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RoamAD Unbundles Metro Wi-Fi Software for Systems

RoamAD Unbundles Metro Wi-Fi Software for Systems Integrators

AUCKLAND, New Zealand—March 29, 2005— RoamAD, a leading supplier of technology for infrastructure-mesh metro Wi-Fi networks, today announced that its software platform is now available under a software-licensing model.

Network systems integrators, network equipment vendors, and service providers in five countries are now licensing RoamAD’s software to build their own metro Wi-Fi networks. The networks are being used for mobile VOIP and high-speed mobile data applications.

RoamAD’s software platform operates on multi-radio network nodes built to RoamAD’s hardware reference design. The network nodes, each with 1 – 4 radios, use a combination of 802.11a and 802.11b radios for both end user coverage and wireless backhaul. The network nodes are made from low-cost, readily available, industry standard components.

As a result of market demand, RoamAD now licenses only its software to its partners – RoamAD previously supplied both hardware and software.

RoamAD’s partners either buy multi-radio network nodes directly from suppliers who already manufacture to the RoamAD reference design, or manufacture their own hardware. They then install RoamAD’s network node software and network server software directly onto that hardware.

“RoamAD's software model represents a paradigm shift in the metro Wi-Fi market,” said Craig Cameron, RoamAD’s CEO. “RoamAD's customers do not need to buy “proprietary” Wi-Fi hardware. They enjoy the financial benefits of sourcing standard components and building their own systems, as well as having the choice of equipment and component suppliers. The result is a cost-effective scalable metro Wi-Fi network that is not dependent on a single a hardware vendor.”

RoamAD’s partners are licensing RoamAD software and assembling their own networks in North America, Asia, Europe, Australia and New Zealand.

RoamAD networks are highly flexible, remotely upgradeable, and follow a roadmap to WiMAX and other emerging radio standards. RoamAD customers can dynamically upgrade existing network nodes to support new radio technology and applications without the need to replace core equipment.

About RoamAD

RoamADTM supplies technology for scalable metro Wi-Fi networks, highway Wi-Fi networks and campus hotzones.

RoamAD’s radio-agnostic, software-based solution works with industry standard third-party hardware and is optimized to support high-speed data and mobile VOIP.

RoamAD has been at the forefront of “metro Wi-Fi” since it deployed the world’s first metro Wi-Fi network in August 2002 in Auckland, New Zealand. The company’s technology roadmap includes 802.16 WiMAX.

Carriers, ISPs and municipalities use RoamAD’s technology to cost-effectively and efficiently deliver mobile VOIP and high-speed data services in metro areas as well as areas where there is little or no existing telecommunications infrastructure.

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