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 Darwin Networks Will Carry the Full Suite 
of Elastic Network Products
 
June 2, 1999 - HITEC ‘99 - Atlanta, Ga. - Elastic Networks, Inc. today announced a distribution agreement with Darwin Networks, a leading provider of turnkey access solutions to apartments, hotels, office buildings, and telephone companies.  Under the terms of the agreement, Darwin will carry the full suite of Elastic Network’s products including its EtherLoopä technology-based high-speed copper access solutions and its YesWareä software suite that provides laptop mobility, billing and system management.

“The versatility of Elastic Networks’ solutions are a perfect fit for Darwin’s strategy to provide innovative solutions to select vertical markets,” said David Gibbs, president, Darwin Networks.  “Elastic products
are easy to deploy and provide Darwin with a single platform to quickly offer plug and play, multi-megabit copper access service both in building and on telco outside copper loops.”

Elastic Networks product portfolio addresses the needs of carriers,  enterprises, and vertical markets such as hospitality and multi-tenant housing.  Elastic’s core suite of high-speed copper access solutions are
based on EtherLoop technology, which provides multi-megabit access over regular copper phone lines up to 21,000 feet.  The EtherLoop technology suite of products consists of the Elite Modem, the end user network device, and the ELMo family of multiplexers - the ELMo 8 and ELMo 120 - which support eight and 120 users, respectively.  Darwin will also carry Elastic’s YesWare software suite, which provides plug and play connectivity without end user machine reconfiguration, as well as billing and system management for both EtherLoop and Ethernet networks.

“We are pleased to have a partner with similar business growth strategies,” said Phil Griffith, vice president , sales and marketing, Elastic Networks.  “Our solutions enable Elastic Networks and Darwin to
establish a leadership position in the in-building high-speed access market and evolve that success to the mass consumer market through outside loop deployment.”
 
Benefits of Elastic Solutions

  • Spectral Compatibility - EtherLoop technology proactively detects and manages interference in the cable binder with services including POTS, T-1, ISDN/IDSL, HDSL, SDSL, ADSL and G.lite.  This means no service interference for the network provider.
  • Speed - EtherLoop-based products deliver speeds up to 4 Mbps today, with evolution to native LAN speed.
  • Service Adaptive Bandwidth - EtherLoop technology dynamically shapes its upstream / downstream bandwidth performance according to end user application needs.
  • Simple Deployment - EtherLoop systems are easy to set up and require minimal installation on the part of both the service provider and the user.  For the phone company, no truck roll.  For the user, no complex configuration set up.
  • Plug and Play - YesWare software makes it easy for the end user - simply click on your browser and surf.  No need for laptop reconfiguration or loading of special software for the user.
  • Provider Control - The YesWare software suite provides a simple web-based GUI that allows for easy system management and billing.  Network providers can enable/disable service, provide user authentication codes and bill from a user-friendly interface.
About Darwin Networks
Darwin Networks provides high-speed connectivity to the Internet using high-speed copper access solutions including Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technologies and EtherLoop next-generation DSL technology.  The company provides full turnkey, revenue sharing solutions to owners of apartments, office buildings and hotels, as well as telephone companies.

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, the company was founded by executives from the telecommunications, data networking and Internet Service Provider industries, with extensive experience in broadband deployment.  The core management of Darwin Networks formed what is now the #3 provider of cable TV-based broadband services in the US.

The Company is held by Broadband Solutions, LLC, Louisville, KY. Broadband’s investors include Chrysalis Venture of Louisville; River Cities Capital Fund, Cincinnati, Ohio; Windcrest Partners, New York City and Bailey Capital Corporation, Palm Beach, FL.  Broadband’s chairman, David A. Jones, Jr., is managing director of Chrysalis and vice-chairman of Humana Inc.  Investor Paul Allen’s Vulcan Ventures of Seattle hold a significant interest in Darwin Networks, Wash.  Darwin Networks presently
has agreements in place or in progress to launch service in approximately 180 locations.

About Elastic Networks 
Elastic Networks, Inc. provides solutions that stretch Ethernet out of the office LAN and allow for mobile computing, following the trend towards increasingly distributed networks.  By leveraging its technological
differentiation in speed, deployability, and economics, and building strategic relationships with distributor, chip manufacturing, and data networking partners, Elastic Networks is dedicated to offering solutions
that address the high-speed data and IP Mobility needs of service providers throughout the world.

Elastic Networks, Inc., based in Alpharetta, GA, is a private company funded by Nortel Networks, Texas Instruments and Pequot Capital. 

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Contact:
David Wigglesworth, 
vice president, sales and marketing,
Darwin Networks, 
at wiggs@corp.darwin.net.
Elastic Networks  
www.elastic.com 
or (678) 297-3100
 
Also See: The Battle for the High-Speed Internet Guest / Geneva Rinehart / Feb 1999 

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