ADVANCED FIBRE COMMUNICATIONS LICENSES DSL LITE TECHNOLOGY FROM

ware 
    AFC's UMC 1000(R) 3GDLC(TM) Is First to Interoperate With x200 
PETALUMA, Calif., May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Advanced Fibre Communications,
Inc.(R) (AFC) (Nasdaq: AFCI) announced today a licensing agreement with Aware
Inc. to deliver a DSL Lite solution. 
The licensing agreement will incorporate Aware's leading splitterless DSL
Lite technology into AFC's DMT ADSL plug in for its UMC 1000 3GDLC(TM). 
The new DSL Lite accord coincides with the completion of interoperability
testing for standard-compliant, full-rate ADSL between AFC's ADSL DMT line
card and Aware's x200, making AFC's 3GDLC(TM) the first product to be
compatible with Aware's x200 modem/router.  AFC and Aware's cross-vendor
solution is also believed to be the first example of DSL Lite interoperability
based on Analog Devices' AD20msp910 chipset.  The AFC/Aware solution will be
jointly marketed to carriers. 
Both DSL Lite and full-rate ADSL implementations use the Analog
Devices/Aware AD20msp910 ADSL chipset and are fully compatible with the entire
installed base of UMC 1000 systems. 
DSL Lite is consistent with the goal of the Universal ADSL Work Group
(UAWG) which is to propose a simplified version of ADSL which will deliver to
consumers high-speed modem communications over existing phone lines based on
an open interoperable International Telecommunications Union (ITU) Standard.
Both Aware and AFC are members of the UAWG. 
"DSL Lite accelerates the commercialization of ADSL technology, making
deployment more attractive for both telephone service providers and end
users," says Ryan Koontz, manager of business development at AFC.  "Our close
association with Aware combined with our membership in the UAWG affirms our
commitment to delivering ADSL to the masses." 
"With the addition of DSL Lite technology to the ADSL family and the
availability of carrier-scalable equipment, the promise of true high-speed
Internet access using ADSL is about to be realized," said John Brandte,
director of telecommunications products business at Aware.  "As momentum
builds to set universal standards and achieve interoperability among vendor
offerings, we are excited about deploying our technology to AFC's growing
customer base of over 600 customers and 1,000,000 lines worldwide." 
The UAWG specification in development is testament to the commitment of
many telecommunications and computer industry leaders who joined forces to
form the UAWG to accelerate the universal standard for ADSL. 
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, HDSL,
and radio transport media.  Additional information about AFC can be found on
the Internet at http://www.fibre.com. 
Aware is a worldwide leader in xDSL technology with products that enable
high-speed Internet access  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. 
The Universal ADSL Working Group (UAWG), composed of leading PC industry,
networking, and telecommunications companies, will develop a set of
contributions building on the present T1.413 standard intended to create quick
deployment and adoption of Universal ADSL.  With the goal of providing
consumers with assurance that products and services will work together, the
UAWG's work will complement currently planned equipment deployment for
full-rate ADSL and help to provide a seamless migration path from today's
modems.  In addition the group aims to maximize economy, speed, and efficiency
of both full-rate and Universal ADSL deployments.  The group will deliver a
series of contributions to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU)
G.Lite subcommittee in early 1998, and it will issue a developer's guide that
will set a clear design target for technology vendors.  The group foresees
Universal ADSL modems being a preferred PC modem technology by the year
2000.  More information on the UAWG is available at:  http://www.uawg.org. 
NOTE:  Third Generation Digital Loop Carrier, 3rd Generation Digital Loop
Carrier, and 3GDLC are trademarks, and Advanced Fibre Communications, AFC, the
AFC logo, Universal Modular Carrier, and UMC 1000 are registered trademarks of
Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.
 

SOURCE  Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc. 
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/CONTACT:  Christine Koontz of Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.,
707-794-7651, or christine.koontz@fibre.com; or Kristin Griffin of Aware,
Inc., 781-687-0500, or kgriffin@aware.com/ 


    /Web site:  http://www.uawg.org/
    /Web site:  http://www.aware.com/
    /Web site:  http://www.fibre.com/
    (AFCI)

CO:  Advanced Fibre Communications, Inc.; Aware Inc.
ST:  California
IN:  CPR TLS
SU:  LIC


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