Ikano, Google Collaborate

Ikano and Google collaborate to offer Google Apps email and communications services to ISPs nationwide

April 8, 2008

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SALT LAKE CITY -- IKANO Communications Inc., (http://www.ikano.com) the nation's leading aggregator of ISP services, announced today that it is teaming up with Google (http://www.google.com) to deploy Google Apps(TM) -- Google's web-based platform for communication and collaboration. The collaboration will allow IKANO to help mid-sized Internet Service Providers, generally with 100,000 or less subscribers, to expand service offerings to end users, while reducing technology and support expenses and maintaining existing branding.

IKANO plans to migrate its current end users to Google Apps in the second quarter of this year. Thereafter, IKANO will extend the offering to its large base of wholesale and private label ISP customers. These customers purchase aggregated Internet access (DSL and Dialup), email and other IP solutions that IKANO bundles from major telco and other service providers in the U.S. and Canada.

With Google Apps, IKANO's ISP customers will now have access to Google's popular communications tools such as Gmail(TM) email, Google Docs(TM) collaboration, Google Calendar(TM) shared calendaring, Google Talk(TM) instant messaging, and the Start Page feature for creating a customizable home page. These services, powered by Google, are available to users via any Internet-connected computer and many mobile devices.

"Many ISPs are looking to take themselves out of the technology and infrastructure maintenance business so they can focus on their customers," said George Naspo, IKANO CEO. "Google Apps allows ISPs to utilize Google's dynamic communication and collaboration applications under the ISPs' own domain names. Branded Google Apps services can bring new life into the ISPs product line at very little cost. Google's robust communication tools, mobile email, and calendar services will give service providers nationwide a rich technology path into the future."

Ikano Communications Inc.

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