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Exalt Powers Sparkplug's Six-State Broadband Wireless Network

Sparkplug Improves Backhaul Scalability With Exalt's Software Upgradeable Microwave Platform

CAMPBELL, Calif., Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Exalt Communications, the leading innovator of next generation wireless backhaul (http://www.exaltcom.com/company/company.htm) systems, today announced that Sparkplug (http://www.exaltcom.com/solutions/emerging_service.htm), a leading wireless broadband service provider, has selected Exalt to supply microwave radio systems to support the high speed backhaul requirements of Sparkplug's carrier-grade broadband wireless access network.

Sparkplug offers business-class broadband services across six states, including Illinois, Arizona, Iowa, Tennessee, Nevada, and New Mexico. The company has deployed an advanced fixed wireless access network that leverages, among other technologies, carrier-class microwave backhaul systems from Exalt. By utilizing Exalt's microwave solution, Sparkplug is able to deliver fast, reliable and secure business broadband, high-speed business Internet and transport services that are affordable and easy to install. Sparkplug's services offer dedicated and symmetrical bandwidth up to 1 Gbps at a fraction of the cost of wireline solutions for enterprise, carrier, government, and education customers.

"Exalt's solutions enable us to ensure high quality service to our customer base, and flexible deployment of capacity on demand via software to meet our growing bandwidth requirements," said Michael Ruley, CEO of Sparkplug.

Exalt offers a broad portfolio of licensed and license-exempt microwave radios (http://www.exaltcom.com/products/products_overview.htm) in all popular bands covering the range 2 - 40 GHz. The product family now includes Gigabit Ethernet interfaces and the highest capacity 5 GHz radio in the world. The radios feature guaranteed throughput, software upgradeable capacity, low latency and native TDM and native Ethernet support. Exalt radio systems are available in three configurations: all-indoor, all-outdoor, and split-mount, enabling customers such as Sparkplug to choose the configuration that best meets the needs of any given site.

"Sparkplug has a highly demanding customer base of both enterprises and carriers. Their selection of Exalt validates our strategy of bringing carrier- class performance and reliability to all frequency bands, including license- exempt," said Amir Zoufonoun, president and CEO of Exalt. "Sparkplug joins a growing list of Exalt customers deploying both license-exempt and licensed wireless backhaul systems that lead the market in capacity, flexibility and guaranteed performance."

About Exalt Communications

Exalt Communications provides next generation wireless backhaul systems for service providers 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 technology-agnostic product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of carrier-class microwave radio systems that meet the demand for a cost-effective and flexible alternative to fiber and leased lines.

For more information about Exalt Communications and its portfolio of wireless backhaul products, please visit http://www.exaltcom.com.

About Sparkplug

Sparkplug is a leading fixed wireless broadband service provider currently operating networks across six states, including the metropolitan markets of Chicago, Nashville, Des Moines, Phoenix and Las Vegas. The company offers a suite of high-speed data, voice over IP, and other managed services over its own network to business, education and government customers. All enjoy the benefits of fast, scalable and easy-to-deploy broadband service. Customers can choose from a complete range of symmetrical bandwidth service options starting at 2 Mbps with speeds up to 1 Gbps at a fraction of the typical cost. The company also provides high capacity data services and transport to many of the nation's leading telecommunications providers. For more information, visit http://www.sparkplug.net.

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