SOURCE: ERF Wireless Inc.

ERF Wireless Inc.

August 03, 2011 08:30 ET

ERF Wireless Requests Formal Arbitration Decision in Multi-Million Dollar Contractual Dispute With Schlumberger Technology Corp. Regarding U.S. Contract

LEAGUE CITY, TX--(Marketwire - Aug 3, 2011) - ERF Wireless (OTCBB: ERFW), a leading provider of enterprise-class wireless broadband products and services, announced today that it has filed the formal arbitration documentation to conduct arbitration of a major contractual dispute between ERF Wireless and Schlumberger Technology Corporation, a subsidiary of Schlumberger, Ltd. (NYSE: SLB). This dispute has arisen regarding two exclusive reseller contracts between Schlumberger and ERF Wireless signed January 16, 2009, and still continuing until January 15, 2012, unless cancelled due to a default by either party or extended under the provisions of the contracts. Neither Schlumberger nor ERF Wireless cancelled the contract due to default of the other party. The arbitration now commenced involves one of these contracts with the GCS Division of Schlumberger for all of the U.S. including the Gulf of Mexico. A second and similar contract for all of Canada with their Canadian Division may be the subject of a separate proceeding. The nature of the dispute includes but is not limited to the guaranteed revenue to ERF Wireless under provisions of the contract. In that regard, ERF Wireless has already invoiced Schlumberger for many millions of dollars that have been earned under the terms of the contract. Schlumberger disputes contractual liability. ERF Wireless has not been able to collect the funds represented by these invoices or report this revenue to its stockholders in its SEC financials because of public company accounting rules treatment of disputed revenue. In spite of this limitation, ERF Wireless has continued to expand its wireless network coverage in most North American oil and gas regions, as required by the contracts, and to increase its market presence by servicing industry customers that were originally exempted from the exclusivity provisions of the contracts.

The Company expects to conduct the arbitration process in Houston Texas. The ruling in the arbitration will be binding, and the arbitration is expected to be completed by year end.

About ERF Wireless

ERF Wireless Inc. is a fully reporting public corporation located in League City, Texas, and is the parent company of Energy Broadband Inc., ERF Enterprise Network Services, ERF Bundled Wireless Services, ERF Wireless Messaging Services and ERF Network Services. The company specializes in providing wireless and broadband product and service solutions to enterprise, commercial and residential clients on a regional, national and international basis. Its principals have been in the wireless broadband, network integration, triple-play FTTH, IPTV and content delivery business for more than 40 years. For more information, please visit our websites at www.erfwireless.com and www.erfwireless.net or call 281-538-2101. (ERFWG)

Forward-looking statements in this release regarding ERF Wireless Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary Energy Broadband Inc. are made pursuant to the "safe harbor" provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Investors are cautioned that such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, continued acceptance of the company's products, increased levels of competition, new products and technological changes, the company's dependence upon third-party suppliers, intellectual property rights, and other risks detailed from time to time in the company's periodic reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

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    ERF Wireless Inc.
    Clareen O'Quinn
    281-538-2101 ext. 113
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