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FastComm Strengthens the Signalpath Signaling Gateway Product Line With New Enhancements.

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DULLES, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2001

New Feature Set Expands Opportunities for Business in

Latin America and Other World Markets by Offering

More Flexible Signaling Conversion Capabilities

FastComm Communications (FSCX.OB) today announced a major software release for the SignalPath(TM) Signaling Gateway, a family of protocol converters designed to facilitate interoperability between incompatible communications networks.

Release 0705, already shipping with all products available in the SignalPath(TM) product line, incorporates a number of new signaling features and capabilities across the entire product line.

The new feature set will be attractive to traditional and VoIP carriers, as well as switch manufacturers who are looking to immediately increase profitability in Latin America and in other world markets. End users and vendors selling to end users can benefit from the extended support for leased line services used on national or multi-national private networks.

The extensive feature list includes the following upgrades for the SignalPath(TM) SP230, SP201, and R2Adapter(TM) products:
-- Feature: three direct conversions for Channel Associated Signaling (CAS)

-- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to T1 R1

-- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to E1 R2

-- T1 NI2 PRI ISDN to T1/E1 DTMF

Benefit: previously available only in the SP230 for large

applications supporting up to 52 signaling trunks, this

capability is now also supported in the more cost effective

SP201 for smaller solutions requiring no more than four


-- Feature: R2 line signaling supported on C7 to DTMF, SS7 to


applications. (SP230, SP201)

Benefit: the user can optionally configure R2 signaling toward

the PSTN and DTMF signaling from the PSTN, as uniquely

required in Venezuela. This feature benefits end users and

next-generation IP PBX manufacturers providing services in

Latin America.

-- Feature: addition of R2 country variants for Chile and Ecuador

(SP230, SP201, R2Adapter)

Benefit: Chile and Ecuador are newly added country variants in

the extensive list of country variants.

-- Feature: addition of the pay phone calling category for the

Israel R2 variant (SP230, SP201, R2Adapter)

Benefit: the Israel R2 variant has been revised in conformance

with Israel's latest specifications.

-- Feature: ability to configure the SignalPath(TM)to generate

ringback tones CAS (R1, R2, DTMF) applications (SP230, SP201,


Benefit: private PBX networks that previously had no local

support for ringback tones and no connection to a PSTN network

that would generate ringback tones can now generate ringback

tones through the SignalPath(TM).

-- Feature: new Line Interface Module (LIM-9) supporting E1 with

the capability for in-band signaling on four ports, and T1 on

the other four ports (SP230, SP201)

Benefit: In-band signaling is now supported for E1 as well as


The new feature set, influenced by customer requirements, comes standard with all new shipments of the SignalPath(TM) products. Existing SignalPath(TM) users can add these new features to previously installed systems by separately purchasing the Release 0750 software upgrade.

"With this new release, FastComm now offers a product feature set that addresses over 90 percent of the requirements for vendors in the total signaling conversion market space, states Mike McLoughlin, FastComm Director of Product Management. "Even better, when coupled with our existing relationships with next generation switch/PBX vendors such as 3-Com, Sonus, Mitel, and Nortel, this new capability allows FastComm to pursue over 57 percent of the business that addresses next generation network applications in which signaling conversion is required." (Percentages quoted from the October 4, 2001 issue of Internet Telephony).

About FastComm

FastComm Communications is a complete signaling, voice and data system solution provider, offering innovative signaling interoperability solutions that include support for SS7, C7, C5, R1, R2, and DTMF. FastComm also provides advanced IP and data solutions over Frame Relay, such as voice/data Integrated Access Devices (IADs), and protocol converters specifically designed for Unisys environments.

Forward looking with a corporate goal to provide customers with leading edge technology and cost-effective means of incorporating these technologies into existing or new networks, FastComm is positioning itself at the forefront of the evolving converged networks.

Forward-looking statements are made in this release pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation reform Act of 1995.

Investors are cautioned that all forward looking statements are subject to risk and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the timing of new announcements or introductions by the company and its competitors, the hiring and retention of key employees, competitive pricing pressure, dependence on third parties for components and products, and general economic conditions in the United States and international markets, and the risk factors detailed from time to time in the Company's periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

To request a data sheet of any FastComm product, please contact the Company via phone 703/318-7750; Fax 703/787-4625; e-mail; or visit FastComm on the World Wide Web at
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