Emerging Entrepreneurial Firms to be Featured in ComNet’s New Venture Alleysm

WASHINGTON, D.C., August 12, 1999 – Emerging companies from around the world will showcase their latest enterprise networking and telecommunications products, technologies, services and solutions to potential customers, investors and partners in a new, specially designated area at ComNet 2000, January 25-27 at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center.

Named New Venture Alley, this exciting new exhibiting opportunity is dedicated to helping start-up companies that are less than three years old gain more exposure at the premier technology conference and exposition dedicated to communications networks. These innovative companies can now choose to participate in New Venture Alley to maximize their exposure and control their costs.

"This is an industry where new players can become major players virtually overnight," said Don Berey, ComNet Show Director. "New Venture Alley will provide these firms with a highly-visible launch pad that will command the attention of the thousands of decision makers, industry analysts and established vendors that participate in ComNet"

New Venture Alley will add value and impact to the ComNet exhibiting experience of these younger companies by giving them face-to-face contact with key audiences, Berey explained. Meanwhile, New Venture Alley will allow the exposition's 50,000-plus estimated attendees to zero-in on new firms and their cutting-edge products and services more conveniently and efficiently.

"New Venture Alley will help strengthen ComNet's position as the industry's leading event where networking innovations and products are unveiled," Berey added. "The exhibit floor at ComNet has always been an area where new products and information is announced to the public, and we expect even more news and excitement to come out of ComNet with the addition of this special interest area."

In total, ComNet 2000 will include more than 450 exhibitors offering a broad cross-section of new solutions to help companies build, manage and expand communications networks and leverage new public network options

New Venture Alley companies must meet the following criteria:

* They must be less than three years old.

* They must not have exhibited in a booth larger than 10' by 10' in any exposition during the previous three years.

* They cannot be a previously existing business that has undergone a name change as a result of acquisition or spin-off.

* They must not be publicly owned or traded.

* The must list all products to be shown and date of release.

Companies interested in exhibiting in the ComNet 2000 New Venture Alley should contact Cheryl Brady at Hajar Associates at 781-769-8950 or via e-mail at cbrady@hajar.com.

ComNet

ComNet, produced by IDG Expo Management Company, is the largest technology conference and exposition dedicated to global communications networks. In 2000 more than 450 manufacturers and suppliers of networking and communications hardware, software, services, and solutions participate in ComNet. ComNet attracts the planners, builders and buyers of communications networks, both public and private. Founded in 1977, ComNet/Washington, D.C. has served the IT market for two decades as the premiere information source for networking professionals. ComNet/D.C. will be held at the Washington, D.C. Convention Center, January 25-27, 2000. For more information on ComNet, call 800-545-EXPO or visit www.comnetexpo.com

About International Data Group (IDG)

IDG Expo Management Company is a business unit of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and exposition company. IDG publishes more than 290 computer magazines and newspapers and 700 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (http://www.idg.net), which comprises more than 240 targeted Web sites in 55 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 49 offices in 42 countries worldwide. Company information is available at http://www.idg.com.

About IDG Expo Management Company

Headquartered in Norwood, Massachusetts, IDG Expo Management Company is a premium producer and manager of exposition and conference events that shape the IT marketplace. IDG Expo Management Company is an affiliate of the International Data Group (IDG) family of companies. IDG Expo-produced events include the MACWORLD Expos in New York and San Francisco; ComNet in Washington, D.C. and E3 -the Electronic Entertainment Expo produced for the Interactive Digital Software Association (IDSA). Each year, more than 2,000 exhibiting companies and more than 250,000 IT professionals attend IDG's U.S. events to buy, sell, learn about and influence the IT purchasing agenda. IDG Expo Management Company was founded in 1979 as Mitch Hall Associates. For more information, please call 781-551-9800 or visit the company's Web site at www.idgexpos.com.