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C-COM Bridges the Last Mile for Business, Residential Users

[Ottawa, CANADA] COM Satellite Systems (see: C-COM Launches First High-Speed Internet Cell Modem, November 7, 2000) launched iNetVu Fixed Edition today. The new service is a high-speed Internet service that offers access and corporate virtual private network (VPN) connectivity at ADSL, DSL, and cable speeds via satellite.

"The market for high-speed Internet access based on satellite is substantial since there are so many regions where DSL and cable connections are not available," said Leslie Klein, the president and chief executive officer of C-COM Satellite Systems.

"Availability of DSL and cable services tends to be concentrated in large urban areas. iNetVu Fixed Edition overcomes these limitations with the use of satellite coverage which makes it possible to deliver high-speed Internet services to corporate and residential users outside the reach of current DSL and cable services."

iNetVu Fixed Edition is a first generation of low cost high-speed satellite-based Internet service. It utilizes a proprietary C-COM-developed satellite hub and associated software technology to deliver Internet access via a 76cm (2.5 feet) satellite dish.

iNetVu product support is also included in the service offering. The standard iNetVu Fixed Edition package offers speeds of up to 400 kilobits per second for the recreational user and up to one megabit per second for teleworkers and corporate users.

Both systems are scalable up to seven megabits for corporate users' needs. The system features an added value for businesses and teleworkers by providing them with an access to their company's virtual private network (VPN) as well as 24/7 help desk and online support, coverage throughout North America, low cost bandwidth using asymmetrical links, and single- or multi-user systems.

"There are many people who need to access their office files or their corporate network from home. iNetVu Fixed Edition bridges that last mile," said Scott Walker, C-COM Satellite Systems vice president of Sales and Marketing.

C-COM Satellite Systems (CDNX:CMI) develops satellite-based technology that allows the delivery of high-speed Internet services. Its iNetVu, Roamer and TurboCell systems deliver satellite and cellular-based solutions for mobile, transportable, or fixed applications throughout Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean.

C-COMs services are used by business organizations that require the use of satellite- or cellular-based fixed and mobile solutions such as police forces, emergency vehicles, trucking companies, recreational vehicles, yachts, shipping fleets, ferries, commercial vessels, cruise ships, and utility vehicles.

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