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Digital Microwave Opens New Wellington Operations




Prime Minister Clark to Headline Facility Opening Ceremony at 4 p.m. Today

LOWER HUTT, Wellington, New Zealand, May 7 RNewswire- AsiaNet/ --Digital Microwave Corporation (Nasdaq: DMIC) today announced the opening of itsnew DMC-New Zealand operations plant in response to the growing worldwide demandfor its wireless products used for transmission of voice, data and video between facilities up to 100 kilometers apart.

During an introductory ceremony, scheduled for today at 4 pm at the new operations site in Lower Hutt, the RT Honorable Helen Clark, Prime Minister of New Zealand, will open the new manufacturing plant for DMC-New Zealand.

Digital Microwave is the largest independent wireless solutions provider for broadband fixed wireless applications and mobile cellular networks. DMC-NewZealand, formerly MAS Technology Ltd., a winner of multiple global export awards, was acquired by Digital Microwave in 1998. Since the acquisition, DMC-New Zealand has shown growth of its New Zealand export products, building on the reputation earned by MAS Technology as a leading high-technology exporter.

"We are very excited to have the Honorable Helen Clark participate with us in this milestone event for DMC-New Zealand," said Robert Schlaefli, DMC-New Zealand general manager. "We are proud of the successes of DMC-New Zealand, and market conditions require us to move into a larger facility to facilitate further growth of the business.

"The continued achievement of our operation is an exciting success story for New Zealand, and is a great example of local innovation and expertise succeeding in today's world of multinational acquisitions and mergers," Schlaefli continued. "We have demonstrated that we can compete on a worldwide level, and have grown this world-class business from where it all started, right here in Lower Hutt." The new facility will house the manufacturing functions of the DMC-New Zealand operations. Along with improved capacity and workflow efficiency, the new manufacturing plant will enable continued growth of the company, which in addition to Manufacturing, Operations and Marketing includes a world-class product design group of 50 engineers.

The New Zealand operation delivers Digital Microwave's DXR(TM) long-haul wireless product family, sold internationally through the Digital Microwave sales channels to customers such as telecommunication companies, governments and OEMs. DXR provides long-range wireless backhaul connectivity for facilities up to 100 kilometers apart, with bandwidth capacity up to 50 Mbps.

With corporate headquarters in San Jose, Calif., USA, Digital Microwave Corporation provides wireless solutions to connect, enable and grow communications networks worldwide. The company's industry-leading broadband, medium-capacity and low-capacity wireless products transport data, voice and video for public and private networks in a wide range of global environments. DMC-New Zealand, formerly MAS Technology, is a NZ $80 million technology export business based in Lower Hutt, Wellington. Its growing staff of 140 employees designs, manufactures and exports DMC's long-range solutions to transport data and voice traffic wirelessly for public and private networks worldwide.

DMC-New Zealand is located at 24 Bridge Street, Lower Hutt, Wellington, N.Z., and can be reached locally at 64-4-569-2170. Additional information on DMC can be found on the Company's web site at


SOURCE: Digital Microwave Corporation

CONTACT: Dan Spalding of Digital Microwave Corp., 408-944- 1817, or; or Mark Robotham of DMC-New Zealand, 04-560-2728, or

Web site: (DMIC)



8 MAY 2000

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With the Scott Watson Court of Appeal decision announced this morning - a new book has just been released that tells the story surrounding one of the most exhaustive police investigations this country has seen - the disappearance of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.

SILENT EVIDENCE was dispatched from the Random House Auckland warehouse within minutes of the Court of Appeal announcement being made public. The book is embargoed until midnight tonight, and will be available in bookshops nationwide on Tuesday 9 May.

SILENT EVIDENCE, written by John Goulter, tells the story of the disappearance of Blenheim friends Ben and Olivia, the police investigation and subsequent legal proceedings that gripped New Zealand.

The book was nearly two years in the writing and includes a foreword by Detective Inspector Rob Pope, who headed Operation Tam.

"The police were reasonably free and frank in what they told me, and the story of their investigation has not been in the public arena before", John Goulter said.

Goulter also says that the reporting of the Ben Smart and Olivia Hope story has permanently changed the way in which New Zealand media report crime.

"The reporting of this case pushed the boundaries of the traditionally close relationship between the police and the media," Mr Goulter said. "I don't think any case has been as exhaustively covered in the media as this one. That made for a lot of tension, and at times during this investigation the relationship reached breaking point.

"Police resented the way media tried to second-guess their every move. And reporters felt they were working in a vacuum, with the police being far too cagey about what they would release."

"This is not just the police story. It is a story about people facing every parent's nightmare, and how a whole community was changed by the events of New Year's morning 1998.

"New Zealanders will now always link the Marlborough Sounds with the disappearance of Ben and Olivia. It shattered the myth of an innocent paradise."

John Goulter was born in Blenheim and has a background as a journalist. He spent ten years in the Press Gallery in Parliament, mainly as political editor of The Evening Post. His subsequent work includes columns and articles in The Press and Metro, and a television documentary, Crown V. Calder. He wrote No Verdict: New Zealand's Hung Jury Crisis, also published by Random House. He is chief press secretary to Opposition Leader Jenny Shipley.


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