Allstream Deploys AirMagnet

Allstream has selected AirMagnet Distributed 4.0 to support its recently launched Managed Local Area Network (LAN) service

May 5, 2004

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SUNNYVALE, Calif. -- AirMagnet, the leader in wireless LAN (WLAN) security and performance solutions, today announced that Allstream (TSX: ALR.A - News, ALR.B - News; NASDAQ: ALLSA - News, ALLSB - News), Canada's largest alternative communication solutions provider, has selected AirMagnet Distributed 4.0 to support its recently launched Managed Local Area Network (LAN) service, which offers enterprise customers a stable, flexible and secure hosted wireless LAN solution. Wireless Friendly, a leading Canadian wireless integrator and AirMagnet partner, worked with Allstream to implement the offering.

In order to ensure around-the-clock connectivity to its customers, Allstream will place Distributed sensors at customer sites to monitor for performance issues and security breaches, including traffic overload, rogue access points (APs) and clients, denial of service attacks, AP impersonation and unconfigured APs. The company will use Distributed's Wi-Fi "dashboard" -- installed in its Network Operations Centers (NOCs) -- to assist in managing customers' WLAN security policies. The AirMagnet dashboard provides a complete, "at a glance" view of the overall health and safety of the network.

The dashboard also includes advanced, drill-down tools to answer the "who", "what", "when", "where" and "why" of WLAN problem identification for easy and quick resolution. Additionally, Distributed boasts a tiered system of policy management that will let the company design a custom set of security and performance policies tailored to each customer's needs.

"AirMagnet Distributed will provide us with extensive insight into the health and performance of our customers' networks so that we can provide a comprehensive managed solution for their LAN infrastructure," said Jeff Crews, Vice President, Infrastructure Management and Solutions, Allstream. "This enables Allstream to focus more energy on developing and rolling out complete business solutions to our customers and in turn, our customers can focus on their core business."

"We are seeing more and more interest in deploying enterprise-wide wireless networks and it is critical to have the right solutions to manage them," said J.P. Tanguay, CEO and founder, Wireless Friendly. "AirMagnet's Distributed takes the hassle out of monitoring and maintaining a secure wireless network -- which is no small task -- and we find that it gives us a real competitive advantage to be able to offer our customers such an easy-to-use solution."

"As service providers forge into the hosted wireless network arena, it is critical that they are able to guarantee quality of service and connectivity to customers," said Dean Au, chief executive officer of AirMagnet, "AirMagnet is the best way to guarantee WLAN levels of service."

Allstream Corp.

AirMagnet Inc.

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