Netopia Hotspots BellSouth

Netopia's 3-D Reach Wi-Fi Gateways and netOctopus Hot Spot manager selected by BellSouth for a hotspot field trial in Charlotte, N.C.

May 3, 2004

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EMERYVILLE, Calif. -- Netopia, Inc. (Nasdaq:NTPA), a market leader in broadband gateways and service delivery software, today announced that BellSouth has selected Netopia's 3-D Reach(TM) Wi-Fi(R) Gateway devices and netOctopus(R) Hot Spot manager for BellSouth's field trial in Charlotte, N.C. that is bringing Wi-Fi hot spots to the city's central business district.

As part of the field trial, which began March 3, Netopia's 3-D Reach Wi-Fi Gateways will power approximately 100 hot spots that provide BellSouth(R) FastAccess(R) DSL and BellSouth(R) Dial Internet Service customers with free access to high-speed wireless data (at public locations in Charlotte's city center and nearby suburbs). BellSouth will use Netopia's customizable netOctopus Hot Spot manager for centralized management and back-end support of the field trial deployment and for authentication on the BellSouth network.

Netopia's 3-D Reach technology, incorporated in Netopia's ADSL 3-D Reach Wi-Fi Gateways, improves wireless range within a physical location for extended reach and better performance. Netopia's netOctopus Hot Spot manager enables hosted services, thereby making it easier for BellSouth to bring Wi-Fi hot spots to its field trial customers.

"BellSouth selected Netopia not only for its 3-D Reach Wi-Fi technology but also because it offers a complete turnkey solution for our field trial," said Maury Margol, director of Wi-Fi Strategy and Product Development for BellSouth. "The netOctopus software platform enables the management of BellSouth's public hotspot deployment."

"Netopia is pleased to expand its ongoing relationship with BellSouth. This is an important industry-wide endorsement of both Netopia's 3-D Reach Wi-Fi technology and the netOctopus management platform," said Alan Lefkof, president and chief executive officer for Netopia. "Netopia is committed to providing software solutions that enable value-added services that reduce deployment expense and administration complexities for all the service providers we are working with, including BellSouth."

The first 100 businesses serving as FastAccess HotSpots receive free BellSouth FastAccess Business DSL for one year, a Netopia 3347W Wi-Fi Gateway with 3-D Reach technology and software from Netopia, professional installation and technical support for both the host location and customers as well as free marketing as a Wi-Fi-enabled location.

Netopia Inc.

BellSouth Corp.

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