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SONAbeam™ 1250–S Addresses Enterprise Bandwidth Gap With Carrier–Class Solution


Vancouver, Canada – June 26, 2002 – fSONA announces at the Wireless Communications Association (WCA) and United Telecom Council (UTC) annual events the release of the SONAbeam™ 1250–S Free Space Optical (FSO) system designed to provide Gigabit Ethernet communications at 1250 megabits per second (Mbps).

The SONAbeam™ 1250-S is a carrier–class product that will benefit carrier, service provider and enterprise customers who value quality network equipment. Engineered for top performance in any environment, the SONAbeam™ 1250–S features a rugged housing providing environmental protection in all weather conditions, redundant lasers operating at 1550nm providing the industry’s highest output power for reliable communications and robust product design that allows the unit to operate equally well outdoors or through windows.

“The SONAbeam™ 1250–S Gigabit Ethernet product will allow network managers to bridge local area networks with high–speed connections using a familiar protocol. As well, companies frustrated with slow wide area network connections can use the SONAbeam™ 1250–S to remove network bottlenecks.” said fSONA Commmunications president and CEO, Theresa Carbonneau. “For Metro Area Network (MAN) providers the last mile or even feet can be the most daunting. The SONAbeam™ 1250–S can close this gap and allow new customers access to high-speed MAN’s. Providers also can take advantage of the reduced risk of installing a solution that can later be redeployed.”

SONAbeam™ FSO technology uses invisible light beams to deliver high-speed wireless communications. By transmitting through the atmosphere, SONAbeam™ dispenses with the substantial costs of digging up sidewalks to install a fiber link. SONAbeam™ also eliminates the need to obtain costly radio frequency (RF) spectrum licenses and it is immune to electro-magnetic/RF interference. As well, SONAbeam™ FSO transmissions are very difficult to eavesdrop on or intercept.

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.