fSONA Systems to Address Free Space Optical Wireless Solutions at Rural Broadband & Connectivity Forum

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Vancouver, BC and McLean, VA - March 13, 2006 - fSONA Systems, the industry leader in high performance Free Space Optical transmission systems announced today that Kelly Irvin, Director, Canada will present at the Rural Broadband & Connectivity Forum occurring March 21-22, 2006 in Calgary, Alberta Canada.

Mr. Irvin has over 22 years of telecommunications and network experience in Engineering, Operations and Sales. He will participate on the panel addressing, Last Mile Technologies: Getting the Right Fit for Rural Areas, March 21 at 1:45pm.

In the past, it has been a challenge for remote or low-density areas to obtain service due to the difficulty of justifying the expense of offering broadband in such areas. Complete coverage is a complex endeavor and requires a combination of the right technologies in the right place. Service providers can now reach remote and low-density areas that lack broadband access using cost effective Free Space Optical Wireless Solutions. fSONA's SONAbeam™ products are ideal for building reliable wireless networks to provide high-speed connectivity for businesses and to aggregate the bandwidth of point-to-multipoint access technologies such as Wi-Fi and WiMAX.

        • As a backbone technology, FSO provides significant headroom capacity for growth, without impacting the wireless distribution at the edge.

        • As an access technology, FSO can deliver GigE connectivity between schools and hospitals.

fSONA's SONAbeam™ product line has Rural Utilities Service (RUS) Acceptance from the United States Department of Agriculture.

RUS acceptance allows rural telephone companies to purchase fSONA's broadband optical wireless equipment with long-term, low-interest loans from the U.S. government. The RUS program is designed to increase the rate of deployment of technology to rural areas and to provide them with the same level of service available in large metropolitan areas.

The SONAbeam™ series of free space optical (FSO) networking products provide a globally unlicensed, wireless solution operating at speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps and handling distances up to 7km. SONAbeam™ avoids the cost of digging to lay fiber, eliminates licensing/spectrum issues, is immune to interference, and is extremely secure. SONAbeam™ can quickly and cost-effectively be used to build an optical wireless backbone that can deliver connectivity throughout a community. As well, the SONAbeam™ is complementary with and can aggregate the bandwidth of other access technologies such as radio, fiber or satellite.

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

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

Nancy Mack
fSONA Systems Ltd.
(703) 891-5274

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