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
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 http://www.abroadtechnologies.com 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. MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT - Click Here http://tbutton.prnewswire.com/prn/11690X35058194
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