Ariel Signs Distributor Agreement With Abroad Technologies To Provide V.90/ISDN Network Access to ISPs in Brazil

Abroad to Purchase up to 120,000 Ports Over Two Years

Jul 03, 2001, 01:00 ET from Ariel Corporation

    CRANBURY, N.J., July 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ariel Corporation (Nasdaq:   ADSP)
 today announced that it has signed an exclusive distribution contract with
 Abroad Technologies, a leading distributor of voice, data and video
 convergence solutions in South America.  Per the agreement, Abroad will
 utilize a network of resellers to offer Ariel's high-density RS4200 V.90/ISDN
 PCI network access cards to ISPs throughout Brazil. Abroad is expected to
 purchase up to 120,000 ports from Ariel over the next two years.  According to
 IDG reports, there were over 800 ISPs and 4.2 million Internet users in Brazil
 in 2000.
     "Ariel's high-density V.90/ISDN network access solutions provide a cost
 effective solution for quickly deploying scaleable dial-up network access
 service, an approach that is proving very attractive to service providers in
 emerging markets like Brazil," said Dennis Schneider, president and CEO of
 Ariel Corporation.  "Abroad Technologies' reseller network and expertise
 providing high quality convergence server solutions make them an excellent
 partner for offering our network access products to resellers targeting ISPs
 in Brazil and other emerging markets."
     "Abroad targets emerging international markets and countries like Brazil
 and South Africa that need advanced communications to enable them to compete
 effectively in today's global markets," said Alan Ainsworth, president of
 Abroad Technologies.  "We chose Ariel's products as the most cost-effective
 way to build scaleable dial-up access systems today and, more importantly,
 have the ability to support voice and fax communications over the Internet in
 the future."
     The RS4200, winner of Internet Telephony's Editor's Choice Award, and Mier
 Communications' NetWORKS as Advertised Award, is a PCI-based multi-service
 access card set that gives ISPs and OEMs targeting ISPs an out-of-the-box
 solution for adding high-density remote access to Linux and Windows NT
 systems.  Combining four E1/PRI interfaces with up to 120 ports of V.90 and
 Basic Rate ISDN remote access, the RS4200 transforms Windows NT and Linux
 systems into full-featured remote access systems, complete with remote dial-in
 and LAN dial-out.
     Ariel will make the RS4200 available in 30-, 60-, 90-, and 120-port
 versions that are optimized for use with Brazil's channelized E1 networks.
 Ariel will also customize the RS4200 to support ITU-T R2 signaling, an
 international standard for communicating with central office trunks that is
 common to channelized E1 networks.  R2 signaling has over 30 known variants.
 Ariel will equip the RS4200 to support the ITU-T R2 recommendations
 (Q.400-Q.480) used in Denmark, Finland, Germany, Russia, Hong Kong, and South
 Africa, as well as Brazil's country-specific variant.
     About Abroad Technologies
     Abroad Technologies, Inc., based in Edina, MN, USA is an export management
 company focusing on marketing and selling advanced hardware and software
 products from leading North American vendors into emerging International
 markets.  Using a strong channel of distributors and resellers in South
 America and South Africa, Abroad focuses on developing markets for products
 used in the fast-growing area of data and voice convergence.  Target end-user
 customers range from small/medium enterprises to multi-national companies and
 service providers.
     For more information, visit Abroad's Web site at or call 952-252-1977.
     About Ariel Corporation
     Ariel Corporation (Nasdaq:   ADSP) is a leading provider of high-density,
 SS7-enabled dial-up access equipment for applications such as Internet access,
 corporate Intranet/Extranet access, on-line services, telecommuting,
 transaction processing and unified messaging.  Ariel's dial-up access
 concentrator products make it easy for ISPs and OEMs targeting ISPs and other
 service providers to create high-density dial-up solutions using open systems
 platforms running a variety of popular operating systems, including Windows NT
 and Linux.
     Statements contained in this press release that are not historical facts
 are forward-looking statements that are made pursuant to the safe harbor
 provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, as
 amended.  Forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties,
 including market acceptance of the Company's products by technical original
 equipment manufacturers and Internet service providers, the timely development
 and acceptance of new products, the impact of competitive products and
 pricing, changing market conditions and the other risks detailed from time to
 time in the Company's filings with the SEC.  These risks and uncertainties
 could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected or
 currently expected.  These forward-looking statements represent the Company's
 judgment as of the date of this release.  The Company disclaims, however, any
 intent or obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
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