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SkyPilot Networks Expands Broadband Last-Mile Services with Additional International Frequencies; New Frequencies Extend Coverage Capabilities in the EU, Russia, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and parts of Asia and South America.

CHICAGO -- SkyPilot Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class wireless broadband systems, today announced the expanded coverage for two additional 5 GHz frequency bands to allow unlicensed service to a broader list of countries. In addition to providing coverage for the 5.8 GHz (5.725-5.850) frequency band, the SkyPilot products now have the capability to cover both the 5.1-5.4 GHz (5.150-5.450) and 5.4-5.7 GHz (5.450-5.725) bands as well. The 5.1-5.4 GHz frequency band is utilized in Russia, Japan, and several other countries while the 5.4-5.7 frequency band is utilized in the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, parts of Asia, and parts of South America. (NOTE: Please visit SkyPilot Networks at SUPERCOMM Booth # 36073.)

"As an industry, we're seeing the tremendous potential of wireless broadband services take hold on a global basis," said Bob Machlin, president and CEO of SkyPilot. "With access to a broader unlicensed spectrum, service providers from around the world can now build carrier-class wireless networks with ease at a fraction of the cost of deploying copper- or fiber-based solutions. Competitively-priced broadband services can now be made available in areas that were underserved or inaccessible by traditional Internet access technologies."

These additional frequencies will take advantage of SkyPilot's non-line of sight (NLOS) capabilities and OFDM modulation as well as leverage SkyPilot's unique combination of long range point-to-point links and sophisticated mesh networking capabilities.

"We have already deployed many SkyPilot's products in Australia and New Zealand in 5.8 GHz, and are now very excited at the opportunity to take advantage of the huge additional frequency," said Paul Wallace, CEO of Wi-MAN, one of SkyPilot's premier channel partners in Australia. "This additional green-fields spectrum will allow us to scale SkyPilot rollouts across entire cities with great density. It also provides us with greater flexibility providing more depth to our channel assignment program, also assisting our spectrum re-use."

Pricing and Availability

The additional frequency bands are available as options within SkyPilot's existing products starting in July. Each frequency band will be selectable through a different model number of the product. Product pricing will remain the same regardless of frequency band: SkyGateway base station -- US list price US$3,499, international list price US$4,899; SkyExtender DualBand mesh backhaul plus access point -- US list price US$1,799, international list price US$2,499; SkyExtender mesh backhaul plus CPE -- US list price US$1,199, international list price US$1,699; and SkyConnector indoor and outdoor CPE -- US list price US$399, international list price US$549.

About SkyPilot Networks

SkyPilot Networks is a leading provider of carrier-class wireless broadband systems that enable carriers, network operators, and service providers of all sizes to easily deploy cost-effective last-mile IP-based services. The SkyPilot solution offers quick time-to-revenue and a compelling return-on-investment by extending reach, routing around obstacles, and increasing deployment flexibility, thereby dramatically reducing equipment and operating costs. The SkyPilot products provide a highly scalable and reliable wireless mesh network with a choice of subscriber access options. SkyPilot Networks is a privately held company based in Santa Clara, California. For more information on SkyPilot and its solutions, contact pr@skypilot.com or visit http://www.skypilot.com.
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