SOURCE: WCC

August 07, 2006 08:00 ET

WCC Offers High-Speed Broadband Internet Solutions to Rural and Remote Communities and Businesses Limited to Dial-Up Access

Florence, Ariz., Retirement Community First to Use WiFi Broadband Internet

CHANDLER, AZ -- (MARKET WIRE) -- August 7, 2006 -- World Communication Center (WCC), a subsidiary of SatCom Group and a leading U.S. provider of global satellite voice and data communications, announced availability of high-speed Internet service to communities formerly limited to dial-up Internet or completely without Web access.

According to a recent report on broadband adoption by PEW Research Center, the number of Americans who have broadband has increased 40 percent from 60 million in March 2005 to 84 million in March 2006. Broadband usage in rural areas, however, still lags significantly behind suburban and urban areas due to lack of DSL or cable infrastructure. Broadband access has not been available in outlying areas more than 25 miles from a town or city. In Arizona, this includes locations outside the Phoenix, Tucson and Yuma metro areas.

"Whether it is a retirement community of several thousand, a small business of 10 people or just one individual frustrated by sluggish dial-up service, WCC offers simple and inexpensive broadband solutions," says WCC President Sam Romey. "For larger groups, WCC can provide a complete wireless satellite network for as low as $4,000, or charge a slightly higher service plan fee for those who don't want to invest in hardware. For individual users, there is a minimal investment for a wireless card or a $70 adapter."

WCC's satellite broadband solutions are completely scalable from single-user laptop or PC Internet access via a wireless card or adapter, up to 700+ simultaneous online users via a Strix Systems' wireless (WiFi) mesh networking system with a VSAT satellite. Typically, the costs are comparable or less expensive than dial-up service. WCC's broadband service is offered in hourly, weekly, monthly, six-month or 12-month plans with competitive rates as low as $25 per month or $9.95 per day.

Recently, a retirement community in Florence, Ariz. installed a WCC WiFi broadband network based on satellite technology. "WCC's solution was ideal for our community of 4,000 snowbirds and residents," explains Wes Rice, chairman of the Florence Gardens board of directors. "We were up and running in just a few weeks, and even our resident computer club is thrilled with the ease and speed of the solution."

Other recent installations include the American Red Cross in Seattle, Wash., and Ocean Beauty Foods in Ketchikan, Alaska.

About WCC

World Communication Center (WCC), a subsidiary of SatCom Group, is a leading provider of global satellite solutions including telephones, pagers, WiFi networking, and broadband internet satellite devices and services. The company's broad spectrum of products and service providers include Inmarsat, VSAT, Iridium, BGAN, Nera, HughesNet, Starband, iNetVU, Strix Systems, and Tachyon, which allow the instant creation of a mobile office anywhere. With options for rental or for-purchase satellite communications solutions for maritime, aviation, military and ground transportation, WCC serves government agencies, corporate entities, and business or leisure travelers including the state of Alaska, NASA, The Peace Corps and Boeing. Contact: www.wcclp.com or 800.211.2575 for purchase or rental information.

About SatCom Group

SatCom is a global reseller of airtime services and satellite systems hardware (mobile handsets and data terminals) for major satellite systems operators, including Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium. SatCom's key target markets include the United States, Europe, Asia, Middle East and the maritime community worldwide. SatCom is based in Salisbury in the UK, with further offices in the United States, Dubai and throughout the Asia region. SatCom has established a robust customer base of approximately 10,000 active terminals and is able to offer all communication solutions. Products range from small, handheld phones through to terminals such as the Inmarsat BGAN, a high-speed satellite Internet Protocol modem operating at speeds of up to 432 kbits/s. In addition, SatCom provides airtime services via the three satellite operators to key customers including dealers, commercial companies and governments. For more information, please visit www.satcomgroup.com.

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