Jan 3, 2016

Pronto Networks Cloud Managed Access Points power Wi-Fi Networks at Delhi Metro Stations

Installed and managed by Airlink Wireless, Pronto Networks Unifi OSS, Service Gateways and dual concurrent band 802.11ac Access points provide quality user experience to visitors and complete visibility to DMRC

New Delhi – 3 Jan 2016: Pronto Networks Inc., the leading provider of end to end Wi-Fi solution today announced implementation of state of the art WI-Fi network for passengers at first two Metro Stations in New Delhi.

The high speed WI-Fi Internet access service available to passengers is provided using Pronto’s 802.11ac cloud managed access points. The service is managed using feature rich Unifi OSS and Service Gateways used globally by Operators, ISPs and enterprises. High resolution SLA management and control are unique features of Pronto solution, giving operators ability to offer real-time and elastic bandwidth-on-demand capability. Users requiring purchase and quick download of media assets like movies, songs can easily avail of faster in-session downloads.

Working with Airlink Wireless team of expert network planners, Pronto continues to add to its portfolio of Wi-Fi networks in India. Previous similar networks are deployed in New Delhi, Bangalore, Ghazipur and Madagaon railway stations and provide high quality service to millions of passengers every month.

“Now more than ever, connectivity is critical to travelers. With the help from Railtel personnel, we were able to setup the network in record time to meet quality requirements posed by Delhi Metro environment” said Rajan Prabhakar, VP – Field Operations of Airlink Wireless.

In addition to cloud managed indoor and outdoor access points, Pronto also offers high capacity IP67 compliant WI-Fi Base Stations, CPEs and combo units that combine an indoor AP with an outdoor CPE. Various authentication, billing, SLA and monetization services are available in a rich portfolio of public cloud, private cloud or on-premise delivery models.

Pronto Networks is a leading global provider of products and services for Wi-Fi Hotspots and networks. Pronto Networks’ solutions, products and services enable enterprises and operators to cost-effectively roll-out and monetize all types of wireless LAN networks. Backed by top-tier investors – Intel, DFJ and eVentures, Pronto Networks is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, USA, with additional offices in the US and India.

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Pronto Networks Inc.

1966 Tice Valley Blvd,

#411, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, United States

www.prontonetworks.com

Tel: +1 888 997-4223, Fax: +1 267 873 8803, Email: info@prontonetworks.com

 

Safdarjung Enclave, Community Center, New Delhi 110029, India

Tel: +91 11 40581620, Email: sales-india@prontonetworks.com

July 1, 2015

Pronto OSS powers Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium for Digital India Week

Pronto Networks to enable Wi-Fi network at Digital India Week to support 10,000 concurrent users during inaugural event.

New Delhi, India – 1 July 2015Pronto Networks, a leading provider of wireless technologies and carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, announced today that its Unifi platform will be deployed at the internationally renowned Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium (IGS), New Delhi to provide WiFi connectivity to participants of Digital India event. IGS is the largest arena in India and the third largest in all of APAC, seating over 14,000 people during any given event. Pronto’s deployment marks the launch of the Digital India Program on 1st July 2015 that will take place at IGS and will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The Digital India event will welcome thousands of representative from over 400 corporate brands and set the stage for a number of key initiatives for the Indian government including, Digital Locker, E-education, E-health and rural broadband services.

Pronto in partnership with MTNL and CISCO setup a network at IGS for over 10,000 concurrent users with committed SLA to provide guaranteed access and best in class service. Pronto Networks’ OSS platform is a key infrastructure component for metro-scale, broadband wireless networks. Some of the critical back-office and service control functions performed by Pronto’s OSS include user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization, and remote network management. In addition, Pronto’s open, flexible platform supports a multitude of applications intended to enhance public safety and services, improve employee productivity, and reduce the cost of government operations.

Advanced monetization solutions in venues like IGS are essential, to provide ongoing ROI for large network deployments. To address this growing need, Pronto Networks partners with Wavespot– The industry leader in WiFi Marketing and Automation to help drive brand enhancements and sales for large network deployments.

 

About Digital India

The Digital India initiative launched by the Indian government and has pledged over Rs 1 Lakh crore to transform both rural and metropolitan areas throughout India into digitally empowered communities. National Optical Fiber Network (NOFN) has been tasked to connect over 250,000 Gram Panchayats by 2016 as one of the key cornerstones of the Digital India Program.

 

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks is a leading global provider of cloud managed Wi-Fi Access Points and services for Wi-Fi Hotspots and WLAN networks. Pronto Networks’ solutions, products and services enable enterprises and operators to cost-effectively roll-out and monetize all types of WLAN networks. Pronto Networks is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, USA, with additional offices throughout US and India.

 

For more information, please contact:

Rajan Prabhakar for Pronto Networks

(L) 080-44469419

indusha.rao@prontonetworks.net

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Pronto Networks Inc.

1966 Tice Valley Blvd,

#411, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, United States

www.prontonetworks.com

Tel: +1 925 860 6200, Fax: +1 267 873 8803, Email: info@prontonetworks.com

 

APAC Delhi:

2nd Floor, AB-7

Safdarjung Enclave, Community Center, New Delhi 110029, India

Tel: +91 11 40581620

 

APAC Bangalore:

562/640, 3rd Floor, Bilekahali, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore- 560 076

Tel: +91 11 40581620

June 30, 2015

Pragati Maidan press release digital india

New Delhi, India – 30 June 2015 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of wireless technologies and carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, announced today that their platform will be deployed at the internationally renowned Pragati Maidan, the largest convention hall in New Delhi. Spanning 72,000 sq. feet, the structure was designed by legendary architect Raj Rewal and inaugurated in 1972. The complex is composed of 18 exhibition halls and runs over 70 exhibitions annually.

Known to cater to the most prestigious event in India, Pragati Maidan has a reputation as an iconic landmark in New Delhi. Pragati Maidan’s managing organization recognized the need for a public Wi-Fi network that would not only facilitate public access but also offer the infrastructure facilities that are necessary to support its ongoing exhibits and conferences.

Pronto’s deployment marks the launch of the premier exhibition at Pragati Maidan, the 35th annual India International Trade Fair (IITF). Starting on 16th November 2015 and spanning two weeks, Pragati Maidan will be host to 7,000 exhibitors and over 300,000 visitors. Organized by India Trade Promotion Organization, IITF is a meeting ground for international companies to demonstrate innovation and cement long lasting partnerships throughout multiple verticals. This year’s event theme was “Make in India” and catered to various stakeholders such as exporters, entrepreneurs, investors and international conglomerates.

Pronto Networks, in partnership Delhi State Government, setup a network of Pronto’s advanced cloud managed 802.11ac Access Points and OSS platform to provide guaranteed access and best in class service. Pronto’s cloud managed Aps allowed for remote management and plug and play installation at the venue. Pronto Networks’ OSS platform was a key infrastructure component and offered critical back-office and service control functions including user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization, and remote network management.

“We are very excited to have been picked by Pragati Maidan as their Wi-Fi technology provider. We couldn’t imagine a better event than the International Trade Fair to inaugurate our solution.” Said Nandu Desai CEO of Pronto Networks.

 

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks is a leading global provider of software products and services for Wi-Fi Hotspots and WLAN networks. Pronto Networks’ solutions, products and services enable enterprises and operators to cost-effectively roll-out and monetize all types of WLAN networks. Pronto Networks is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, USA, with additional offices throughout US and India.

 

For more information, please contact:

Pronto Networks Inc.

1966 Tice Valley Blvd,

#411, Walnut Creek, CA 94595, United States

www.prontonetworks.com

Tel: +1 925 860 6200, Fax: +1 267 873 8803, Email: info@prontonetworks.com

 

APAC Delhi:

2nd Floor, AB-7

Safdarjung Enclave, Community Center, New Delhi 110029, India

Tel: +91 11 40581620

 

APAC Bangalore:

562/640, 3rd Floor, Bilekahali, Bannerghatta Road, Bangalore- 560 076

Tel: +91 11 40581620

Sep 15, 2014

Pronto Networks announces general availability of Cloud Managed Wi-Fi

Pronto Cloud Controller (PCC) simplifies remote configuration and management of large-scale Wi-Fi networks.

PRLogSep. 15, 2014DELHI, IndiaWalnut Creek, CA and Bangalore — Pronto Networks, a leading provider of wireless technologies and carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, announced today the launch of Pronto Cloud Controller (PCC), a next generation cloud managed Wi-Fi solution specifically designed to meet the needs and requirements of the fast growing managed Wi-Fi market. The PCC pairs with a family of Pronto Intelligent Access Points for complete enterprise-grade WLAN management.

The first of its kind, Pronto Cloud Controller provides an intuitive solution that doesn’t sacrifice critical capabilities (i.e. performance, flexibility, management) while still meeting the budget of enterprise customers.

At the core of PCC is a cloud-based online portal built for organizations to mange and monetize their superior performance Wi-Fi. Pronto Cloud Controller simplifies setup and management of complicated networks by letting IT administrators upload and create large networks of wireless access points without setting up any on-premise controllers or spending on expensive data centers. Multi-site management for complex organization with multiple stakeholders is simplified with PCC’s robust tiered platform.  With advanced monetization features, PCC stands above the crowd and provides every organization flexible tools to monetize their network like never before.

The flexible nature of Pronto Cloud Controller coupled with a full suite of monetization services makes it a perfect addition to channel partner’s portfolio. Whether our partner is deploying Pronto technology in shopping malls, managing public wireless access, running complex stadium & airport environments or cost conscious SME venues, PCC provides a full platform that transforms how the WiFi industry views network infrastructure by moving advertising, full login customization, network management, content filtering and much more straight to the cloud.

“Pronto is in the business of providing carrier class technologies. With the advent of Cloud, the scope of WLAN will change at its very core,” said Nandu Desai, CEO of Pronto Networks. “ When you merge industry leading services with flexible deployment and management, organizations will go beyond just managing networks to bring non traditional value to Wi-Fi networks. “

Benefits to the Customer:
With this push to the cloud, customers benefit not only from advanced capabilities and a streamlined management process, but also from Pronto’s cost effective Wireless technologies. Enterprises often have tight budgets to create, centrally manage geographically dispersed environments. Pronto understands this and provides multiple hardware options and a pay as you go cloud model that ensures that clients aren’t paying unnecessarily, the total cost of ownership for a WLAN network has never been lower.

Benefits to Valued Added Resellers
Pronto Cloud empowers channel partners looking to become managed service providers (MSPs) with a cost effective solution that provides ongoing recurring revenue with minimal upfront investment. With our intuitive web dashboard, channel partners can navigate the in built functionality and easily manage networks themselves or pass off the tools to customers’ IT teams with minimal expertise.

Configured APs are built to operate even when the connection between the cloud and the PIAP is disrupted. When a PIAP device is plugged in for the first time, it sends a heartbeat to the PCC. PCC takes this opportunity to auto provision the PIAP with default configuration. Once auto-configured, PAIP continues to work even when the connection to Pronto Cloud controller is temporarily down. Channel partners benefit from this zero touch provisioning and can configure entire networks remotely. Ongoing management, monitoring of clients – associated & authenticated, device status, historical reporting and much more is seamless with the PCC portal, giving administrators robust tools at their fingertips.

Ongoing Management Simplified
VARs and PCC customers can enable additional locations and clone network policies easily. Log into the PCC dashboard to create/clone a new network, change any policies and manage the whole network and user workflow.

Pricing and Availability
The Pronto Cloud controller is priced on a yearly subscription basis per access point (for either a 1, 3 or 5 year subscription period), with 24/7 customer support included. PCC is a complete WLAN management service for existing Pronto or new Pronto deployments. Pronto PIAP and PCC is distributed in India by Airlink Wireless Pvt. Limited. (www.airlink.in)

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks is a leading global provider of software products and services for Wi-Fi Hotspots and WLAN networks. Pronto Networks’ solutions, products and services enable enterprises and operators to cost-effectively rollout and monetize all types of WLAN networks.  Pronto Networks is headquartered in Walnut Creek, California, USA, with additional offices throughout US and India.

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Pronto Networks Inc.
1966 Tice Valley Blvd #411,
Walnut Creek, CA 94595, United States
www.prontonetworks.com
Tel: +1 925 860 6200, Fax: +1 267 873 8803, Email: info@prontonetworks.com

For Sales & Technical Queries:
India Distributor: Airlink Wireless Pvt. Limited
2nd Floor, AB-7
Safdarjung Enclave, Community Center, New Delhi 110029, India
www.airlink.in
Tel: +91 11 40581620, Email: sales@airlink.in

Contact
Nandu Desai
***@prontonetworks.com

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Jan 10, 2009

PRONTO BASED SERVICE PLATFORMS ALLOWS FAST AND COST-SMART SOLUTION TO THE VEXING PROBLEM OF INTEGRATING CUSTOMER SERVICE & TIER I/ TIER II NETWORK SUPPORT IN REAL TIME

GuestWiFi Successfully Merges Customer Service and Network Support into Spot On’s NOC  for Quick Cost-Savings and Enhanced Service on Pronto’s UniFi OSS Managed Services Platform.

Spot On Networks, headquartered in New Haven, CT, provides communications and internet services to businesses and residential subscribers. GuestWiFi, headquartered in New York City, provides network design, installation and management of Wi-Fi in hotels. Each company developed its business on Pronto Networks’ UniFI OSS and operates Wireless ISP networks using components of Pronto Networks Managed Services.

Pronto’s Managed Service offering enabled us to focus on the sales and marketing of a new amenity in the hospitality market segment,” says Joe Germanotta, President of GuestWiFi.  “As our business evolved from ‘for-pay’ to ‘free-access’, Pronto’s MSP service platform proved a cost-effective way to adapt.  Initially we used Pronto’s  24x7x365 customer service but maintained our own Tier I/II network support. As our business grew, so did the demands our customers made on customer service and network support. We began to look around for a solution. Spot On Networks provided a very cost-effective one.”

I think our experience with Spot On will become a model for how a WISP can enhance service without investing in an expensive operations center and a substantial training and payroll commitment.”
Joe Germanotta of GuestWiFi

“Early on we decided it was crucial to maintain direct relationships with our WiFi subscribers and the management of the buildings where we provide service,” explains Richard Sherwin, President of Spot On Networks. “So we built our own customer service and network operations center in New Haven. This gave us a way to turn our real time monitoring ability into real time problem solving. We realized neither subscribers nor building management would tolerate anything less than quick, personal attention. Providing that has been a big part of our success. Now we have figured out how to share that with other WISPS.”

Both GuestWiFi and Spot On Networks deploy network architecture that includes leased line broadband connections, multiple wireless access points and a Pronto Service Controller or Gateway. The Pronto device provides the authentication and login pages, the walled garden features, and the traffic management capabilities that enforce the user’s Service Level Agreement.

“With the exception of the access points, our network architecture is basically the same as GuestWiFi’s architecture,” Sherwin explains. “Since we both utilize Pronto Networks controllers and gateways and the UniFI OSS, we were able to seamlessly merge GuestWiFi’s customer service and Tier I/II network support function into Spot On’s network operation center.” GuestWiFi simply ported its existing 800 number to Spot On and we quickly integrated its 24x7x365 customer service function into Spot On’s system.”

“Spot On Networks added responsive and rapid network monitoring and Tier I / Tier II technical support for GuestWiFi,” confirms Germanotta. “It was a very cost efficient way for us to enhance the service we provide. I think this will become a model for how a WISP can enhance service without investing in an expensive operations center and a substantial training and payroll commitment.”

“We had a very smooth transition,” Germanotta adds, “and are very pleased.  Now, customer service representatives speaking with hotel guests can communicate real-time issues directly with engineers in the network operations center.  As a result, situations that may affect multiple users are proactively resolved.  Since we partnered with Spot On, the number of customer service calls has gone down and customer satisfaction has gone up.”

“Our network operations team is very hands on,” Sherwin explains. “For example, if we get multiple calls from one location, say a particular hotel, our customer service manager immediately escalates this information to the Tier I engineer who investigates the OSS location information and reacts. If one or more access points are down, our engineer calls the site, notifies management of the problem, and talks them through power cycling the units. Sharing customer service network information with Tier I/Tier II support in real-time makes a significant improvement in network reliability and customer satisfaction. And for the hotel front desk or building management to get this information in real-time is unique and is the quickest way to get a frustrated user on line.”

This is all possible because of Pronto’s components,” Germanotta repeats, “and our experience can easily be duplicated through Spot On by any other service provider utilizing Pronto systems and components.”

Spot On Networks provides Wi-Fi Internet service in MultiFamily residential buildings in major U.S. cities using the Pronto UniFi Wi-Fi Managed Services platform. GuestWiFi provides wireless Internet service to hotels across the United States.

Pronto Networks provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enables network operators to deploy and manage WLAN networks. Both Spot On and GuestWiFi rely on Pronto systems and components.

Sep 28, 2009

PRONTO NETWORKS ENHANCES WIFI-BASED SERVICE DELIVERY PLATFORM WITH IPOD & IPHONE SPECIFIC SERVICES

Pleasanton, Sep 28, 2009: Cogeco Data Services (CDS) partners with Pronto Networks to offer WiFi connectivity to its OneZone Network customers in Toronto, Canada. CDS has now expanded its service offering to include iPod and iPhone specific service plans that offer a premium customer experience much richer than just browser-based access.

“An increasing number of mobile devices are now WiFi enabled. A large segment of our customers who use such devices demand a grade of service that gives them greater mobility. Leveraging the capabilities in the Pronto Managed Services Platform, Cogeco iPod/iPhone customers can now subscribe to a higher bandwidth service plan that is enabled only on their mobile devices,” shares Virginia Brailey, VP Marketing, CDS.

Jasbir Singh, CEO, Pronto Networks, says, “We are happy to note that the launch of CDS’ iPod and iPhone support coincides with the first anniversary of the Pronto-CDS partnership. Pronto Networks provides CDS with Subscriber Management and Service Delivery systems for the OneZone network.” Pronto Networks pioneers in designing WLAN Service Delivery Platforms that support multiple levels of users, Device, and IP address-specific service plans.

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides a carrier-class Operation Support System (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks such as Metro-Wide Broadband Wireless Mesh Networks, multi-location Enterprise Campuses, Hotels, Airports, Conference Centers, Multi-Dwelling Units, and other typical Hotspots. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About Cogeco Data Services
Cogeco Data Services is a full service data communications company that provides businesses with a new option for the reliable delivery of network services. Cogeco Data Services owns and operates the largest WiFi network in North America – the Toronto Onezone Network.

May 13, 2009

PRONTO WINS THE TIE 50 HOT STARTUPS AWARD

World’s largest not-for-profit organization for entrepreneurs judges Pronto Networks as the only WiFi solution provider to feature in the TiE50 list of top wireless companies.

Santa Clara, May 13, 2009: Pronto Networks emerges as the only WiFi solutions provider in the world to feature in the TiE50 list of top wireless companies. Nearly 1200 promising start-up companies across five segments – Internet Infrastructure, Wireless, Cleantech, Software, and Consumer Web – had nominated themselves for the TiE50 awards. Top 10 companies in each segment were short-listed through a combination of public voting and judging. TiE50 Awards were given to the Top 50 start-up companies across five segments.

The TiE50 Awards, held at Santa Clara, USA, is a significant event at TiEcon (TiE’s annual conference of entrepreneurs). TiE is the world’s largest not-for-profit organization for entrepreneurs, with 48 chapters in 11 countries.

Jasbir Singh, President & CEO, Pronto Networks, Inc., says, “It’s an honor to be the only WiFi solutions company in the TiE50 list of best start-up companies. I thank our business partners, employees and well-wishers for re-asserting their belief in Pronto Networks’ products and services.”

“The competition was fierce. Pronto Networks was judged to be an exceptional company in the Wireless focus segment. After grueling rounds of judging and public voting, only 10 companies rom each of the five segments were selected as winners,” shares Vish Mishra, President, TiE Silicon Valley.

About Pronto Networks – Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides a carrier-class Operation Support System (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About TiE – TiE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) is a not-for-profit network of entrepreneurs and professionals, committed to fostering next-generation global entrepreneurship through mentoring, networking and educating. It was founded in 1992 by a group of successful entrepreneurs, corporate executives and senior professionals. The organization has created programs to energize and inspire its constituencies, the flagship event being TiEcon, along with an array of other year-round
programs.

May 4, 2009

PRONTO DEPLOYS FULLY SECURE WIFI AT VELLORE (VIT) CAMPUS

Sets design excellence standard by successfully installing its UniFi WiFi Operating Support System for the 250 acre education campus

Bangalore, May 4, 2009: Pronto Networks has now made secure campus WiFi networks in India a reality. The company has successfully installed its UniFi OSS (Operation Support System) in the 250 acre campus of VIT (Vellore Institute of Technology). Situated in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, VIT is one of India’s leading technology colleges with a student strength of 13,500.

According to Jasbir Singh, CEO, Pronto Networks, “Pronto Networks stepped in with its customizable wireless network package, a solution which includes subscriber provisioning, authentication and billing. By successful deployment of our solution at VIT, we have provided a reference design and an excellent case study for educational campuses across India.” The Pronto UniFi OSS and Pronto Service Gateway (PSG) installed at the campus, provide a network that is fully equipped against external security threats.

