Covad Chooses ZyXEL CPE for TeleSOHO DSL Service

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November 12, 2001

Placentia, CA�VNovember 12, 2001 �V ZyXEL Communications Inc., the world's leading xDSL router provider (Gartner Dataquest, July 2001) announced today that Covad Communications, a national Broadband service provider, has chosen the ZyXEL Prestige 643 ADSL Router as its preferred Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) for its TeleSoho(SM) DSL Services. Designed for small businesses, businesses with remote locations and corporate teleworkers, Covad��s TeleSoho(SM) service requires a CPE capable of high download speeds, support for multiple PCs, simple installation, and low cost. The Prestige 643, manufactured by ZyXEL, meets all of these demands with an easy-to-use install process, fast download speeds and a 4-port 10/100M switch that is ideal for SOHO users needing fast Internet access.

Covad's TeleSoho(SM) is an asymmetrical (ADSL) service offering speeds up to 1.5Mbps download and up to 384Kbps upload for up to four users. The efficiency of a line-shared service, delivered over an existing phone line, combined with the simplicity of the TeleSoho(SM) DSL Installation Kit provides a fast order-to-install experience that averages between 10-15 days. With ZyXEL's Prestige 643 inside, Covad's TeleSoho DSL Installation Kit also allows customers to quickly and easily install TeleSohoDSL at their convenience, requiring no tools, complicated software or installation appointments. Covad's TeleSoho(SM) DSL is expected to retail at approximately $89 - $109 through Covad��s ISP partners.

Covad Communications selected the Prestige 643 because of its features and fit with the goals of the TeleSoho(SM) service. "Our primary goal with the TeleSoho service has been to deliver an affordable, easy-to-install multi-user Internet solution. The Prestige 643 is an excellent fit, combining an intuitive install process with all of the functionality needed by today's small businesses." said Bryan Bennett, Senior Product Manager. "Additionally, ZyXEL's attentiveness to the needs of Covad��s customers and their proven manufacturing capabilities make them a partner Covad can rely on."

The Prestige 643 is one product in ZyXEL's highly successful line of broadband Internet access devices. From modems to routers, USB to Ethernet, or any flavor of xDSL, ZyXEL continues to build the products to allow quick and easy internet access. ZyXEL excels at building products to meet customer needs by private labeling or OEMing to exacting specifications.

About ZyXEL
ZyXEL Communications Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of ZyXEL Communication Corp. located in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is one of the largest DSL, CPE, and Intertennant manufacturers. Products developed by ZyXEL over the years are not only industry leaders, but consistently win acclaim and are selected by worldwide carriers, service providers, and other major businesses. ZyXEL now serves Chunghwa Telecom, Deutsche Telekom, France Telecom, EarthLink, Sprint, Telef�nica Brazil, Telia, Verizon, Verio, and many others. For more information on ZyXEL Communications and its broadband solutions, visit the company��s Website at http://www.zyxel.com.