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ClearSky and NEC Enter into Agreement to Support “Femtocell as a Service” Trial with National Wireless Carrier

ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of mobile data services to regional wireless carriers, today announced its agreement with NEC Corporation of America (NEC) to support a Femtocell as a Service (FaaS) market trial for a national North American wireless carrier.

The trial customer is one of a growing number of carriers that prefer to outsource their entire wireless network. Outsourcing frees carriers to focus on increasing market share, promoting their brand, meeting subscriber needs, and differentiating themselves from competitors. Additionally, carriers that outsource their network infrastructure benefit from reduced CapEx and quicker time to market.

“We believe Femtocells can be deployed by rural carriers to cost effectively address a number of operational challenges including reducing roaming costs by filling coverage gaps in their own markets, offloading data traffic from their core network, and eliminating poor coverage within their subscribers’ residences,” said Tony Tagliareni, ClearSky Chief Sales & Marketing Officer. “NEC’s Femtocell Gateway and corresponding plug-and-play Residential, Enterprise and Outdoor Femtocell Access Points (FAPs) provide the platform to address all of these challenges. Offering this technology as a hosted service puts Femtocell deployment within reach for all rural operators.”

“In order to accommodate the needs of our growing customer base, it was crucial for us to find a partner to offer FasS; ClearSky was the obvious choice for our North American market with more than 15 years of hosting network infrastructure, along with a reach of 80 carrier clients,” said Masaaki Nakajima, Senior Vice President, NEC Corporation of America, Carrier Solutions.

About NEC Corporation of America

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometrics products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry’s broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, virtualized and carrier network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in over 44 countries and more than $37 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit www.necam.com.

i Wireless Chooses ClearSky for Traffic and Policy Management and Renews Long-term Contract

ClearSky Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of mobile data services to regional wireless carriers, today announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Iowa Wireless Services, LLC (dba i wireless) for Total Traffic Manager (TTM). Additionally, the long-standing ClearSky client signed a long-term renewal of their existing agreement for other services including Mobile Internet Gateway, MMS, mobile analytics and more.

i wireless, along with many other rural carriers, has been challenged with the need to increase data capacity to satisfy a small number of bandwidth-hungry users, which is not cost effective. ClearSky’s TTM will allow i wireless to manage their existing network resources more efficiently while increasing revenue from newly conceived data plans based on subscriber usage trends.

TTM provides sophisticated real-time traffic and policy enforcement, allowing i wireless to:

  • Facilitate new charging/billing mechanisms for value-added services.
  • Satisfy subscribers by fair allocation of resources.
  • Provide more tailored choices and entry-level data plans to subscribers, thus maximizing data ARPU.
  • Define and enforce network policies.
  • Ensure traffic flow continues unaffected, even if capacity limits are exceeded.
  • Detect tethering and allow subscribers to opt-in to a data plan that enables tablet and laptop tethering.

“The popularity of video streaming and peer-to-peer file sharing sites can quickly tax a carrier’s resources, and cause a major inconvenience to the remaining subscribers who are left with congested airwaves. ClearSky’s TTM allows us to assign policies on data traffic in a way that promotes fair allocation of resources while retaining the extreme heavy users, thus providing excellent service for all our subscribers and avoiding the high cost of additional capacity,” said Maggie Squires, i wireless Director of Marketing.

“Smartphone apps, unlimited data plans, and bill shock notification requirements make traffic management an essential tool to balance airwaves while accommodating active users and minimizing costs,” said ClearSky Chief Sales & Marketing Officer Tony Tagliareni. “We are proud to expand our long-term and highly-valued relationship with i wireless to include a cost-effective solution to manage their rapid growth in data traffic and create new services to increase data ARPU.”

About i wireless

Founded in 1997 and headquartered in Urbandale, Iowa, i wireless is a partnership between T-Mobile USA and Iowa Network Services (a consortium of 127 Iowa Independent Telecommunications Companies). i wireless has over 250 full-service company stores and authorized dealers across Iowa, western Illinois, and eastern Nebraska, and offer customers access to the world’s largest and fastest wireless voice and data network. For more information, visit www.iwireless.com.