SOURCE: NewPath Networks

December 31, 2006 12:00 ET

University of Phoenix Stadium and Westgate Center Ensure Cell Coverage During Events Drawing Huge Crowds

With Glendale's New Year's Eve Bash, Fiesta Bowl, and BCS National Championship Bringing Record Crowds, Innovative Wireless Network Provides Needed Cellular Capacity Without Cell Towers

SEATTLE, WA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 31, 2006 -- NewPath Networks, an industry leader in the design, development and operation of fiber-fed wireless carrier networks, today announced the deployment of new, innovative wireless networks in Glendale's Westgate Center and University of Phoenix Stadium to accommodate increased demand for cellular coverage from area patrons without having to build cell towers.

Westgate Center and the University of Phoenix Stadium are drawing huge crowds to the vibrant new area. These visitors expect their cell phones and wireless data services to work reliably while frequenting local events, hotels, restaurants and retail establishments. Existing wireless networks in the area prior to the development of Westgate and the new stadium were not built to accommodate the current number of users, or to support the huge spikes in wireless traffic expected during sporting events, which can draw as many as 70,000 people. NewPath's wireless networks were launched in preparation for record crowds flocking to the area for upcoming major events, such as Bowl games, the college football championship, and Glendale's New Year's Eve Bash.

"This was a true collaboration between SRP, City of Glendale, the Maricopa Sports Authority and the Arizona Cardinals," said Michael Kavanagh, chief executive officer of NewPath Networks. "They all recognized a need and each party brought their resources to the table, really coming together to push through a solution for the benefit of the entire community."

NewPath Networks owns and operates the area's outdoor and indoor cellular networks using small, obscure antennas mounted on traffic poles, power lines, and inside the stadium to provide ubiquitous cellular coverage in these popular new venues. These wireless networks ensure that bowl game patrons, party-goers, shoppers, hotel guests, and other Westgate customers get reliable coverage for cell phone calls or wireless data and real-time video access from their PDA devices, regardless of their current service provider. That means cell phone and PDA users experience higher connection rates, fewer missed or dropped calls and better service.

NewPath leveraged key partnerships with Salt River Project (SRP) Telecom, City of Glendale, and the Arizona Cardinals to get the system up and running in time for the Fiesta Bowl, Glendale's New Year's Eve Bash, and the college football championship game. SRP provided NewPath with critical access to fiber optic cabling needed to connect the distributed antenna network back to wireless base stations, which were also located in SRP's offsite facility.

"We're pleased to be able to extend the usefulness of our public resources to benefit residents and visitors to the Westgate Center and surrounding areas," said Michael Sherman, manager, SRP Telecom. "We are committed to making the best use of our electric and fiber optic network assets, and see this as an opportunity to generate additional revenue to help keep SRP electric and water rates low for our customers."

The City of Glendale helped NewPath gain rights to deploy small antennas within city rights of way, such as traffic and lighting poles. Once plans for the outdoor wireless coverage network were in place, the Arizona Cardinals engaged NewPath to provide indoor coverage for the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Following on the heels of the successful deployments in the Westgate Center and University of Phoenix Stadium, the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey organization has signed a deal to provide multiple service provider coverage inside their stadium, which is also located in the Westgate Center Area.

ABOUT NEWPATH NETWORKS

NewPath Networks is a wireless infrastructure company that designs, develops and operates fiber-fed wireless carrier networks using a distributed antenna architecture to improve signal strength and network capacity. NewPath's solutions address wireless network capacity demands due to growth in data and multi-media applications. The company's cost-effective, invisible wireless networks accommodate multiple carriers without new cell site or tower build-out. Communities choose NewPath Networks because the distributed antenna architecture enables concealment of antennas and equipment, and provides cellular coverage across multiple carriers with minimal aesthetic impact. NewPath's solutions are also ideal for large corporate or university campus environments, where the systems provide on-campus coverage and capacity for multiple carriers with a single system that is managed by NewPath Networks. Service providers that license space on these systems gain efficiencies in time-to-market and reduced capital expenditures for hardware, facilities, and stealth building costs, as well as reductions in ongoing operational expenses. For more information, visit www.newpathnetworks.net.

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