAbeam™ - with its quad-laser redundancy, ("which significantly enhances link availability"), and the highest output power in the business - performed flawlessly. "Zero errors, even with impairments," says Uwe Bilger, Senior Test Engineer for Miercom. "We set up several scenarios to simulate the effects various atmospheric conditions have on transmission quality - from a cotton t-shirt to a screen door, even a big air conditioner filter and we still couldn't shut this sucker down. Amazing!"

SONAbeam also proved its claim of hassle-free, out-of-the-box installation. With its elegant design, well thought out packaging, easy to understand & well-illustrated documentation - "deployment is a snap" according to Rob Smithers, President of Miercom. Adds Rob: "We were pleasantly surprised as to the ease of use features fSONA has painstakingly incorporated into its design".

According to Miercom, of all the wireless MAN products reviewed, the "optical (infrared-laser) products clearly delivered the best performance and the highest throughput", exhibiting "negligible" latency & jitter. It's noteworthy, too, that the test crew at Miercomm were extremely impressed when they learned this is fSONA's first product: "Usually it takes manufacturers two or three tries to get working product, but fSONA got it right - right out of the gate."

The bottom-line according to Miercom: "These products work reliably, can be deployed quickly and you get what you pay for". (Reference Article: Wireless MAN's: The Sky's The Limit, Business Communications Review (BCR), August 2001).

About Miercom

Miercom, founded in 1988, is an independent networking consultancy and product test center located in Princeton Junction, NJ. The company pioneered the comparative assessment of networking hardware and software, having developed methodologies for testing products from ATM switches to voice-over-IP equipment. Miercom is the Business Communications Review preferred lab called upon for Best-in-Test reviews, and is a proud member of the Network World Test Alliance. Miercom is the undisputed leader in the independent networking validation industry, and sets the standard for credible, competent, unbiased, and realistic testing. Additional information on Miercom's reports and services can be found at www.mier.com.

About fSONA
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam™ family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit www.fsona.com or www.free-space-optics.org

Further Information
For more information about fSONA, SONAbeam or Free-Space Optical Wireless, please contact:

604-273-6333
media@fsona.com

fSONA and SONAbeam® are trademarks of fSONA Networks. All other trademarks are properties of their respective companies.