MTN Yemen Chooses fSONA to Support Network Infrastructure

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Free space optical wireless technology provides wide range of benefits for MTN's network

Vancouver, Canada - February 15, 2011 - fSONA Networks Corp, a leading provider of next generation free space optical (FSO) wireless solutions, today announced an order from MTN Yemen, the country's leading GSM network operators. The order sees MTN Yemen working with fSONA to install free space optical (FSO) technology in the capital of the Yemen, Sana'a, which will support crucial network infrastructure.

The wireless link, part of fSONA's E-series solutions, will connect two of MTN Yemen's Mobile Switching Centers (MSC).

Raed Ahmad, MTN Yemen CEO, confirmed that this was the first FSO link to be used within the network by the operator. "We are planning to use FSO technology from fSONA, with the aim to enable fast high capacity back up. In a growing market it is critical that we are able to respond to customer demand quickly and efficiently, and this requires a solution that is easy to deploy, has a lot of bandwidth and is scalable".

The fSONA 155 E link, used in the solution for MTN Yemen, is extremely versatile and can be easily transported to installation sites making it ideal for rapid deployment. It offers a solution to mobile operators that is reliable and requires no frequency management. It offers full rate, full duplex bandwidth and provides a convincing alternative to fiber optic cables that can be expensive and time consuming to lay.

"This agreement is a very exciting development for fSONA and has established a foothold for FSO technology in the wireless carrier market," commented Andrew Grieve, President & CEO of fSONA. fSONA's wireless systems offer a real opportunity to mobile operators who want to quickly and easily increase bandwidth in the backhaul and respond to customer demand.

"We are confident that MTN Yemen will see genuine results from this installation and hope that it is the start of many similar deployments."

About fSONA
fSONA Networks Corp is an innovative provider of next generation optical wireless (also known as Free Space Optics, or FSO) solutions that utilise a flexible point-to-point architecture and protocol transparent design. Founded in 1997 with a goal to develop premier, low-cost, eye-safe, optical transmission products for the broadband access market, fSONA has created the toughest, most powerful free space optics systems ever brought to market - the SONAbeam® family.

fSONA and SONAbeam are trademarks of fSONA Systems. All other trademarks may be properties of their respective companies.

About MTN Yemen
MTN Yemen is the leading Mobile Network Operator in Yemen. It was established in September 2000, a local and international sharing company, and launched its operations commercially in February 2001 to become the community's first choice as a GSM company under the brand name Spacetel Yemen which was part of Investcom Group.

In 2007 Spacetel Yemen was rebranded to MTN Yemen after the merger between MTN Group and Investcom LLC in July 2006. MTN Yemen has enjoyed a fine reputation for providing world-class GSM mobile services based on quick network deployment and continuous improvement of quality and coverage.

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

us/canada: 877 463 7662
international: 877 2 463 7662