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Exalt Communications Announces Formal Launch of Company Delivering Next Generation Wireless Backhaul Systems to Service Providers and Enterprises

Led by Visionary Industry Executives, Company Targets Migration from TDM to IP with the Industry's Broadest Range of Carrier Class Microwave Radios as a Cost-effective and Flexible Alternative to Fiber and Leased Lines

Exalt Communications Announces Formal Launch of Company Delivering Next Generation Wireless Backhaul Systems to Service Providers and Enterprises Led by Visionary Industry Executives, Company Targets Migration from TDM to IP with the Industry's Broadest Range of Carrier Class Microwave Radios as a Cost-effective and Flexible Alternative to Fiber and Leased Lines

CAMPBELL, Calif., Sept. 21, 2007 – Exalt Communications announced today the formal launch of the company and its broad portfolio of next generation wireless backhaul solutions. With a keen focus on one of the industry's biggest pain points, Exalt solutions alleviate costly and troublesome backhaul issues facing carriers and enterprises worldwide. These organizations are in various stages of migration from TDM to IP networks, while they continue to deploy higher bandwidth applications. Exalt solutions address the network bottlenecks associated with this growing demand for more IP-based voice, data and video applications. With a flexible software upgradeable architecture and technology-agnostic product platform, covering multiple market segments, Exalt is emerging as a one-stop-shop provider of future-proof wireless backhaul solutions for service providers and enterprises deploying any access technology including GSM, WiMAX, 3G, 4G, WiFi, Mesh, WCDMA, GPRS, HSPA, EV-DO, and others. Exalt has established a rapidly expanding global base of customers since shipping its first products in April 2006.

"With a team of wireless experts who have contributed to the evolution of wireless backhaul solutions spanning over the past three decades, we recognized the pressing need for a new approach that addresses the issues resulting from the current migration to IP-based networks," said Amir Zoufounoun, CEO and founder of Exalt and former co-founder and president of Western Multiplex. "Our customers are clear in their need to maximize the use of existing network assets. At the same time, they need ways in which they can flexibly and cost-effectively add more TDM and IP capacity for legacy voice and data applications, as well as emerging applications such as high speed packet data, VoIP and IP-Video. Since its founding, Exalt has focused on the current and future needs of our customers by building a flexible and technology-agnostic architecture that will deliver the broadest portfolio of carrier class products in the wireless backhaul space. In a relatively short period of time, our customers have successfully demonstrated the performance and usability of our platform in a variety of industries and environments."

The Exalt installed base already includes customers in a number of key segments including mobile carriers, WISPs, government agencies, industrial, utilities, education, healthcare, and manufacturing. Exalt continues to expand its reach in all capacity-constrained segments across the globe through a growing network of distribution partners, system integrators, and value added resellers.

"Exalt literally saved the day for one major tier-1 mobile carrier during the recent US Open Tennis Championship played in New York. The mobile carrier was experiencing severe interference issues as it was attempting to backhaul cellular voice traffic from its portable cellular site outside Arthur Ashe Stadium. An Exalt tri-band 5GHz backhaul link, with its high resolution frequency selection capability, was deployed in a matter of hours, and the mobile carrier told us it saved the day," said Scott Basista, vice president of Transwave Communications Systems, Inc. (, which installed the Exalt equipment at the mobile cellular site.

A key driver behind the Exalt radio technology is the use of its proprietary advanced signal processing algorithms and techniques specifically geared toward improving path resiliency, transmission reliability, and spectrum efficiency. As the applications of wireless and microwave communications systems proliferate, these techniques enable Exalt systems to provide superior performance under the inevitable signal impairments due to spectrum crowding, collocation, interference, and noise.

Recognizing the emerging need for higher capacity backhaul and interconnect, Exalt has focused primarily on providing solutions that typically start with a minimum of 100 Mbps Native IP plus 4T1/E1 and with remote software upgrade move up in both Ethernet and T1/E1 capacity. The current product portfolio and roadmap include a broad range of capacities, interfaces, configurations, and frequency bands in both licensed and license-exempt portions of the spectrum.

Industry analyst Emmy Johnson, founder and principal of Sky Light Research ( claims, "Our quarterly reports show a clear trend for a growing demand for higher capacity solutions due to higher data requirements for backhaul and advanced services. Exalt Communications can benefit from this trend as these services are just now starting to be deployed."

World-Class Management and Expertise

Exalt Communications brings a world-class management team and domain experts in both microwave technologies and networking systems. A former co-founder, president and chief operating officer of Western Multiplex, Amir Zoufonoun founded Exalt Communications and brings more than 28 years of wireless experience to his capacity as chief executive officer and chairman of the board of directors. During his tenure with Western Multiplex, Zoufonoun was the visionary and executive product champion behind the development and introduction of numerous successful new wireless categories and extensions including Lynx® and Tsunami®, with an estimated installed base of over 150,000 carrier class systems worldwide. Under his leadership, these market successes led to significant periods of profitable growth, multiple mergers and acquisitions, and a successful IPO.

Gordana Pance, Ph.D. is a co-founder and serves as its chief operating officer and board member. Prior to Exalt, Gordana held various management roles at Western Multiplex Glenayre and Proxim, most recently as senior vice president of engineering and product management leading multiple teams responsible for all products including point-to-point radios, point-to-multipoint, wireless LAN, and WiMAX. Pance was a key driver behind the development and introduction of multiple generations of highly successful and best-inclass wireless backhaul products.

"Our advanced development teams have broad expertise in wireless broadband technologies including radio frequency systems, microwave circuits, advanced digital signal processing, high speed logic design, and real time system software, and are applying that knowledge to the emerging requirements of network infrastructures worldwide," said Pance, "The rapid success of the company is directly attributable to both their expertise and the many years of experience working together as a team at previous companies. The team recognized the market opportunity and jumped at the chance to work together and apply our deep domain experience to the next generation of wireless backhaul solutions."

About Exalt Communications

Exalt Communications provides next generation wireless backhaul systems for service providers and enterprises worldwide. Exalt solutions address 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 technology-agnostic product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full-range of carrier-class wireless backhaul solutions for any access technology as a cost-effective and flexible alternative to fiber and leased lines. For more information about Exalt Communications and its family of wireless backhaul products, please visit

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