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fSONA Communications and WorldWide Wireless Networks Team Up to Provide Broadband Connectivity to the Broadband Wireless World Forum

Vancouver, Canada - February 12, 2002 - fSONA Communications today announces their participation in a demonstration of the ability of Free Space Optics' to be rapidly deployed in order to serve a requirement for temporary broadband telecommunications connectivity.

Together, fSONA Communications and WorldWide Wireless Networks (WWWN), have provided a temporary broadband wireless Internet link to the Anaheim Hilton Hotel. The show's producer, Shorecliff Communications has contracted WWWN to provide connectivity during the event. fSONA has in turn contributed one of their SONAbeam™ 155-M optical wireless links. The SONAbeam™ 155-M will provide a Fast Ethernet connection from the Hilton to the WorldWide Wireless Networks facility, located over 2.3 miles (3.7 kilometers) away.

The link will be used to webcast Keynote Addresses, as well as to provide Internet based registration services, from the Hilton to Shorecliff's corporate server. It will also be used to provide high-speed Internet access for conference displays and exhibits located at the Hilton. Providing the Internet connection with wireless technology and at a significant reduction in cost was a compelling combination for a conference focused on broadband wireless technologies.

"This demonstration clearly proves that SONAbeam™ optical wireless technology is reliable, available and ready for prime time". Says fSONA's President & CEO, Theresa Carbonneau. "The entire SONAbeam™ product line has been engineered to provide top performance in any environment".

"fSONA has developed a quality product which is already generating great interest in our private and public sector target market." says Curt Collier WWWN's VP of Sales and Marketing. "The ability to deploy these high bandwidth laser systems quickly, without purchasing licenses, is a huge advantage as compared to high bandwidth microwave systems that have taken us weeks to get licensed. This application for Shorecliff's premier event is a perfect example of how wireless technology is the way of the future for Internet connectivity."

The units were installed by an fSONA Field Engineer and a WorldWide Wireless Networks representative in less than one day and will remain until the end of the Broadband Wireless World Forum on February 14th.

By transmitting through the atmosphere, SONAbeam™ dispenses with the substantial costs and time-delays of digging up sidewalks to install a fiber link for broadband access. As well, unlike RF wireless technologies, SONAbeam™ eliminates the need to obtain costly spectrum licenses making it a perfect solution for temporary connectivity.

About WorldWide Wireless Networks

WorldWide Wireless Networks is a data-centric wireless communications company headquartered in Orange, California. The Company specializes in high- speed, broadband Internet access using an owned wireless network. Other products and services include frame relay, collocation services and network consulting. The Company serves all sizes of private and public sector accounts. For more information, visit them on the Web at

For further information about WorldWide Wireless Networks please contact:

Curt Collier
VP Sales and Marketing
Worldwide Wireless Networks, Inc.
+1-714-917- 2436

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 or

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