AWARE AND AFC ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC AGREEMENT TO DELIVER AN INTEGRA

ed DMT ADSL 
                Solution to the Global Carrier Market 
BEDFORD, Mass., Nov. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Aware, Inc. (Nasdaq: AWRE), a
worldwide leader in xDSL (digital subscriber line) technology, and Advanced
Fibre Communications(R), Inc. (Nasdaq: AFCI), a leading manufacturer of local
loop access products, today announced a strategic agreement to deliver an
integrated DMT-based ADSL solution to the global carrier market that will
provide greater flexibility in deploying high-speed data services.  The
companies will also engage in cooperative development, marketing and selling
of the system to provide added value and drive demand within the ADSL market. 
The Aware/AFC ADSL Solution leverages the leadership of AFC in local loop
access and the leadership of Aware in DMT technology to provide an end-to-end
ANSI-compliant system.  The integrated product offering will be based on the
flagship products of the two companies -- AFC's UMC 1000 3rd Generation
Digital Loop Carrier(TM) and Aware's X200 ADSL Access Router. 
Providing ease of installation and cost reduction, the Aware/AFC ADSL
Solution enables carriers to deploy ADSL service from all of AFC's embedded
UMC digital loop carrier platforms, eliminating the need for additional
central office equipment.  AFC's UMC 1000 line card can be easily installed in
an existing chassis, greatly reducing the incremental cost of ADSL deployment.
At the same time, Aware's X200 Access Router provides carriers with a feature-rich customer premise solution. 
Jim Bender, president and chief executive officer of Aware noted:
"Together with AFC, we can provide the global carrier market with an end-to-end, ANSI-compliant system that delivers on the promise of multiple-vendor
interoperability." 
James Hoeck, chief technologist and co-founder of AFC added:  "AFC is
committed to developing standards-based solutions.  The Aware/AFC Solution
provides carriers with the advantages of simplified installation and reduced
costs and the security of knowing that the system is ANSI-compliant." 
About AFC 
AFC is a leading manufacturer of telecommunications systems for the "local
loop" between telephone service users and public telephone networks worldwide.
AFC has pioneered a single platform that supports any network, any transport
and any service.  AFC's flagship product, the UMC 1000 3rd Generation Digital 
Loop Carrier, provides any service from POTS to xDSL over copper, fiber, and
wireless transport media.  Additional information about AFC can be found on 
the Internet at http://www.fibre.com. 
About Aware 
Headquartered in Bedford, Massachusetts, Aware, Inc. is a worldwide leader
in xDSL technology with products that enable new broadband services over the
existing telephone network.  Aware's products include xDSL technology,
software, development platforms, modules and modems for high-speed,
interactive broadband network applications.  Additional information about
Aware can be found on the Internet at http://www.aware.com. 
Note to Investors 
This press release contains certain statements of a forward-looking nature
relating to future events or the future financial performance of Aware or
Advanced Fibre Communications.  Important factors that could cause actual
results to differ materially from those indicated by such forward-looking
statements include the risks described in various SEC filings that Aware or
Advanced Fibre Communications have made on their Forms S-1, 10-K, and 10-Q,
which factors are incorporated herein by reference.
 

SOURCE  Aware, Inc. 
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/CONTACT:  Kristin Griffin of Aware, Inc., 617-276-4000,
kgriffin@aware.com or Christine Corlett, AFC, 707-794-7651,
christine.corlett@fibre.com/ 
/Company News On-Call:  http://www.prnewswire.com or fax, 800-758-5804,
ext. 107679/ 
/Web site:  http://www.aware.com and http://www.fibre.co/ 
(AWRE AFCI) 
CO:  Aware, Inc.; Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.
ST:  Massachusetts
IN:  CPR
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