SOURCE: Nextlink Wireless

April 21, 2008 08:00 ET

Nation's Largest Online Marketplace for Broadband Wireless Spectrum Goes Live

Available Spectrum Covers over 75 Percent of the Population in the 81 Largest U.S. Metropolitan Markets; Expands Availability of Licensed LMDS Broadband Wireless Spectrum for Mobile Wireless and WiMax Backhaul Applications, Metro Ethernet Networks and Network Redundancy

HERNDON, VA--(Marketwire - April 21, 2008) - The nation's largest online marketplace for licensed broadband wireless spectrum went live today, enabling businesses, government agencies and communications service providers to quickly and easily obtain licensed high-capacity wireless spectrum in the United States.

LMDSXchange (www.lmdsxchange.com) is the first online marketplace that allows government agencies, businesses and telecommunications companies to locate and lease licensed broadband wireless spectrum in the 28-31GHz range, commonly called LMDS or Local Multi-point Distribution Service spectrum, on a nationwide basis. Through participating members, LMDSXchange.com provides access to the nation's largest repository of licensed LMDS spectrum, averaging almost 1 GHz of spectrum capacity covering more than 75 percent of the population in the nation's 81 largest metropolitan markets.

As consumers and businesses continue to utilize more bandwidth at their homes, offices, on mobile devices, and over WiMax networks, businesses, telecommunications companies and wireless service providers can utilize LMDS spectrum and its supporting radio equipment as an alternative to traditional wireline solutions to develop, deploy and cost-effectively manage networks to serve the growing bandwidth demands of their customers.

"The launch of LMDSXchange creates an instant marketplace that opens one of the most powerful bands of licensed broadband wireless spectrum to the wider market," said Robert Beran, president and CEO of Nextlink. "As the availability of common carrier spectrum becomes more limited in certain markets for use in backhaul and metro networking applications, LMDS is a perfect alternative and is now widely available via LMDSXchange. Nextlink is taking a leadership role in creating this marketplace, and our goal is to attract more licensed spectrum holders so that LMDS and other licensed broadband wireless spectrum bands can be made more widely available across the country."

One of the highest capacity wireless spectrum bands available today, LMDS spectrum supports the transmission of data at very high rates of speed, ranging from 1.5 Mbps to 800 Mbps, and can be used by businesses, government agencies and service providers to support a variety of network applications including:

--  Backhaul for mobile wireless networks and municipal WiFi and WiMax
    deployments;
--  Last mile network connections for telecommunications companies to
    serve customer locations;
--  High speed connections for organizations to create wide area metro
    Ethernet networks in campus environments; and
--  Network redundancy for businesses and government agencies to integrate
    into business continuity and disaster recovery plans.
    

LMDSXchange currently offers spectrum in more than 80 major metropolitan markets in forty states: Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

"Ceragon Networks is pleased to participate as a partner in the LMDSXhange," said Paul Obert, president of Ceragon Networks, Inc. "Through LMDSXchange, businesses and service providers have wider access to not only licensed fixed wireless spectrum but also wireless networking systems to support applications such as wireless backhaul network deployments."

In addition to spectrum leasing, LMDSXchange offers organizations access to leading wireless networking equipment providers, consulting and engineering services on the various radio equipment options available in the LMDS frequency band. LMDSXchange is sponsored by Nextlink Wireless, Inc., one of the nation's largest holders of fixed wireless spectrum, and includes participating members Alliance Corp., Ceragon Networks, DragonWave, Prime Companies, Ruvin Lerman and Widelity.

Alliance Corp.

Alliance Corporation provides products and solutions for the wireless and broadband industries. With strategically placed stocking facilities and technical support professionals, Alliance is positioned to help companies build wireless networks from the ground up. For more information go to, www.alliancecomm.com.

About Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Ceragon Networks Ltd. is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon's wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon's solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers' need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon's solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at www.ceragon.com

About DragonWave

DragonWave is a leading provider of high-capacity wireless Ethernet equipment used in emerging IP networks. DragonWave designs, develops, markets and sells proprietary, carrier-grade microwave radio frequency networking equipment, or links that wirelessly transmit broadband voice, video and other data. DragonWave's wireless Ethernet products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to an existing fibre-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave's products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for DragonWave's products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters are located Ottawa, Ontario, and have sales locations in Europe and North America. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.

About Nextlink

Nextlink, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), provides alternative access, backhaul and diverse network solutions and services for the carrier, business and government markets. As one of the nation's largest holders of fixed wireless spectrum, Nextlink delivers high-quality, carrier-grade broadband wireless solutions that scale to meet the demands of today's converged world of communications -- supporting next-generation mobile and wireline voice, data and video applications. For more information, visit www.nextlink.com.

Prime Companies

Prime Companies, Inc., through its wholly owned subsidiary Nacc-Tel, Corp, currently provides Broadband and telecommunications services (Voice and Data) to both commercial and consumer customers in the Northern California market area. The services offered include, Broadband, Data Networks, Interconnect, Voice Over the Internet (VOIP), and Voicemail Services. The recent Computer Resource Technologies asset purchase augmented Nacc-Tel, Corp's portfolio of services to include the provisioning of hardware and software products to the Dental and Medical industries in Colorado and the Midwest to better facilitate doctor patient management processes and incorporating total HIPAA compliant record keeping, billing and practice management software. For more information, go to www.primecompanies.com.

About Widelity

Widelity, Inc. provides managed technology services and senior level consulting supporting telecommunications and IT industry solutions. Fixed wireless operators and private organizations are successfully using Widelity's innovative solutions to meet the escalating demand for securing FCC approval for spectrum license renewal and securing spectrum assets.

Widelity's managed services business is meeting today's demands for turnkey service delivery by supporting the implementation of new software tools, re-engineering internal processes and methodologies, facilitating site acquisition, and constructing, deploying and commissioning of facilities that support broad-band access and transport solutions.

About Ruvin Lerman

Ruvin Isaak Lerman provides mobile and fixed broadband wireless engineering consulting services. The company also owns LMDS spectrum in Arizona, Idaho, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming.

Contact Information

  • Media Contacts:
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    Nextlink
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    Chris Roche
    Brodeur (for Nextlink)
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