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OPTICAL DATA SYSTEMS AND ARTEL COMMUNICATIONS FORM STRATEGIC ALLIANCE

 DALLAS, Aug. 9 /PRNewswire/ -- Optical Data Systems Inc. (ODS) (NASDAQ-NMS: ODSI), a leading intelligent hub supplier and Artel Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: AXXX), the switched Ethernet(R) performance leader, announced today an agreement to integrate the Artel StarBridge(TM) Turbo Ethernet Switch technology into the ODS Infinity(TM) Intelligent Switching hub. The StarBridge Turbo technology, which will be integrated into the 12, 7 and 4 slot Infinity hubs, will give the Infinity 8 full bandwidth bridge ports.
 "The StarBridge Turbo technology gives the Infinity exceptional capabilities for increasing Ethernet interconnectivity," said Terry Gaston, vice president of marketing for ODS. "It maintains very high Ethernet performance and coupled with the multiple simultaneous technology capabilities of the Infinity (Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and ATM) offers unprecedented scalability, manageability and performance."
 The eight port StarBridge Turbo, which uses one slot in the Infinity hub, offers eight full bandwidth 10 Mbps Ethernet LAN connections for an aggregate throughput of 80 Mbps, RISC processing for "wire speed" throughput and is SNMP (MIB II) compliant for interoperability. Media supported are Twisted Pair, ThickNet, ThinNet, and Fiber Optic.
 Richard J. Santagati, president and CEO of Artel Communications Corporation states, "Artel is pleased that our StarBridge Turbo has been selected by ODS to provide high performance Ethernet switching for its premier Infinity hubs." He further states, "ODS and Artel share a commitment to delivering highly reliable quality solutions to our customers. Our Ethernet Switching capability will complement ODS' broad range of connectivity solutions."
 Pricing starts at $7,200. Product will be available in 60 days. Dallas-based Optical Data Systems, Inc. announced the Infinity Hub product line in January 1993. The Infinity Hub represents a significant advance in intelligent hub technology, including port switching, high density modules, superior RMON based network management, and seamless integration of multiple networking standards (Ethernet, Token Ring, FDDI and ATM). The Infinity was designed to optimally support integration of the finest third party internetworking components, such as the Artel StarBridge Turbo switch, so that ODS customers may continually upgrade their networks without replacement of the installed base of hubs. ODS is located at 1101 East Arapaho Road, Richardson, Texas 75081 and can be reached at (214) 234-6400.
 Artel Communications Corporation is the performance leader in the Ethernet switching market. The company's networking products include Galactica, a modular 32-port super switching hub, and StarBridge Turbo, an eight port Ethernet switch for small to medium sized work groups. Founded in 1981, Artel is headquartered in Hudson, Mass. The company sells its products through a combination of direct field sales, OEM and system integrators and domestic and international resellers. Artel also manufactures broadcast quality video, audio and data transmission products used by major television networks and telephone companies worldwide.
 NOTE: ODS and Infinity are trademarks of Optical Data Systems, Inc. StarBridge is a trademark of Artel Communications Corporation
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 /CONTACT: Terry Gaston, vice president of marketing of ODS, 214-234-6400, or Kevin Conklin, vice president of marketing of Artel Communications Corporation, 508-562-2100/
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