Srikanth P, CEO, Vellore Online Systems, shares, “Pronto Networks’ OSS meets our requirements of security, bandwidth management and billing. Its differentiators in security are its advanced features such as CALEA (Communications Assistance for Law Enforcement Agencies), which helps in user-specific tracking of URLs visited and UniFi Inspect, which prepares user-friendly reports of browsing trends. The demand for such secure WiFi networks in India was highlighted after the network security breaches done by extremists in the terror attacks in Mumbai, India’s financial capital.”

Pronto Networks’ solution adheres to the security guidelines set by the Indian Ministry of IT & Communications [Note:1], post the Mumbai Terror attacks in Nov 2008.

About Pronto Networks – Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides a carrier-class Operation Support System (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About VIT – One of India’s leading technology colleges, VIT is a deemed University, established under Government of India guidelines. VIT is the first educational institution in India to get international accreditations for its programs. VIT University was founded in 1984 as a self-financing institution known as Vellore Engineering College (VEC). The University was established with the aim of providing quality higher education at par with international standards.

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Note 1:  Compliance with Instructions under the UASL/CMTS/BASIC Service Licence regarding provision of Wi-Fi Internet service under de-licensed frequency band (No 842-725/2005-VAS), dated 23.02.2009

February 5, 2009

PRONTO PROVIDES WIMAX CSN FOR AIRLINK BROADBAND WIMAX

Bangalore, 18 September 2008 – Pronto Networks is proud to announce the successful launch of its UniFi WiMAX CSN suite of software products for WiMAX operators. The WIMAX CSN suite has been used to successfully deploy residential and commercial broadband services for Airlink Broadband.

Aiflink Broadband is India’s first 100% next generation wireless broadband access service provider.  Launched in fall of 2006, Airlink offers WiFi and WiMAX based access services to various markets in India.  The company has deployed WiMAX services in the North India markets of Delhi-Haryana corridor, Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and plan to extend that coverage to 500 markets in next 3 years.

Pronto Networks has designed the UniFi CSN as a turnkey back-office solution for large and small WiMAX operators, regardless of their choice of WiMAX hardware.  It can also be deployed as a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for smaller, green-field, WiMax operators and other Virtual Network Operators. Pronto’s UniFi WiMAX CSN offers turnkey billing for converged services, subscriber provisioning, service management and control, and CPE self provisioning capabilities.
Airlink Broadband’s Vice President of Sales, Mr. Gurinder Goindi, described the WiMAX network, “The current deployment of WIMAX Network is using 802.11d equipment from Airspan and a turnkey CSN from Pronto Networks. We are exploring options of 802.16e equipment to commence deployment in 2009.”  Mr. Goindi continued, “Our target customers for Airlink are in the suburban and rural India markets where the availability of cable, DSL, and other conventional Broadband options are limited.”
Airlink Broadband is India’s premium provider of wireless broadband access service. It specializes in providing secure, locally branded, high-speed wireless broadband Internet access solutions. Airlink’s solution is a robust and proven product with “AAA” (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) capability that is backed by a world class centralized management and customer support infrastructure.

About Airlink

Launched in 2006, Airlink is a premium provider of nationwide wireless broadband Internet access in India. Its robust network is built on a future ready platform that seamlessly integrates with evolving technologies to provide an uninterrupted, high bandwidth, fast and secure access. Its best in class back office and service delivery solution combines to provide a rich user experience that is highly affordable to all class of Internet users. In short, Airlink redefines Internet usage in India.  The service portfolio for Airlink includes Broadband and Internet Telephony services. The recent relaxations announced by the Government of India allowing Unrestricted Internet Telephony Services is expected to provide huge boost to Airlink’s Revenue and plans are underway to tap this huge opportunity potential.

For further information, please contact Airlink Broadband at www.airlink.in, and Pronto Networks at www.prontonetworks.com.

September 18, 2008

PRONTO PROVIDES WIFI SERVICE INTEGRATION WITH IDS’ SUITE OF INTEGRATED SOLUTIONS FOR HOSPITALITY NETWORKS

Bangalore, 18 September 2008 – Pronto Networks is proud to announce the successful launch of its UniFi WiMAX CSN suite of software products for WiMAX operators. The WIMAX CSN suite has been used to successfully deploy residential and commercial broadband services for Airlink Broadband.

Aiflink Broadband is India’s first 100% next generation wireless broadband access service provider. Launched in fall of 2006, Airlink offers WiFi and WiMAX based access services to various markets in India. The company has deployed WiMAX services in the North India markets of Delhi-Haryana corridor, Bangalore, Mysore, Hyderabad and plan to extend that coverage to 500 markets in next 3 years.

Pronto Networks has designed the UniFi CSN as a turnkey back-office solution for large and small WiMAX operators, regardless of their choice of WiMAX hardware. It can also be deployed as a Software as a Service (SaaS) platform for smaller, green-field, WiMax operators and other Virtual Network Operators. Pronto’s UniFi WiMAX CSN offers turnkey billing for converged services, subscriber provisioning, service management and control, and CPE self provisioning capabilities.
Airlink Broadband’s Vice President of Sales, Mr. Gurinder Goindi, described the WiMAX network, “The current deployment of WIMAX Network is using 802.11d equipment from Airspan and a turnkey CSN from Pronto Networks. We are exploring options of 802.16e equipment to commence deployment in 2009.” Mr. Goindi continued, “Our target customers for Airlink are in the suburban and rural India markets where the availability of cable, DSL, and other conventional Broadband options are limited.”
Airlink Broadband is India’s premium provider of wireless broadband access service. It specializes in providing secure, locally branded, high-speed wireless broadband Internet access solutions. Airlink’s solution is a robust and proven product with “AAA” (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) capability that is backed by a world class centralized management and customer support infrastructure.

About Airlink

Launched in 2006, Airlink is a premium provider of nationwide wireless broadband Internet access in India. Its robust network is built on a future ready platform that seamlessly integrates with evolving technologies to provide an uninterrupted, high bandwidth, fast and secure access. Its best in class back office and service delivery solution combines to provide a rich user experience that is highly affordable to all class of Internet users. In short, Airlink redefines Internet usage in India. The service portfolio for Airlink includes Broadband and Internet Telephony services. The recent relaxations announced by the Government of India allowing Unrestricted Internet Telephony Services is expected to provide huge boost to Airlink’s Revenue and plans are underway to tap this huge opportunity potential.

For further information, please contact Airlink Broadband at www.airlink.in, and Pronto Networks at www.prontonetworks.com.

April 2, 2007

PRONTO NETWORKS ROLLS OUT 1000 BT OPEN ZONE IN A BOX HOTSPOTS IN UK

Pleasanton, CA – April 2, 2007 – Over the past year, a thousand Open Zone in a Box (BT OZIAB) hotspots have been deployed in the UK. Pronto Networks has successfully deployed these BT OZIAB devices using the Pronto UniFi OSS solution.

In the UK, BT’s OpenZone in a Box (OZIAB) is an easy-to-use broadband Internet access service that any proprietor of a retail establishment can setup using BT OZIAB hardware purchased from local distribution channels and service configuration, provisioning, and operations support from British Telecom.

Establishments can sign up for the BT OZIAB program online at the BT website. Once the Wi-Fi service is enabled as part of the OZIAB provisioning process, laptop users can access the Internet. These hotspots are in a number of places such as cafés, hotels, motorway service stations and airports. One can get online at BT OpenZone hotspots throughout the UK and Ireland, and at selected locations abroad.

BT’s business objective was to achieve high and rapid Return on Investment (ROI) on the OZIAB deployments, for which it required a system focused on the monitoring and management of Wi-Fi networks. The solution deployed by Pronto Networks enables BT to provide various benefits in the BT OpenZone solution like reducing deployment costs with Automatic channel selection during initialization, and encrypted shared secret between the OZIAB device and the Cisco Service Selection Gateway (SSG), and secure network monitoring for maximum uptime with proactive ipsec tunnel outage and recovery.

Pronto’s UniFi Managed Services is a hosted service, enabling operators to rapidly deploy large-scale networks by initially outsourcing back-office functions to Pronto’s experienced operations team. The service is based on Pronto’s leading UniFi OSS Platform, providing critical back-office and service control functions such as user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization and remote network management. Pronto’s UniFi Managed Services allows operators to focus on building their networks upfront and eventually transfer the operations in-house once sustained growth has been achieved.

Earlier, in order for the managed hotspots to operate correctly, the OZIAB location owner’s ADSL Modem Router or Cable Router was required to have a feature called VPN pass-through for ipsec tunnels from the Hotspot device to the central Cisco SSG. In case it was not supported, it was required to put the hotspots into an open access type network, in a DMZ (de-militarized zone) portion of the LAN.

The Pronto Service Controller (PSC) is now being used to replace the standard APs deployed by these managed hotspot operators in various locations. The PSC acts as a managed AP in these locations. The client Wi-Fi Laptop connects to the PSC, which carries these connection details to the Cisco SSG on a secure ipsec tunnel. The Cisco SSG passes these credentials to the Pronto UniFi OSS via the Internet for the user authentication. Once the user is authenticated, he can start browsing the Internet.

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides a carrier-class operation support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

About BT OpenZone
BT, one of the world’s leading communications service providers, offers networked IT services, local, national and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and Internet products and services to customers across the world.

January 17, 2007

PRONTO TO BUILD AND MANAGE WIRELESS BROADBAND WIMAX NETWORK FOR REDHAWK

Denver, CO- January 17, 2007 — Redhawk today announced the agreement with Pronto networks to build a WiMAX network at its 550-acre city. Redhawk plans to create the biggest domain specific community, spread over 550 plus acres for 20000 employees, in India. The city will be focused for financial services companies to house their captive operations. Redhawk’s CEO today mentioned that Redhawk’s unique ‘Twenty Minute Lifestyle’ approach to building the community will deliver quality life style to employees and huge productivity gains for the financial services companies. “The planned deployment of the WiMAX network is another major milestone towards providing our clients an environment that allows them to grow their employee base and also help increase productivity.”
 
Redhawk Investments Group is focused on financial services companies as they are the biggest users of IT infrastructure and technology. High bandwidth availability allows employees to be more productive through out the community. It is critical that these companies have the state of the art infrastructure to provide connectivity to its employees and stakeholders.
 
Jasbir Singh, CEO of Pronto Networks commented, “We are excited to partner with Redhawk to create a state of the art wireless access environment for the financial city. Pronto Networks is a leader in building and operating the seamless wireless network using Wi-Fi and WiMAX technologies and look forward to work with partners such as Redhawk to create an environment where we can offer ubiquitous broadband bandwidth on a large scale.”
 
About WiMAX
WiMAX is defined as Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access by the WiMAX Forum, formed in June 2001 to promote conformance and interoperability of the IEEE 802.16 standard, officially known as WirelessMAN. WiMAX has been promoted by some of the larger industry leaders such as Intel, Sprint Nextel and Clearwire.
 
About Redhawk Investments Group
Redhawk Investments Group, located in Denver is in the business to assist in the development of real estate opportunities in India. Its purpose is to help develop a domain-specific real estate park in India for the financial services industry. The group conjoins the tremendous opportunity in the Indian real estate market and the need for financial services companies to develop a presence in India, in order to cater to local markets and develop the companies’ global back offices. Redhawk Investments Group has developed a plan for building a community of captive financial services centers for about twenty thousand employees along with residential, healthcare, retail and recreational facilities for the employees and their families all within a twenty minute radius. This lifestyle will provide clients with additional 30 % savings through lower turnover, higher employee engagement, better training opportunities and superior customer service.
 
About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides a carrier-class operation support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

September 13, 2006

IPASS AND US WIRELESS ONLINE HELP PITTSBURGH LAUNCH THE FIRST “ENTERPRISE-READY” MUNICIPAL WIFI NETWORK

iPass Customers Gain Access to WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh Network

Pittsburgh, PA- September 13, 2006 — iPass, Inc. (NASDAQ: IPAS) a global provider of services that unify remote and mobile connectivity and devices, today announced a partnership with US Wireless Online to provide iPass Mobile Office (formerly iPass Corporate Access) customers secure and simple access to WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh, the city’s new municipal WiFi network. Starting today, iPass users will have access to this network through their award-winning iPassConnect™ universal client software.
 
“iPass and US Wireless Online are natural partners for making municipal networks available to high-value enterprise users.” said Anurag Lal Chief Business Development & Sales Officer at iPass. “iPass business travelers need secure, on-demand connectivity while visiting city centers. By working with US Wireless Online to deploy the first enterprise-ready WiFi network in downtown Pittsburgh, we ensure that the nearly one million quarterly users of our service will gain simple, secure and reliable access when working in the city. Additionally, providers like US Wireless Online help iPass create wireless home broadband solutions that complement our traditional DSL and cable options for home office, branch and retail locations.”
 
As with all networks, the US Wireless Online network completed iPass Enterprise Ready certification that ensures that any network added to the iPass global virtual network meets a variety of reliability requirements and pass stringent tests for interoperability with enterprise security systems. iPass customers in the Pittsburgh area such as Mellon Financial Corporation, GNC Corporation, and Heinz Company will benefit from this reliability and security, as well as simplified use, management and billing.
 
“User adoption is key for our network projects, and businesspeople are a key audience that WiFi Pittsburgh must serve well to succeed,” said Timothy J. Pisula, Chief Technology Officer, US Wireless Online. “Partnering with iPass gives WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh a turnkey method for expanding the reach of its network quickly with no additional cost and validates our strategic commitment to making our network open to third-party providers.”
 
iPass partners include many of the companies responsible for bringing WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh to enterprises, such as wireless broadband leader, US Wireless Online; Tropos Networks, the market leader for metro-scale, WiFi mesh network systems; and Pronto Networks, a provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale WiFi hotspot and hotzone networks.
 
More about WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh
WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh will provide wireless access to the Central Business District/Golden Triangle, North Shore and Lower Hill District. In addition to its wireless Downtown component, WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh will provide municipal benefits, including four secured mobile command units for City of Pittsburgh public safety use, and will address digital divide issues by providing complimentary connections in partnership with Wireless Neighborhoods, an alliance of community and faith organizations committed to support children’s education, promote economic development and address other social barriers.
 
WiFi Pittsburgh was funded by Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, Colcom Foundation, Grable Foundation, The Heinz Endowments, Hillman Foundation, Laurel Foundation, McCune Foundation, Mellon Financial Corporation and Richard King Mellon Foundation.
 
For more information on WiFi Downtown Pittsburgh, visit www.downtownpittsburgh.com
 
About the Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership
The Pittsburgh Downtown Partnership (PDP) is a dynamic, non-profit organization comprised of business and community leaders, property owners, civic organizations, foundations and residents who provide energy, vision and advocacy for Downtown Pittsburgh. Working collaboratively with its partners, the PDP strives to create a positive Downtown experience for residents, workers and visitors alike. The PDP’s strategic initiatives include clean and safe, transportation, housing and economic development and advocacy.
 
About US Wireless Online
US Wireless Online owns and operates one of the nation’s largest wireless Internet broadband networks with significant coverage areas in Alabama, Florida, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi and Pennsylvania. The Company provides commercial wireless Internet access and related applications and services in the rapidly growing wireless broadband industry. US Wireless Online is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky and more information can be found at www.uswo.net
 
About iPass Inc.
iPass helps enterprises unify the management of remote and mobile connectivity and devices. With iPass software and services, customers can create easy-to-use broadband solutions for their mobile workers, home offices, and branch and retail locations, complete with device management, security validation, and unified billing. iPass offerings are powered by its leading global virtual network, on-demand management platform, and award-winning client software. Hundreds of Global 2000 companies rely on iPass services, including General Motors, Nokia, and Reuters. Founded in 1996, iPass is headquartered in Redwood Shores, Calif., with offices throughout North America, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.ipass.com

July 12, 2006

PRONTO NETWORKS SELECTED BY ALWAYSON AS AO100 PRIVATE COMPANY AWARD WINNER

Recognized for leadership in emerging technology

Pleasanton, CA- July 12, 2006 — Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hotspot and hotzone networks, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the Top 100 Private Company award winners. Pronto Networks was handpicked by the AlwaysOn editorial panel based on a set of five criteria – technology innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation.
 
Pronto Networks and the AO100 will be honored as part of the AO2006: Stanford Summit, July 25-27, at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California. It will bring together successful entrepreneurs, business and political thought leaders, and top venture capitalists to spot trends and spark new ideas and initiatives.
 
The AO100 was selected from over 1,000 companies, peer-nominated by leading venture capitalists, investment bankers and industry analysts. The AO100 consists of private companies at all stages of development, from early to late stage.
 
“The AO100 companies are driving the next wave of innovative technologies that are disrupting the old guard and shaping the new media landscape,” said Tony Perkins, founder of AlwaysOn. “As ever, we were inundated with nominations from leading companies, and it’s heartening to know that tomorrow’s thought leaders and technology visionaries are already out there. My congratulations to each AO100 winner – these are the companies which we predict will have the greatest market traction, strongest innovation and most game-changing approaches this year.”.
 
“Being honored by AlwaysOn is always a tremendous accomplishment.” said CEO Jasbir Singh, “with our plug and play solution, Pronto has been able to provide its users with, fast, easy, and reliable service that is unmatched. We will continue to remain focused and enhance our solution to provide our customers with even more.”
 
A full list of all the AO100 companies can be found on the AlwaysOn website at: http://stanfordsummit.goingon.com/permalink/post/866
 
About Pronto Networks
 
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enables network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com
 
About AlwaysOn
 
AlwaysOn is transforming the communication business with its online blogging network; establishing it as a leader in the open media revolution. Borrowing on the underground blogging and social networking traditions, AlwaysOn (www.alwayson-network.com) was launched in 2003. Today, AlwaysOn’s annual Summit @ Stanford and OnHollywood events, print “blogozine” and online services encourage direct collaboration between the global thought leaders and technology insiders whose ideas and innovations are shaping the always-on world.
 
AlwaysOn, LLC , is a privately held and virtually headquartered company born out of the heart of Silicon Valley.
 
For Pronto:
Jasbir Singh
925 227 5502
 
For AlwaysOn:
Louise Tipton
415 992 4420

July 6, 2006

CELLNET AND PRONTO NETWORKS LAUNCH A JOINT WIFI HOTZONE NETWORK DEPLOYMENT FOR THE CITY OF MADISON, WISCONSIN

Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale Wi-Fi hotspot and hotzone networks and Cellnet Technology, Inc., the leading fixed data network provider for gas, water, and electric utility solutions, announced their first joint city wide wireless broadband access network deployment using Cisco WiFi mesh equipment for the City of Madison, Wisconsin.
Pleasanton, CA (PRWEB) July 6, 2006 — Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale Wi-Fi hotspot and hotzone networks and Cellnet Technology, Inc., the leading fixed data network provider for gas, water, and electric utility solutions, announced their first joint city wide wireless broadband access network deployment using Cisco WiFi mesh equipment for the City of Madison, Wisconsin.
The Madison City hotzone deployment covers the airport, Capitol Square, State Street, and University Areas of Downtown Madison and the area encompasses residential, commercial, business and government users. The Wi-Fi service consists of a network of Cisco Mesh WLAN Controllers and mesh Access Points deployed throughout the city and Pronto’s UniFi OSS Platform operated from a central NOC (network operations center).
“Outdoor wireless is quickly becoming the standard means for cities to provide low-cost Internet access, as well as an innovative platform for delivering new mobility services,” said Alan Cohen, senior director of mobility solutions at Cisco Systems, Inc. “By working with local technology partners and service providers, such as Pronto Networks and Cellnet, municipalities and their customers benefit by having an experienced and dedicated team focused on their needs.”
“We chose Pronto because of the company’s leadership in the municipal wireless broadband space and its demonstrated success in numerous citywide deployments. Pronto has helped us in making the Madison network available to everyone in cafes, hotels, City halls, shops, airport and other public areas through a variety of secure wireless access options including laptops, PDAs and cell phones.” said Louis Kek, CIO of Cellnet. He added, “Pronto’s system provides us with the flexibility of features that we need to deliver valuable, long-term solutions. Now we can cater to the wide ranging demands of permanent residents, businesses, casual visitors, and business travelers.”
The back-office and service control functions of Pronto UniFi OSS software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks. The software platform offers service providers a cost-effective, end-to-end solution that will enable them to enter the market quickly, expand their footprint, and achieve a rapid ROI. The Pronto UniFi OSS provides users with several choices for access, i.e., a 1-hr plan, 2-hr plan and day pass. The UniFi OSS also provides an integrated customer registration portal, credit card processing, and clearing, settlement and reconciliation with the aggregators such as Boingo.
“We’re pleased that Cellnet has selected us as a partner and we look forward to rolling out citywide Wi-Fi deployments like Madison,” said Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks. “The ability to support multiple VLANs and sublet excess capacity in a carrier-neutral, wholesale model helps cities earn a faster return on investment,” Singh added. “An Access-agnostic UniFi OSS platform allows for future proof migration to emerging technologies beyond Wi-Fi, such as WiMAX and fixed mobile convergence.”
Pronto’s solution has been chosen by dozens of cities deploying metro-scale, broadband wireless networks, including Chaska, MN; Cerritos, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Daytona Beach, FL, and Fire Island, NY, among others. Pronto’s UniFi OSS supports mixed-use public and private applications on one network.
About Cellnet
Cellnet is the leading provider of fixed-network data communication systems and automation solutions to the utility industry. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, Cellnet supplies gas, water, and electric utilities with highly reliable, field-proven networks which enable them to communicate with residential and commercial and industrial (C&I) endpoints for applications such as advanced mering infrastructure (AMI), automated meter reading (AMR), distribution automation (DA), and SCADA. Cellnet is dedicated to combining its leading technology and vast experience to continue to provide the industry with the most reliable and proven automation solutions available. Additional information is available at www.cellnet.com.
About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, California, provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enables network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.
For Pronto:
Jasbir Singh
925 227 5502

July 4, 2006

PRONTO PROVIDES WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESS FOR MEDIA AT NASA KENNEDY SPACE CENTER

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, FL – July 4, 2006 — When the Space Shuttle program continues its return to flight this summer with STS-121 (Discovery’s missions to the International Space Station), the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s Kennedy Space Center will be once again enabled for Wi-Fi access for journalists and other members of the media.

