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Vancouver, Canada – June 11, 2003 - fSONA, manufacturer of free space optical (FSO) wireless systems, and Anixter Inc., the world's leading distributor of data communications products, have formed a partnership whereby Anixter will distribute fSONA’s award-winning SONAbeam™ family of products.

Anixter selected fSONA as a key provider of FSO equipment because the SONAbeam™ product line is truly carrier-class. From day one, the SONAbeam™ product line was designed to meet carriers’ needs. All the products feature redundant 1550nm lasers for superior transmission, rugged exterior housing for environmental protection, and robust product design for multiple mounting options.

“Choosing to partner with fSONA was not difficult because they place a high priority on quality manufacturing,” said Frank Coletto, Senior Vice President of Marketing for Anixter Inc. “Free space optical wireless systems is a growth area and an offering we need to include in our product mix for our customers.”

SONAbeam™ FSO technology uses invisible light beams to deliver high-speed wireless communications. By transmitting through the atmosphere, SONAbeam™ dispenses with the substantial costs of digging up sidewalks to install a fiber link. SONAbeam™ also eliminates the need to obtain costly radio frequency (RF) spectrum licenses and it is immune to electro-magnetic/RF interference. In addition, SONAbeam™ FSO transmissions are very virtually impossible to intercept and, as a result, are very secure.

“fSONA is delighted to partner with Anixter. They are renowned for choosing only the best products for their product portfolio,” stated fSONA President and CEO, Theresa Carbonneau. “Combining the SONAbeam™ with other network elements selected by Anixter will provide an end-to-end quality solution for customers’ data communications needs.”

About Anixter
Anixter International is the world's leading distributor of communication products, electrical and electronic wire & cable and a leading distributor of fasteners and other small parts ("C" Class inventory components) to Original Equipment Manufacturers. The company adds value to the distribution process by providing its customers access to 1) more than 185,000 products and nearly $500 million in inventory, 2) 142 warehouses with more than 4.4 million square feet of space, and 3) locations in 175 cities in 40 countries. Founded in 1957 and headquartered near Chicago, Anixter trades on The New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AXE.

About fSONA
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam™ family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit or

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