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Vivato Wi-Fi Switch Approved to Operate under FCC Part 15 Rules; First FCC-Approved Product to Combine a Phased Array Antenna with Wi-Fi.

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SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Dec. 16, 2002

Vivato today announced that it has received Federal Communications Commission (FCC) equipment authorization for its first Wi-Fi switch. The Vivato switch is the first product to operate under FCC Part 15 rules that combines a phased array antenna with Wi-Fi -- a unique approach that enables the introduction of switching to Wi-Fi and provides higher capacity at lower costs of ownership than conventional wireless networking.

Vivato's patent-pending PacketSteering(TM) technology offers a new architecture for wireless networking that uses narrow, formed beams to send and receive multiple transmissions simultaneously and extend the range of Wi-Fi from meters to kilometers. Vivato plans to bring its first product to market in the first quarter of 2003.

"The FCC is supportive of technology innovation that that makes more efficient use of the unlicensed broadband spectrum," said Phillip Redman, Research Director for Wireless Networks at Gartner. "Wi-Fi is a fast-growing market and infrastructure equipment will account for 60 percent of market value in 2007".

"The FCC's certification paves the way for full-scale production of our first Wi-Fi switch product," said Ken Biba, Vivato's chairman and CEO. "We have a solid list of channel partners and potential customers who are eager for a product that so dramatically changes the scale and economics of Wi-Fi."

About Vivato

Vivato is the inventor and first manufacturer of Wi-Fi switches for enterprises and service providers designed to enable high bandwidth Wi-Fi wireless networks everywhere: in the enterprise, across campuses and throughout metropolitan areas. Vivato is headquartered in San Francisco with a research and development center in Spokane, Wash. For more information, please visit www.vivato.net or call 415/495-1111.
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