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Mpower Announces Initial Deployment of Fixed Wireless Broadband Network in Las Vegas
[May 04, 2005]

Mpower Announces Initial Deployment of Fixed Wireless Broadband Network in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, May 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- NETWORLD + INTEROP -- Mpower Communications Corp. , a leading provider of data and voice services to retail and wholesale business customers, today announced the initial deployment of its new fixed wireless broadband network in Las Vegas.

Fixed wireless delivers broadband high-speed Internet connections through antennas that send and receive signals across entire cities. Mpower's fixed wireless broadband network will support a wide range of voice and data applications with dynamic bandwidth on-demand and quick installations.
As part of this initial deployment, Mpower is pleased to partner with Alvarion, the world's leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks.
This week, Intel Corporation used Mpower's point-to-multipoint fixed wireless network and Alvarion equipment to showcase a streaming video application across three different locations as part of its exhibit at the NetWorld+Interop Las Vegas 2005 conference and trade show.
"Alvarion's BreezeACCESS VL is now the product of choice for U.S. operators wanting to demonstrate and understand the benefits of WiMAX capacity and services in anticipation of certified WiMAX systems and spectrum being allocated," said Amir Rosenzweig, President of Alvarion, Inc. "Mpower Communications is taking advantage of a good opportunity in Las Vegas to showcase how high capacity and performance give a competitive edge to business subscribers."
For this initial deployment, Mpower is utilizing Alvarion's BreezeACCESS(TM) VL Base Station, which operates in the unlicensed 5GHz ISM band. BreezeACCESS VL delivers OFDM non-line-of-sight (NLOS) performance, extended reach of more than 12 miles, high capacity, encryption, and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms to enable operators to deploy true commercial class wireless broadband services today. Mpower has also installed the BreezeACCESS VL series of Customer Premises Equipment (CPE) to provide an always-on high-speed IP based data connection to customers' location.
"Mpower views broadband wireless as a strategic capability that significantly complements our existing deep and dense facilities-based network of fiber, switches and collocation facilities. The rollout of a broadband wireless technology platform is consistent with our long term strategy to own as much of our network and direct connections to our customers as possible, and to rely on the incumbent phone companies as little as possible," said Mpower Communications Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Rolla P. Huff. "We expect to go to market with a complete fixed broadband wireless service offering for Las Vegas businesses in the third quarter of this year."
Mpower Communications, Alvarion and Intel Corporation are all members of the WiMAX Forum(TM), an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to promote and certify compatibility and interoperability of WiMAX broadband wireless products.
About Alvarion
With more than 2 million units deployed in 130 countries, Alvarion is the worldwide leader in wireless broadband, providing systems to carriers, ISPs and private network operators, and also in extending coverage of GSM and CDMA mobile networks to developing countries and other hard to serve areas. Leading the WiMAX revolution, Alvarion has the most extensive deployments and proven product portfolio in the industry covering the full range of frequency bands with both fixed and mobile solutions. Alvarion's products enable the delivery of business and residential broadband access, corporate VPNs, toll quality telephony, mobile base station feeding, hotspot coverage extension, community interconnection, public safety communications, and mobile voice and data. Alvarion works with several global OEM providers and more than 200 local partners to support its diverse global customer base in solving their last- mile challenges.
About Mpower Communications
Founded in 1996, Mpower Communications is a leading facilities-based broadband communications provider offering a full range of data, telephony, Internet access and Web hosting services for retail business and wholesale customers. Further information about the company can be found at
Forward-Looking Statements
Under the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, certain statements contained in this press release regarding our and/or management's intentions, hopes, beliefs, expectations or predictions of the future are forward-looking statements. These forward- looking statements are not historical facts and are only estimates or predictions. Actual results may differ materially from those projected as a result of risks and uncertainties detailed from time to time in our filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. We undertake no obligation to update publicly any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of future events, new information, or otherwise.
Mpower Communications Corp.

CONTACT: Mpower Communications: Investor: Gregg Clevenger, ChiefFinancial Officer, +1-585-218-6547, [email protected]; Media: MicheleSadwick, Vice President, +1-585-218-6542, [email protected]; Alvarion:Investor: Carmen Deville, +1-650-314-2653, [email protected]; Media:Donna Carlson, +1-972-308-9115, [email protected]

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