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Dr. Robert F. Carlson, VP-Engineering, Will Expedite Product Launch


Richmond, Canada - June 17, 2000 - As full-scale production nears for fSONA Communication Corporation's SONAbeam™ optical wireless transceiver systems, the company has named Dr. Robert Carlson as leader of the firm's engineering team that will manufacture the high-speed, high-reliability network access devices.

In his new position, Carlson will be responsible for transforming the research and development conducted at fSONA's labs in Los Angeles, Calif., into commercial production at the firm's headquarters and manufacturing facility in this suburb of Vancouver, British Columbia.

"As one of our industry's most highly regarded engineers, Bob Carlson adds immeasurably to our product team," said Theresa Carbonneau, fSONA chief executive officer. "Over the years, Bob has amassed a truly impressive record of achievement in designing and manufacturing advanced optical wireless transceivers. His success in bringing new laser technology into production rapidly bodes well for fSONA's performance in the market."

Carlson brings to fSONA nearly 20 years of experience in the design and production of high speed laser telecommunications systems, both fiber and wireless. He joined the company after serving as vice president of engineering for Laser Cellular Corp., of Downington, Penn., which he co-founded. Laser cellular was a manufacturer of free-space optical wireless equipment, designed to provide high speed backhaul connectivity between cell sites in densely-populated urban areas.

Prior to that, Carlson was chief engineer for LSA, Inc., where he was responsible for the development and manufacture of its laser systems. Before joining LSA, he was principal engineer for the Communications Division of the MITRE Corp., an R&D firm that focuses on ultra-high quality control and engineering for reliability, and which works primarily on government funded military projects. Carlson has also been a project manager for TRW Systems, Inc., and an engineer for the Hughes Aircraft Company.

Carlson's broad experience and professional achievements in laser communications have made him one of the world's leading authorities on the technology. At MITRE he was chair of the firm's Technology Council for Optics and Photonics. A well-known member of the technical community within the international telecommunications industry, Carlson currently leads the international working group on laser communications for SPIE (Society for Photo-optical Instrumentation Engineers).

Carlson holds a PhD and master's degree in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor's degree from Pennsylvania State University in the same field.

About fSONA
This year, fSONA Communications Corporation will begin marketing the SONAbeam™ family of advanced optical wireless transceivers to provide reliable short haul, high volume, ultra high-speed wireless communications in virtually all weather conditions. Founded in 1997, fSONA has an exclusive license from British Telecom to manufacture transceivers capable of carrying information at speeds as high as 1.25 gigabits - one and a quarter billion bits of information - per second across free space to receiver terminals as far apart as four kilometers (2.5 miles).

fSONA Media Contact:
Jennifer Walsh
Marketing Communications Coordinator
604.273.6333
press@fsona.com