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Orlando, Florida – September 8, 2003 – LightRiver Technologies, Inc. (booth 500) and fSONA Communications today announced at the National Fiber Optic Engineers Conference (NFOEC) that the City of Moreno Valley, California has completed the deployment of the fSONA SONAbeam 155-S free space optics system to connect remote offices to the city’s communications infrastructure. With tight budgets affecting municipalities throughout California, free space optics solutions, which transport broadband data networking services through the atmosphere, are proving to be a reliable and extremely economical alternative to running fiber optic cables.

The City of Moreno Valley turned to LightRiver Technologies to help them design and deploy a free space optics system to connect their City Hall communications room with nearby city offices. The city is leasing office space near City Hall and needed to establish Ethernet and T1 circuits to the new location. LightRiver provided the fSONA SONAbeam 155-S system, which transports services ranging from DS1 to Gigabit Ethernet through the atmosphere using a laser-based free space optics system.

“Given our budget constraints, an economical solution was important as was a short deployment interval,” said David Ebarra, telecommunications administrator for the City of Moreno Valley. “We looked at several alternatives, including Radio Frequency (RF) products and laying fiber between the two buildings. The SONAbeam from fSONA was the most economical and practical solution we evaluated. It was available immediately, and was easy to install. fSONA was very responsive to our technical questions, and we were able to tap LightRiver’s expertise in helping us deploy the system on time and on budget.”

Joe Lara, lead telecommunications technician and John Harding, assistant telecommunication technician for the city, installed the necessary power and fiber connections at each end to the SONAbeam transmitter/receiver mounted on the roof of each building. ‘Installation was easy” said Lara. “The SONAbeam was up and ready for service before our employees had moved into the new location. It’s usually the other way around,” he said.

About LightRiver Technologies, Inc.
Headquartered in Lafayette, CA, LightRiver Technologies, Inc. is a full-service telecommunications solutions provider, delivering a suite of high-performance products and services to assist companies in designing, deploying, integrating, managing and supporting "Carrier-Grade" optical, switching, access, and data-network solutions. With offices in twelve cities across the country, LightRiver’s highly skilled team of engineers, sales, and support staff have decades of experience in the telecommunications industry and are uniquely qualified to deliver the very highest levels of service and support to clients in the carrier and ISP space, CLEC and ILEC, Utilities, and Government markets. For more information, visit the company’s web site at http://www.lightriver.com.

John Sommerfield
LightRiver Technologies
Tel: 415-334-9590
jsommerfield@lightriver.com

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.