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. -0- 11/19/97 /CONTACT: Kristin Griffin of Aware, Inc., 617-276-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org or Christine Corlett, AFC, 707-794-7651, email@example.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 SU: -0- (PRN) Nov/19/97 17:32 EOS (PRN) Nov/19/97 17:32 ** â -0- (PRN) Nov/19/97 17:47
AWARE AND AFC ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC AGREEMENT TO DELIVER AN INTEGRA
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