Strix Access/One Outdoor Wireless System Deployed by PowerNet Global for Owensboro, Kentucky

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Strix Systems, the leader in high-performance wireless mesh networking, today announced that PowerNet Global Communications (PNG), with its partner KW Communications, has deployed Strix Systems Access/One(R) Network Outdoor Wireless Systems (OWS) providing WiFi access to the residents and businesses of Owensboro, KY.

Before PowerNet Global came to offer service to our town, we didn't have any options. The bigger phone companies don't offer service in our area, so we had no real access to the Internet

    A previously underserved community, Owensboro now has five towers spread across the county. PNG's service, called "LiquidGrid," includes five transmission sites installed with Strix Access/One OWS products that cover a 20 square mile area for Owensboro.

LiquidGrid brings broadband Internet access as a last mile and mobile Internet service, but also private high speed services are provided using Strix Edge Wireless Systems (EWS) customer premise equipment (CPE) for increased coverage and higher throughput to residents, businesses, corporations, manufacturing, industrial, transportation services, police department, the municipality and more.

"Before PowerNet Global came to offer service to our town, we didn't have any options. The bigger phone companies don't offer service in our area, so we had no real access to the Internet," stated a resident of Owensboro.

PNG chose Strix Access/One OWS after testing other leading manufacturers, finding that Strix Access/One is the cost effective high performance wireless mesh network system delivering the capacity, range and coverage enabling the expansion of services.

"This is a great opportunity to grow our business and to grow the business in the communities of these underserved markets," states PowerNet Global's CEO and President Bernie Stevens. "We know that going in to these rural markets and giving them something they are not getting from anyone else is a great benefit to our business model and an even greater benefit to them."

PNG expects to add voice over ip (VoIP) as an option to the service sometime in 2007. Having previously deployed VoIP gateways, which now blanket the United States, has allowed them to offer extremely competitive (wholesale) domestic and International termination services. Most recently, PNG deployed a class 5/feature server that allows it to offer residential, SMB and Enterprise level VoIP services throughout the United States. This experience will enable PNG to develop and deliver high quality VoIP services capitalizing on Strix Access/One's high throughput, low latency and optimization of voice, video and data services.

About Strix OWS and IWS

The Strix Access/One OWS and IWS modular mesh products deliver the largest capacity (up to six radios and 768 users per node, three to six times the norm), highest throughput (five times the norm at 35 Mbps), and best scalability (users can add more radio boards or new technologies). An independent wireless mesh test, sponsored by Light Reading and completed in June 2006, found Strix's OWS 2400-30 delivers the best throughput and capacity and the greatest scalability for voice applications and mobility/roaming. Strix networks scale to 10 or more wireless hops with near-zero throughput loss and latency, enabling customers to deliver real-time applications with a minimum of wired connections for a given area, which reduces CapEx and OpEx.

About Strix Systems

Strix Systems is the worldwide Leader in Wireless Mesh Networking, both in market share (according to Heavy Reading and Infonetics) 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, metros, public safety, government, energy, transportation, hospitality, education, enterprises, and residential markets. For more information about Strix Systems, please visit http://www.strixsystems.com.

About PowerNet Global

Founded in 1992, integrated communications provider PowerNet Global (http://www.powernetglobal.com) works with many of the country's top communications agents and affinity groups to offer a wide range of integrated voice, data, and Internet solutions nationwide to residential and commercial customers. Leveraging its reputation in the industry with strong carrier partnerships, PowerNet Global offers tremendous opportunities for carriers, resellers, agents, and affinity groups. The company is headquartered in Cincinnati, and has an office in Jamestown, New York. PowerNet Global has achieved consistent growth--throughout the telecom industry downturn--by developing and marketing an expanding array of competitive products, and maintaining a clear focus on delivering unrivaled customer support.

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