SOURCE: Strata8 Networks

February 20, 2008 08:00 ET

Strata8 Networks Completes Nationwide Service Coverage Agreement

Coverage and Service Agreement Enables Strata8 Networks to Offer Nationwide Network Service Along With Its Enterprise Cellular Service

BELLEVUE, WA--(Marketwire - February 20, 2008) - Strata8 Networks, a service provider offering cellular services over licensed spectrum in key markets throughout the United States, today announced its first carrier coverage agreement with the nation's third largest mobile wireless provider, Sprint Nextel. This agreement enables Strata8 to offer its Enterprise Cellular customers not only the benefits of the Strata8 Enterprise Cellular service, but nationwide coverage as well.

According to Ipsos Research, enterprises with over 250 employees spend up to 30 percent of their total monthly telecommunications expenditures on cellular services, a percentage that has been growing annually. Additionally, according to a recent Cisco customer survey, over 60 percent of all cellular calls are made while in the office even when a landline device is nearby. Cellular calls can cost five times as much to initiate and receive than comparable landline alternatives.

Strata8's Enterprise Cellular service can save enterprises thousands of dollars per month on cellular costs by allowing them to use cellular phones at the office in the same way, and under the same cost structure, as landline phones. With this nationwide service coverage agreement, Strata8 Networks' capabilities and network coverage is expanded to allow employees to use the same device whether they are within or outside of the Strata8 local Enterprise Cellular coverage area.

"The ability to provide service coverage at the enterprise, as well as on a national wide area network is a key milestone for Strata8," said Andrew Buffmire, CEO of Strata8 Networks. "Enterprises have been searching for more effective ways to control growing and inefficient cellular expenditures -- referred to in the industry as 'Wireless Creep.' The Strata8 service offers enterprises the most cost-effective wireless communications experience in the industry. This milestone agreement offers our enterprise customers nationwide coverage along with the benefits of the Strata8 Enterprise Cellular coverage."

Strata8 launched its state-of-the-art Enterprise Cellular service in January, designed specifically for the unique cellular needs of enterprises. Local enterprise coverage areas are configured using picocell technology with cellular calls routed through the enterprise PBX. Cellular phones are utilized in the same way as desk phones, but billed at rates that are up to 80 percent less than traditional cellular calls. In addition to cost savings, the Strata8 Enterprise Cellular solution provides increased enterprise security and control and a ready platform for the integration of enterprise business processes.

"Over the last five years, converged voice and data networks have enabled enterprises to dramatically reduce total communications expenditures with one key exception -- cellular phone costs," said Gerry Purdy, Vice President and Chief Analyst at research firm Frost & Sullivan. "Strata8's Enterprise Cellular solution offers the opportunity to fully converge voice, data, and cellular and obtain cost savings in every area of communications spending."

About Strata8 Networks

Based in Bellevue, Washington, Strata8 Networks offers cellular services on licensed spectrum in 16 initial markets across the United States. Strata8 has designed and deployed a state-of-the-art wireless network with the objective of changing the way enterprises use and manage cellular services. The Strata8 Enterprise Cellular service enables enterprises to obtain cellular services within local enterprise coverage areas using carrier-class technology. As a result, enterprises obtain the same level of cost-savings, security, control, and application integration they expect from other mission critical services, such as data networking and landline telephony. Strata8 partners with best-of-breed operational support system, software, infrastructure and antenna providers to deliver reliable, high-value Enterprise Cellular services to enterprises in each of its markets. In January, 2008, Strata8 announced it had secured $8 million in funding from Globespan Capital Partners, Lightspeed Venture Partners and Wirefree Partners, LLC.

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