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Free Space Optics Firm Achieves Internationally Recognized Standard of Quality

Vancouver, Canada – November 18, 2003 - fSONA Communications, a leader in free space optical wireless solutions, today announced that the company has successfully completed ISO 9001 registration across all functions in the company.

ISO 9001 certification status from the International Organization for Standardization is granted to companies that demonstrate a quality management system which ensures each and every customer receives quality products and services.

“Achieving ISO certification is another milestone for fSONA and one that we are particularly proud of,” stated fSONA President & CEO, Theresa Carbonneau. “As a company, we have always been focused on delivering products and services of the highest quality. ISO certification gives our customers worldwide assurance that we are achieving the high standards we have set for ourselves.”

“The Quality Management System at fSONA has been developed and implemented to ensure fSONA delivers the best Free Space Optics Communications equipment and Product Support in the World” said Andrew Grieve, fSONA’s Director of Manufacturing. “I am proud of the fact that fSONA employees have established systems that allowed us to achieve ISO 9001 registration and want to thank the team and our consultant, Greg Forman, for their commitment.”

“Working with fSONA was a pleasure. The audit team was impressed with the high level of dedication found in fSONA employees,” stated the audit team - Lynda Bennett and Jim Connor. “Their enthusiasm made the certification process that much easier.”

fSONA has customers in over 26 countries around the world and sell their products both directly and through reseller partners around the world. Earlier this year, fSONA announced that leading telecommunications equipment vendor, Alcatel selected fSONA’s SONAbeam™ product for OEM distribution. In addition fSONA has signed distribution agreements with leading US companies such as Anixter and Bechtel.

About ISO
The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 140 countries, one from each country. Within ISO, a country is represented by its national standards body. The Standards Council of Canada (SCC), for example, represents Canada. ISO is a nongovernmental organization established in 1947 and headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. The mission of ISO is to promote the development of standardization and related activities in the world with a view to facilitating the international exchange of goods and services, and to developing cooperation in the spheres of intellectual, scientific, technological, and economic activity. ISO's work results in internationally recognized agreements, which are published as International Standards and are State of the Art in the Technology concerned.

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

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