NASA Discovery LaunchWith this network, reporters on the ground at the six-acre NASA Press Site will have the flexibility to use their wireless-enabled laptops and handheld computing devices to seamlessly and securely access the Internet, e-mail, file sharing and other applications. Designed to deliver user mobility, the Wireless Mesh Network will provide reporters with secure and continuous access to the network while moving throughout the observation area, increasing productivity by allowing them to report on the story in real-time.

Pronto Networks’ UniFi OSS platform, along with Nortel Networks Wireless Mesh Network solution, enabled the complete wireless network at the Kennedy Space Center to ‘go live’ in just a matter of days, not weeks. Pronto Networks key capabilities for this deployment include user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization, and remote network management. This allowed NASA to quickly re-establish Wi-Fi services in the Press Center for the space launch in July 2006, and for subsequent missions. The Wi-Fi deployment was a continuation of its successful deployment of Wi-Fi services for its “Return to Flight” mission last year. As was the case in the summer of 2005, Pronto Networks is enabling all the back-office functionality for the wireless network and is hosting the service from its data center in San Jose, Calif.

The NASA Press Site is well suited to wireless mesh technology. Wireless mesh can also be used to provide high-speed communications in war zones, on military bases and university campuses, and at disaster sites, border crossings, airports, convention centers, indoor and outdoor sporting venues, and other public and private locations. Further information on the types of revenue generating options, and for innovative methods of underwriting the Wi-Fi deployment, please visit the Pronto Networks website at http://www.prontonetworks.com/nasa_space_shuttle_launch.html

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class operations support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Pronto Networks Headquarters
Nandu Desai
Tel: 925.227.5507
Email: marketing@prontonetworks.com

February 23, 2006

BARRIER COMMUNICATIONS AND PRONTO NETWORKS LIGHT UP FIRE ISLAND, NY WITH WI-FI

Fire Island, NY and Pleasanton, CA – February 23, 2006 — Barrier Communications, LCC, a wireless systems integrator and service provider, announces the availability of Wi-Fi access services in the community of Fire Island, NY. Pronto, a leader in carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing Wi-Fi access networks for large-scale broadband community-wide Hotzones, will be providing the operations of the Fire Island Wi-Fi network and the management of the back-office service applications.

“Fire Island visitors have been seeking wireless Internet access from public areas for quite some time, and we now provide them flexible choices for Internet access,” said James Gerbig, president of Barrier Communications. “We chose Pronto Networks for their proven track record in deploying metro Wi-Fi networks for Public Internet access. Partnering with Pronto allows us to support Public Safety and other municipality connectivity requirements as well.”

The current BarrierFreeSM “Enjoy Freedom” coverage area includes the entire barrier beach community of Fire Island, located 45 minutes outside of New York City. This premier getaway spot with sand dune beaches rolling out into the Atlantic Ocean is now the latest of the nation’s wireless locales. Users have the choice of registering for a residential plan for $34.95 per month, the BarrierFree Canopy residential plan, or a non-recurring monthly, weekly or a single day BarrierFree prepaid plan for varied rates.

Carol Highton, Pronto Networks’ GM for the Americas remarked, “What makes Barrier a great partner to work with is their focus on the requirements for metro markets, and the desire to create a network that can handle the needs of today with the flexibility to accommodate the applications and the business models of the future. Our solution has been tried and tested in a myriad of different municipal environments, and we’re confident that our solution will continue to meet the needs of Fire Island and other municipalities well into the future.”

Pronto’s solution has been chosen by dozens of cities deploying metro-scale, broadband wireless networks, including Chaska, MN; Cerritos, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Fire Island, NY; Lompoc, CA; Tulsa, OK; Nantucket, MA, and Wilmington, DE. Pronto’s flagship product — UniFi OSS — is an open, standards-based converged services platform that enables operators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy broadband wireless networks and deliver next-generation applications and services. Pronto’s OSS can support any kind of municipal broadband network model – public, private, mixed-use, and carrier-neutral. This ability to support both mixed use public and private applications on one network, and to provide tiered Quality of Service (QoS) levels to different user groups, enables operators to deliver customized services while minimizing upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs. The ability to support multiple VLANs and sublet excess capacity in a carrier-neutral, wholesale model helps cities earn a faster return on investment. Access-agnostic, Pronto’s OSS platform is future proof to emerging technologies beyond Wi-Fi, such as WiMAX and fixed mobile convergence.

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class operations support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Barrier Communications
Pronto Networks Headquarters
Nandu Desai
Tel: 925.227.5507
Email: marketing@prontonetworks.com

December 6, 2005

MOBILEPRO SUBSIDIARY NEOREACH WIRELESS SELECTS PRONTO NETWORKS FOR CRITICAL BACK-OFFICE SERVICES FOR METRO-SCALE WI-FI DEPLOYMENTS

Bethesda, MD, and Pleasanton, CA, December 6, 2005 – MobilePro Corp. (OTC Bulletin Board: MOBL) announced today that its wholly owned subsidiary NeoReach Wireless has selected Pronto Networks to provide broadband wireless managed services for its citywide wireless networks, starting with Tempe, Ariz.

Bruce Sanguinetti, President and CEO of NeoReach Wireless, said, “We chose Pronto because of the company’s leadership in the municipal wireless broadband space and its demonstrated success in numerous citywide deployments. Pronto’s system provides us with the flexibility and richness of features that we need to deliver valuable, long-term solutions for the large-scale, metropolitan Wi-Fi market. We look forward to working with Pronto Networks as we continue to expand our footprint of municipal mesh networks throughout the United States.”

Pronto’s UniFi Managed Services is a hosted service, enabling operators to rapidly deploy large-scale networks by initially outsourcing back-office functions to Pronto’s experienced operations team. The service is based on Pronto’s leading UniFi OSS Platform, providing critical back-office and service control functions such as user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization and remote network management. Pronto’s UniFi Managed Services allows operators to focus on building their networks upfront and eventually transfer the operations in-house once sustained growth has been achieved.

Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks, said, “NeoReach has an impressive track record in winning high-profile, municipal broadband deployments. We’re pleased that NeoReach has selected us as a partner and we look forward to rolling out citywide Wi-Fi deployments together in the future.”

NeoReach Wireless currently has three announced municipal deployments underway, including Tempe, Ariz., Chandler, Ariz. and Sacramento, Calif. All deployments are marketed under the brand name WazMetro (Waz stands for “wireless access zones”). The Tempe 40-square mile network, referred to as WazTempe, is being deployed in five stages and is targeted for completion in February 2006. The network infrastructure will consist of approximately 400 antenna and radio units deployed on streetlights and buildings throughout the city, which will channel traffic through Pronto’s UniFi Service Gateway to Pronto’s UniFi OSS Platform operated from a remote data center. Pronto’s UniFi Service Gateway provides user-level bandwidth management and access control. The Chandler and Sacramento deployments are currently in pilot phase and are expected to eventually deliver nearly ubiquitous coverage to both cities.

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class operations support system (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product, UniFi OSS Platform, handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, prepaid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next-generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to theAlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year. In 2003, the company receivedWired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About NeoReach Wireless

NeoReach Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of MobilePro Corp., is a wireless technology and broadband telecommunications company focused on the deployment of wide-area Wi-Fi and pre-WiMAX networks. NeoReach owns and operates these networks in conjunction with joint partnerships with government municipalities and private-sector relationships. For more information on NeoReach Wireless, visit www.neoreach.com or contact Karrie Rockwell at (480) 736-2926.

About MobilePro Corp.

MobilePro Corp. is one of North America’s leading wireless broadband companies, serving over 20,000 wireless broadband customers through its subsidiaries NeoReach Wireless and Kite Broadband. The company, based in Bethesda, Md., is focused on creating shareholder value by acquiring and growing profitable telecommunications companies, developing innovative wireless technologies and forging strategic alliances with well-positioned companies in complementary product lines and industries. MobilePro serves over 200,000 total customers throughout the United States, primarily through its CloseCall America, American Fiber Network, Kite Broadband and Nationwide Internet subsidiaries.

An investment profile about MobilePro Corp. may be found online at:www.hawkassociates.com/mobilepro/profile.htm.

For more information regarding MobilePro, contact MobilePro CEO Jay Wright at (301) 315-9040, e-mail:jwright22@closecall.com. For investor relations information regarding MobilePro, contact Frank Hawkins or Julie Marshall, Hawk Associates, at (305) 451-1888, e-mail: info@hawkassociates.com. Detailed information about MobilePro can be found at www.mobileprocorp.com. An online investor relations kit including copies of MobilePro press releases, current price quotes, stock charts and other valuable information for investors may be found at www.hawkassociates.com and www.americanmicrocaps.com.

Certain of the statements contained herein may be, within the meaning of the federal securities laws, “forward-looking statements,” which are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. Such forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause the actual results, performance or achievements of the company to be materially different from any future results, performance or achievements expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. See the company’s Form 10-KSB for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2005 and its Forms 10-QSB for the quarters ended June 30, 2005 and September 30, 2005 for a discussion of such risks, uncertainties and other factors. These forward-looking statements are based on management’s expectations as of the date hereof, and the company does not undertake any responsibility to update any of these statements in the future.

November 1, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS ANNOUNCES GLOBAL RESELLER AGREEMENT WITH LUCENT TECHNOLOGIES

Companies to provide comprehensive Wi-Fi solution to enterprises and municipalities

Pleasanton, CA — November 1, 2005 — Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale, broadband wireless networks, today announced a global reseller agreement with Lucent Technologies (NYSE: LU) to resell Pronto Networks’ complete line of products and services. Pronto’s products and services enable the rapid and cost-effective deployment of Wi-Fi networks to service providers targeting the enterprise and municipality markets.

Lucent Worldwide Services (LWS) will incorporate Pronto Networks’ core products, including its leading UniFi OSS Platform, UniFi Service Controller, and UniFi Service Gateway, as part of its portfolio of Wi-Fi solutions and services targeted at service providers and enterprises worldwide. LWS will also be reselling Pronto’s Managed Services, enabling service providers to gain a time to market advantage by providing back-office operations. LWS will provide additional value to customers by providing installation, integration, and network maintenance services.

“Pronto’s products and services fit well into our business model of providing world-class, multi-vendor solutions to service providers across the globe,” said Stef van Aarle, vice president of marketing and strategy, Lucent Worldwide Services. “Pronto Networks’ OSS-related products enable us to quickly deploy a robust and scalable Wi-Fi network for our customers. It also provides a flexible platform for introducing new applications and converged services.”

“This agreement is a win-win for both companies as well as a win for network operators,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Pronto’s leading technology, expertly deployed and enhanced by Lucent’s top-notch professional services, provide operators a world-class, comprehensive solution.

Pronto Networks’ solutions have been deployed by more than 100 network operators and dozens of municipalities worldwide. Pronto’s core product, the UniFi OSS Platform, is a flexible, standards-based Operations Support System platform providing critical back-office and service control functions, including user registration, multiple secure authentication options, captive portal customization, subscriber management, flexible pre- and post-paid billing, and remote network management. The UniFi OSS Platform includes modules tailored for the Municipality, Hospitality, Retail and Enterprise segments. Other products include the UniFi Service Controller and Gateway, intelligent, plug-and-play IP network access equipment supporting up to 100 or 2000 concurrent users, respectively. Pronto’s Managed Services is a hosted service that allows service providers to outsource all back-office operations so that they can focus on building their core business.

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class Operations Support System (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product– UniFi OSS Platform — handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, pre-paid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management, and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

October 19, 2005

WIBLAST SELECTS PRONTO NETWORKS FOR CRITICAL BACK-OFFICE FUNCTIONS FOR NANTUCKET WI-FI HOT ZONE DEPLOYMENT

Nantucket, MA and Pleasanton, CA – October 19, 2005 – WiBlast Communications, LLC, a wireless system integrator and service provider, today announced it has partnered with Pronto Networks for critical back office and customer support of the Wi-Fi deployment on Nantucket Island. Pronto, a leader in carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale, broadband wireless networks, replaced Airpath Wireless as WiBlast’s choice for a service called The Nantucket Hot Zone (www.nantuckethotzone.com).

“As our network expands on Nantucket and elsewhere, we need a partner with scalable solutions that will give our customers a higher level of service,” said John Morrison, president of WiBlast Communications. “We chose Pronto Networks for their reliability, integration with disaster management capabilities, and excellent call center support in the municipal broadband wireless space.”

Larry Levine, former MediaOne and Road Runner executive, who has recently joined WiBlast, added, “Pronto’s sophisticated back office systems will allow WiBlast to expand our service coverage throughout Nantucket. Pronto furnishes WiBlast a flexible platform to provide additional services such as business class broadband Internet access and Voice-over-IP mobile telephony.”

The Nantucket Hot Zone deployment covers the downtown area, airport, Naushop subdivision and other venues. The network consists of several Pronto UniFi Service Controllers throughout the island, which channel traffic from 16 Tropos mesh routers mounted on private homes, businesses and town property to Pronto’s UniFi OSS Platform operated from a remote data center.

Pronto’s UniFi Service Controllers manage bandwidth and security access at the user level. The system’s back-office and service control functions include user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, captive portal customization, and remote network management. Pronto’s network elements provide secure, reliable Internet access throughout the Wi-Fi hot zone.

As Nantucket’s population swells to nearly 50,000 during the summer months, up from roughly 9,000 the rest of the year, WiBlast offers short-duration service plans to meet visitors’ needs. Service plans range from $9.99 for daily access to $29.99 for weekly access and $49.99 for monthly access. For permanent residents and businesses, an annual plan is available for $24.99 per month. Residents and visitors to the island also have free web surfing access to the Nantucket community portal, www.ackblast.com, which provides local information and announcements. All credit card authorization, billing and reconciliation is performed by Pronto’s UniFi OSS platform. WiBlast also offers free access to the ACKBLAST.com portal which has information on local events, activities and attractions. Links to websites of participating local businesses are also provided free of charge.

“We’re delighted to be partnering with WiBlast in providing world-class, broadband wireless service to the renowned island of Nantucket,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our solution has been tried and tested in a myriad of different municipal environments, and we’re confident that our solution will continue to meet the needs of Nantucket and other municipalities well into the future.”

Pronto’s solution has been chosen by dozens of cities deploying metro-scale, broadband wireless networks, including Chaska, MN; Cerritos, CA; Corpus Christi, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Fire Island, NY; Lompoc, CA; Tulsa, OK; and Wilmington, DE. Pronto’s main product — UniFi OSS — is an open, standards-based converged services platform that enables operators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy broadband wireless networks and deliver next-generation applications and services. Pronto’s OSS can support any kind of municipal broadband network model – public, private, mixed-use, and carrier-neutral. This ability to support both mixed use public and private applications on one network, and to provide tiered Quality of Service (QoS) levels to different user groups, enables operators to deliver customized services while minimizing upfront investment and ongoing maintenance costs. The ability to support multiple VLANs and sublet excess capacity in a carrier-neutral, wholesale model helps cities earn a faster return on investment. Access-agnostic, Pronto’s OSS platform is future proof to emerging technologies beyond Wi-Fi, such as WiMAX and fixed mobile convergence.

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides a carrier-class Operations Support System (OSS) that enables service providers to rapidly and cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large-scale, broadband wireless networks. The company’s core software product– UniFi OSS Platform — handles provisioning, multiple authentication options, subscriber management, captive portal customization, pre-paid and post-paid billing, customer care, remote network management, and roaming settlement. It also serves as a flexible platform for delivering next generation services. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About WiBlast Communications 

WiBLAST Communications, LLC is a wireless system integrator and service provider offering high speed wireless networking and end user solutions built around Wi-Fi cellular technologies. Their advanced solutions are highly scalable and optimized for high density metro deployments specialized to work closely with local communities, municipalities and businesses to achieve desired results. They provide consulting expertise in wireless system security, safety systems and disaster management systems. Currently they operate and provide high speed wireless Internet service to Nantucket Island, www.nantuckethotzone.com. WiBlast is a privately held Delaware corporation with a main office located in Nantucket, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.wiblast.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
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Infinite PR
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October 11, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS LAUNCHES UNIFI DIGITAL COMMUNITIES GRID

Initiative Enables Inter-City Roaming and Brings Innovative Services to Municipalities Nationwide

The W2i Digital Cities Convention – San Francisco, CA – Oct 11, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale WiFi hot spot and Metro scale networks, today announced a $15 million investment in products and services for the launch of UniFi™ Digital Communities Grid, a nationwide municipal broadband network that connects people from city to city and serves as a platform for both emergency and community based services. Many municipalities and ecosystem partners are part of the initial launch.

The UniFi Digital Communities Grid is based on an open, standards-based architecture that allows city employees and residents to roam onto other participating municipal networks using existing user credentials. It also serves as a platform for introducing services – such as homeland security and Amber alerts, automated meter reading (AMR), traffic and pedestrian control, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) applications for water and wastewater treatment, and video surveillance – that will help streamline city operations and will expand and improve services for municipal governments, businesses and citizens.

In an effort to foster cooperation among cities, municipalities have agreed to allow reciprocal access to all government workers from participating communities. For non-government workers, cities have the option to charge for access to generate additional revenue or may allow visitors to roam for free on their network as a way to promote tourism. Cities may also generate revenue by offering wholesale access to Virtual Network Operators (VNOs).

“The UniFi Digital Communities Grid meets a need in the marketplace to connect communities that have recently deployed or planning to deploy large, broadband wireless networks,” said Reed Hundt, former FCC Chairman. “This initiative is critical to foster cooperation among communities and will boost the productivity of municipal field workers who frequently travel to neighboring cities. It will also significantly improve city services and reduce the cost of government as new applications, such as homeland security alerts, are introduced.”

Participating cities in the initial launch include Camden County, NJ (consisting of 37 municipalities); Corpus Christi, TX; Daytona Beach, FL; Marietta, OH, Nantucket, MA; Fire Island, NY and Central California Broadband project that aims to connect most of the cities in the central California region. Pronto has committed up to $15 million in products and services to connect up to 500 municipalities to the Grid over the next 18 months.

“Given the recent pace at which municipalities are setting up broadband wireless networks, this initiative could not be more timely”, said Leonard Scott, MIS Unit Manager of Corpus Christi, TX. “We’re excited to be one of the charter cities of this initiative and look forward to belonging to a nationwide, municipal broadband network and leveraging new wireless applications that will enhance our city operations and improve citizen services.”

The UniFi Digital Communities Grid initiative is built on an ecosystem of technology partners that bring innovative applications to participating municipalities that enhance public safety, improve employee productivity, and provide new services to citizens. Initial technology partners in this initiative include Cellnet (www.cellnet.com), providing AMR and SCADA solutions; Cross Current (www.crosscurrent.com), supplying public safety and computer aided dispatch and Lexis, providing wireless parking management systems and equipment. .

“The city of the future is one that will have most remote public services automated and managed from a central location,” said Mike Zito, CEO of Cellnet. “We’re pleased to be part of this forward-

thinking initiative and are looking forward to helping cities achieve greater operational efficiencies by implementing wireless AMR and SCADA solutions.”

The UniFi Digital Communities Grid is compliant with the IP Multimedia Subsystems (IMS) framework, providing a foundation for city operators to deploy rich, IP-based multimedia services, such as integrated voice, data, video calling, IPTV and multi-player gaming. The Grid will also be enabled for advanced SMS services, such as allowing subscribers to pay for and gain access to the Internet by sending an SMS text message to the 80211 short code.

“This initiative is important in bringing a common architecture for a national municipal broadband network that can deliver integrated telecommunication services,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “We’re honored to be working with these initial charter Communities and ecosystem technology partners, and to be investing our own resources, in developing the digital community fabric of the future.”

About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enables network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot and metro scale 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 WiFi switches. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

September 15, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS DONATES WIRELESS INFRASTRUCTURE SERVICES FOR HURRICANE KATRINA DISASTER RELIEF EFFORTS

Company Collaborates with Intel, MCI’s SkyTel and Tropos to Provide Critical Communication Support to Hard-Hit Areas

Pleasanton, CA – September 15, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale Wi-Fi hot spot and hot zone networks, today announced it is donating its Managed Services for converged networks to enable broadband wireless connectivity in the New Orleans downtown and airport areas, as well as Biloxi and Baton Rouge, in support of Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts. Pronto is working with partners Intel, MCI’s SkyTel and Tropos Networks to enable free WiFi service to Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) workers, local government employees and citizens at these locations.

