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Eicon Technology Verifies Interoperability With Leading DSLAM Vendors' Equipment.

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MONTREAL--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 28, 2000

Eicon's DIVA 2430 and DIVA ADSL USB Offer Full DSLAM Interoperability,

Reducing Customer Premise Installation Time and Costs

Eicon Technology (TSE:EIC) recently demonstrated full interoperability of its DIVA 2430 Ethernet+USB Modem and DIVA ADSL USB with Full-Rate ADSL equipment (up to 8 Mbps) from leading DSLAM (Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexer) manufacturers.

These include: Advance Fiber Communications, Alcatel, Cisco Systems, ECI Telecom (Hi-Focus), ECI Telecom (Pulse-Comm), Ericsson, Fujitsu Network Communications, NEC, Newbridge Networks, Next Level Communications, Nokia, Nortel Networks, Orckit Communications, PairGain Technologies, Paradyne, Samsung Telecommunications and Siemens.

Until now, widespread Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) product interoperability has been a major telecommunications industry challenge, due to the number of DSLAM vendors and the wide variety of available equipment. This has made it very difficult for telephone companies to cost-effectively deploy the high-speed Internet access technology and for consumers to successfully install and use ADSL as the broadband Internet access option of choice.

With Eicon having successfully demonstrated interoperability of its DIVA 2430 and DIVA ADSL USB with equipment from the leading DSLAM vendors, the company's ADSL solutions have been proven to reduce the many installation and configuration problems that the telcos are facing. In addition, Eicon's ADSL products offer consumers and businesses an easy way to take advantage of the speed of ADSL.

"Eicon's continued promotion of DSLAM interoperability will allow ISPs and telephone companies to confidently and easily deploy Eicon's ADSL products, providing users with guaranteed hassle-free connectivity," said Ken Gingrich, Eicon's Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales & Marketing Operations. "By making our ADSL products interoperable with equipment from all the leading DSLAM vendors, we are guaranteeing the ease-of-use and deployment that Eicon products have always been known and recognized for."

DIVA 2430 Ethernet+USB ADSL Modem

Eicon's DIVA 2430 is a versatile user-friendly solution for Internet surfing and for connecting telecommuters and home office users to corporate networks over high-speed ADSL lines. The DIVA 2430 features both USB and Ethernet ports, enabling two users to enjoy simultaneous Internet access. Connecting the DIVA 2430 to a hub extends high-speed Internet access to many more users. It supports VPN technology, enabling secure connections to corporate networks over the Internet, saving long-distance WAN charges. The DIVA 2430 can be easily and speedily deployed with no intervention from service personnel, increasing profitability while reducing support requirements.

DIVA ADSL USB

Eicon's DIVA ADSL USB modem is the ideal solution for home, telecommuter and SOHO users to obtain Plug-and-Play high-speed Internet access. The DIVA ADSL USB requires no installation or support by telephone companies or ISPs, making it perfect for the non-technical user. In addition, its flexibility allows users to talk on the phone or send a fax, while surfing and downloading, all on a standard telephone line. In addition, the DIVA ADSL USB supports both Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) over ATM (PPPoA) and PPP over Ethernet (PPPoE).

Firewall Application Included

Eicon's DIVA 2430 and DIVA ADSL USB are the first available ADSL modems to include ZoneAlarm(TM) from Zone Labs Inc. (www.zonelabs.com), an easy-to-use Internet security utility to help provide protection against security risks associated with always-on broadband connections.

Eicon Technology Corporation

Eicon Technology Corporation is a worldwide provider of Internet access products. The Company develops, markets and supports hardware and software products for connecting PCs and network servers to the Internet and corporate networks and supplies communications cards for unified messaging servers and voice over IP gateways. Eicon's products are sold in more than 80 countries through a network of channel partners, telecommunications companies and Original Equipment Manufacturers. Eicon's shares are traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "EIC." Information about Eicon and its products is available at http://www.eicon.com.

Note to editors: If you are interested in viewing additional information about Eicon Technology, please visit the Eicon Press Release Web page at http://www.eicon.com/corp/pressrel/.
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