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Vancouver, Canada – November 6, 2003 - fSONA Communications, a leader in free space optical wireless solutions, today announced that Fares Salloum has joined the company’s Board of Directors. Salloum brings to fSONA a wealth of telecom experience gained through his tenure at Verizon/GTE.

“Fares has worked closely with many leading international telecom carriers, particularly those in the Americas. His knowledge of these markets will be a great benefit to fSONA as he, along with the other board members, guides fSONA towards our goal of establishing fSONA as the leading FSO supplier to carrier markets worldwide,” said Theresa Carbonneau, President and CEO of fSONA “Fares is an excellent addition to the fSONA team and we’re all very pleased to welcome him.”

“fSONA is a company with great potential – they have developed a top-rate product and are poised for success. This is a key period in the company’s development and I’m looking forward to helping them reach the next level,” said Salloum. “I believe my experience running companies, both service provider and manufacturing, will add value to fSONA’s solid management team and experienced board.”

Previously Salloum held the position of President-International, The Americas at Verizon Communications where he was responsible for the wireless and wireline operations in the Americas and related business development. Prior to that he served 3 years as Senior Vice President-International operations for GTE Corporation where he was responsible for investments in The Americas and Asia. Salloum’s career includes 24 years with BC Telecom, one of two GTE telephone operations in Canada.

Salloum served on the boards of directors of TELUS in Canada; IUSACELL in Mexico; CANTV in Venezuela; PRTC in Puerto Rico; CODETEL in the Dominican Republic; and the Verizon Foundation.

Salloum holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alberta and an MBA from the University of British Columbia.

A bio for Fares Salloum may be found here.

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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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