The broadband wireless network will provide thousands of hurricane survivors the ability to communicate with relatives, contact social services and access other information critical to receiving emergency fund distributions and for relocation. It will also enable FEMA and city employees to exchange information critical to mobilizing resources and people in need of help.

“The widespread damage caused by Hurricane Katrina is simply devastating,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “We are compelled to assist with the relief efforts where possible and are pleased to be working with our partners to provide temporary wireless communication for relief workers and thousands of displaced individuals.”

SkyTel, a subsidiary of MCI, will provide the on-site installation, technical assistance and 24×7 network monitoring to ensure network availability, and Intel is contributing Tropos mesh routers for coverage in these areas. Pronto is providing the back-office operational support, including customer portal customization, quality of service controls, and remote network management, via its Managed Services operation based in San Jose, CA. Pronto’s Managed Services runs on its leading OSS platform for converged services. The network in these hard-hit areas is expected to be fully operational later this week.

“Communication has been a major challenge in the disaster recovery efforts,” said Bruce Deer, President of SkyTel “By working with Pronto and other partners, we’re able to quickly setup the necessary infrastructure to enable wireless communication among relief workers and survivors in these critical areas. We’re proud to offer our technical expertise and resources to assist the thousands impacted by this tragedy.”

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

August 18, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS PARTICIPATES IN INTEL'S DIGITAL COMMUNITIES INITIATIVE

Initiative Helps Cities Worldwide Leverage Wireless Technology to Expand, Improve Services

Pleasanton, CA – August 18, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large-scale Wi-Fi hot spot and hot zone networks, today announced that it is a part of Intel’s Digital Communities initiative designed to help communities use a wireless infrastructure to expand and improve services for municipal governments, businesses and citizens. Pronto Networks will be collaborating with Intel and a diverse group of high-tech companies to help communities design, develop and deploy comprehensive solutions and services.

Pronto Networks’ Operations Support System (OSS) platform is a key infrastructure component for metro-scale, broadbandwireless networks. Some of the critical back-office and service control functions performed by Pronto’s OSS include user registration, secure authentication, subscriber management, flexible billing, customer portal customization, and remote network management. Pronto’s OSS is compatible with both mesh networking and WiMAX technologies to enable citywide deployments. In addition, Pronto’s open, flexible platform supports a multitude of applications intended to enhance public safety and services, improve employee productivity, and reduce the cost of government operations.

“Intel is pleased to work with Pronto Networks on the Digital Communities initiative in Corpus Christi and Philadelphia,” said Paul Butcher, state and local government marketing manager, Intel. “The high tech companies involved in the Digital Communities initiative, including Pronto Networks, play a critical role in designing and deploying solutions and services that are built on affordable citywide wireless networks and play a role in transforming the way a community works, lives and plays.”

Pronto currently has 16 citywide wireless deployments covering over 300 square miles, including model community deployments in Corpus Christi, TX and Philadelphia, PA. The Corpus Christi deployment, soon to span 147 square miles, is a “mixed-use” network, allowing both private and public users to securely share the same infrastructure and have access to only those applications for which they are authorized. The network, consisting of Tropos Networks’ mesh routers and Pronto’s OSS platform, supports several mobile solutions developed for municipal field workers, including vehicle location, video surveillance and building inspection.

In Philadelphia, Pronto has two deployments within the Wireless Philadelphia initiative (www.phila.gov/wireless): Love Park and Olney. The Love Park deployment, called “The Cloud at Wireless Philadelphia”, is available at Love Park and along the Ben Franklin Parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The network infrastructure, provided by Pronto, Tropos and content creator and distributor Pervasive Services, supports both community content applications and merchant publishing solutions. During the Live 8 charity concert over the Fourth of July weekend more than 500 users accessed the network. The Olney deployment, spanning a one-square mile area of the economically disadvantaged Olney neighborhood, is provided by Pronto, AT&T, Lucent Technologies and BelAir Networks. The network is being provided free of charge for the next year in an effort to bring equal and affordable Internet access to all citizens.

“We’re excited to be working with hundreds of local governments and other leading vendors in bringing wireless technology and innovative applications to their cities,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “The Digital Communities program will help accelerate the adoption of wireless technology across the globe by fostering cooperation among governments, vendors and operators. We’re proud to be one of the initial members of this important initiative.”

Pronto’s OSS is an open, standards-based converged services platform that enables operators and systems integrators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy wireless broadband networks to deliver value-added services to city employees, businesses and residents. Pronto’s OSS can support any kind of municipal broadband network model – public, private, mixed-use, and carrier-neutral. This ability to support both mixed use public and private applications on one network with quality of service (QoS) ensures superior user experience, reduces investment costs and lowers ongoing management and maintenance costs. The ability to sublet excess capacity in a carrier-neutral, wholesale model helps cities earn a faster return on investment and provide more service options to their citizens. Pronto’s OSS platform also supports both centralized and de-centralized network architectures and leverages clustering technology to scale to millions of users and wireless nodes.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

August 3, 2005

VIVATO AND PRONTO NETWORKS BRING WI-FI ZONE TO CITY OF KENTWOOD

Grand Rapids HotSpotsCoolCity Project Brings Free Wireless Internet Access to Kentwood Residents, Employees and Visitors

Grand Rapids, MI – August 3, 2005 – The Cities of Kentwood and Grand Rapids are pleased to announce the launch of Kentwood’s wireless broadband demonstration network. The network, which extends approximately a half-mile in all directions around Kentwood’s City Hall, is provided by Vivato, Inc. and Pronto Networks. Use of the network will be free to all users during an 8-week demonstration period.

“One thing that makes this project special is that so many people and organizations, from government to businesses to non-profits, have formed a partnership to work collaboratively to bring wireless broadband technology to our community. Something must be right with this whole concept to excite so many organizations. I want to thank Mayor Root and the City of Kentwood for hosting this demonstration; together we can give our region a competitive advantage,” said Mayor George K. Heartwell.

“I am excited to work with wireless technology providers like Vivato and Pronto Networks to bring wireless Internet access to our community,” said Kentwood Mayor Richard Root. “During this testing phase, the wireless internet is available in a limited area around City Hall. It remains my goal to construct a city-wide wireless network without a burden on taxpayers, and we’re confident we can do so by working with these innovative companies. They understand the technology, how to build it, how to operate it; and we understand the important uses that can be applied to police and fire services, addressing the digital divide and creating an environment for economic development.”

“Because of Vivato’s extended range and lower equipment cost, cities like the Cities of Kentwood and Grand Rapids can enjoy a much lower total cost of ownership for a large wireless hot zone,” said Dan Vortherms, Vice President of Network Operations, Vivato. “We are looking forward to working with Grand Rapids and with Pronto Networks,” Vortherms added.

Pronto Networks supplied the key back-office operational functions for the deployment, including customer portal customization and quality of service. Pronto is also hosting the wireless service from its managed services operation in San Jose, CA.

“We are pleased to be working with industry leader Vivato in bringing seamless wireless connectivity to the Cities of Kentwood and Grand Rapids,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our joint deployment at Kentwood City Hall highlights how easy it is for city employees and visitors alike to log onto the network and quickly get the information they need. We’re honored to be part of the City of Grand Rapids’ HotSpotsCoolCity wireless demonstration and applaud their forward-thinking initiative to develop a community broadband network.”

About Grand Rapids HotSpotsCoolCity Program

The Grand Rapids HotSpotsCoolCity wireless demonstration networks are being deployed in a phased approach over the summer months. The project involves ten demonstration network sites and participating vendors. Each demonstration network will be a minimum of ¼-square mile by ¼-square mile in size, and wireless network use will be free to all for the duration of the demonstration. The wireless demonstration networks are all deployed and operated at the vendor’s expense. Demonstration results and recommendations regarding an optimum course of action will be reported following the demonstration projects. A request for proposal for a citywide wireless network will be issued following the demonstration networks. For more information, please visit: www.wirelessgr.com

About Vivato

Vivato, Inc. is a wireless systems infrastructure company with technology that is based upon an innovative signal processing and antenna design. Vivato’s unique system architecture enables cost-effective, large-scale outdoor and indoor wireless deployments for metros, rural communities, airports, seaports, warehouses and universities. Vivato is headquartered in Spokane, Washington. For more information, please visit www.vivato.com or call 1-866-802-1600.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the third consecutive year, and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com

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July 20, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS AND PERVASIVE SERVICES LAUNCH FIRST JOINT WI-FI HOTZONE AT LOVE PARK IN PHILADELPHIA

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June 29, 2005

PRONTO NETWORKS SELECTED BY ALWAYSON AS TOP 100 PRIVATE COMPANY AWARD WINNER

Company Receives A0100 Award for Third Year in a Row for Continued Leadership in the Broadband Wireless Market

Pleasanton, CA – June 29, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, today announced that it has been chosen by AlwaysOn as one of the Top 100 Private Company award winners. Pronto Networks was handpicked by the AlwaysOn editorial team based on a set of five criteria – innovation, market potential, customer adoption, media buzz and investor value creation.

The AO 100 was selected from over 1,000 companies, peer-nominated by leading venture capitalists, investment bankers and industry analysts. The AO 100 consists of private companies at all stages of development, from early to late stage.

Founded in 2001, Pronto Networks offers service providers a flexible, IMS-ready OSS for deploying and managing large-scale, broadband wireless networks and delivering next generation services, such as VoIP and multi-player games. Pronto’s highly-integrated services platform handles convergence of data, voice and video and provides seamless connectivity across multiple wireless and wireline access technologies, including Wi-Fi, WiMAX, cellular, DSL and cable. Pronto’s OSS platform is often used to support ‘mixed use’ networks and deliver new revenue-generating services in the municipal, hospitality and retail markets.

“The AO 100 companies are shaping today’s web-driven, connected environment,” said Tony Perkins, founder and editor of AlwaysOn. “We were inundated with nominations from leading companies, many of which I hope will appear on our list next year. My congratulations to each AO 100 winner – these are the companies which we predict will have the greatest market traction, strongest innovation and most game-changing approaches this year.”

“The wireless landscape has changed considerably over the past several years, and as a result our core platform has evolved to address our customers’ latest challenges,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Convergence of technologies and supporting new revenue-enhancing services are just two areas we’re focused on today. We are honored to be recognized by AlwaysOn for a third year in a row for our market leadership and innovation, and look forward to continuously developing creative solutions to solve our customers’ toughest problems in the future.”

The AO 100 will be honored at the AO2005: Innovation Summit at a VIP reception at 5.00pm on July 19, 2005 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the Stanford University campus in Palo Alto, California.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com

About AlwaysOn

ALWAYSON is transforming the communication business with its online blogging network, establishing it as a leader in the Open Media revolution. Borrowing from the underground traditions of blogging and social networking, ALWAYSON (http://www.alwayson-network.com/) was launched in 2003. Today, AO’s annual Summit @ Stanford and OnHollywood events, print “blogozine” and online services encourage direct collaboration between global thought leaders and technology insiders. No other media brand has dared allow such openness amongst its readers and participants. ALWAYSON, LLC, is a privately held and virtually headquartered company born out of the heart of Silicon Valley.

Contacts:
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Ruder Finn, Inc.
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June 15, 2005

PRONTO AND BELAIR JOIN FORCES TO PROVIDE LOW COST, EASY-TO-DEPLOY BROADBAND WI-FI NETWORKS

First Deployment Unwires the Alamo Plaza in San Antonio, Texas

Baltimore, MD – Voice over Wi-Fi Planet – June 15, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, and BelAir Networks, the first company to offer scalable wide-area wireless broadband solutions for metro-scale deployments, today announced a partnership that offers service providers solutions to cost-effectively and easily deploy complete large scale wireless networks. The companies’ first joint deployment covers the downtown/Alamo Plaza area of San Antonio, Texas.

The joint offering gives service providers the ability to deploy metro-region wireless networks quickly, and in a way that guarantees users the highest quality experience. It combines the BelAir100 and BelAir200 Multi-service Switch Routers with the Pronto OSS for a robust end-to-end metro scale solution. The Pronto/BelAir partnership enables the companies’ sales and marketing teams to work together on channel programs, cross training, joint marketing and sales, and customer opportunities.

“The primary advantage of the BelAir/Pronto offering is our strong presence and experience in the municipal market and BelAir’s innovative wireless multi-service architecture to deliver next generation services to cities and businesses,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Municipal broadband deployments are growing at a rapid rate, and we can help service providers cost-effectively deploy carrier-grade, metro-scale broadband networks to meet their individual needs today and into the future.”

Working with SA Unwired.net, a local San Antonio area service provider, Hotzone Integrators (www.hotzoneintegrators.com), a full service consulting and integration firm, and NAS Wireless (www.naswireless.com), one of the leading integrators of turnkey Wi-Fi wireless LAN (WLAN) and outdoor WAN networks in the United States, designed and deployed the wireless hot zone that spans several blocks of shops, restaurants and businesses in the Alamo Plaza, located just across the street from the Mission San Antonio de Valero – The Alamo. It took SA Unwired, Hotzone Integrators and NAS Wireless less than a day to install a network that provides ubiquitous coverage to the plaza. More than 2.5 million people a year visit the Alamo and the surrounding plaza. With the new network, residents, visitors and tourists can wirelessly access the Internet anywhere in the hot zone.

“We conducted a rigorous review of solutions before settling on the BelAir/Pronto solution,” said Hank Austin of SA Unwired. “We are working to expand the network beyond the immediate area, and needed a solution that could scale to include multiple applications running on multiple networks leveraging a variety of wireless standards. BelAir’s modular design, and high throughput, combined with Pronto’s comprehensive subscriber billing and management capabilities created a solution that was head and shoulders above the alternatives.”

The initial BelAir/Pronto installation in the Alamo Plaza area includes 4 BelAir100 and 1 BelAir200 Wireless Multi-service Nodes mounted on buildings in the downtown area. Hotzone Integrators’ extensive experience in designing outdoor networks ensured that the functionalities of the BelAir/Pronto solution would be utilized optimally. Initially, SA Unwired plans to charge users $3 dollars per hour, or $10 dollars a day for wireless Internet access. As the network grows in functionality and users, SA Unwired expects pricing to change.

“Working with Pronto enables us to provide our customers with an integrated management and billing solution capable of handling the complex wireless deployments that are BelAir’s sweet spot,” said Phil Belanger, Vice President of Marketing, BelAir Networks Inc. “It is the perfect complement for our broadband wireless infrastructure.”

SA Unwired selected Pronto’s OSS on its Managed Services platform, hosted at Pronto’s data center. With Pronto’s Managed Services, service providers have access to Pronto’s complete OSS solution for a low, fixed monthly fee, and can enter the market and capture share quickly as they focus on acquiring customers. As they grow, the hosted service scales to meet their needs and easily transitions to an in-house owned and managed model at any time. SA Unwired is also using Pronto’s customer support center to provide end user phone and email support.

The Pronto OSSTM offers an end-to-end solution that manages the user experience, branding, and authentication, monitors system availability and performance, offers Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), provides customer care, billing, reporting and roaming settlement functions, enables remote management of the network and is a platform for next generation services such as VoIP, community content and more. Pronto’s OSS is deployed in 16 cities today, with more evaluations underway. Pronto is deployed in Corpus Christi, TX, an Intel Digital Cities showcase city and is a key component of the Digital Cities ecosystem.

BelAir offerings include the BelAir100, a two-radio, wireless multi-service node that accepts the same radio modules as the BelAir200, and can be used to terminate a BelAir mesh, as a mesh edge node, or to provide wireless broadband access to single buildings. The BelAir200, a four-radio, wireless multi-service switch router is built specifically for outdoor deployments and the BelAir50c, is a single-radio, wireless node that uses 802.11b/g for access and backhaul. With the addition of the new BelAir BelView Network Management System, BelAir now offers the most comprehensive family of wireless mesh infrastructure products in the industry for wide-area Wi-Fi today, and the unique multi-radio wireless backhaul mesh architecture can also be applied to other wireless technologies such as WiMAX and cellular.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com

About BelAir Networks

BelAir Networks is the first company to offer scalable, wide-area wireless broadband solutions with the highest quality for data, voice and video. BelAir’s wireless networking solutions are built on the only multi-service architecture for wide -area wireless broadband deployments of Wi-Fi, WiMAX, and 3G Cellular networks. Built specifically for outdoor deployments, BelAir Networks’ patented solution delivers the lowest cost per user and deploys in days, blending into the physical infrastructure of downtown business districts, hotels and resorts, and college campuses. Founded in 2001, BelAir Networks is a privately held company headquartered in Kanata, Ontario. For more information, please visit www.belairnetworks.com.

About Hotzone Integrators

Hotzone Integrators, a Pleasanton, Calif. based company, provides complete site surveys, network designs, equipment sales, installation, training and follow-up maintenance for wireless data networks. Hotzone Integrators specializes in developing wireless networks for Law Enforcement, Government, Education, and Commercial applications. Hotzone Integrators deploys leading-edge technologies and applications to ensure longevity within a rapidly changing marketplace. For more information, please visit www.hotzoneintegrators.com

Contacts:

Joe Aragona
BelAir Networks
613-254-7070 ext. 134
jaragona@belairnetworks.com

Emily Swanson
Breakaway Communications for BelAir
415-377-9766
eswanson@breakawaycom.com

Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
Ruder Finn, Inc.
312-329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

Bryan Jacobs
Hotzone Integrators
925-389-6303
bryan.jacobs@hotzoneintegrators.com

Jim Bradfield
NAS Wireless
925-382-0410
jbjr@naswireless.com

March 15, 2005

Pronto Networks Demonstrates New Premium SMS Capabilities In Its Managed Wi-Fi Network

Millions of Cingular and Nextel mobile subscribers can now logon at Pronto-enabled Wi-Fi locations for 20 minutes for just $1.99 by sending an SMS text message to the 80211 short code

New Orleans – CTIA Wireless 2005 – March 15, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large-scale Wi-Fi hotspot networks and citywide hot zones, today announced a new Premium SMS software module for its leading OSS platform for broadband wireless networks. The Premium SMS capabilities are enabled on Pronto’s hosted Wi-Fi network for third-party service providers and allows both Cingular and Nextel mobile subscribers to logon at Pronto-managed Wi-Fi hotspots and metro-scale hot zones for 20 minutes by sending an SMS text message to the phone number 80211. A charge for $1.99 is billed directly on the mobile user’s invoice for the service.

“The premium SMS service will provide mobile subscribers a new, convenient way to purchase Wi-Fi access for a short duration by using their cell phones rather than their credit cards,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “The service will also provide additional revenue to carriers and hotspot operators offering this micropayment capability.”

The Premium SMS service is available to over 34 million mobile phone subscribers from Cingular and Nextel. Other US carriers will be integrated into the service over the next six months. To use the Premium SMS service, a mobile subscriber simply sends a text message to the phone number 80211 and then enters the confirmation code received on the cell phone in the appropriate field on their laptop or PDA. Upon successful authentication, the user has 20 minutes to surf the net, check emails or download files. Confirmation codes are valid for 24 hours.

“Pronto’s introduction of Premium SMS services demonstrates the company’s continuous commitment to provide innovative, wireless applications and services,” said Bruce Deer, President of SkyTel Networks, a subsidiary of MCI. “We look forward to working with them on future Wi-Fi projects.”

Pronto Networks offers the Premium SMS software module as an extension to its core OSS platform for broadband wireless access. The module offers mobile operators considerable flexibility in defining key parameters of the service, such as how much time is permitted with each short code, how much to charge the mobile subscriber, and provisioning different short codes for the service. The module also supports revenue sharing between wholesale and retail operators. In addition to being offered as a software module, the Premium SMS capability is available to operators via a services agreement.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About SkyTel

SkyTel Corp., a subsidiary of MCI, is a leading provider of wireless data services including traditional paging, text messaging, interactive two-way messaging, wireless email and wireless telemetry services. SkyTel continues to expand its product portfolio to include services such as FleetHawk Automated Vehicle Location (AVL), and telemetry services such as SkyTel Remote Access. For more information, go to www.skytel.com.

About MCI

MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With the industry’s most expansive global IP backbone, based on the number of company-owned points of presence, and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today’s market. For more information, go to www.mci.com.

Contacts:

Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn,
Inc. (312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

March 14, 2005

Pronto Networks Powers Free Wi-Fi Hot Zone at CTIA Wireless 2005

CTIA Wireless 2005 attendees can get free Wi-Fi service outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans’ Historic Warehouse District

New Orleans – CTIA Wireless 2005 – March 14, 2005 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large-scale Wi-Fi hotspot networks and metro-scale hot zones, today announced that, in collaboration with SkyTel, Tropos Networks and Motorola, it has made available a multi city-block Wi-Fi hot zone in the historic Warehouse District of New Orleans just outside the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. The free Wi-Fi network is part of a pilot project conducted by SkyTel, a wireless data and messaging subsidiary of MCI, and is available for all CTIA Wireless 2005 attendees and other visitors to the area for the duration of the conference from March 14-16, 2005.

For the trial deployment, SkyTel is using carrier-grade, back-office
software and metro-scale equipment from several networking vendors. SkyTel is leveraging Pronto’s Operations Support System (OSS) for broadband wireless networks to provide captive portal services and subscriber management. Tropos’ MetroMesh routers are being used to extend the reach of Wi-Fi access
throughout the coverage area and are being linked back to SkyTel’s Network Operations Center (NOC) via Motorola Canopy’s point-to-multipoint wireless platform.

