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TowerStream Wins Prestigious SUPERQuest Award for Continuous Achievement in Broadband Wireless Network Operation

Innovative fixed wireless provider a leader in nation's top business metros, with Aperto-powered networks  

Boston, Mass. and Milpitas, Calif., (June 1, 2004) – TowerStream, a leading fixed wireless Internet provider in the U.S, has been selected by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) to receive a prestigious SUPERQuest award in conjunction with the upcoming SUPERCOMM 2004 in Chicago, Illinois. TowerStream is the sole wireless provider to receive such a distinction on this year's awards slate and has built an outstanding reputation for carrier-class reliability, rapid delivery and breakthrough economics. TowerStream's winning nomination featured the 802.16-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems of Aperto Networks, an exhibitor at this year's show.  

SUPERQuest is one of the telecommunications industry's most respected awards. In its seventh year, the award honors approximately 10 recipient service providers and vendors for excellence in backbone edge, core, access, wireless solutions, OSS/BSS and continuous achievement.  

According to Jack Chalden, general manager of SUPERCOMM, "The strength and resiliency of this industry is reflected in the SUPERQuest Award Winners and Runners-Up. These forward-thinking, innovative companies give promise to the continuing growth and development of this industry and show us exactly where we should be headed in the future." In every market it serves, TowerStream establishes multiple points-of-presence on top of the tallest structures to create a redundant, wireless ring in the sky that reaches businesses within a ten-mile radius. TowerStream's fixed wireless network delivers high-speed Internet access which supports VoIP, VPNs, bundled data, video services, bandwidth on demand and wireless redundancy. In addition, the company provides an unprecedented level of reliability backed by an industry-leading Service Level Agreement (SLA) and a no-risk, money-back guarantee. TowerStream is currently delivering high-speed wireless Internet access to over 600 businesses in major U.S. metropolitan areas including New York, Chicago, Boston and Providence. Several additional top-tier markets are on tap to launch later this year.  

"Due to our innovative business model, strong underlying infrastructure and independence from the telephone company, we are able to provide superior connectivity at half the price of a T-1, offering flexible and highly reliable Class of Service options," said TowerStream president and COO Jeff Thompson. "These assets allow us to pass substantial savings to our customers, install service in as little as 48 hours, and accommodate moves, additions and changes in minutes. We're thrilled to see our performance model honored by SUPERQuest, and look forward to expanding the service to additional markets."  

TowerStream also uses its unlicensed spectrum efficiently, with network nodes that carve its 125 MHz of spectrum in the 5.8 GHz frequency into 20 channels. Narrow channels, embedded QoS and the ability to dynamically adjust individual subscribers' links are enabled by TowerStream's vendor of choice, Aperto Networks. These features let TowerStream double its network capacity and re-use spectrum efficiently.  

About TowerStream

TowerStream is a leading fixed wireless broadband provider in the U.S. Founded in 2000, the company serves major U.S. markets including New York City, Chicago, the greater Boston, Providence and Newport, R.I. areas, and is aggressively expanding coverage throughout the country. The company is the first carrier selected to join the WiMAX Forum to assist leading vendors such as Intel, Fujitsu, Aperto Networks, Proxim and Alvarion in establishing industry compliance with international broadband wireless access standards and cross-vendor interoperability. For more information on TowerStream, please visit http://www.towerstream.com/.  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leader in 802.16-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide breakthrough solutions to the bottleneck in last-mile broadband access, and is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Its PacketWave® system is a family of base stations, subscriber units, radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployment. PacketWave's scalability and patented technologies support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is already deployed in 50 countries, meeting service provider needs for installation ease, IP-rich network functionality, cost effectiveness, rapid provisioning and interference resilience. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.