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ADC Broadband Communications and AM Communications announce joint marketing and product sourcing agreement.

QUAKERTOWN, Pa.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 8, 1996--AM Communications announced Tuesday a joint marketing and product sourcing agreement with the Broadband Division of ADC Telecommunications Inc.

Under the terms of the agreement, AM Communications will develop status monitoring software based on their OmniStat(TM) System for ADC's Homeworx, HWX, and ISX video distribution equipment.

In addition, AM Communications will be providing ADC Broadband Communications with transponder units for Homeworx, HWX, and ISX, that are compatible with other third party video distribution equipment.

AM Communications is currently shipping element management transponder products to the Broadband Division of ADC Telecommunications Inc. for the Southern New England Telephone (SNET) network management and integration effort.

"Video and telephony customers are best served by a single network management platform for monitoring various network equipment. We chose to work with AM Communications because they will provide our customers with this capability," said Dick Barcus, vice president of marketing at ADC Broadband Communications Division.

"ADC Telecommunications Inc. has demonstrated its ability to participate in a market leadership role, through its advanced video, data, and telephony solutions," commented AM Communications' President Keith Schneck. "It is our belief that AM Communications' OmniStat(TM) System will compliment the ADC solutions providing a seamless and compelling solution for network management requirements.

"This has already been demonstrated in the products that have been provided to ADC. We view this as a strategic relationship that will demonstrate its strength to the industry and significantly improve AM Communications' and ADC's position within the marketplace."

The OmniStat(TM) Status Monitoring and Control System can help cable operators detect failures in the network before it affects the subscribers' system. This technology greatly improves reliability in HFC broadband networks for the growing use of interactive services including telephony, data and video.

The status monitoring and control system, also referred to as an element manager, includes headend monitoring software that communicates via RF and standard network interfaces. The software enables operators to monitor multiple vendors' equipment on the network, through OmniProbe transponders which are frequency agile and support the downloading of protocol and applications specific firmware.

The OmniStat(TM) element management and control system also has an enhanced graphical user interface and a database-driven manager able to store performance data and generate reports for the network.

AM Communications Inc. (AMCM) founded in 1974 is a market leader in the design, development and integration of network monitoring systems for the broadband telecommunications industry. AM provides system solutions through its OEM partnerships with the industry leaders (i.e. ADC, General Instrument, Philips, Scientific Atlanta, SEE Telecom.) and directly to end-user customers.

Additional information on AM Communications' business activities and technological solutions can be found on its Web Site (http://www.amcomm.com).

ADC Broadband Communications, a division of ADC Telecommunications (NASDAQ:ADCT), is a leading designer and manufacturer of video, voice, and data solutions in technologies worldwide, including compressed and non-compressed digital, FM, and AM/VSB linear broadband systems. Customers include a wide range of leading companies in the cable and telephony industries.

ADC Telecommunications Inc. is a leading supplier of transmission and networking system used to deliver voice, data and video services. The company holds a preeminent market position in physical connectivity products for fiber optic, twisted pair, coaxial and wireless networks.

Wholly owned business units include ADC Video Systems, ADC Fibermux, ADC Kentrox, AOFR, and ITS Corp. The company also operates international business units in Australia, Belgium, Canada, China, England, Mexico, Singapore, and Venezuela. Fiscal year 1995 revenues were $586.2 million. -0- OmniStat is a trademark of AM Communications, Quakertown, Pa. Homeworx, HWX, and ISX are trademarks of ADC Telecommunications, Minneapolis.

CONTACT: AM Communications Inc.

Keith D. Schneck, president, 215/538-8704 or

800/248-9004
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