“Metro-scale Wi-Fi deployments enable us to quickly and affordably deliver Wi-Fi to our existing subscribers, while simultaneously providing wireless broadband access to unserved or underserved communities in cooperation with local municipalities,” said Bruce Deer, president of SkyTel. “And the value of partnering with Pronto Networks is the ability to roll out robust,
citywide networks that offer customized service plans and support for multiple user groups on the same network.”

“This trial deployment demonstrates how an innovative service provider, such as SkyTel, can quickly and affordably assemble a large-scale, wireless network using leading technologies from Pronto, Tropos and Motorola,” said Jasbir Singh,president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “We’re glad to be offering CTIA conference attendees and local residents the opportunity to experience the convenience and ease-of-use provided by the Wi-Fi hot zone, and we look forward to working with SkyTel and our technology partners in deploying other metro-wide networks in the near future.”

The trial network uses Pronto’s OSS software for broadband wireless networks and the Pronto Hotzone Gateway. Pronto’s OSS supports a ‘mixed use’ environment, allowing various user groups, such as public safety officials, residents and visitors, to securely share the same network while having customized service plans, splash pages and Quality of Service guarantees. Pronto’s OSS also provides the capability to sublet excess network capacity to Virtual Network Operators (VNOs). The Pronto Hotzone Gateway is a 1U access gateway supporting up to 2000 concurrent users. Additional Hotzone Gateways increase the total amount of bandwidth available in a municipal hot zone and provide greater network reliability.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About SkyTel
SkyTel Corp., a subsidiary of MCI, is a leading provider of wireless data services including traditional paging, text messaging, interactive two-way messaging, wireless email and wireless telemetry services. SkyTel continues to expand its product portfolio to include services such as FleetHawk Automated Vehicle Location (AVL), and telemetry services such as SkyTel Remote Access. For more information, go to www.skytel.com.

About MCI
MCI, Inc. (NASDAQ: MCIP) is a leading global communications provider, delivering innovative, cost-effective, advanced communications connectivity to businesses, governments and consumers. With the industry’s most expansive global IP backbone, based on the number of company-owned points of presence, and wholly-owned data networks, MCI develops the converged communications products and services that are the foundation for commerce and communications in today’s market. For more information, go to www.mci.com.

Contacts
Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks
Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

January 25, 2005

iDirect Technologies and Pronto Networks Partner to Provide Wi-Fi Operations Support Systems to the VSAT Industry

Reston, VA and Pleasanton, CA – January 25, 2005 – iDirect Technologies, a privately held company that designs, develops, and markets the fastest, most reliable bi-directional satellite- based broadband access solutions, today announced an agreement with Pronto Networks to incorporate the company’s Operations Support System (OSS) into its product offering to deliver last mile, wireless connectivity via satellite. This agreement will make iDirect a preferred reseller of Pronto Networks’ solutions to the VSAT industry, and will allow new or existing iDirect customers to deploy and manage large-scale, public hotspot and hot zone networks.

“Pronto Networks’ OSS software is a great addition to the iDirect platform,” said John Kealey, President and CEO of iDirect Technologies. “We are committed to not only providing the most powerful VSAT communications solution in the industry, but also incorporating the tools to help our customers deploy and manage networks, cut cost, and increase profitability. With the addition of the Pronto software, service providers utilizing the iDirect solution will be able to easily provision and manage remote networks that deliver broadband connectivity comparable to the quality and performance of digital terrestrial circuits such as DSL or Cable.”

Pronto Networks’ OSS software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks. The software platform offers service providers a cost-effective, end-to-end solution that will enable them to quickly enter the market, expand their footprint, and achieve a rapid ROI. Integrating this capability into iDirect enabled networks will greatly simplify the process and
reduce the cost of deploying remote wireless broadband IP networks.

“This a great opportunity to work with a leader in the satellite broadband access space to bring reliable wireless access to potentially millions of end-users,” said Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks. “This partnership demonstrates the flexibility of the Pronto platform to support satellite networks, in addition to traditional wired backhaul solutions. By combining our flexible back office software with the iDirect platform, Pronto and iDirect will enable service providers to quickly and easily deploy carrier-grade, scalable Wi-Fi networks anywhere in the world.”

The addition of the Pronto OSS solution will allow iDirect satellite service providers to cost- effectively serve a broad number of users with a single satellite uplink/downlink to multiple hotspot locations as well as entire rural communities or ‘hot zones’. Pronto’s WLAN solution can also help improve employee productivity in locations that already have satellite access, such as quick service restaurants, gas stations, and retail stores.

About iDirect Technologies
iDirect Technologies designs, develops, and markets satellite-based broadband access solutions targeted at the enterprise, government, carrier and educational sectors that have the need for fast, flexible, and geographically dispersed two-way internet/intranet access. The company has developed technology solutions that combine high performance, worldwide availability, and ease of installation, high reliability, and low cost to end customers. In addition, iDirect solutions offer unprecedented efficiencies, increased revenue opportunities and higher per customer gross margins to satellite network operators. iDirect was included in the 2003 Inc. 500 list of the country’s fastest growing entrepreneurial firms, as well as the Deloitte & Touche Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest-growing U.S. technology companies and one of Virginia’s top 50 fastest growing technology companies for both 2003 and 2004. iDirect operates its corporate headquarters in Reston, Virginia and has regional offices in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. Additional information is available on the company website at www.idirect.net.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

Contacts:

Warren Brown
iDirect Technologies, Inc. (703) 648-8155 wbrown@idirect.net

Kristie Heins Fox for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985 heinsfoxk@ruderfinn.com

November 30, 2004

Pronto Networks and D-Link Partner to Turn Commercial Venues into Instant Wi-Fi Hot Spots With Centralized Billing and Location-Based Tiered Pricing

D-Link Adds Pronto’s Instant Hot Spot Firmware to Its Public/Private Gateway, Enabling Quick and Easy Setup of Commercial Wi-Fi Hotspots

San Jose – Wi-Fi Planet Conference & Expo Fall 2004 – November 30, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, and D-Link®, the global leader in the design and development of connectivity and communications technologies, today announced a jointly developed hot spot program that allows both small and large venues to easily and quickly turn multiple locations into revenue generating, wireless hot spots with centralized billing. The new D-Link AirspotTM Wireless Service combines the latest in Pronto Networks service management software with the award-winning D-Link DSA-3100 Public/Private Gateway platform, allowing new and current users the ability to customize a Wi-Fi service and start managing earned revenue immediately.

The new D-Link Airspot Wireless Service enables the venue owner to choose from four service plans offering considerable flexibility of pricing, splash page customization and customer support. Venue owners can select a plan with recommended pricing of $2.95/hour, $5.95/day and $18.95/month, or they can choose their own pricing. In each case, the venue keeps 100% of the revenue less minimal monthly processing charges. There are no signup or installation charges. Venues can also choose to offer Wi-Fi service for free for a minimal monthly charge to cover splash page customization and/or support.

Venues have several options for branding the initial splash page seen be customers, including uploading their company logo and adding page titles, or having a completely customized splash designed to match their corporate identity. Venues may also choose a default splash page provided by D-Link and Pronto. Several customer support and hotspot monitoring options are also available.

“We’re finding that venue owners want to customize the Wi-Fi service for their locations, as they know their clientele the best,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our flexible back-office platform allows venues to do just that. Some venues, such as hotels for example, prefer to offer Wi-Fi service for free to their guests, but still want to customize the splash page for their guests and provide customer support. Other venues, such as apartment buildings, would like to generate revenue from the Wi-Fi service and would prefer to set their own pricing,

as they know their local market and customer base well. The instant hotspot solution from D-Link and Pronto enable location owners to customize the Wi-Fi service to meet their business objectives.”

The Airspot Wireless Service is now available on the D-Link DSA-3100 Public/Private Gateway, the company’s flagship product for small and medium businesses wanting to deploy secure public and private networks. Current D-Link DSA-3100 owners can update their gateway with the instant hotspot feature by downloading new firmware from the D-Link support website at no additional charge.

To get started, a venue owner simply needs a high-speed Internet connection, a D-Link DSA- 3100 Public/Private Gateway, one or more access points depending on the size of the venue, and customers with Wi-Fi enabled devices. To activate the service, owners need to register for the Airspot Wireless Service via a setup wizard when configuring the D-Link DSA-3100. Once registered, the D-Link DSA-3100 is automatically connected to Pronto’s back-end system and the location is ready to offer Wi-Fi service. Location owners can then access an administration portal to monitor the usage at their location, view revenue reports, and make account and/or

configuration changes. For those venue owners requiring an in house, back-end management solution, a Pronto InspiraTM appliance, especially configured for the D-Link DSA-3100, is also available.

“Adding Pronto’s instant hotspot firmware to our public/private gateway further enhances our award-winning hot spot management solution,” said Steven Joe, president and CEO of D-Link Systems, Inc. “Enabling centralized billing across multiple locations and tiered, location-based pricing will provide venue owners to adjust pricing on the fly, manage limited time promotions and remain competitive with other local Wi-Fi access providers. This is just another example of our commitment to providing businesses with added value at no additional cost.”

To attract customers, venue owners are provided an e-marketing kit on a CD from which they can print an unlimited number of window stickers, table tents and quick start cards. Pre-printed materials are also available during the registration process for a $15 fee. Locations having signed up for the Airspot Wireless Service will also be automatically listed in leading hotspot directories from Intel and Jiwire.

“Currently, we are field testing the device at our hotel locations and will start offering the Airspot Wireless Service to our hotel, MDU, SMB and enterprise customers,” said Sudesh Kumar, CEO of IT Global Solutions, a network consulting, systems integration and wireless ISP and a D-Link distributor. “The combined solution from D-Link and Pronto is suitable for both large and small venues, as wireless coverage can be extended by including additional access points off the D- Link gateway. Plus, as venue owners keep most of the revenue from the Wi-Fi service, they will be able to earn a return on investment in just two to three months with minimal daily usage. So far, we are very satisfied with the feature set and performance of the DSA-3100 with the Pronto firmware, as we continuously strive to deliver innovative solutions to our customers and VARs.”

D-Link Airspot Gateway (DSA-3100)
The D-Link Airspot Gateway provides key management features and audit trails such as the ability to authenticate and authorize who can log on to the public LAN, how long users are connected, how much bandwidth is consumed and where users can surf the web. From the gateway’s web-based configuration menu “command center”, the storeowner can limit user access according to specific MAC addresses, direct customers to custom-designed welcome pages and manage web access and session times. The D-Link DSA-3100 can manage up to 250 user accounts in its database and it supports POP3, RADIUS, and LDAP external authentication for larger-scale Airspot networks.

The D-Link Airspot Gateway provides enhanced network monitoring capability to small to medium businesses. The gateway includes a high-speed routing engine, enabling store owners to track and store user traffic, providing a list of IP addresses visited and times logged on and off. If desired, business owners can gauge who is logged on by username, IP address and MAC address.

Pricing and Availability
The D-Link Airspot DSA-3100 Public/Private Service Gateway with the Pronto feature is currently available through authorized retail, reseller, and distribution partners at a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price MSRP of $499.00 and comes with a 1 Year Warranty and absolutely FREE 24/7 Technical Support including firmware updates. For existing DSA-3100 customers, the instant hotspot firmware will be available for download at no additional charge from D-Link’s support site.

Pronto and IT Global Solutions (www.itglobalsolutions.com) will be demonstrating the Airspot Wireless Service at the Wi-Fi Planet Conference and Expo in San Jose, CA, on Dec 1-2, in booth 617.

About D-Link Systems, Inc.
D-Link is the global leader in total products shipped for small and medium business networking connectivity, according to reports published by the Synergy Research Group. D-Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking, broadband, digital electronics, voice and data communications solutions for the digital home, Small Office/Home Office (SOHO), Small to Medium Business (SMB), and Workgroup to Enterprise environments. With more than a million square feet of manufacturing capacity and millions of Ethernet adapters, hubs and switch ports, manufactured and shipped, D-Link is a dominant market participant and price/performance leader in the networking and communications market. D-Link U.S.A., Canadian, and Mexico headquarters are located at 17595 Mt. Herrmann Street, Fountain Valley, CA, 92708. Phone (800) 326-1688 or (714) 885-6000; FAX (866) 743- 4905; Internet www.dlink.com.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the Always On List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

Contacts:

D-Link, Airspot and the D-Link logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of D-Link Systems, Inc. All other company names mentioned herein may be trademarks of their respective owners. Copyright 2004 D-Link Systems, Inc, All Rights Reserved.

Darek Connole D-Link, Inc.
(714) 885-6000 x 6223 dconnole@dlink.com

Kristie Heins
Ruder Finn, Inc. for Pronto Networks (312) 329-3985 heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

October 13, 2004

Pronto and Tropos Introduce All Inclusive, Low-Cost Starter Kit for Building Metro-Scale Wi-Fi Networks

The MetroZone Pilot Pack, an introductory, low-cost solution combines sophisticated back-office functionality with ubiquitous Wi-Fi coverage for quick and easy deployment

Corpus Christi, TX – October 13, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks, and Tropos Networks, the leading supplier of equipment used to build metro-scale broadband wireless networks, announced today the immediate availability of the MetroZone Pilot Pack. The MetroZone Pilot Pack is a complete, introductory solution enabling the fast, low-cost, and simple deployment of metro-scale Wi-Fi networks over a 1/3 to 1/2 square mile area. The companies are providing a live demonstration of their full, metro-scale Wi-Fi solution on October 14-15 in Corpus Christi, Texas, at the 2004 WiFi Summit presented by Public Technology, Inc. (PTI).

Offered for a limited time, the MetroZone Pilot Pack is a specially priced bundle consisting of all elements necessary to rapidly deploy a large scale broadband Wi-Fi network. The network can be deployed for pilot and testing purposes, or as a solid foundation on which a complete citywide network can be built. The kit contains one Pronto Hotzone Gateway with a Pronto OSS software license for up to 100 concurrent users and five Tropos 5110 outdoor Wi-Fi cells, and includes one year of technical support.

The MetroZone Pilot Pack will be distributed through Graybar, a Fortune 500 company. Graybar is the leading North American distributor of high-quality electrical, telecommunications and networking products an expert provider of supply chain management and logistics services.

“We are very excited to feature the MetroZone Pilot Pack,” said Edward Ludtke, National Product Manager of Graybar. “The best-of-breed solutions offered by these industry leading companies combine seamlessly to enable, for the first time, a single source metro zone Wi-Fi access and management system.”

The MetroZone Pilot Pack ships completely Boingo enabled, with simple user configuration. Boingo provides business travelers with a wireless broadband Internet connection to improve productivity while on the road. Through its Wi-Fi software and Roaming System, Boingo makes finding and connecting to Wi-Fi networks point-and-click simple and secure.

The Pronto OSS software and Hotzone Gateway combined on an easy-to-install appliance provides a range of subscriber access, billing, customer care and subscriber monitoring functions required to deliver and bill for Internet services. These advanced subscriber management functions include multiple authentication methods, customer self-service and customized branding on splash pages. Pronto’s solution manages all authentication, authorization and accounting (AAA) functions, monitors system availability and performance, Quality of Service (QoS) and Service Level Agreements (SLAs), and customer care and billing functions. The OSS uses advanced SSL encryption and digital certificates to provide security for subscriber transactions, and supports corporate VPNs.

The Tropos 5110 Wi-Fi cell is an outdoor-optimized and ruggedized wireless mesh router based on the 802.11 standard. The Tropos 5110 quickly and economically uses the intelligent Tropos Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol (PWRP) to provide pervasive coverage over metro areas. The Tropos PWRP routes traffic wirelessly, eliminating up to 95% of the wired backhaul associated with traditional access point solutions. Tropos Wi-Fi cells form a wireless mesh, dynamically routing traffic along the highest throughput path to a wired gateway. This intelligent routing negates effects of radio frequency (RF) interference, wired backhaul failure and node failure. PWRP also scales to thousands of nodes with the lowest routing overhead in the industry.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the Always On List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About Tropos Networks, Inc.
Tropos Networks, Inc. is the leading supplier of systems used to build metro-scale, outdoor Wi-Fi networks. Tropos’ unique Wi-Fi cells, along with the first element manager to control large Wi-Fi networks, enable public agencies and service providers to deliver ubiquitous, city-wide mobile broadband to users in any locale. These carrier-class IP networks are low cost and easy to install and scale. The Tropos cellular mesh architecture and use of optimized open-standard radios dramatically reduce the need for wired backhaul while eliminating expensive proprietary clients and complex software. Using the patented Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol, Tropos solutions deliver maximum bandwidth to the user regardless of conditions, at unprecedented Wi-Fi network scale. Tropos Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit www.tropos.com, call 408-331-6800 or write to info@tropos.com.

Tropos Networks, Tropos and PWRP are trademarks of Tropos Networks, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s).

About Graybar
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employee-owned companies in North America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical, telecommunications and networking products, and an expert provider of related supply chain management and logistics services. Through its network of 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers. For more information, visit www.graybar.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985 heinsk@ruderfinn.com

Scott Green for Tropos Networks CLS Communications, Inc.
(650) 679-9044 teamgreen@rcn.com

 

October 11, 2004

Sweet Spot Solutions and Pronto Networks Provide Wi-Fi Access at Third Presidential Debate

Wi-Fi Hot Zone Lights Up Downtown Tempe’s Historic Mill Avenue Including Gammage Auditorium Where the Debate Will Be Held

Tempe, AZ – October 11, 2004 – Sweet Spot Solutions, a provider of industrial grade broadband wireless solutions, and Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hotspot networks, today announced that Tempe residents, students and visitors will be able to gain wireless, high-speed access to the Internet within a Wi-Fi hot zone covering the city’s downtown historic area during the week of the third presidential debate. The Wi-Fi hot zone blankets the entire downtown Tempe corridor, a two-mile stretch along downtown Tempe’s historic Mill Avenue including the Gammage Auditorium on Arizona State University’s campus where the debates will be held on October 13th.

To securely access the Internet anywhere along the two-mile corridor, which includes hotels, restaurants and outdoor public spaces, users simply need to plug in an easy-to-use, Internet KeyTM device into the USB port of any Wi-Fi enabled device. The Internet Key, which is the size of an average house key, is offered by Sweet Spot Solutions. Pronto Networks’ Operations Support System (OSS) for broadband wireless networks handles the back-end authentication and billing support for the device.

“We see this as an opportunity to provide a number of out-of-town visitors an easy way to stay connected during the event,” said Justin Beck, CEO of Sweet Spot Solutions. “Reporters, analysts, and business people will now be able to easily send emails and access corporate information on the fly, rather than having to go back to their hotel rooms. Local residents and business people will also be able to take advantage of this service in popular restaurants and public spaces in the downtown area.”

The Wi-Fi service is being offered to students, businesses and residents that frequent the downtown Tempe corridor, in addition to debate attendees. One-day access is being offered for $49.95. All event access, from October 11-15th, is being offered for $199.95. The number of Internet Keys are limited and available on a first come, first service basis due to the anticipated large number of users during the debate. Internet keys can be reserved on the Sweet Spot website at www.speetspotsolutions.com and picked up from the Sweet Spot booth at Marvos Café located at the brickyard on Mill Avenue.

“We’re pleased that Downtown Tempe is offering this new service, which as far as we know is unique to Arizona,” said Rod Keeling, Executive Director of Downtown Tempe Community, Inc. “It’s a cutting-edge technology that positions our downtown as a secure, Wi-Fi friendly environment, and we think our clients and customers will enjoy that convenience.”

About Sweet Spot Solutions
Sweet Spot Solutions provides industrial grade broadband wireless infrastructure solutions, including products and services that enable a cost-effective build-out and management of private and public access wireless networks. Sweet Spot’s Internet Key provides solutions to private and public network operators in major venues including corporate offices, hotels/resorts, airports, convention centers, marinas, train stations, shopping malls, restaurants/cafes, and apartments/condos. For more information, visit www.sweetspotsolutions.com.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

Contacts

Kristie Heins
Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985 heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

September 30, 2004

Thousands of Broadband-Enabled Jukeboxes in Restaurants and Bars Nationwide to Provide Wireless Internet Access to Patrons

Ecast and Pronto Networks Partner to Turn Jukeboxes into Wi-Fi Hotspots

Las Vegas – The AMOA International Expo – Sept. 30, 2004 – Ecast, a broadband network operator providing a digital media software platform for pay-per-use jukeboxes and other digital media vending devices, will begin offering wireless Internet access in the popular Wi-Fi format through its national network of digital-downloading jukebox locations with the help of Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems software for managing large scale Wi-Fi networks.

Through their new “Ecast Unplugged” service, which gives jukebox operators the ability to add Wi- Fi to any broadband-enabled Ecast location, patrons will be able to surf the net, access email and send instant messages from thousands of restaurants and taverns throughout U.S.

“After pilot testing Ecast Unplugged Wi-Fi in ten jukebox locations for nearly a year, we found that customers stay longer and spend more at venues where they can log on,” said Robbie Vann-Adibe, Ecast’s chief executive. “Thanks to Pronto Networks Wi-Fi solution, our operators will be able to easily convert their Ecast-powered locations into wireless hot spots.”

The advanced security features of Pronto’s Wi-Fi solution also lets venues connect additional broadband-enabled devices, like ATMs, credit card authorization machines, business computers and coin-operated devices, to a second wired Ethernet port, subjugating wired traffic to an isolated, secure LAN subnet. As a result, Wi-Fi users are prevented from spreading a potential computer virus, or from hacking into devices on the local area network.

