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July 10, 2000

U.S. Robotics Applauds ITU’s Enhancement of 56K Modem Standard

(COMPANY PRESS RELEASE) U.S. Robotics Corporation announces its endorsement of the newly determined enhancements to the 56Kbps standard by the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) at an ITU-T meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland. V.92 is an enhancement from the current standard, called V.90.

By CBR Staff Writer

V.92 represents a significant advancement for 56K modem technology. Faster speeds, quicker connection times and seamless call handling will dramatically improve the Internet experience of millions of customers throughout the world, said Christine Pomeroy, director of marketing for U.S. Robotics.

As analog modem technology remains by far the leading Internet access solution, these improvements will have a significant impact on user satisfaction. U.S. Robotics plans to begin shipping V.92 standard products by the third calendar quarter, 2000, continued Mr.Pomeroy.

V.92 enables three major new functions:

1) Modem On Hold technology allows a modem user to suspend a data call, answer an inbound call, then re-establish the data call without ever losing the connection. This permits a fuller utilization of a single phone line and eliminates time lost when the user’s modem drops the call.

2) Quick Connect allows a user’s modem to remember the line conditions to the dial-up service provider to which it connects, and then connect quickly the next time without going through the training sequence. Users will be able to re-establish a connection significantly faster than with the previous standard, reducing the wait period to establish a connection.

3) V.PCM-Upstream technology facilitates faster upstream communication with upload speeds reaching 44,000 bits per second (V.90 upstream speeds were limited to 31,200 bps). This allows faster and smoother operation of applications such as sending large e-mails, spreadsheets, presentations or photos, or uploading files.

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