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Gearing Up Production, Fsona Communications Names New Human Resources Director


Richmond, Canada (November 6, 2000) - Anticipating rapid growth as it approaches full commercial production, fSONA Communications Corporation - a manufacturer of broadband optical wireless systems for high-speed communications - has named Suzanne Boisvert director of human resources.

"In today's environment, ensuring the right people are in place at the right time is crucial to success," said Theresa Carbonneau, president and chief executive officer of fSONA. "We're confident Suzanne will make a big difference in recruitment for fSONA."

Boisvert brings to the company extensive experience in staffing start-up enterprises. In a previous position, Boisvert was director of human resources for YVRAS Vancouver Airport Services, a subsidiary of the Vancouver Airport Authority in Vancouver, Canada.

Prior to joining YVRAS Vancouver Airport Services, she was responsible for staffing all positions related to the creation and operation of the Hong Kong International Airport, which opened two years ago. Earlier, Boisvert was a senior consultant for the accounting firm of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, the Hong Kong accounting and consulting arm of Deloitte Touche and Ross, where she assisted in executive recruitment for clients.

Boisvert holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Canada.

In her new position, Boisvert is responsible for manpower planning, staffing and related matters. Her selection is the second recent announcement by fSONA connected to its rapidly expanding production capacity. Last month, the company named Derek Montgomery to direct Canadian manufacturing operations. In addition, fSONA has nearly doubled its headquarters space here. At the same time, the company is expanding its research and development facilities in Los Angeles, Calif.

In that R&D center, fSONA has developed a family of optical wireless products to meet the rising global demand for inexpensive computer-to-computer and Internet connections in metropolitan areas where wired technology is either unavailable or too costly to install.

The company was founded in 1997 with an exclusive license from British Telecom to develop optical laser-based systems that provide wireless communications for broadband services at gigabit speeds. The SONAbeam™ product line carries high volumes of digital information - voice, data and video - at up to 1.25 gigabits per second between transceiver terminals as far apart as four kilometers, delivering broadband communications at a fraction of the cost of wired technologies.

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.