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Fisher Wireless Services Builds Voice and Data Backbone with Exalt Microwave Radio Systems

Largest U.S. 2-way radio provider upgrades core network infrastructure using Exalt systems with native TDM and native Ethernet capabilities

CAMPBELL, Calif., August 31, 2009 – Exalt Communications, the company that is reinventing microwave backhaul, today announced that Fisher Wireless Services, the largest provider of local and regional two-way networked radio service in the United States, has deployed Exalt microwave radio systems to upgrade its network backbone to support native T1 and Ethernet services for its customers in California, Nevada, and Arizona.

Fisher Wireless Services provides two-way radio and wireless WAN services to trucking companies, service fleets, growers and other organizations with large operations in the southwestern desert. When the company saw a need to upgrade its microwave backbone ring to support both T1 and Ethernet for iDEN and other services, Fisher Wireless Services turned to Exalt.

 “Our existing network supported only T1 connections, but we saw increasing opportunity to offer WAN services so we wanted Ethernet,” said Harvey LaFon, systems engineer at Fisher Wireless Services. “The Exalt radio systems gave us the reach and reliability we needed along with extras like a built-in spectrum analyzer, which makes it a lot easier and more cost-effective to manage the network.”

Covering large swaths of desert country in the southwestern United States, the Fisher Wireless network includes point-to-point radio hops ranging up to 55 miles in length. By using Exalt radio systems in the 5.8 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, the company can cover these distances with Exalt’s guaranteed throughput. As configured for Fisher Wireless Services, the Exalt radio systems carry 4 T1 lines and up to 100 megabits per second of Ethernet data on each link.

“Two-way radio services like Fisher Wireless Services need reliable, high-performance T1 and Ethernet backhaul over large geographic areas, and our microwave radio systems are the most flexible and cost-effective option,” said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt Communications. “We are proud that the country’s largest provider of two-way networked radio services has chosen our radio systems for the core of its network.”

All Exalt radio systems – licensed and license-exempt – are carrier-class systems offering guaranteed link availability, guaranteed throughput and low, constant latency. Systems are available in frequencies from 2 to 40 GHz and in capacities up to 700 Mbps per channel, providing a range of options to fit countless network applications. Designed to enable a smooth transition to IP, they offer native support for both TDM and Ethernet, and are fully software configurable and upgradeable. For easy and secure management using third-party network management systems, Exalt systems support SNMP v1, v2c and v3. Data security is provided by available FIPS 197-compliant AES 128-bit and 256-bit encryption that adds zero latency to the transmission. To simplify installation and maintenance, all Exalt systems feature an embedded manual and most include a built-in spectrum analyzer.

About Exalt Communications
Exalt Communications provides next generation licensed and license-exempt microwave systems to service providers, government organizations and enterprises worldwide. Exalt products are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP- based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of carrier-class microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines.

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