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3 Rivers Wireless to Deploy Kodiak Real-time Exchange System Across Montana Service Area; Innovative Operator to Offer Advanced Voice Services to Wireless Customers.

SAN RAMON, Calif. & FAIRFIELD, Mont. -- Kodiak Networks, the leading provider of advanced wireless voice systems, announced that 3 Rivers Wireless, a wholly owned subsidiary of 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative in Fairfield, Mont., has selected the Kodiak Real-time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System to deploy premium voice services, including push-to-talk (PTT). The Montana-based carrier plans a commercial launch of Kodiak-enabled, advanced voice services technology to customers early this year.

According to Ernie Peterson, Operations Manager for 3 Rivers Wireless, "This technology is ideal for all facets of the trades industry, delivery companies, auto dealerships or similar businesses requiring instant communications."

The Kodiak RTX System is the only advanced wireless communications technology enabling wireless operators around the world to offer premium voice services regardless of air interface (CDMA, GSM or UMTS). Wireless carriers of all sizes -- local to multinational -- can deploy the all-IP, packet-switched Kodiak RTX System to support voice services that are well beyond standard "walkie-talkie" or basic cellular offerings. The breakthrough technology provides subscribers with features including instant availability, instant calling, instant conferencing and real-time updates of personal and group contacts, directly from the handset.

"3 Rivers Wireless and its parent company have track records of outpacing larger telecommunications companies in implementation of new technologies," Peterson said. "Our parent company installed the first digital switch west of the Mississippi for its wireline operations and the wireless entity was the first carrier to offer digital PCS service in Montana. Our subscribers include consumers, local business owners, enterprises and public service. These individuals and enterprises have wide-ranging needs for instant communications and are ready for the 'next-level' technology that only the Kodiak RTX System can provide. Kodiak delivers the richest feature set, best voice quality and lowest voice latency available in the wireless industry today."

"We're pleased that 3 Rivers Wireless has selected the Kodiak RTX System to enhance the value of voice services for its subscribers," said Richard Henderson, Kodiak Networks vice president sales-Americas. "Investing in the latest premium voice services is consistent with 3 Rivers' reputation for introducing innovative technology. We will work with 3 Rivers to bring these breakthrough services to market quickly and help 3 Rivers' subscribers experience the speed and convenience of instant voice communications in their daily lives."

3 Rivers Wireless is the seventh network operator worldwide to deploy the Kodiak RTX System. Additional operators who have chosen Kodiak technology to deliver ground-breaking advanced voice services to subscribers include: East Kentucky Network (d.b.a. Appalachian Wireless), Bluegrass Cellular, Cellcom and ALLTEL, headquartered in the United States; Orange S.A., based in Europe; and Asia Pacific operator IT&E, located in Guam.

About Kodiak Networks

Kodiak Networks (www.kodiaknetworks.com) is the leading advanced wireless systems innovator for network operators worldwide. The Kodiak Real-Time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System is a technology breakthrough, enabling operators to deliver premium, integrated wireless voice services to their customers. With the industry's best performance, fastest speed and lowest latency, the Kodiak RTX enables a new category of Advanced Voices Services, including instant availability, instant voice calling, group conferencing and real-time voice messaging. The standards-based, all-IP, packet-switched Kodiak RTX System can be incorporated into any existing cellular network, enabling carriers to increase their profit and customer retention and attract new customers without costly upgrades to network infrastructure.

Kodiak Networks offers both GSM and CDMA instant voice systems that can be easily scaled from independent operators to multinational carriers. In partnership with Orange, the Kodiak client is available on handsets provided by Nokia, Alcatel, LG, PalmOne and Sagem. Kodiak has relationships with several other global providers of handset technology and has numerous patents pending in the areas of high-speed packet switching, signaling and call control. Headquartered in northern California, Kodiak is a global organization, with facilities in Dallas, Texas; Bangalore, India; Swindon, United Kingdom; and Beijing, China.

About 3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc.

3 Rivers Telephone Cooperative, Inc. was incorporated in 1953. One of the largest and most progressive independent telephone companies in Montana, 3 Rivers and its subsidiaries operate local, long-distance, Internet, digital wireless (www.3riverswireless.com), direct broadcast satellite, interactive video and business telephone systems serving 26 rural exchanges, as well as most of the population centers in the state. Known for its progressive approach to technology, the cooperative delivers advanced systems and services to subscribers while retaining its original philosophy of providing superior, personalized customer service.
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