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P-Com's DataMetro II Brings High Speed Internet Access to North Carolina Schools; Four Schools Now Have Internet Connection with P-Com's Point-To-Multipoint Wireless Router.



Business Editors/High-Tech Writers

CAMPBELL, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Feb. 14, 2001

P-Com, Inc. (Nasdaq:PCOM), a high capacity, fixed wireless access equipment supplier, has opened the on-ramp to the Information Superhighway to 2,000 children of Nash-Rocky Mount Schools in Nashville, North Carolina Nashville is a town in Nash County, North Carolina, United States. The town was founded in 1780 and features a rare collection of Victorian and Queen Anne style homes. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. . Now the children not only have access to the wealth of information available on the Internet, but they can also send and receive e-mail. Located 45 miles from the North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures


Area, 52,586 sq mi (136,198 sq km). Pop.
 capital of Raleigh, the schools are using P-Com's Point-to-Multipoint Wireless Router, DataMetro II, to extend their current LAN (Local Area Network) A communications network that serves users within a confined geographical area. The "clients" are the user's workstations typically running Windows, although Mac and Linux clients are also used.  to four schools in the district.

Where wired infrastructure is either costly or absent, P-Com has a solution, especially in rural areas. Boasting cutting-edge distances of up to 30 miles and a three-year warranty, P-Com's DataMetro II is a remote access Wireless Router, perfect for Internet connectivity and Wireless Ethernet. Providing plug-and-play installation, P-Com's DataMetro II delivers Internet connectivity at nearly T1 speeds.

Installation and systems integration were performed by P-Com's channel partner Prolink Systems Inc. of Roswell, Georgia. Cal James, account manager of Prolink, commented, "Our Systems Engineer John Blake, who performed the system design and installation, chose P-Com's DataMetro II because of the product's ease of installation, features and range. The DataMetro II units have been very effective in providing the connections for four schools in the Northern End of the school district."

Jim Wright, director of technology for Nash-Rocky Mount Schools, added, "Product performance is exceeding our expectations. P-Com's DataMetro II is delivering Internet connectivity reliably and with consistent data throughput. In fact, Nash-Rocky Mount Schools are now considering installing additional DataMetro II equipment for connections in the Southern End."

"We are very pleased by the success of DataMetro II in bringing the Internet to the schools," said Jim Sobczak, president and COO of P-Com, Inc. "Unlike many other products that only support wireless bridging and need an external router, P-Com's DataMetro II provides true routing capabilities, making LAN interconnectivity simple and affordable. Additionally, our new Quality of Service (QoS) feature allows Bandwidth-on-Demand (BoD), which is a very attractive feature in the Wireless Internet world. We anticipate more success stories from Prolink and other DataMetro customers."

More information about P-Com's Point-to-Multipoint DataMetro II, including application notes, can be found at www.p-com.com/frames/products_frame.html

More information about Prolink can be found at: http://www.prolinksys.com/

About P-Com

P-Com, Inc. develops, manufactures, and markets complete lines of Point-to-Multipoint, Point-to-Point, and Spread Spectrum wireless access systems, and provides related services for the worldwide telecommunications market. P-Com broadband wireless access systems are designed to satisfy the high-speed, integrated network requirements of Internet access providers and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs). Cellular and personal communications service
    Personal Communications Service or PCS is the name for the 1900-MHz radio band used for digital mobile phone services in Canada, Mexico and the United States. Code Division Multiple Access (CDMA), GSM, and D-AMPS systems can be used on PCS frequencies.
     (PCS (1) (Personal Communications Services) Refers to wireless services that emerged after the U.S. government auctioned commercial licenses in 1994 and 1995. This radio spectrum in the 1. ) providers utilize P-Com Point-to-Point systems to provide backhaul between base stations and mobile switching centers. Government, utility, and business entities use P-Com systems in public and private network applications. P-Com is the recipient of the Wireless Communications Association's "Big Byte" industry achievement award for "Highest Bit Rate Actually Deployed" based on their Point-to-Multipoint LMDS (Local Multipoint Distribution Service) A digital wireless transmission system that works in the 28 GHz range in the U.S. and 24-40 GHz overseas. It requires line of sight between transmitter and receiving antenna, which can be from one to four miles apart  systems. P-Com Network Services, a wholly owned P-Com subsidiary, offers extensive technical services and project support capabilities, including site surveys, systems planning, program planning and management, and project management. Service expertise also includes the installation of central office equipment, SDH (Synchronous Digital Hierarchy) The European counterpart to SONET. See SONET.

    SDH - Synchronous Digital Hierarchy
     and SONET systems, and wireless implementation.

    P-Com, Inc. has its world headquarters in Campbell, California, USA and offices in Florida, Virginia, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany, China, and Singapore. P-Com is an ISO (1) See ISO speed.

    (2) (International Organization for Standardization, Geneva, Switzerland, www.iso.ch) An organization that sets international standards, founded in 1946. The U.S. member body is ANSI.
     9001 certified company.

    For additional information, contact P-Com at:

    P-Com, Inc. - 3175 S. Winchester Boulevard - Campbell, CA 95008 - USA

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    : 408/866-3666 - FAX: 408/866-3655

    www.p-com.com

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    Statements in this release that are forward looking involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which may cause P-Com's actual results in future periods to be materially different from any future performance that may be suggested in this release. Such factors may include, but are not limited to, working capital constraints, fluctuations in customer demand and commitments, both in timing and volume, introduction of new products, commercial acceptance and viability of new products and expenses associated therewith there·with  
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    2. In addition to that.

    3. Archaic Immediately thereafter.

    Adv. 1.
    , cancellations of orders without penalties, pricing and competition, reliance upon subcontractors, P-Com's ability to have available an appropriate amount of production capacity in a timely manner, the ability of P-Com's customers to finance their purchases of P-Com's products and/or services, the timing of new technology and product introductions, the risk of early obsolescence ob·so·les·cent  
    adj.
    1. Being in the process of passing out of use or usefulness; becoming obsolete.

    2. Biology Gradually disappearing; imperfectly or only slightly developed.
    , the risk of building inventories without orders in hand, and the pending stockholder class action lawsuit class action lawsuit

    A lawsuit in which one party or a limited number of parties sue on behalf of a larger group to which the parties belong. For example, investors may bring a class action lawsuit against a brokerage firm that has actively promoted a tax
    . Further, P-Com operates in an industry sector where securities values are highly volatile and may be influenced by economic and other factors beyond P-Com's control, such as announcements by competitors and service providers. Reference is made to the discussion of risk factors detailed in P-Com's filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its reports on Form 10-K Form 10-K

    A report required by the SEC from exchange-listed companies that provides for annual disclosure of certain financial information.


    Form 10-K

    See 10-K.
     and 10-Q.
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