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Com21 and Fujikura Win Cable Modem Order in Japan; Hekkai KATCH Network, Inc. to Use COM21's ComUNITY Access System for Data Over Cable Service.

MILPITAS, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 3, 1998--Com21, Inc. announced today that Fujikura Ltd., a Com21 systems integrator in Japan, has received initial orders from Hekkai KATCH Network, Inc. for Com21's ComUNITY Access System to be commercially deployed in its data-over-cable service.

The Hekkai KATCH Network covers the five cities of Kariya, Anjo, Takahama, Chiryu and Hekinan and currently has 58,753 subscribers.

The Hekkai KATCH Network plans to start large-scale field testing in May, 1998 and to begin commercial service in December. Com21 will supply the cable modem system, and Fujikura will support the installation and introduction of the service.

Peter Fenner, president of Com21, said, "Fujikura's technical expertise in the fields of cable television and data networking, combined with the Com21's leadership in providing the most advanced features of any cable modem system, has proven to be a successful partnership. We are pleased with our success in the Japanese market, as we continue to see rapid deployment of the ComUNITY Access System in cable modem services worldwide."

Fujikura is an authorized systems integrator for Com21 products in the Japanese domestic market and has already installed Com21 systems for KOTO CABLE TELEVISION Co., Ltd., Suzuka Cable Co., Ltd. and other Japanese companies preparing for commercial services.

Com21 Inc. (the "Company" or "Com21") designs, develops, markets and sells value-added, high-speed communications solutions for the broadband access market.

The Company's ComUNITY Access system enables cable operators to provide high-speed, cost-effective Internet access to corporate telecommuter, small office/home office ("SOHO") and residential users in the U.S. and internationally, and enables them to address the distinct price, performance, security and other needs of these different end-user groups.

Com21's products include headend equipment, subscriber cable modems, network management software and noise containment technologies.

CONTACT: Com21

Buck Gee, 408/953-9100

gee@com21.com

or

Fujikura Ltd.

Kazuhiko Tomomatsu, +81.3.5606.1213

ktomoma@fujikura.co.jp
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