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Ennovate Networks Partners With Copper Mountain Networks' CopperWireless DSL Initiative.

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DSLcon 2000

BOXBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 18, 2000

Extends Reach of Ennovate's Frame Relay and IP Service Platform to

Multi-Billion Dollar Fixed-Wireless DSL Services Market

Ennovate Networks, a leading provider of multi-service edge switching platforms, today announced that it has partnered with Copper Mountain Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:CMTN) on its CopperWireless(TM)Initiative.

The initiative, launched today at the DSLcon 2000 Conference and Exhibition (World Trade Center, Boston, Mass., Sept. 18-21), aims to create a cost-effective best-of-breed fixed-wireless networking solution to speed the deployment of high-speed digital subscriber line (DSL)-based voice and data services to high-rise buildings. The combined market for DSL service revenues from multi-tenant-units (MTU) and multi-dwelling-units (MDU) is estimated at $4.5 billion annually for the next five years according to figures from the US Dept. of Energy(a) and Yankee Group.(b)

The initiative claims strong endorsement by leading high-rise service providers who welcome wireless backhaul as a pragmatic, time- and cost-saving alternative to traditional leased wide area network (WAN) circuits.

"Wireless DSL is a natural fit for many service providers serving corporations located in high-rise office buildings. This new initiative will help solve many of the traditional installation problems facing service providers including delays in securing wire-line last mile connectivity," said Robert Newcomb, vice president of marketing at Ennovate Networks.

In addition to Copper Mountain Networks and Ennovate Networks, more than 28 other vendors and service providers have also joined the CopperWireless Initiative. Members have already started interoperability tests to ensure a seamless wireless DSL solution to backhaul data and voice traffic to a central building in a metropolitan city, aggregate the traffic and then forward it to the carrier backbone, Internet or PSTN (public switched telephone network).

Ennovate's Envoy 1600(TM) and Envoy 700(TM) multi-service edge switches play an integral part of this solution. Located at a wireless DSL service provider's regional center, the Envoy 1600 and Envoy 700 service creation platform would be used by the service provider to deliver frame relay and IP services, including virtual private networks (VPN), to their corporate customers. Service providers would use Ennovate's EnSight(TM) Service Automation System to automate the complex task of provisioning these new wireless services.

"Ennovate's participation in the CopperWireless initiative speaks for their commitment and support for an open architecture in the networking industry," said Richard Sekar, director of product marketing for Copper Mountain's MTU Business Unit and CopperWireless program leader. "This assured interoperability will make it easier for MTU DSL service providers to utilize best-in-class networking solutions and cost-effective wireless backhaul."

About Ennovate Networks, Inc.

Ennovate Networks helps Network Service Providers to rapidly and cost-effectively build and deploy next-generation networks that support the creation of real-time frame relay and IP services. Combining extensive experience in the global telecommunications and networking market with an integral role in developing next generation standards like Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS), Ennovate's management and development team includes executives from Cisco Systems, ADC Telecommunications, General DataComm, Digital Equipment Corp. and Toshiba. Ennovate Networks can be reached at (978) 263-2002 or via the Web at www.ennovatenetworks.com.

(a)There are more than 150,000 MTU buildings with six or more tenants - US Dept. of Energy report (1995)

(b)There are over 860,000 MDU buildings with four or more tenants - Yankee Group report (11/1999)
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