SOURCE: Conterra Ultra Broadband

June 14, 2006 09:03 ET

Conterra Ultra Broadband Redirects Time-Tested Microwave Frequencies for 'Last Mile' Transport Service

Digital IP Networks Provide High Capacity, Carrier-Grade Access at Highly Competitive Price Points

CHARLOTTE, NC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- June 14, 2006 -- Conterra Ultra Broadband, a national provider of broadband network transport services, today introduced digital microwave networks as an affordable broadband solution for organizations without access to 'last mile' fiber. Non-urban school districts, multi-branch medical institutions and enterprises with outlying service delivery facilities are prime markets for Conterra's point-to-point wireless networks.

Recent advances in digital technology have drastically reduced the complexity and cost of these systems and enable Conterra to engineer, operate and support affordable, ultra-high speed wireless network connections. Using only Federal Communications Commission (FCC) licensed microwave radio links provides customers with carrier-grade service levels with performance attributes generally only associated with optical fiber deployments.

"Conterra's microwave networks are designed to adhere to the strictest security levels, eliminate interference and reduce latency well beyond what has been available in non-licensed and non-standardized wireless solutions," said Dennis Francis, executive vice president and chief operating and technology officer, Conterra. "By providing fiber-quality broadband transport services, delivered with already proven microwave technology, we're enabling our customers to engage in technology solutions that best meet their organizational needs."

With scaleable bandwidth options from 10 megabits (Mbps) to 1 gigabit (Gbps), and a licensed wireless network that supports data, voice and video simultaneously in a converged environment, organizations can easily centralize network management, deploy video training, real time teleconferencing and distance learning across multiple facilities, implement Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) systems and share business resources.

At cost points that are competitive with optical fiber based broadband technologies and Service Level Agreements that guarantee speed and reliability levels, Conterra has already succeeded in winning 92 school district contracts across the United States. These contracts represent more than 400 school sites and 400,000 students, teachers and administrators. When all deployments of Conterra's carrier-grade microwave networks are complete, the company will be the largest supplier of FCC licensed microwave broadband services to K-12 schools.

About Conterra Ultra Broadband

Conterra Ultra Broadband (Conterra, LLC), headquartered in Charlotte, NC, is a national provider of broadband network transport services including the design, deployment, operation, and support of ultra high-speed, high-capacity, digital microwave networks for education, enterprises, government, and healthcare industries. With carrier-grade voice and data transport services, Conterra offers customers Service Level Agreements that guarantee speed and reliability levels equal to and in some cases better than fiber-optic connections.

Privately owned, Conterra was established by the founders and management of Vanguard Cellular System, Inc., one of the first independent cellular companies in the United States started in 1982. Highly regarded as a technology leader, Vanguard designed, built and operated its own point-to-point microwave broadband systems to support wireless voice and data traffic within its cellular networks throughout the country. For more information, visit www.conterra.com or call 800.634.1374.

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