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Minnehaha County Replaces Leased T1 Line with High Capacity Exalt Backhaul System

Key link to county courthouse upgraded to 200 megabits-per-second with Exalt ExploreAir system, eliminating recurring monthly lease line costs

CAMPBELL, Calif. — June 4, 2013 — Exalt Communications, Inc., the leading innovator of next-generation wireless connectivity systems for private networks and Internet infrastructures, today announced that Minnehaha County, South Dakota has deployed Exalt ExploreAir microwave backhaul systems to link its highway maintenance department with the county’s administrative campus in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The new, high-speed microwave link replaces a costly leased T1 line and enables new, Graphical Information Systems (GIS) applications for the highway maintenance department.

Minnehaha County is the most populous county in South Dakota, with its county seat at Sioux Falls. The county’s highway maintenance department wanted to implement new GIS applications, but found that the leased T1 link between its facility and the county courthouse and administrative campus left it starved for bandwidth. By deploying a new, 200 megabits-per-second (Mbps) ExploreAir 18 GHz system from Exalt, the county now has more than enough bandwidth for speedy operation of GIS applications as well as VoIP and office productivity applications. Exalt partner Calhoun Communications of Sioux City, Iowa deployed the microwave link. The Exalt system has proven completely reliable during wind, rain, and heavy snowstorms and, with the system in place, the county also has eliminated the recurring lease costs of its legacy T1 line.

“When we decided to replace our leased T1 line with a microwave system, I knew that Exalt and Calhoun Communications could deliver the solution we needed based on my previous experience with both companies,” said Monte Watembach, director of information technology for Minnehaha County. “The Exalt system has significantly improved productivity at our highway maintenance department by making it possible for the department to use new GIS applications and reduced our monthly operating costs as well.”

“City and county governments across the United States depend on Exalt high capacity, secure, and reliable microwave systems to carry out the business of government,” said Greg Gum, Exalt senior vice president of marketing and business development. “Like Minnehaha County, these municipal agencies are under pressure to improve worker productivity, support new applications, and streamline city services while holding the line on cost. We are pleased that Minnehaha County selected our ExploreAir systems to help them meet these requirements.”

About Exalt Communications
Exalt Communications, Inc. is a forerunner in the global Internet revolution, delivering high-value wireless systems that transform the economics of connectivity. Exalt wireless systems extend or complement network fiber and replace now-outdated copper, enabling customers to accelerate time-to-market, optimize network performance, and reduce network infrastructure costs. Today, over 2,000 global customers, from the world’s largest mobile operators to independent service providers, government agencies, and multinational enterprises depend on Exalt systems as they move their applications to the Cloud, enable mobility, and connect the unconnected. Learn more at

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