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
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.