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COMNET Conference and Expo — Provides Forum for Networking in Dynamic Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C. — OCTOBER 26, 2000 — IDG World Expo's COMNET Conference and Expo, the premier event for the communications networking market, will bring together established telecommunications and networking companies such as Verizon, Cisco, Lucent Technologies, 3Com, Sprint, Nortel Networks and AT&T, while adding an increased number of dynamic new start-ups such as Crescent Networks, Mantra, Quarry Technologies, Starium and more featured via New Venture Alley(TM).


For the second consecutive year, New Venture Alley, composed of the best and brightest new firms, is dedicated to helping these start-up companies gain more exposure in an ever-changing communications networking market. More than 450 companies and 50,000+ attendees are expected to attend this year's event.

"For over 23 years COMNET has been the industry authority for the communications networking market. Since the industry is constantly changing, it is vital to have an event that can accommodate new players," said Charlie Greco, President and CEO of IDG World Expo. "The companies participating in COMNET and New Venture Alley have an edge over their competition. They are able to unveil the latest and greatest products in networking innovation to a highly qualified audience, all making capital-intensive decisions at one place and at one time."

COMNET New Venture Alley Participants Include:

AimNet Solutions Interlink Networks

AristaSoft Mantra

Atoga Systems NetCareers

BridgeWave Communications, Inc. Norwood Systems

Campio Communications Quarry Technologies

CQOS RapidStream

Crescent Networks SanCastle Technologies

Dante Consulting, Inc. ShareGate Inc.

Eulix Networks Starium

FastLinks LLC Vbrick Systems

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"COMNET's New Venture Alley is an ideal venue for a fresh player like Quarry to showcase its cutting-edge technology to the decision makers who attend the show," said Jean Hammond, Chief Strategy Officer of Quarry Technologies. "Quarry has chosen to participate at this event to demonstrate how it enables a complete set of advanced IP services, and how end-users and service providers alike benefit from these breakthroughs."

Many companies that "started small" have continued to increase their presence at the show year after year and now value the opportunity to make key announcements.

"COMNET attracts a high-profile mix of service providers, enterprise customers and trade and financial analysts," said David Flynn, vice president of marketing at NetScreen Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of ASIC-based Internet security systems and appliances. "The fact that this show is so-well attended makes it a great forum for major news announcements to help kick the calendar year off with a bang."

"We like the quality of the participants, especially the international flavor of the show," said Bill Fetter, TrueNet Global Coordinator, KRONE Inc.

"We are increasing our presence at COMNET to take advantage of the excellent market exposure we get."

For more information on how to reserve space in New Venture Alley, please contact Hajar Associates by phone at 781-769-8950 or by e-mail at


COMNET, owned and managed by IDG World Expo, is the premier conference and expo for companies building business value through intelligent networks. In 2000, more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services and solutions participated in COMNET. COMNET attracts top executives, planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. COMNET – Building Business

Value Through Intelligent Networks – will be held January 29 – February 1, 2001 in the Washington D.C. Convention Center. COMNET information is available at or by calling toll free 1-866-COMNETX (1-866-266-6389).

About IDG World Expo

IDG World Expo ( produces world-class tradeshows, conferences, and events for emerging IT markets around the globe. As the leading IT event management company, IDG World Expo leverages its unsurpassed experience and knowledge of IT-focused events and conferences, enabling technology companies to capture the attention and loyalty of influential buyers. IDG World Expo's portfolio of conferences and events includes ASPWorld Conference & Expo, COMNET Conference & Expo, Internet Commerce Expo (ICe), LinuxWorld Conference & Expo, Macworld Conference & Expo and the Internet Entertainment Expo (ieX). IDG World Expo is a subsidiary of International Data Group (IDG), the leading global provider of IT media, research, conferences and expositions.

IDG World Expo is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles. IDG offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through (, which comprises more than 270 targeted web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries.

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