Cellcom deploys Kodiak's Real-Time Exchange system to enable instant voice services with integrated press-to-talk capability

June 18, 2004

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SAN RAMON, Calif. -- Kodiak Networks, a leading provider of advanced wireless voice systems, announced that Cellcom, a locally owned wireless carrier headquartered in Green Bay, Wis., is commercially deploying the Kodiak Real-Time Exchange(TM) (RTX) System. The standards-based, all-IP, packet-switched Kodiak RTX System enables instant voice services with integrated press-to-talk capability. Cellcom is the third wireless network operator worldwide and the first local carrier to deploy Kodiak's RTX System. Cellcom will begin offering these real-time voice services on June 21, 2004, across its upper Midwest network.

"Kodiak is pleased to welcome Cellcom to the growing number of wireless carriers adopting our advanced wireless system," said Richard Henderson, Kodiak Networks vice president sales-Americas. "The highly scalable RTX System provides networks of any size with a powerful and cost-effective competitive tool -- the capability to offer premium voice services that increase minutes of use and average revenue per user, as well as attract and retain customers."

Cellcom will market these premium instant voice services under the name, Chirp(R). Using Chirp, Cellcom subscribers can -- for the first time -- see on their handsets exactly who is available to receive a real-time wireless call. No other press-to-talk technology supports this "availability" feature. In addition, Cellcom subscribers can take advantage of more Kodiak-enabled features, including instant calling, instant conferencing and instant voice messaging.

"Cellcom's Chirp service outperforms existing walkie-talkie services. When you are second to market, the product should be better than its predecessor," said Rob Riordan, Cellcom's executive vice president and director of corporate development. "Kodiak's technology is a dramatic leap forward, offering the speed, voice quality, roaming and features that customers need. In addition, it allows a regional company, such as ours, to offer service that competes with national networks. Sometimes it pays to wait for the best."

Kodiak Networks

Cellcom Israel Ltd.

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