Xtend Hires Technology VP

Al Johnson, former director of technology at Cablevision Systems, joins Xtend Networks as VP, Technology and Advanced Architectures

July 27, 2005

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ATLANTA -- Xtend Networks™, a Vyyo® company (NASDAQ: VYYO) that provides advanced broadband solutions for the cable TV industry, today announced that veteran cable and telecommunications technologist Al Johnson has been named Vice President, Technology and Advanced Architectures.

Johnson, a former director of technology at Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) and most recently senior vice president at Ipitek, Inc., will be responsible for driving customer prioritized technology decisions for Xtend’s in-band bandwidth expansion solutions, which are proven to double the usable downstream bandwidth and increase tenfold the upstream bandwidth of typical hybrid fiber-coaxial (HFC) network architectures.

Xtend Networks’ solutions are currently being trialed by cable operators in multiple markets. Xtend’s solution for the delivery of expanded, DOCSIS™-compatible, RF (radio frequency) bandwidth on the existing coaxial plant has led to its becoming an approved vendor of Cox Communications.

“The ability of our RF bandwidth expansion solutions to remove current bandwidth limitations holds enormous potential for cable system operators,” said Bill Keating, CEO of Xtend Networks. “Al Johnson brings a multidisciplinary background and a track record of innovation in broadband, in fiber optics and in cable system engineering that will help Xtend Networks to maximize the value of our technology for the industry.”

“Throughout my career, I’ve worked with the cable industry to explore a variety of innovative ways to deliver more advanced services to subscribers,” said Johnson. “What sets Xtend’s technology apart is its ability to dramatically increase last-mile HFC bandwidth without replacing the existing plant.”

Xtend Networks Ltd.

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