Pronto’s software also reports usage and revenue statistics on a chain-wide level, as well as providing the ability to brand a “splash page,” which is the first page that loads in an Internet browser when someone logs onto the Ecast Unplugged Wi-Fi service.

“Adding Wi-Fi is just the first step in providing new digital services to consumers,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “In the future, wireless gaming, selling audio/video downloads and fantasy sports are all possibilities.”

“Used to be you put a sign up advertising that you had air conditioning and people came in. Now, you put up a sign that says you have wireless Internet access instead,” said Mick, owner of Scobies Sports Bar & Grill in Alameda, California, one of the pilot locations that tested Ecast Unplugged. “We not only saw our existing customers log on. We also saw new customers, who might not have otherwise come in, opening up their laptops and checking their email.”

Ecast introduces Ecast Unplugged to the trade at The AMOA International Expo, sponsored by the Amusement & Music Operators Association in Las Vegas, on Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, in Booth #4303.

About Ecast
Founded in 1999, Ecast Inc. (http://www.ecastinc.com) is privately owned with offices in San Francisco. Ecast owns and operates a Location-Based Broadband Network that combines a proprietary digital media software platform, a US-wide broadband network and pay-per-use devices such as digital jukeboxes and other media vending devices, which are currently operating in more than 2500 restaurants and bars in all 50 states. The platform enables the secure delivery, management and accurate administration of rights usage. Ecast’s platform is the out-of-home digital jukebox standard, powering units built by the three leading jukebox manufacturers in the United States. Visit Ecast’s pressroom: http://www.ipressroom.com/pr/ecast/info/

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:

Hillary Smoot for Ecast Schwartzman & Associates, Inc. (310) 789-2482 hillary@schwartzmanpr.com

Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985 heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

August 31, 2004

Pronto Networks Announces Several Advanced Features in Version 3.0 of Its Carrier-Grade OSS for Next Generation Public Wi-Fi Services

New Product Release Supports Mixed-Use Hot Zone Networks and Advanced Network Management, among Other Key Features

Pleasanton, CA – August 31, 2004 – ProntoNetworks,a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large scale Wi-Fi hot spot and hot zone networks, today announced a new version of its leading OSS platform for public WLANs. The new version (v3.0) supports mixed-use networks for both public and private use and includes several advanced features in the areas of authentication, network management, third party system integration, and WLAN clearinghouse support.

“In the early stages of the public hotspot market, customers were looking for simple back office systems that supported basic Wi-Fi access,” said Nandu Desai, Director of Product Management at Pronto Networks. “Today, our customers are faced with more complex requirements, including the need to create customized splash pages and service plans for separate user groups and VNOs on the same network, provide multiple authentication options to users, and more efficiently manage a growing number of locations using standard management tools. The new capabilities offered in our latest release provide much of this advanced functionality required by operators and system integrators today.”

Some of the new features in Pronto’s OSS solution for public hot spots and hot zones include:

  • Mixed-Use and VNO Support: Pronto’s solution now supports multiple SSIDs and associated VLANs, enabling municipalities and other mixed group environments to separate the network for public and private use and to provide customized splash pages and service plans for each user group. This capability also enables the operator to sublet the network to Virtual Network Operators (VNOs) who can offer their own customized wireless service.
  • USB Key Authentication Support: Pronto’s solution supports an encrypted USB key authentication method which allows the end-user in the hospitality, campus, and MDU markets to securely and easily logon to the Internet by inserting a branded USB key into their laptop. The user’s credentials are built into the key and are encrypted during the provisioning process.
  • SNMP-Based Management of Third Party APs: Pronto’s solution supports remote configuration and monitoring of third party access points (APs) and other SNMP manageable devices that are connected to a Pronto Hotspot Controller without affecting intermediate firewalls and NAT tables. This advanced capability significantly reduces deployment and ongoing management costs.
  • HP OpenView Plug-in: Pronto’s new version provides a plug-in that integrates into Hewlett Packard’s OpenView NNM 6.x to enable monitoring of the Pronto Hotspot Controller and attached third party access points, allowing operators to leverage standard network management tools for monitoring the network.
  • Webservices based APIs for Integration with External Systems: Pronto’s solution now offers Webservices-based Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) for easy integration with third party billing and other OSS servers, enabling operators to offer Wi-Fi services to their existing subscriber base and provide consolidated billing. Pronto’s APIs can also be leveraged for other third party systems, such as loyalty/reward program databases and content management systems, to offer creative new services for end-users.
  • Syniverse WLAN Clearinghouse Support: Pronto’s solution is integrated with Syniverse’s WLAN clearinghouse, enabling efficient bi-lateral roaming among multiple operators. This capability enables hotspot operators to expand their Wi-Fi footprint quickly and cost-effectively by funneling all clearing and settlement functions through a leading centralized clearinghouse.

Version 3.0 of Pronto’s OSS is currently deployed in Pronto’s private labeled Hotspot Managed Services and is immediately available for sale. For more information on Pronto’s carrier-grade OSS software, please visit: http://www.prontonetworks.com/pronto_products.html

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985 heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

August 2, 2004

Pronto Networks and Tropos Networks Partner for Metro-Scale Wi-Fi Deployments

Joint Hot Zone Deployments in Chaska and Cerritos Attest to Momentum of Partnership

Pleasanton, CA and Sunnyvale, CA – August 2, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations support systems (OSS) for managing large Wi-Fi hot spot and hot zone networks, and Tropos Networks, the leading supplier of equipment used to build metro-scale Wi-Fi networks, today announced a strategic partnership to drive Wi-Fi hot zone deployments. The two companies have enabled metro-scale broadband service in two municipalities to date: Chaska, MN and Cerritos, CA.

“Municipalities are looking for affordable, metro-area wireless broadband solutions that take just a few months to deploy, not years,” said Ron Sege, president and CEO of Tropos Networks. “Our joint solution has enabled the cities of Cerritos and Chaska to rapidly deploy metro-area networks without the truck rolls and time-consuming back-office setup usually involved. We anticipate that many other municipalities will unwire their cities in a similar fashion to increase productivity and enable mobility.”

The joint Pronto/Tropos metro-area Wi-Fi solution enables system integrators to quickly and cost- effectively deploy large scale Wi-Fi hot zones, enabling subscriber management, multiple service plans and authentication methods for different types of users in the hot zone. The end-to-end solution consists of Pronto’s carrier-grade Operations Support System (OSS) for broadband wireless networks, Pronto’s Hotzone Gateway, Tropos 5110 Wi-Fi cells, and the Tropos Control element manager.

“We are rather excited to be partnering with Tropos on metro area Wi-Fi deployments,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our joint solution delivers a network that offers secure IP based authentication which allows municipalities to carve out the network logically for different users and constituents, from public safety employees to community residents, and from private enterprise users to visitors in public areas. The partnership is a natural fit.” Singh added, “Once our joint solution is deployed, we are able to offer additional services on top of Wi-Fi for municipalities, such as VoWLAN, subscriber management, and localized branding within a hot zone.”

The Pronto/Tropos joint solution selected by chaska.net provides 16-square miles of Wi-Fi coverage in Chaska, MN and provides 8.6-square miles of coverage for Aiirmesh Networks in Cerritos, CA. It enables these cities to deploy broadband services to city and public safety workers as well as offer paid service plans for businesses and residents. An added benefit for subscribers and local government is the ability to stay connected to the community through special web pages highlighting important community information and events.

Pronto’s carrier-class OSS is an open, standards-based Wi-Fi service delivery platform that enables operators and system integrators to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy wireless broadband networks to deliver new value-added services to consumers. Pronto’s OSS also enables municipalities to sublet their network to Virtual Network Operators (VNOs) who can brand the wireless service as their own. Pronto’s OSS provides complete back-office functionality for large scale Wi-Fi deployments, secure authentication and access control, pre-paid and post-paid billing, location-based services, incident tracking, remote subscriber monitoring, and roaming clearing and settlement. Pronto’s Hotzone Gateway, a 1U access gateway supporting up to 2000 concurrent users, provides AAA (Authentication, Authorization and Accounting) and IP routing functionality, as well as the ability to customize the end-user portal and walled garden sites.

The Tropos 5110 Wi-Fi cell is an outdoor-optimized and ruggedized wireless mesh router based on the 802.11 standard. The Tropos 5110 quickly and economically uses the intelligent Tropos Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol (PWRP) to provide pervasive coverage over metro areas. The Tropos PWRP routes traffic wirelessly, eliminating up to 95% of the wired backhaul associated with traditional access point solutions. Tropos Wi-Fi cells form a wireless mesh, dynamically routing traffic along the highest throughput path to a wired gateway. This intelligent routing negates effects of radio frequency (RF) interference, wired backhaul failure and node failure. PWRP also scales to thousands of nodes with the lowest routing overhead in the industry. Network support costs are minimized via the central management capabilities of the Tropos Control Element Manager, a configuration, monitoring and maintenance tool.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About Tropos Networks
Tropos Networks, Inc. is the leading supplier of systems used to build metro-scale, outdoor Wi-Fi networks. Tropos’ unique Wi-Fi cells, along with the first element manager to control large Wi-Fi networks, enable public agencies and service providers to deliver ubiquitous, city-wide mobile broadband to users in any locale. These carrier-class IP networks are low cost and easy to install and scale. The Tropos cellular mesh architecture and use of optimized open-standard radios dramatically reduce the need for wired backhaul while eliminating expensive proprietary clients and complex software. Using the patented Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol, Tropos solutions deliver maximum bandwidth to the user regardless of conditions, at unprecedented Wi-Fi network scale. Tropos Networks is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit www.tropos.com, call 408-331-6800 or write to info@tropos.com. Tropos Networks, Tropos and PWRP are trademarks of Tropos Networks, Inc. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s).

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

Scott Green for Tropos Networks
CLS Communications, Inc.
(650) 679-9044
teamgreen@rcn.com 

July 19, 2004

Pronto Networks Launches Partner Power Program, Signs Eight Distributors

Distributors Join New Partner Program to Resell Pronto’s Leading Public Wi-Fi Solutions  Worldwide

Pleasanton, CA – July 19, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class operations  support systems (OSS) for managing large Wi-Fi hot spot and hot zone networks, today  announced its PartnerPower Program with eight new distribution partners worldwide.  The  distributors will resell Pronto’s back-office public Wi-Fi products to the communications and  hospitality markets in Western and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, South Asia  and North America.

The resellers will offer Pronto Networks’ suite of public Wi-Fi solutions, including Pronto’s turnkey hotspot network appliance and carrier-grade Wi-Fi OSS software. The hotspot network appliance is an easy-to-deploy, bundled hardware and software solution that allows service providers and system integrators to quickly and cost-effectively enter the Wi-Fi market and offer subscriber services. The OSS back-office management software provides a flexible platform for launching Wi- Fi as well as other value-added services and easily integrates into existing systems.

“Demand for large scale, public Wi-Fi networks is growing around the globe and the timing couldn’t be better for the launch of our PartnerPower Program,” said Eric Dentler, Director of Business Development at Pronto Networks. “Working with our new reseller partners, Pronto Networks is enabling customers in both developing countries and tourist hot beds to implement the best platform for delivering wireless services today and prepare for the next generation of services tomorrow.”

New distribution partners include Al-Jammaz Telecom in Saudi Arabia, BIC Communications, Inc.  in the United States, DDS in Germany, ellipse in the United Kingdom, i-movil in Mexico, Telegroup  d.o.o. Beograd in Serbia and Montenegro, and Convergent Communications and Tata Infotech Ltd  in India.  This builds upon a distribution agreement Pronto recently announced with Graybar, a  leader in the distribution of electrical and telecommunications products, and with Sun  Microsystems.  As of today, Graybar’s Florida-based distributor Terranovus has delivered the first  Wi-Fi hotspot network appliance into the hospitality industry.

“We are delighted to be partnering with Pronto Networks to offer the leading OSS products for Wi- Fi deployments to our customers,” said Mr. Asim Al-Jammaz, Vice President of Al-Jammaz  Telecom.  “Pronto’s products are a great addition to our existing broadband portfolio.   Given the  considerable demand for Wi-Fi services in Saudi Arabia, especially within the hospitality sector,  we’re rather optimistic about the potential sales of these products.”

Mr. Bernd Kahnes, president and CEO of DDS, stated, “DDS is committed to working with the  leading WLAN technologies to deploy the best products and services for our customers’ hot spot  and hot zone deployments. We are pleased to be offering the Pronto product suite that enables the  subscriber management, network management, billing and roaming features required for next  generation Wi-Fi services.”

“We are very pleased to be partnering with the Pronto to bring comprehensive public WLAN  solutions to India,” said Venkat Kedlaya, Managing Director of Convergent Communications.  “Pronto’s hotspot network appliance for medium-sized networks, in particular, will enable our  customers to rapidly and cost-effectively deploy a Wi-Fi network throughout independent hotel  chains.”

The Pronto PartnerPower Program was designed to provide its valued channel partners with all the  necessary sales tools, resources and support to increase revenue streams.  Companies participating in the program will receive several benefits including secure access to a partner portal,  marketing support, and educational webinars, to name a few.  For more information or to join the  Pronto PartnerPower Program, visit the Partners section at www.prontonetworks.com.

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About Our Partners
For more information, please visit our partners at:
Al-Jammaz Telecom, www.al-jammaz.com BIC Communications, Inc., www.biccommunication.com Convergent Communications, www.convergentindia.com DDS, www.ddsgmbh.de ellipse, www.ellipse-it.com Graybar, www.graybar.com i-movil, www.imovil.com.mx Sun Microsystems, www.sun.com Tata Infotech Ltd., www.tatainfotech.com Telegroup d.o.o. Beograd, www.telegroup-ltd.com

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

 

 

July 12, 2004

Pronto Networks Announces A New Study Highlighting Key Usage and Revenue Trends at Successful Public Wi-Fi Locations

White Paper by TeleAnalytics Provides Insight into Successful Hotspots within Pronto’s Hotspot Managed Services

Pleasanton, CA – July 12, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced a new white paper showing promising Wi-Fi usage and revenue trends at various types of locations within its Hotspot Managed Services including hotels, cafes, multi-dwelling units, RV parks, and marinas. The study was conducted by TeleAnalytics, a leading Telecommunications market analysis and strategic consulting firm.

Following are some of the findings based on data from Pronto-enabled Wi-Fi sites:

  • A number of Pronto-enabled multi-dwelling unit (MDUs) and hotels are attaining Wi-Fi penetration rates of more than 30% six to seven months after start of operations.
  • Hotspot users spend on average 1.5 hours in cafes, compared with just under 4 hours in Wi-Fi equipped hotels.
  • The busy hour is heavily venue dependent. Most often it is around 2pm in cafes, 9pm in hotels and approximately one hour earlier in MDUs, RV parks and other monthly subscription dominated venues.
  • Revenue per hotel room varies widely depending on location, pricing, Wi-Fi coverage and other parameters. Monthly revenue per room often exceeds $30.
  • Daily download volumes vary significantly by location type and pricing structure. Wherever flat 24-hour rates exist, users average more than 20 Mbytes in cafes and more than 50 Mbytes in hotels.

“There is an appetite in the public WLAN market for reliable revenue and usage data on various types of hotspots and for real insight into their daily operations,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “This study is a first of its kind. We hope that it will be useful to hotspot network operators as one of their benchmarks against which they can compare the performance of their venues.”

The purpose of the independent study, conducted by TeleAnalytics, was to analyze the adoption rates and revenue patterns in a number of hotspot locations and to glean insights that may assist network operators and system integrators with business and capacity planning. Usage, revenue and traffic volumes were studied at several types of locations including hotels, coffee shops, apartment buildings, hot zones, RV parks, and marinas. All data was made available via Pronto’s Operations Support System for broadband wireless networks.

“We found that a number of hotspot locations are actually doing very well,” said John Pantelidis, Principal Consultant at TeleAnalytics. “Given the right CAPEX planning, marketing, pricing strategy and location selection, hotspot operators can expect speedy service uptake. Same hotel Wi-Fi usage growth sometimes exceeded 150% in a single year.”

To register and download the complimentary 15-page white paper entitled Hotspot Success Stories: Leading Pronto Hotspot Figures and Facts, please visit: www.prontonetworks.com/pronto_teleanalyticsregistration.html

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 and hot zone 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel

Communications Fund. Pronto Networks was recently named to the AlwaysOn List of Top 100 Private Companies for the second consecutive year and in 2003 received Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch and Computerworld’s Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About TeleAnalytics

TeleAnalytics is a leading Market Research and Strategy Consultancy for the Wireless Industry, with a focus on Wireless Broadband. Clients include major Telecom Vendors and Operators worldwide. For more information about TeleAnalytics, please visit www.teleanalytics.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

July 6, 2004

Pronto Networks Named to Second-Annual AlwaysOn™ List of Top 100 Private Companies for Second Straight Year

Back-to-Back Selection Validates Pronto’s Role as an Innovator in the Wi-Fi OSS Market

Pleasanton, CA – July 6, 2004 – Pronto Networks, (www.prontonetworks.com) a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hotspot networks, today announced its  inclusion for the second straight year in the AlwaysOn (AO) Top 100 Private Companies list.   AlwaysOn, an open source media company focused on technology and business innovation, and  KPMG’s emerging business practice, KPMG 1Start, compiled the second-annual AO100 list. The  two groups surveyed more than 1,000 venture investors, investment bankers, top entrepreneurs  and executives, who nominated more than 700 companies to determine the AO100 winners. The  full list can be found at www.alwayson-network.com.

AlwaysOn and KPMG 1Start identified the 2004 AO100 companies based on their demonstrated leadership and innovation in at two key areas: market traction measured by revenue or customer growth and new approaches and technologies that are likely to cause significant change to existing markets and well-established players.

“Private company innovation is incredibly strong and continues to flourish. Over 50 of last year’s AO100 companies returned to this year’s list and 50 new companies have been selected that are well positioned to significantly contribute to the second-generation of the Internet,” notes Tony Perkins, AlwaysOn founder.

“Being selected by Always On for a second consecutive year is a tremendous honor for Pronto,”  said Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks.  “Our continued success in extending  our core Operations Support Systems (OSS) platform to deliver new value-added services for our  customers is evidenced by this recognition. We remain focused on continuing to enhance our  solution and attracting more customers.”

AO100 winners will be honored at a reception on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 at the AlwaysOn  Innovation Summit, taking place July 13-15 at the Frances C. Arrillaga Alumni Center on the  Stanford University Campus. The event will feature over 60 keynote-level speakers, 15 sessions,  30 CEO Pitches and two days of conversation about what’s driving the next wave of innovation.   For more information visit: http://www.alwayson-network.com/events/index.php.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

About AlwaysOn
AlwaysOn (AO) is an “open source media company” dedicated to connecting global leaders and technology industry insiders whose ideas and innovations are shaping the always-on world.

Founded in January of 2003, AO is the first and only media brand to combine participatory  journalism (blogging), with a powerful social network—the AO Zaibatsu. AO believes that  individuals and businesses will increasingly use interactive media applications to “step over the  head of the media” and communicate directly to customers, suppliers and employees.

AlwaysOn, LLC, is a privately held and virtually headquartered company born out of the heart of  Silicon Valley.

Press Contact:
Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn,
Inc. (312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

June 21, 2004

Pronto Networks Announces Distribution Agreement with Graybar

Leading Communications Distributor Extends Market for Pronto Networks’ Public WiFi Solutions

Chicago, IL – SUPERCOMM 2004 – June 21, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of  carrierclass OSS solutions for large WiFi hot spot networks, today announced an agreement with  Graybar, North America’s largest distributor of telecommunications and electrical products, to  distribute Pronto’s backoffice public WiFi solutions to resellers servicing the communications and  hospitality markets.

Under the agreement, Graybar will offer Pronto Networks’ complete line of public WiFi solutions, including Pronto’s turnkey WiFi appliance and carriergrade WiFi Operations Support System (OSS) software through Graybar’s network of 250 locations in the United States and Canada. Graybar’s sales force will actively promote Pronto’s solutions to Tier 1 and Tier 2 service providers and into the rapidly growing WiFi hospitality market. “Our agreement with Graybar is well timed,” said Eric Dentler, Director of Business Development at Pronto Networks. “Graybar’s trusted expertise in advanced networking and systems integration and broad customer reach are essential to addressing the market’s desire to upgrade outdated, first generation backend systems with robust, managed WiFi business solutions from Pronto Networks.”

“We are enormously pleased to be partnering with the leading backoffice solutions provider in the public WLAN segment,” said Al Eddings, Vice President, Comm/Data Products for Graybar. “Pronto’s products are a great addition to our existing communications and data product portfolio and provide us an immediate entrée into the rapidly emerging public WiFi market.” Pronto Networks’ WiFi solutions are available immediately and will be on display at SUPERCOMM in Chicago (June 2224) in Graybar’s booth (#11800).

About Pronto Networks  
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides carrierclass 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,  prepaid and postpaid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks, in addition  to remotely managing and updating multivendor hardware and WiFi switches.  Pronto Networks is  funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund.  In 2003,  Pronto Networks received several awards including Wired Magazine’s Top 25 WiFi 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.

