Sonic Garden selects Cogent Communications' bandwidth solution

Aug. 31, 2001--Sonic Garden has selected Cogent Communications, a provider of fiber optic connectivity solutions, for extremely cost-effective and reliable bandwidth solution.

Beverly Holdings, Inc. (OTC Bulletin Board: BVHL) announced that Sonic Garden has selected Cogent Communications, a provider of fiber optic connectivity solutions, for extremely cost-effective and reliable bandwidth solution. Beverly Holdings has made a significant investment in Sonic Garden, the owner and operator of an online music community and traditional record label, and the parties are in ongoing negotiations for further investment.

Through Cogent, Sonic Garden will receive 100 Mbps connections for less than the cost of a typical T-1 line, affording more than 60 times the capacity of a standard T-1 and providing Sonic Garden with optical Internet access for a fraction of the cost that many competitors are paying now for slower copper connectivity.

With its own network, Cogent has 100-percent fiber both along its backbone and throughout its Metropolitan Area Networks (MANs). Employing Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM), Cogent's system can combine up to 128 separate wavelengths and transmit it over a single strand of fiber. The Cogent national backbone is designed to operate at OC-192, the MAN rings at OC-48 and their Cisco Powered Network uses ring redundancy and protected optronics to ensure survivability and availability of service. The MAN rings on Cogent's network are provisioned with a finite number of buildings -- a configuration that enables Cogent to offer each customer fully dedicated, non-oversubscribed 100 Mbps connections that are not shared with anyone else.

About Sonic Garden:

The Sonic Garden Online Music Community brings digital music to artists, music lovers and music business professionals. For more information, visit www.sonicgarden.com.

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