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COMSAT PERU COMPLETES ONDEMAND AIRSTAR PILOT OPERATION.

Netro Corporation (Nasdaq: NTRO), San Jose, a market leader in broadband wireless access systems, has announced that COMSAT Peru, a wholly-owned subsidiary of COMSAT International, has completed six months of commercial pilot operation of its AirStar(TM) broadband wireless equipment as part of a Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) OnDemand network.

COMSAT's broadband wireless access network in Peru, which operates in the 10GHz and 26GHz frequency bands, is one of the first of its type in Latin America. For half a year it has been successfully providing an array of on-demand voice, data, video and multimedia capabilities such as Internet access, computer networking and video conferencing services.

Under their OEM (original equipment manufacturer) agreement, Lucent has integrated Netro's AirStar system and is responsible for deploying and maintaining COMSAT Peru's wireless broadband access network.

"Following our successful deployment in Europe, we moved our focus to Latin America, which represents a large opportunity for Netro's TDMA packet-based solution," said Gideon Ben-Efraim, president and CEO of Netro Corporation. "Moreover, we believe that the small and mid-sized business segment in Latin America is especially in need of high speed broadband access services. We are very pleased to cooperate with COMSAT in the Latin American market, working jointly with our partner Lucent."

"COMSAT's new wireless point-to-multipoint service permits business customers to share a secure broadband network. Lucent and Netro allowed COMSAT to quickly deploy and relieve the broadband access bottleneck for our customers," said Luis Alejos, general manager of COMSAT Peru. "This is now the primary entry for our customers to the GlobalWaysm regional and international network we recently announced. The Netro system and Lucent network expertise have played a major role in the execution of our strategy to provide corporate networking solutions. Using Netro's bandwidth-on-demand technology, we provide a more attractive solution, including local access, while bypassing traditional carrier systems and foregoing costly and time-consuming fiber cable installation."

COMSAT Peru (COMSAT Peru, S.A.C.) is a wholly owned subsidiary of COMSAT International. COMSAT International, a business unit of COMSAT Corporation (NYSE: CQ), provides digital networking solutions with offices in Argentina, Brazil, China, Colombia, Guatemala, India, Mexico, Peru, Russia, Turkey and Venezuela. COMSAT Corporation, headquartered in Bethesda, Md., is a leading provider of global satellite services and digital networking services, products, and technology.

About Netro Corporation

Netro Corporation is a leading provider of intelligent broadband wireless access solutions for Internet and telecom service providers worldwide. Netro's broadband wireless access system, AirStar, derives its price performance benefit from its proprietary packet-based technology that maximizes spectrum usage through dynamic bandwidth allocation. AirStar is one of the first commercially available broadband wireless access systems, and is deployed in over 34 sites worldwide, carrying IP and voice traffic using a point-to-multipoint architecture.

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Date:Feb 1, 2000
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