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NEW ORLEANS -– Tropos Networks, the proven leader in delivering truly ubiquitous, metro-scale, Wi-Fi mesh network systems, today announced that, in cooperation with SkyTel Corporation, Pronto Networks and Motorola, it has unwired a portion of the historic Warehouse District of New Orleans. The Tropos MetroMesh network, part of a test project that SkyTel is conducting, is fully operational and available for attendees of CTIA Wireless 2005, being held at New Orleans’ Ernest N. Morial Convention Center March 14 – 16, 2005. SkyTel is sponsoring free Wi-Fi access via the Tropos MetroMesh network to convention goers and other visitors to the neighborhood for the duration of CTIA.

The trial network is owned and operated by SkyTel. It uses Tropos MetroMesh routers to provide access to standard Wi-Fi clients anywhere in the coverage area. Motorola’s CanopyTM multi-point wireless broadband links connect the Tropos mesh network to SkyTel’s network operations center. A Pronto Networks Pronto Hotspot Controller provides captive portal services and manages user access.

“SkyTel views metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh networks as an important new technology with great business potential,” said Bruce Deer, President of SkyTel. “Bringing broadband access to areas where it was previously unavailable or unaffordable is a major objective for us. Our selection of Tropos Networks as our vendor partner allowed us to deploy a robust broadband network much more quickly, simply and at a lower cost than previously thought possible.”

“We are delighted to work with SkyTel, Pronto and Motorola on this network,” said Ron Sege, President and CEO of Tropos. “It will provide many users with their first taste of metro-scale Wi-Fi, beginning with CTIA Wireless 2005 and plants the seed for future expansion throughout municipalities such as New Orleans.”

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