About Graybar
Graybar, a Fortune 500 corporation and one of the largest employeeowned companies in North  America, is a leader in the distribution of high quality electrical and telecommunications products,  and an expert provider of related supply chain management and logistics services.  Through its  network of 250 North American distribution facilities, it stocks and sells products from thousands of  manufacturers, serving as the vital link to hundreds of thousands of customers.  For more  information, visit www.graybar.com.

For more information, please contact:
Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn,
Inc. (312) 3293985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

June 8, 2004

Pronto Networks and Sweet Spot Solutions Introduce A Brandable Internet Key for Secure and Easy Wi-Fi Access

Pronto’s Flexible OSS Provides Secure Authentication, Authorization and Accounting for Sweet  Spot’s Easy-to-Use Internet KeyTM USB Authentication Device

Baltimore, MD – Wi-Fi Planet Spring 2004 – June 8, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading  provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hotspot networks, and Sweet Spot  Solutions, a provider of industrial grade broadband wireless solutions, today introduced a new,  easy-to-use device for gaining Wi-Fi access that can be leveraged in both private and public  locations, such as corporate offices, hotels and hot zones.  The Internet KeyTM device enables  users to gain instant and secure access to the Internet by simply plugging the device into the  USB port of any Wi-Fi enabled device.  Pronto’s Operations Support System (OSS) for  broadband wireless networks provides the back-end authentication and billing support for the  device.

“The Internet Key solution captures two significant opportunities with Wi-Fi,” said Justin Beck,  CEO of Sweet Spot Solutions.  “The first opportunity is to simplify the overall customer  experience, as users do not need to enter credit card information or a username and password  each time they logon.  The key also makes it easier for enterprises and location owners to  manage the process of allocating passes to users.  The second opportunity is to create a tangible  branding strategy in an otherwise invisible Wi-Fi service environment.”

The Internet Key is a portable and brandable USB authentication device the size of an average  house key.  The device carries an electronic certificate used for authorizing network access.   Each time a user plugs the device into a USB port, secure authentication and authorization  automatically occurs between the Internet Key certificate on the USB device and Pronto’s OSS.      “We are very impressed with the ease-of-use of the Internet Key,” said Sudesh Kumar, CEO of IT  Global Solutions, whose hotel clients include major franchise names such as Embassy Suites,  Hampton Inn, Fairfield Marriott, Four Points Sheraton, Holiday Inn, Country Inn and Suites,  Ramada Inn, Comfort Inn, Quality Inn and Super 8 Motel.  “Currently, our clients are giving out  usernames and passwords, which become difficult to manage.  The Internet Keys are much like  room keys, which hotel staffs are accustomed to handling.”  Kumar adds, “We’re also excited  about the prospects of branding the portable key for our client’s hotel chains.”

The Internet Key solution is being sold as part of an end-to-end WLAN solution by Sweet Spot for  both private and public networks.  Locations have the option of offering the keys for free to end- users or charging a fee.  The location is charged a monthly fee based on the number of keys  purchased.  Usage and billing is tracked by Pronto’s OSS.

“We’re very excited to be working with Sweet Spot in delivering this innovative solution for private  and public WLAN networks,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks.  “Our  open, flexible architecture enables us to easily extend our platform to accommodate such new  technologies.  We believe that the security and ease-of-use attributes of this turnkey solution will  be popular in many locations offering Wi-Fi today.”

A demonstration of the Sweet Spot/Pronto solution will be on display through June 10 at the Wi-Fi  Planet Spring 2004 Conference and Expo in Pronto Networks’ Booth #524.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund.   In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

About Sweet Spot Solutions
Sweet Spot Solutions provides industrial grade broadband wireless infrastructure solutions,  including products and services that enable a cost-effective build-out and management of private  and public access wireless networks. Sweet Spot’s Internet Key provides solutions to private and  public network operators in major venues including corporate offices, hotels/resorts, airports,  convention centers, marinas, train stations, shopping malls, restaurants/cafes, and  apartments/condos.  For more information, visit www.sweetspotsolutions.com.

May 4, 2004

Pronto Networks and Firetide Announce Partnership to Deploy Large-Scale Wi-Fi Hotzones

PLEASANTON, CA and LOS GATOS, CA – May 4, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider  of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, and Firetide, a leader in mesh  networking for quickly, easily and affordably deploying large wireless networks, today announced  a strategic partnership to drive Wi-Fi hot zone deployments.

The combined Pronto Networks/Firetide hot zone solution will enable service providers and  Wireless ISPs (WISPs) to quickly, easily and affordably provision, deploy and manage large-scale  Wi-Fi networks, specifically hot zones and hot regions in areas such as airports, convention  centers, hotels, and major metropolitan areas.

“Both Firetide and Pronto Networks have a shared focus on delivering simplified, plug-and-play  solutions for large hot zone deployments that are both access point and radio independent,” said  Jasbir Singh, CEO of Pronto Networks.  “By providing an open, scalable solution that works with  every 802.11 standard (a, b, g, etc.) and removing the wired element from the infrastructure, hot  zones can be deployed faster, cheaper and more easily.”

Firetide’s HotPoint  Wireless Mesh Routers replace Ethernet cabling and form a Wireless Instant  Network , which eliminates costly and time-consuming provisioning and creates a self- configuring, self-healing mesh network.  Firetide networks scale and self-configure instantly by  simply plugging HotPoint routers into standard AC power outlets, providing a simple and reliable  alternative to standard Ethernet cable.

Pronto’s Hotspot OSSTM is a carrier-class Operations Support System for large-scale, public  WLAN networks. Pronto’s OSS is an open, standards-based Wi-Fi service delivery platform that  enables rapid, cost-effective wireless broadband deployment and lowers ongoing operational  costs.  The OSS provides a tightly integrated platform that enables auto-provisioning of WLAN  equipment, secure authentication, subscriber management, billing mediation, customer care,  roaming settlement and network management, all in a modular platform for optimal efficiency.   Today, Pronto’s OSS is being used to manage the largest hot zone deployment in the United  States.

“We see this as a win for service providers and for end users,” said Bo Larsson, CEO of Firetide.  “The Pronto/Firetide solution provides anytime, anywhere Internet access for consumers on all  802.11 networks without the distance limitations of hot spots.  Service providers achieve a rapid  ROI due to the reduced cost and time required to install and manage wireless networks.”

Pronto Networks’ OSS will be on display at the NetWorld+Interop conference in Las Vegas  (May11-13) in Firetide’s booth (#2831).  For more information on the Pronto Networks/Firetide  offering, please visit www.prontonetworks.com or www.firetide.com.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund.   In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

About Firetide, Inc.
Firetide, a privately held wireless mesh technology company, develops networking equipment to  deploy large Wireless Instant Networks quickly, easily and affordably. Firetide’s Instant  Networking solution is ideal for building out Wi-Fi networks, video surveillance, and temporary  networks in a variety of environments, such as public access HotZones, airports, hotels, campus  environments or other locations where wiring is difficult, disruptive, or expensive. Investors  include Menlo Ventures, HMS Ventures, and Hawaiian Electric Industries. For more information,  visit the company’s website at http://www.firetide.com.

© 2004 FiretideTM, HotPointTM, Wireless Instant NetworksTM and Instant NetworkingTM are  trademarks of Firetide, Inc.  Hotspot OSSTM is a trademark of Pronto Networks, Inc.

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

Ed Tan for Firetide Edelman
(650) 429-2734
ed.tan@edelman.com

April 14, 2004

Pronto Networks Named as "Most Promising New Company" Finalist for Billing World and OSS Today Magazine's 2004 Excellence Award

Pleasanton, CA, April 14, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced that it has been named as one of four finalists in the “Most Promising New Company” category for Billing World and OSS Today’s 2004 Excellence Awards. The awards recognize the best vendors in the billing and operations support system segments of the telecommunications industry.

“For the fourth consecutive year, Billing World and OSS Today is pleased to recognize the leading companies in the billing and OSS segments of telecommunications,” said Jill Morgan, publisher and editorial director of Billing World and OSS Today. “Finalists of the 2004 Excellence Awards were selected based on the significant achievements they have made in the industry and Pronto Networks has clearly established a leadership position in the Wi-Fi OSS space, making it an obvious candidate for most promising new company.”

The editors of Billing World and OSS Today selected the award finalists in seven categories (Best Overall Company, Best New Product, Best Integration Project, Most Promising New Company, Customer Success Story, Operational Excellence, Achievement in Innovation) after a period of open nominations, in which they thoroughly evaluated each submission and conducted extensive research on the companies being considered. A complete list of finalists is available at http://www.billingworld.com/awards2k4finalist.cfm#topAward.

“As a market leader in the Wi-Fi OSS space, we are honored to be named a finalist for Billing World and OSS Today magazine’s 2004 Excellence Award for the most promising new company,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “The recognition speaks to Pronto Networks’ role in establishing and legitimizing the rapidly growing Wi-Fi OSS marketplace.”

The winners of Billing World and OSS Today’s 2004 Excellence Awards will be announced at an awards reception on May 5 at TeleStrategies’ Billing & OSS World 2004 Conference & Exhibition in Washington, DC. The reception will be held at the Renaissance Washington Hotel from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. For more information visit: http://www.telestrategies.com/billoss2004/awards.htm. The winners for each category will also be posted on May 6 at www.billingworld.com.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

About Billing World & OSS Today
Billing World and OSS Today is a monthly magazine targeting upper managers in the communications billing, customer care, and OSS industries. Written for technical and business executives in all segments of the communications industry, the publication explains how the latest technologies enable service providers to operate competitively and in a cost-efficient manner. Topics covered include the areas of billing, OSS, systems integration, cost management, and CRM. For more information about Billing World & OSS Today, please visit www.billingworld.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

March 22, 2004

Sun and Pronto Networks Introduce iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance

Wi-Fi Appliance Enables Operators to Achieve Quick Time-to-Market and Rapid ROI

CTIA WIRELESS 2004 – ATLANTA, GA – March 22, 2004 – Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, have developed an end-to-end, appliance that enables operators to quickly and cost-effectively rollout a medium-sized public hotspot network licensed for 25, 50 or 100 hotspots and is designed for distribution via Sun Authorized iForce Channel Partners. The iForce(TM) Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance, Powered by Sun and Pronto, builds on the companys’ common commitment to provide products and solutions that reduce cost and complexity.

The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance, Powered by Sun and Pronto, is a complete, end-to-end service delivery solution for public hotspots, providing complete back office functionality required for deploying and remotely managing public Wi-Fi networks. These capabilities include remote provisioning of hotspot controllers, authentication, access control, splash page customization, walled garden support, pre-paid and post-paid billing, Quality of Service controls, remote network management, trouble ticketing and customer care, and roaming settlement with major aggregators. The appliance comes with a web-based administration utility for rapid installation at an operator’s Network Operations Center (NOC).

“The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot appliance is designed to meet the needs of mid-tier operators that are looking for an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy solution that will enable them to capitalize on the rapid growth in the public hotspot market,” said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Market Development Organization, Sun Microsystems. “The integrated Wi-Fi hotspot appliance based on Pronto’s carrier-grade, robust Wi-Fi service delivery platform and components of the Sun Java(TM) System software and Sun Fire(TM) servers is an out-of-the-box, highly reliable solution that is ready to deploy.”

“Teaming with Sun enables Pronto to provide a premiere, turnkey solution as Sun provides a wide range of Solaris and Linux OS based platforms to build appliances, and the iForce nationwide distribution channel is an excellent means to reach the operators most suited to use the appliance,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “We are pleased to be taking our relationship with Sun to the next level by offering a superior appliance that is both feature-rich and reliable.”

Operators looking to deploy more than 100 hotspots have the option of installing Pronto’s carrier-grade OSS software on a wide range of scalable Sun Netra(TM) systems, enabling more flexibility with legacy system integration, deployment of WLAN hardware from multiple vendors and introduction of value-add services, such as VoWLAN.

Pronto and Sun Microsystems will be demonstrating the iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance at the CTIA Wireless 2004 conference in Atlanta, GA, on March 22-24, in the Sun Partner Pavillion (Hall B, Booth 4359).

Availability

The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance will be available via Sun Authorized iForce Partners at the end of April. Pricing starts at $14,995. Each Hotspot Controller is $799. The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance is offered both on a Solaris-based Sun Fire V210 server and a Linux-based Sun Fire V60x server. For more information, please visit http://www.sun.com/products-n-solutions/telecom/solutionmobility.html

About Sun Microsystems

Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — “The Network Is The Computer(TM)” — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at http://sun.com

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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:

Terri Molini
Sun Microsystems
408/276-6105
terri.molini@sun.com

Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder-Finn, Inc.
312/329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, Java, iForce, Sun Netra, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

 

March 22, 2004

Syniverse and Pronto Networks Announce Wi-Fi Clearing and Settlement Agreement

WLAN clearinghouse services to enable global bi-lateral roaming among hotspot network operators

CTIA WIRELESS 2004 – ATLANTA, GA – March 22, 2004 – Syniverse Technologies, a leading global communications company, and Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hotspot networks, announced an agreement where Pronto will integrate its Wi-Fi service delivery platform with Syniverse’s clearinghouse to facilitate bi-lateral Wi-Fi roaming with both domestic and international roaming partners. By leveraging Syniverse’s Mobile Data Roaming Services platform, Pronto enables its service provider customers to expand their Wi-Fi footprint for their subscribers and to collect additional revenue from subscribers of other operators who roam onto their networks.

Syniverse will act as a central point of connection to manage the routing and security for AAA messaging between Pronto’s service provider customers and their roaming partners. Additionally, Syniverse will provide wholesale rating, clearing and settlement, as well ACCESSibility® customizable online financial and detailed usage reports.

”Syniverse is the recognized leader in providing wireless clearinghouse and roaming services and we are excited to be a partner,” said Doug Hilmes, Pronto Networks’ Vice President of Business Development. “Expanding Wi-Fi footprint has been a major challenge for hotspot operators to date, and we believe that WLAN clearinghouses will solve this challenge by enabling seamless roaming among multiple network operators via integration with a central clearinghouse.”

“Pronto Networks has established itself as a pivotal player in the emerging public WLAN market and has an impressive, global service provider customer base,” said Linda Hermansen, Syniverse Vice President of Business Development. “Our suite of integrated Wi-Fi roaming services provides Pronto customers a cost effective, competitive edge in bridging the technical gaps and simplifying the business relationships among their growing number of roaming partners throughout the world.”

About Syniverse Technologies

Syniverse Technologies enables global communications by developing innovative business and network engineering solutions that manage and interconnect voice and data systems in more than 30 countries throughout the Americas, Asia Pacific and Europe. Syniverse provides technology interoperability, network services and number portability to nearly 300 mobile operators, wireline carriers, emerging telecom market entrants and enterprise customers. Products include SS7 intelligent network solutions, clearing and settlement services, voice and data roaming facilitation, revenue enhancement solutions and more than 25 other integrated services. Syniverse is headquartered in Tampa, Fla., U.S.A., with offices in major cities throughout the Americas and in The Netherlands, London, Luxembourg, Rome, Beijing and Hong Kong. For more information, visit www.syniverse.com.

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About Pronto Networks

Pronto Networks 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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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.

Cautions about Forward Looking Statements

This press release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the Company’s plans, intentions and expectations. Such statements are inherently subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those projected. Given these concerns, investors and analysts should not place undue reliance on forward-looking statements.

For more information, please contact:

Syniverse
Helen Harris
Office: (813) 273-3939
Mobile: (813) 431-5298
Helen.harris@syniverse.com

Pronto Networks
Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

March 18, 2004

Pronto Networks Introduces Aprisa, a New Wi-Fi Service Delivery Appliance for Broadband Wireless Network Operators

Easy-to-Install Appliance Enables Operators to Quickly Roll Out and Operate up to 100 Hotspots

NEW DELHI, INDIA – 12th Annual Convergence India Conference – March 18, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced the launch of Aprisa, a new Wi-Fi service delivery appliance that will enable operators to gain a time-to-market advantage by rapidly rolling out and operating networks of 25, 50 or 100 Wi-Fi hotspots. Aprisa enables operators to realize quick returns on their investments, as time to market is accelerated and the upfront cost of entry is significantly lowered when compared to building a homegrown solution.

Aprisa provides complete, out-of-the-box, back office functionality for operating public Wi-Fi networks, including access control, pre-paid and post-paid billing, QoS controls, customer care, network management, and roaming capabilities with major aggregators. Aprisa comes with a quick-start utility which enables easy installation at an operator’s Network Operations Center (NOC). Deployment of hotspots is also fast and easy, as hotspot controllers can be remotely provisioned from the NOC. Aprisa also enables the operator to offer location-specific service plans and walled gardens, all easily managed at the NOC.

“As Wi-Fi continues to grow around the world, operators are demanding complete service delivery solutions that can offer simple, effective and rapid installation of public hotspot networks to maintain a competitive advantage in the marketplace,” said Paramjit Singh Puri, general manager for the SAARC region of Pronto Networks. “Pronto’s Aprisa allows operators to capitalize on the rapid growth in the public WLAN market and to achieve quick time-to-revenue.”

Key features of Pronto’s Aprisa offering include:

– A self-install utility that enables operators to quickly setup and configure the appliance
– A pre-loaded application on a 1U, rackable x86 server based on a Linux Operating System ! Licensing options for 25, 50 or 100 hotspot controllers
– Complete back-office functionality required to run a network of hotspots, based on Pronto’s leading OSS software solution

Operators with deployment plans greater than 100 hotspots have the option of installing Pronto’s carrier-grade OSS software, which provides more flexibility with legacy system integration, deployment of WLAN hardware from multiple vendors, and introduction of value-added services, such as VoWLAN.

Pronto will be showcasing Aprisa at the 12th Annual Convergence India conference at Pragati Maidan in New Dehli, from March 18-20, 2004 (Hall # 11, Stall # 274). Mangesh Kolhatkar, Director of Solutions Marketing for Pronto Networks, will deliver a presentation at the conference titled, “Wi- Fi as a Revenue Source: Opportunities and Challenges,” at 10:00 a.m. on March 19th.

Aprisa is available immediately, with prices starting at US$14,995 for 25 locations. Pronto Hotspot Controllers are priced at $799 each. For more information, please visit www.prontonetworks.com/prontoaprisa.html.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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:

Asia Pacific:
Anurag Mehrotra / Mahathi Parashuram Genesis Public Relations
080 – 25589122- 24
mparashuram@genesispr.com

United States:
Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

March 9, 2004

Pronto Networks Announces Two New Hires in Asia-Pacific

Expansion Fueled by Recent Closing of $11.3 Million in Series B Funding

BANGALORE, INDIA – March 9, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced two new additions to its management team in the Asia-Pacific region. Paramjit “Param” Singh Puri has been named the general manager for the SAARC region with additional interim responsibility for South Asia and Mangesh Kolhatkar as the director of solutions marketing. Both will work from Pronto’s Bangalore, India, office and will initially focus on the company’s expansion to India and other South Asian countries including Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Nepal.

Over the previous year, the Asia-Pacific region witnessed extraordinary growth of public WLAN hotspot deployments. According to UK-based consultancy BWCS, the number of hotspots in the Asia-Pacific region grew from around 2,000 at the close of 2002 to more than 21,300 hotspots by the end of 2003.

“The recent funding addition will enable Pronto to more aggressively target the rapidly growing Asia-Pacific public WLAN market, which will only serve as the beginning of our global expansion efforts over the coming year,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “And given Param’s and Mangesh’s extensive knowledge of, and expertise in, the global technology industry, we are pleased to welcome them to the Pronto Networks team.”

Puri joins Pronto Networks with more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, particularly in marketing and sales strategy, business development and general management. Prior to joining Pronto, he managed his own management-consulting firm, providing counsel on corporate strategy and international marketing services for the Asia-Pacific markets to software companies in India. Puri also previously held senior-level marketing positions for companies such as Epson India, Siemens Nixdorf and AT&T.

Kolhatkar has more than 12 years of experience working with leading global technology companies, primarily in the networking industry, focusing on marketing, strategy, customer relations, and business development. Most recently, he served as director of marketing at Copper Mountain, a provider of broadband networking solutions, and has previously held senior-level marketing positions at CoSine and Nortel Networks. He holds a Master’s degree in Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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:

Anurag Mehrotra / Mahathi Parashuram Genesis Public Relations
080 – 25589122- 24
mparashuram@genesispr.com

Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

February 23, 2004

Pronto Networks Unveils Public WLAN Interoperability Initiative with Launch of Pronto Compatible Program

Gemtek Systems is First Integrated Gold Partner; WLAN Hardware from Proxim, Colubris, Nomadix and Other Leading Vendors are Silver-Certified

CANNES, FRANCE – 3GSM World Congress 2004 – February 23, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced the launch of the Pronto CompatibleTM Program, an interoperability initiative aimed at building a wider selection of WLAN access points, gateways and switches that are interoperable with Pronto Networks’ leading Hotspot Operations Support System (OSS). The goal of the Program is to offer service providers the flexibility to use hardware from leading WLAN vendors to build out their public WLAN networks. Gemtek Systems is the first Gold Partner to successfully integrate Pronto’s Gold Agent firmware with its carrier- grade public Wi-Fi product line. Interoperability between Pronto’s OSS and Gemtek’s public access controllers will be demonstrated at the 3GSM World Congress 2004 this week.

