Pronto Networks and Sun Microsystems Offer Wi-Fi Service Delivery Platform

Platform Gives Carriers and Service Providers Cost-Effective Deployment and Management Tool For Large Scale, Public WLAN Networks

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – ITU Telecom World 2003 – October 14, 2003 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, and Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW) have teamed to offer carriers and service providers a cost- effective Wi-Fi Service Delivery Architecture for provisioning, deploying and managing large scale, public WLAN networks. The Sun and Pronto Networks solution provides a scalable, modular platform for offering Wi-Fi and other value-added services to new and existing subscribers, as well as remote provisioning and management capabilities for rapid, cost-effective deployment. The joint solution is based upon Pronto’s leading Operations Support System for public Wi-Fi networks and the Sun Java System software and Sun Netra products.

“Pronto’s OSS software in combination with the Sun Java System software creates a scalable, robust platform for Wi-Fi service delivery,” said Donna Rubin, Director of Growth Industries at Sun Microsystems. “With this combined, modular platform from Sun and Pronto, service providers can leverage their legacy infrastructure to offer Wi-Fi as an add-on service to their current subscriber base and gain a time to market advantage due to the solution’s ease of installation and deployment features.”

With the Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture, carriers and service providers will be able to offer a broad range of capabilities to their customers and partners. Among these include flexible pre-paid and post-paid pricing plans, multiple authentication schemes, including SIM and SMS, billing mediation, customer care, roaming settlement, and revenue distribution among wholesale and retail partners. The solution is integrated with the Java System Identity Server providing fine- grained access control and Web single sign-on. The Pronto OSS component includes a policy agent that authenticates users against the Java System Identity Server and enforces any network policies that may apply. The combined solution also supports the Liberty Alliance which enables users to setup a single online account that will identify them across myriad different websites and securely transfer certain personal information.

“Our partnership with Sun enables us to provide a complete, carrier-grade solution to network operators seeking easy-to-use, affordable wireless Internet access solutions,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “With Sun’s unmatched scalability and reliability and Pronto’s robust, flexible OSS platform, we are able to offer operators a highly reliable, scalable architecture for delivering wireless Internet access.”

The Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture is built using Sun’s scalable network computing platform, including its JavaTM technology, carrier-grade NetraTM systems, robust SolarisTM Operating System and Java System Application Server to provide a cost-effective, scalable framework. Sun Netra systems power the Solaris based application, providing a highly reliable, scalable, and interoperable machine that is easily integrated into a carrier’s infrastructure.

The Sun Wi-Fi Service Delivery Architecture is available immediately and will be on display at ITU Telecom World 2003 in Geneva October 12-18 in the Sun Microsystems Partner Pavilion [Hall 4, booth # 4.120].

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enable network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot networks. The company’s software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks, in addition to remotely managing and updating multi-vendor hardware and Wi-Fi switches. Pronto Networks is funded by Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks has received several awards including Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch, the

AlwaysOn list of Top 100 Private Companies, and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com