Leading Communications Distributor Extends Market for Pronto Networks’ Public Wi-Fi Solutions
Chicago, IL – SUPERCOMM 2004 – June 21, 2004 – Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, today announced an agreement with Graybar, North America’s largest distributor of telecommunications and electrical products, to distribute Pronto’s back-office public Wi-Fi solutions to resellers servicing the communications and hospitality markets.
Under the agreement, Graybar will offer Pronto Networks’ complete line of public Wi-Fi solutions, including Pronto’s turnkey Wi-Fi appliance and carrier-grade Wi-Fi 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 Wi-Fi 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networking and systems integration and broad customer reach are essential to addressing the market’s desire to upgrade outdated, first generation back-end systems with robust, managed Wi-Fi business solutions from Pronto Networks.”
“We are enormously pleased to be partnering with the leading back-office 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 Wi-Fi market.”
Pronto Networks’ Wi-Fi solutions are available immediately and will be on display at SUPERCOMM in Chicago (June 22-24) in Graybar’s booth (#11800).
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.
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 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.
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Kristie Heins for Pronto Networks Ruder Finn, Inc.