SOURCE: Mushroom Networks

December 16, 2008 11:03 ET

Mushroom Networks' PortaBella™ Wireless Broadband Bonding Solution Awarded CONNECT's Most Innovative Product of 2008

Award Recognizes the Industry's First One-Sided Wireless Broadband Bonding Appliance that Delivers the Fastest Available Mobile Internet Connection for Downloading and Uploading Media Rich Content

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - December 16, 2008) - Mushroom Networks, Inc. announced today that its PortaBella one-sided wireless broadband bonding solution has been awarded CONNECT's Most Innovative New Product (MIP) for 2008. Targeting mobile offices, government agencies, first responders, transportation, quick Internet deployments and areas where high-speed Internet connections are unavailable, the PortaBella offers the fastest mobile Internet connection available today by aggregating as many as five USB based cellular data cards from any service provider or a combination of multiple providers into a single shared connection.

"We are pleased that our team's forward thinking innovations and engineering accomplishments have been recognized by such a prestigious organization as CONNECT," stated Dr. Cahit Akin, co-founder and CEO of Mushroom Networks. "This award is a further testament to the growing demand in all major industries for extremely fast and reliable mobile-based connections to the Internet which is still a very prevalent pain point."

CONNECT is a non-profit organization dedicated to creating and sustaining the growth of innovative technology and life science businesses in San Diego. The organization is widely regarded as the nation's most successful regional program linking inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. CONNECT's MIP Award for over 21 years has served as a benchmark for predicting San Diego's most successful emerging technologies. This year's MIP Award winners were selected from more than 100 entries representing a broad range of companies within eight specific categories including: Wireless Communications, Aerospace & Security, Clean Technology, Action & Sport Technologies, Hardware & General Technology, Life Sciences (two categories), and Software & IT.

"In our current economic situation, creative leadership and innovation is critical to San Diego maintaining its position as a global leader in the technology and life sciences industries," said Duane Roth, CEO of CONNECT. "The MIP winners are great examples of the many companies that keep our region at the cutting-edge of technology."

Mushroom Networks' PortaBella is just one product in a long line of solutions built with the company's proprietary broadband bonding technology. In addition to equipment targeting the SMB and large enterprise markets, the company recently announced their Broadband Bonding Service, a hosted Internet bonding service enabling better than T1 speeds through aggregating multiple Internet connections from any ISP with monthly cost savings up to 70% compared to a traditional T1 service. The service consists of a Mushroom customer premise equipment (CPE) unit housing up to six broadband connections installed at the subscriber's site. All access lines are then bonded together forming a single high-speed Internet connection.

Mushroom Networks is actively pursuing channel partners to expand all of their broadband bonding solutions and services to SMBs, enterprise customers, service providers, and several targeted verticals. For more information visit the products section of the company's website at http://www.mushroomnetworks.com.

About Mushroom Networks

Mushroom Networks, Inc. is a privately held company based in San Diego, CA, providing patent pending broadband bonding solutions to a range of Internet connection applications. The company's flagship product line targets SMBs, enterprises, multi-tenant buildings, and broadband service providers and bonds dissimilar broadband access technologies forming a single highly reliable broadband pipe that can easily scale based on needs. Recently, Mushroom Networks was a recipient of CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product 2008,' Frost & Sullivan's 2008 North American Product Innovation Award, a finalist for the coveted XCHANGE Tech Innovators Xcellence Award and 2007 CONNECT® 'Most Innovative New Product.' For more information, please visit http://www.mushroomnetworks.com or call 888-842-1231.

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