“Operators are seeking standards-based, interoperable solutions to simplify deployment, service management and network management, as well as lower the total cost of ownership,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Certifying interoperability between third party access points, access gateways or switches and our OSS under the Pronto Compatible Program will help operators achieve these objectives. It will increase interoperability among key vendors in the public WLAN ecosystem, providing service providers a broader selection of WLAN access hardware choices for building out their public hot spot networks.”

The Pronto Compatible Program has two levels – Silver and Gold – offering hardware vendors both basic and extended interoperability with Pronto’s OSS. The Silver level requires access points and gateways to support RADIUS-based authentication and billing in addition to other basic requirements. The Gold level requires code provided by Pronto to be resident on the firmware of the partner’s hardware. The agent is licensed at no cost to participating vendors. After extensive interoperability testing with Pronto’s OSS, the WLAN equipment is granted the right to display the Pronto Compatible logo signifying that it supports the full set of features for that level.

Benefits of the Silver Level include guaranteed, seamless interoperability with Pronto’s OSS for basic Radius Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA). Benefits of the Gold Level integration include:

  • Reduced installation costs via auto-provisioning of the hardware from a Network Operations Center(NOC)
  • Improved network monitoring with the ability to monitor WLAN gear through NAT/firewalls
  • Reduced network maintenance costs due to the ability to remotely update firmware
  • Flexible service management, including remote branding of splash page and configuring walled garden pages and other service level parameters, at the operator, franchise and location levels

“We are proud to include Pronto’s Gold Agent in Gemtek’s line of public access controllers and intelligent access points, thereby enabling several features that will streamline deployment and reduce ongoing operational expenses,” said Massimo Fatato, General Manager EMEA of Gemtek Systems. “As part of our global partnership, Gemtek Systems and Pronto Networks are committed to delivering carrier-grade public Wi-Fi solutions to operators around the world.”

To date, Gemtek Systems’ G-4000/G-6000 access controllers and the P-560 Hotspot-in-a-box have been successfully certified as Pronto Gold Compatible. Silver-certified products include those from leading WLAN hardware vendors Proxim, Colubris, Nomadix, and ValuePoint. As WLAN products become Pronto Compatible certified, they will be highlighted on Pronto’s website at: www.prontonetworks.com/prontocompatibleproducts.html.

Pronto Networks and Gemtek Systems will be demonstrating the gold certification benefits at 3GSM World Congress 2004 in Cannes, February 23 – 26 in Hall 2, Stand E23. For more information on the Pronto Compatible Program, please visit: www.prontonetworks.com/prontocompatibleprogram.html.

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 BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks 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 for Pronto Networks Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

February 9, 2004

Pronto Networks Secures $11.3 Million in Series B Funding

Additional Funding to Accelerate Expansion into Europe and Asia Pacific in 2004

PLEASANTON, CA – February 9, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced the closing of $11.3 million in Series B funding, which will help the company capitalize on the rapid growth of Wi-Fi around the globe. The round was led by US and Europe based BV Capital, which invests in early and growth stage companies mainly located in California and Northern Europe. Follow-on investments were secured from Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ) and the Intel Communications Fund, both of which participated in the company’s first round in January 2003.

“The closing of this second round of funding will help us further strengthen our competitive position in the Wi-Fi OSS marketplace and will enable Pronto to expand its sales and marketing operations, particularly in Europe and Asia Pacific where the public WLAN market is growing rapidly,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “In addition to the financial investment, BV Capital will also be providing important strategic guidance for Pronto as the company embarks on its overseas expansion in early 2004.”

According to a recent study by market research firm Gartner Inc., WLAN “hot spots” for public use will multiply in Europe in 2004 and be found in 43,000 locations by 2008. And in the Asia Pacific region, IDC predicts that the public WLAN subscriber market will reach close to 7 million subscribers by the end of 2008 with total revenues exceeding US$600 million. As such, Pronto is making expansion into both markets a priority.

“Pronto is the trendsetter in Wi-Fi hotspot provisioning and management,” said Wolfgang Rose, General Partner of BV Capital. “We expect Pronto ́s centralized and scalable management capability to become increasingly mission critical for operators of fast growing public Wi-Fi networks all over the world. Public hotspot environments will eventually require the same professional management standards as other existing access networks.”

Pronto Networks provides carrier-class Wi-Fi Operations Support System (OSS) software solutions that handle provisioning, authentication, access control, security, pre and post-paid billing and roaming settlement to large Wi-Fi hot spot operators. And as new broadband wireless technologies emerge – such as 802.16a (WiMAX) and 802.20 – Pronto’s OSS is designed to work with them, as well.

“Pronto Networks has created significant momentum since its first financing round, as demonstrated by the signing of several key service provider customers and partners last year. We are enthusiastic about the company’s prospects as it expands globally,” said Andreas Stavropoulos, a Managing Director at Draper Fisher Jurvetson.

Sriram Viswanthan, managing director of Intel Capital’s Mobile Communications Investments, added, “We are excited to increase our investment in Pronto Networks as it builds on its leadership position in the OSS market for broadband wireless access and provides a critical component within the public WLAN ecosystem.”

Pronto Networks has announced partnerships with several major players in the industry, including Boingo, iPass, Gemtek Systems, Navini, and most recently, Sun Microsystems and Microsoft. In addition, Pronto has close to 100 customers comprised of both greenfield wireless operators and ISPs, along with tier one operators.

“The public WLAN market is one that represents great promise within the global wireless industry,” said Richard Dean, program director of infrastructure integration and support services at IDC. “However, the critical question that many firms are struggling with remains how the multiple providers competing for market share will sustain long-term profitability in an increasingly crowded environment. One area where that is already happening is in providing back-end software solutions to provision, deploy and manage hot spot networks. With Wi-Fi ubiquity on the horizon, back-end support for the network will be crucial to the success of public hot spots and can accelerate profitability for hot spot operators.”

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 for Pronto Networks Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

 

December 2, 2003

Pronto Networks and Airnet Wireless To Create Nation's Largest Wi-Fi Hot Zone in Cerritos, CA Leveraging Wi-Fi Mesh Technology

 

October 14, 2003

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

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

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Netra, Java and “The Network Is The Computer” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

October 13, 2003

Pronto Networks Announces Support for Microsoft Wireless Provisioning Services

New Technology Improves Sign Up Experience and Enhances Security for Mobile Windows Users at Public Wi-Fi Hot Spots

GENEVA, SWITZERLAND – ITU Telecom World 2003 – October 13, 2003 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced that its public Wi-Fi Operations Support System (OSS) supports the Microsoft Wireless Provisioning Services (WPS) technology that provides Windows XP users a seamless sign up process, making their wireless connections at public hot spots easier and more secure. Pronto’s support for this standard provides wireless ISPs (WISPs) an integrated platform to easily provision and manage users on public hot spot networks.

WPS technology, announced today by Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), was launched to address the fragmented user experience and security challenges at public hot spots today. WPS allows WISPs to seamlessly and automatically provision and configure a mobile client used to connect to the Internet or corporate network, thus offering a consistent sign up experience for users with every connection.

“With Microsoft’s WPS architecture, the front-end sign on process is greatly simplified and made more secure, “said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “With Pronto’s OSS, all back-office functions, including network deployment and service management, are significantly simplified. Together, Microsoft and Pronto now provide an end-to-end architecture that offers auto- provisioning and configuration features that will enhance the end-user experience.”

Pronto’s OSS runs on Microsoft server platforms and supports multiple authentication schemes, including Microsoft IAS (RADIUS), LDAP, and .NET Passport. Other supported WPS requirements include a two-phased secure access authentication beyond IP address filtering which enables ad hoc users to easily login and self-provision their services. In the future, Pronto plans to integrate its current XML-based capabilities in support of Microsoft’s built-in Hot Spot Directory and branding capabilities. Both Pronto’s OSS and Microsoft’s WPS leverage XML schemas and web services.

“Microsoft and Pronto Networks are dedicated to supporting industry standards, such as 802.1X, Protected Extensible Authentication (PEAP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), to improve ease of use and make wireless connections at public Wi-Fi hot spots secure,” said Shai Guday, group program manager of Windows Networking and Communications at Microsoft. “Wireless Provisioning Services builds on these standards, enabling network operators to automatically provision and configure mobile clients to create a consistent sign-up and connectivity experience.”

WPS will be available to registered Windows XP users via the Windows Update site in the first quarter of 2004. Pronto’s OSS support of WPS in its OSS platform will be available in the same timeframe.

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:

Mary Malecki
Pronto Networks, Inc.
925.227.5535
mary.malecki@prontonetworks.com

Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
312.329.3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

 

September 24, 2003

IDG's Computerworld Selects Pronto Networks for Innovative Technology Award

Pleasanton, CA, September 24, 2003 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, announced today that it has won an award from IDG’s Computerworld, the Voice of IT Management, for leading-edge technology that provides measurable business value to end-user organizations. This honor is part of Computerworld’s second annual Innovative Technology Awards, which was published in the September 22 issue and online at Computerworld.com.

“Pronto Networks is honored to be selected as a winner of Computerworld’s 2003 Innovative Technology Awards,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “We consistently receive feedback from our customers that our Wi-Fi hot spot offering is the most user-friendly and feature-rich solution on the market. With commitments for more than 4,000 deployments in the coming year, Pronto is quickly becoming recognized as a market leader in deploying public WLAN networks to both enterprises and carriers.”

In order to be considered for the awards program, vendors had to be nominated by IT end users that do not produce or sell technology. Approximately 350 nominees were surveyed regarding their technology innovations in June and customer references were contacted for each vendor being considered. A panel of outside experts and Computerworld editors then reviewed the surveys and chose 30 winners in 10 categories, including data management, mobile/wireless, security and web site management.

“This year’s awards are evidence that innovation is alive and well in the IT industry,” said Maryfran Johnson, editor in chief of Computerworld. “However, technology end users have made it plain that innovation must move toward a greater goal: to support larger business needs and deliver measurable value. Our editors and our readers believe that Pronto Networks has achieved that goal.”

Pronto’s Operations Support System (OSS) was designed to enable cost-effective deployment and provisioning of Wi-Fi hot spots. Since its product launch in late May 2002, the company has signed more than 70 hotspot operators worldwide and its technology is used in the deployment of hundreds of hot spots including airports, hotels, cafes, marinas, laundromats, RV parks, apartments/condos, train stations, and truck stops. Pronto Networks’ solution enables the owners of hot spot locations to attract more business to their location and to generate additional revenue from offering the wireless service, as well as a flexible platform to promote their core business.

Other companies earning the Innovative Technology Awards honor from Computerworld include Brocade Communication Systems, Hewlett-Packard, IBM and Zone Labs. To view the complete list of the Innovative Technology Awards winners and read details of customer implementations of their products, please visit www.computerworld.com/departments/technology/emergingtech.

About Computerworld

Computerworld, the “Voice of IT Management,” is the most trusted source for the critical information needs of IT management. Through its weekly print publication, Computerworld.com website, focused conference series and custom research, Computerworld’s integrated offerings form the U.S.-based hub of the world’s largest (58-edition) global IT media network. Computerworld has won more than 100 print and online awards for editorial and design excellence in the past five years, including a Jesse H. Neal Award for “Best News Coverage,” 22 ASBPE awards and BtoB Magazine’s “Media Power 50” in 2003. In print since 1967, Computerworld currently has a guaranteed rate base of 180,000, a total print audience of

1,846,000 (according to IntelliQuest CIMS v.9.0), and an online audience of over 900,000 unique monthly visitors (according to DoubleClick). Breaking news and resources for IT management are available at www.computerworld.com.

Computerworld is a business unit of IDG, the world’s leading technology media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 330 targeted Web sites in 80 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related events worldwide, and IDG’s research company, IDC, provides global market intelligence and advice through 51 offices in 43 countries. Company information is available at www.idg.com.

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 and was recently listed as one of Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi companies to watch. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

Contacts:

Mary Malecki
Pronto Networks, Inc.
925.227.5535
mary.malecki@prontonetworks.com

Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
312.329.3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

September 8 , 2003

Pronto Networks and Psion Teklogix Partner to Provide Public WLAN Services to Wi-Fi Network Operators

Pleasanton, CA and Mississauga, ON, Canada, Sep 8, 2003 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, and Psion Teklogix, (LSE: PON), a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection, today announced that they have entered into a strategic partnership whereby the Network Services division of Psion Teklogix will offer comprehensive Wireless Local Area Network (WLAN) installation and maintenance services on a global basis for Pronto Networks’ customers. Psion Teklogix Network Services was formerly Signa Services, a member of the Psion PLC Group of Companies.

“Our partnership with Psion Teklogix enables us to provide a significant value-add to our customers in the form of rapid, successful deployments,” said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our customers are now able to benefit from the complete set of wireless services offered by one of the most knowledgeable and reputable wireless LAN companies in the industry.”

As part of the agreement, Psion Teklogix will be offering deployment and maintenance services for WLAN hardware that is remotely provisioned and managed by Pronto Networks’ leading Operations Support System (OSS) for large scale, public WLAN networks. Psion Teklogix provides a turnkey solution including site survey, project management, network design and deployment, and ongoing support and maintenance that will enable Pronto customers to quickly and cost-effectively rollout their public WLAN networks.

“Our partnership with Pronto Networks provides Wi-Fi operators with an opportunity to increase their return on investment and shorten their time to market,” said Joe Musgrave, Vice President, Global Solutions, Americas, Psion Teklogix. “The remote provisioning and management capabilities offered by Pronto’s OSS, combined with our expertise in delivering proper WLAN deployment through a full solution offering, will significantly reduce ongoing management and operational costs for customers today.”

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 and was recently listed as Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi companies to watch. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About Psion Teklogix

Psion Teklogix is a global provider of solutions for mobile computing and wireless data collection. The company’s fully integrated mobile computing solutions include rugged hardware, secure wireless networks, robust software, professional services and exceptional support programs. The largest operating division of Psion PLC, Psion Teklogix plays a key role in its parent company’s vision to create new ways to access mobile data. With over three decades of industry experience, the company has customers in more than in 60 countries around the world, and 43 sales and support offices in 20 countries. Psion Teklogix is headquartered in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada with additional corporate offices located in the United States and Europe. For more information, visit www.psionteklogix.com.

For more information, please contact:

Kristie Heins Ruder-Finn, Inc.
(312) 329-3985
heinsk@ruderfinn.com

Charmaine D’Silva
Psion Teklogix
(905) 813-9900
charmaine.dsilva@teklogix.com

June 23, 2003

Pronto Networks Named to AlwaysOn list of Top 100 Private Companies

Award Identifies Companies Based on Innovation and Demonstrated Market Leadership

Pleasanton, CA, June 23, 2003 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced its inclusion on the first-annual AlwaysOn (AO) Top 100 Private Companies list. AlwaysOn, the media company that covers innovation in technology and business, compiled the list with assistance from KPMG’s emerging business practice, KPMG 1Start. The two groups surveyed more than 1,000 venture investors, investment bankers, top entrepreneurs and executives, who nominated more than 700 companies for the competition. The full list can be found at www.alwayson-network.com.

Tony Perkins, AlwaysOn editor, and KPMG 1Start, identified the AO100 companies based on their innovation and demonstrated leadership among their peers in at least two areas: market traction measured by revenue or customer growth and game-changing approaches and technologies that are likely to disrupt existing markets and entrenched players.

In explaining the selection process, Mr. Perkins notes: “Our survey proves that private company innovation is alive and thriving. We believe that many of the companies funded in the last 12 months will end up being some of the biggest names associated with the Internet. To raise money and win customers in this market, private companies must show that their products and services are an order of magnitude above what currently exists in the marketplace.”

“Being recognized as one of the top connectivity companies in the world is a tremendous honor to our company,” said Jasbir Singh, President and CEO of Pronto Networks. “Our team has worked hard to develop a leading edge, Operations Support System (OSS) that enables large network operators to cost-effectively provision, deploy and manage large hot spot networks. The market has validated our leadership in this market as evidenced by our growing sales in every major region of the world. We are extremely pleased to be recognized by Always On for our successes.”

A reception will be held honoring the winners on July 15, 2003 at AO2003: The Innovation Summit, taking place July 15-17 at Stanford Law School on the Stanford University Campus. The event will feature over 60 keynote-level speakers, 15 sessions, and 2 days of conversation about what’s driving the next wave of innovation. For more information visit: http://www.alwayson-network.com/events/index.php

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 and was recently listed as Wired Magazine’s Top 25 Wi-Fi companies to watch. For more information about Pronto Networks, visit www.prontonetworks.com.

About AlwaysOn
AlwaysOn (AO) is a media company dedicated to connecting global leaders and technology industry insiders whose ideas and innovations are shaping the always-on world. AO’s founding premise is that consumers and businesses are demanding greater access to the Web for more convenience and productivity, and these demands are beginning to drive the next boom in high technology.

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

 

May 12, 2003

Pronto Networks Public WLAN Solution Integrated Into Alvarion Products

  

April 8, 2003

Doug Hilmes Joins Pronto Networks As Vice President of Business Development

  

March 25, 2003

Pronto Networks Partners with GuestWiFi to Accelerate WiFi Hot Spot Deployments in Hotels

  

March 12, 2003

Pronto and Gemtek Partner to Provide Carrier-grade Wi-Fi Public Access Solutions

  

January 21, 2003

Pronto Receives Investment from DFJ & Intel Capital

  

December 5, 2002

Navini Networks and Pronto Networks partner to deliver wide-area wireless broadband

  

September 23, 2002

Boingo Wireless and Pronto Networks Team to Offer Boingo-Ready Hot Spots

  

September 23, 2002

Pronto Networks Offers Hotspot Networking System to Mid-Market Service Providers

  

September 17, 2002

Pronto Networks Announces New Customers for its Hotspot Managed Services

Pronto Networks teams up with Hot Spot Operators to Roll-Out Over 200 Wi-Fi Hot Spots throughout the U.S.

Emeryville, CA, September 17, 2002 – Pronto Networks, developer of secure wireless infrastructure solutions for public access WLANs, today announced multiple new customers for its Hotspot Managed Services. These customers include: AccessAnyplace, Celerity Wireless, Fortifire, Global Touch, iDockUSA, InfraTech Network Communications, WebcastUS, Wireless Evangelists, and Wireless Hotspot. Under this arrangement, Pronto will provide all the equipment for the hotspot locations as well as the back-office operations for the wireless service, including credit card processing, billing, roaming, etc. Pronto customers will be deploying Pronto’s Hotspot Controller, determining pricing plans and network policies, and branding the service for each hot spot location. In aggregate, these customers will be deploying over 200 hot spots over the next year at public locations, such as airports, hotels and cafés.

“Pronto’s business model allows us to enter the hot spot market with minimal upfront expenditures,” said Seth Daniels, CEO of Wireless Evangelists. “Upfront costs are limited to the cost of the hardware, the Hotspot Controller. All other costs are variable.” Pronto’s model is based on a revenue share model, where 75% of end-user revenue goes to the Hotspot Network Operator, to be shared with the property owner as desired. The remaining 25% goes to Pronto for operating the data center for the hot spot services and performing all the billing, revenue settlement, and network monitoring for the services as well as customer service.

Each partner has identified high-traffic areas that are prime for hot spots. AccessAnyplace, for example, is targeting areas such as car dealerships where customers often spend time waiting for car services to be completed. AccessAnyplace goes one step further by providing a customer terminal device, a web tablet, for the end-user at these locations. “Car dealerships will be able to offer wireless services as a differentiated service and will improve customer satisfaction,” said Mark Williams, President of AccessAnyplace.

InfraTech is targeting both corporate and consumer users in highly concentrated areas throughout New York City. “We are currently rolling-out our Wireless Internet Service Express (WISE) service in areas such as airports, hotels, train stations, restaurants, coffee shops, bookstores, and libraries throughout the New York metropolitan area,” said Varun Sehgal, President of InfraTech Network Communications.

Wireless Hotspot, Inc. is targeting frequently visited restaurants and cafes surrounding college campuses in Southern California. “We have learned that students at Wi-Fi-enabled campuses want to have these same wireless capabilities at venues surrounding their campus,” said Joseph Hsieh, Co-Founder of Wireless Hotspot. Wireless Hotspot also plans to offer a student portal where users can locate and communicate with other students logged onto their network.

Pronto’s Hotspot Managed Services also offers the flexibility hot spot operators seek. “Pronto’s solution enables us to offer whatever service plan we choose to our end-users,” said Joe Germanotta, President of Global Touch. Global Touch offers end-users wireless Internet access via their “GuestWiFi”-branded pre-paid cards. Users can purchase daily, hourly, or meeting passes at a growing number of hotels in the Northeast.

iDockUSA is leveraging Pronto’s customizable solution to target marinas on the West Coast. “We have a captive, affluent audience in marinas,” said Michael Taylor, Co-Founder of iDockUSA. “With Pronto’s solution, we are able to provide our users quality dedicated access as well as free access to weather and other local information through walled garden web pages.”

“We are very pleased to be working with these innovative Hot Spot Operator partners,” said Jasbir Singh, CEO of Pronto Networks. “Each partner is providing unique, value-added services to differentiate themselves from the competition.”

About Pronto Networks

Based in Emeryville, CA, Pronto Networks develops and markets wireless turnkey solutions for hotspot network operators. The company has offices in London, UK and Bangalore, India. For more information, visit http://www.prontonetworks.com.

For more information, please contact:
Mary Malecki
Pronto Networks
(415) 828-8239
mary@prontonetworks.com

 

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