Waz Alliance and Tropos Networks team to provide Tempe WiFi metro zone for tonight's presidential debate

October 13, 2004

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TEMPE, Ariz. -- Tropos Networks, the leading supplier of equipment used to build metro-scale broadband networks, and Waz Alliance, a metro-scale outdoor service provider, today announced the immediate availability of Wi-Fi service in downtown Tempe, giving debate attendees, visitors, businesses, residents and students wireless high speed access to the Internet. Using Tropos Networks equipment, Waz has deployed a metro-scale, wireless mesh network that covers downtown Tempe, a two-mile stretch along downtown Tempe’s historic Mill Avenue, including the Gammage Auditorium on Arizona State University’s campus where the debates will be held tonight.

“Our goal was twofold. One was to enable visitors, residents and businesses to easily stay connected during the event. The second is to provide a long-term commercialized service for the entire community going forward,” said Mike Nasco, Managing Director of the Waz Alliance. “The Tropos system allowed us to quickly, easily and at low cost build the downtown network in record time. And because it is highly scalable, we can easily expand the network to accommodate future growth. We also plan to use the Tempe network as a template for providing services for as many as 30 university towns across the country in 18 months.”

For the Tempe service, Waz provides full service hourly, daily, monthly and special event pricing to meet everyone’s needs in the community.

For the Presidential debate as well as other special events, Waz is using a special mobile unit, which is a Tropos Wi-Fi cell mounted on an electric vehicle, to augment services and to provide service in fringe areas on a temporary basis.

The permanent network also uses Tropos 5110 Wi-Fi cells, an outdoor-optimized and ruggedized wireless mesh system based on the 802.11 standard. The Tropos 5110 quickly and economically uses the intelligent Tropos Predictive Wireless Routing Protocol (PWRP) to provide pervasive coverage over metro areas. The Tropos PWRP routes traffic wirelessly, eliminating up to 95% of the wired backhaul associated with traditional access point solutions. Tropos Wi-Fi cells form a wireless mesh, dynamically routing traffic along the highest throughput path to a wired gateway. This intelligent routing negates effects of radio frequency (RF) interference, wired backhaul failure and node failure. PWRP also scales to thousands of nodes with the lowest routing overhead in the industry. Network support costs are minimized via the central management capabilities of the Tropos Control Element Manager, a configuration, monitoring and maintenance tool.

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