Kenya Data Networks Expands its Wi-Fi Services Adding Six New Countries Using Strix Systems Access/One Wireless Mesh Network Equipment

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Strix Access/One gives Kenya Data Networks and its customers superior robust performance and reach for strategic and large-scale deployments throughout sub-Sahara Africa.

Strix Systems products and services have enabled KDN to develop Butterfly as a strong high-value brand. We are very happy with the performance and reliability of Strix Systems equipment and services.

Strix Systems, a worldwide leader in high-performance wireless mesh networking today announced that Kenya Data Networks (KDN) has expanded its network services to six major countries in sub-Sahara Africa. Strix's Access/One® Network Outdoor Wireless Systems (OWS), Indoor Wireless Systems (IWS) and Edge Wireless System (EWS) provide KDN greater performance, reach and mobility enabling the service provider to deliver cost effective services to Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon and Malawi.

KDN successfully deployed Strix's mesh networking solution in 2006 for the introduction of its "Butterfly" wireless/WiFi service. KDN is expanding its subscriber base which started in Nairobi, Mombasa, Kisumu, and Eldoret to provide high-quality broadband services to customers in the cities and rural areas. The successful deployment of these cities utilizing Strix's Access/One products has made it possible for KDN to move to the next major set of deployments across sub-Sahara Africa.

International bandwidth comes at a high cost, especially in Africa. It's for this reason that a strategy reaching beyond a single city service would be critical. It is also critical that the wireless/WiFi component of the service be a modular multi-radio architecture to optimally integrate with the providers set of technologies including free space optical, fiber, copper, and microwave.

"Butterfly has made it possible for customers to gain access to our high-quality services which currently include business data, mobile broadband, voice over IP and residential internet," said Dr. Kai U. Wulff, Managing Director of KDN. "Strix Systems products and services have enabled KDN to develop Butterfly as a strong high-value brand. We are very happy with the performance and reliability of Strix Systems equipment and services."

Prior to their first deployment, KDN selected and tested a number of products. Multiple high-demand real-time applications including business-class internet service, voice over IP (VoIP) and video applications were evaluated. Only Strix could simultaneously support the applications meeting KDN's level of service quality. Strix Systems OWS and IWS proved superior and enabled the service provider to deliver its first major deployment. Now complete, the provider has delivered broad reaching services in multiple countries with seamless connectivity to customers through a wide range of choices for stationary and mobile access, meeting customers' needs for affordable, low cost of entry services.

"Strix Access/One is the industry's top-performing WiFi mesh solution. It doesn't matter where the networks are deployed, whether in the U.S. or Africa, service providers can depend on our products," said Matt Holdrege, Director of International Strategic Sales. "As KDN continues to expand their reach, Strix remains at their side with robust products and services to meet the scope of their projects."

About Strix Systems
Strix Systems is the worldwide Leader in Wireless Mesh Networking, in market share (according to Heavy Reading, Infonetics and In-Stat) and technology (Iometrix). Strix's Access/One products are the industry's only modular (chassis-based) mesh systems, delivering the largest capacity, highest throughput and best scalability. This new generation of products provides the broadband mobility and reach to support voice, video, and data applications. Sold globally by a network of first-class distributors and integrators, Access/One solutions have been deployed in hundreds of networks worldwide, outdoor and indoor, for service providers, metropolitan, public safety, government, energy, manufacturing , transportation, hospitality , education, enterprise, and residential markets. For Strix's latest video case studies on public safety, municipal networks and railway networks please go to: http://www.strixsystems.com/video/missioncritical.html. For more information about Strix Systems, please visit http://www.strixsystems.com.

About Kenya Data Networks
Kenya Data Networks (KDN), a member of Sameer Group, is a full-service data communications carrier that was licensed by the Communications Commission of Kenya in January 2003 as a public data network operator. KDN is a local company and has a stated policy to use local investors and local expertise to build world-class infrastructure in Kenya. KDN believes that we have the ability to build our own future, and we are investing over $300 million U.S. in that future. KDN has established itself as a leader in commercial leased lines, Frame Relay, and Metro Ethernet-based services in the Kenyan market. KDN has laid fiber cables in Nairobi and other major cities/towns with an aim to establish the first fiber backbone for Kenya. This also readies KDN for the East African Submarine Cable System backbone (EASSY). The company at present has an international gateway license and is able to offer Internet backbone and related services. Plans are also underway to have a presence beyond the borders of Kenya, provide total communication solutions to businesses, and be the infrastructure provider of choice for operators and users alike.

NOTE: Strix Systems and Access/One Network are trademarks or registered trademarks, in the United States and certain other countries, of Strix Systems. Additional company and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of the individual companies and are respectfully acknowledged.

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