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European Cable Modem Sales Are Taking Off

Com21 has opened a European sales headquarters in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, and said that sales of cable modems in Europe are growing at a fast rate.

New business with companies such as Spain's Cable i Televisio de Catalunya and France's France Telecom is helping to make Com21 the top cable modem supplier in Europe.

"The opening of our sales and support operations in Europe is an exciting step for Com21 in what represents a crucial marketplace for us," said Pete Fenner, president and CEO of Com21. "Industry analysts are projecting the European cable modem market to grow in excess of 100 percent per year, and Com21 is determined to help drive the market forward with superior products and service."

Com21 began operations in Europe in early 1996, selling through systems integrators such as Philips Broadband Networks, Eindhoven, The Netherlands, and Siemens A.G., Munich, Germany. Today, Com21 has a European market share of over 4 million HHP (households passed). Its worldwide market share is 9.2 million HHP.

Com21 maintains a sales office in Berlin, Germany, and has European staff to take business to France, The Netherlands, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden, Spain and Eastern Europe.

The address of the new Com21 European HQ is:

Weena 290
3012 NJ Rotterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: : +31-(0)10-2821439

In related news, confirming the fact that there is intense activity in cable modem markets, Motorola's Multimedia Group has announced shipment of half a million CyberSURFR cable modems worldwide. It said that in five and a half months it has shipped as many (250,000) cable modems as in the whole of 1997.

"Clearly, the cable modem market is really taking off," commented Dick Day, corporate vice president, Motorola.