SOURCE: Single Digits

July 03, 2008 08:04 ET

Troops in Iraq E-Mail Loved Ones for Free on the 4th of July

Single Digits and Arkel International Serve Up Free Broadband Access From CamoCafé

MANCHESTER, NH--(Marketwire - July 3, 2008) - As a gesture to honor troops in Iraq for protecting the liberties of individuals around the globe, U.S.-based Single Digits and Arkel International will offer free Internet communications on July 4th, via Arkel's CamoCafés located at U.S. military bases in Iraq. The Internet cafés provide more than 80 desktop PCs and unlimited wireless laptop connectivity to more than 15,000 U.S. troops.

Steve Hartsuff, VP and General Manager of International Operations for Arkel International, initiated the Internet café idea as a form of "entertainment" for the troops during their off-duty hours. For a low hourly or monthly fee, service members may use the café's PCs or utilize their personal laptops to access broadband services such as e-mails, sending photos, Internet surfing, etc.

To honor the troops who carry on the tradition of protecting the United States' independence, all broadband access fees at the cafés will be waived on July 4th. Hartsuff underscores Arkel's decision, "More than ever, today's troops remain the backbone of liberty and carry on the proud tradition of freedom set forth by our forefathers. We are honored to provide Internet connectivity to foster web-based communications between our troops and their loved ones half way around the world."

Single Digits, located in Manchester, NH, is providing the cafés with broadband networking equipment and 24/7 support. Via their turnkey software, troops experience utility-like, broadband connectivity regardless of access device. Bob Goldstein, Single Digits' Co-Founder and CEO, elaborates on the café and free Internet services on July 4th, "We are proud that our hotspot management and authentication solutions have been selected to facilitate web-based communications from U.S. troops in Iraq. It is our hope that this token of appreciation will entice every service person stationed near a café to take advantage of this free offering and reach out to loved ones -- around the world -- on July 4th."

Arkel underwrites the cost of each Internet café, billed at over half a million dollars per café, with no U.S. government funds used.

"We decided on Single Digits' solution to deliver the Internet access after reviewing a number of companies. We needed a company that could provide Internet access and managed services in a combat zone, offer broadband content management, online billing and reporting, and accounts processing capabilities," added Hartsuff. "Single Digits offered the best solutions with its next generation Business Access Portal hosted solution combined with 24/7 live technical service and support -- it enabled a quick and efficient rollout coupled with the unique responsiveness requirements we have in a combat zone deployment."

About Single Digits, Inc.

Single Digits, Inc. is the preeminent provider of business-class wireless hotspot management software and hosting solutions enabling full service, customized Wi-Fi access for businesses of all sizes. Single Digits' hotspot software enables companies to deliver their own brand of Wi-Fi service to their customers, meeting the growing demand for mobile, high-speed Internet access. Headquartered in Manchester, NH, Single Digits has operations in North America, the Middle East and Africa. For more information, please visit: www.singledigits.com.

About Arkel International

Arkel International (www.arkel.com) is a full service design, engineer, construct, own-operate, and maintenance company that provides key services needed to establish business in remote and hostile places offering 50 years of international experience. Arkel International manages lean and delivers strong employing a speed of process that allows the development and delivery of responses.

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