MIDDLETOWN, R.I., June 13, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Towerstream Corporation (Nasdaq:TWER), a leading 4G and Small Cell Rooftop Tower company, today announced that its Manhattan Wi-Fi network is one of the first networks to be named as a certified Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) by the WBA's Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP).
"The WBA's ICP is a crucial step towards end users having seamless integration between 3G/LTE networks and reliable high capacity Wi-Fi networks. Towerstream engineering has been working closely with the WBA team and we couldn't be more pleased with the results," said Arthur Giftakis, VP of Engineering and Operations at Towerstream.
The ICP outlines a set of Wi-Fi guidelines for mobile operators to standardize the way devices connect to and roam onto Wi-Fi networks. These guidelines include: security, data offload, device authentication, network implementation, charging models and billing mechanisms.
"With the WBA's Next Generation Hotspot, Wi-Fi networks will become seamlessly integrated into the mobile lifestyle and greatly enhance the user experience," said Jeff Thompson, CEO of Towerstream. "This tremendous step to integrate Wi-Fi into heterogeneous networks and mobile networks offers carriers a new opportunity and possible new revenue streams. We continue to applaud the WBA for their tremendous leadership in setting the path forward to a better connected world."
Shrikant Shenwai, CEO of the WBA, said: "It is great to see how the operator community has embraced the ICP, recognizing its value in improving the way in which it works together to deliver a more consistent roaming experience. Towerstream is one of the first to complete the initial network assessments and we are delighted that they have achieved compliancy. This neatly illustrates the growing momentum within the Wi-Fi roaming ecosystem, paving the way for the continued implementation of Next Generation Hotspot (NGH)."
About Towerstream Corporation
Towerstream (Nasdaq:TWER) is a leading 4G and Small Cell Rooftop Tower company. The company owns, operates, and leases Wi-Fi and Small Cell rooftop tower locations to cellular phone operators, tower, Internet and cable companies and hosts a variety of customers on its network. Towerstream was originally founded in 2000 to deliver fixed-wireless high-speed Internet access to businesses and to date offers broadband services in over 13 urban markets including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, the San Francisco Bay area, Miami, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, Nashville, Las Vegas-Reno, and the greater Providence area. For more information on Towerstream services, please visit www.towerstream.com and/or follow us @Towerstream.
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About Hetnets Tower Corporation
In early 2013, we formed a wholly owned subsidiary, Hetnets Tower Corporation ("Hetnets"). Since 2010, the Company has been exploring opportunities to leverage our fixed wireless network in urban markets to provide other wireless technology solutions and services. Over the past few years, a significant increase in mobile data generated by smartphones, tablets, and other devices has placed tremendous demand on the networks of the carriers. The Company believes that the wireless communications industry is experiencing a fundamental shift from its current, macro-cellular architecture to hyper-densified Small Cell architecture where existing cell sites will be supplemented by many smaller base stations operating near street level. The Company also believes that Wi-Fi will be an integral component of Small Cell architecture.
We have effectively transferred certain assets to Hetnets which is the operating entity for our shared wireless infrastructure segment. Hetnets plans to generate the majority of its revenue from (i) rental of space on street level rooftops for the installation of customer owned Small Cells which includes Wi-Fi antennae, DAS, and Metro and Pico cells, (ii) rental of a channel on Hetnets' Wi-Fi network for the offloading of mobile data, (iii) rental of cabinets, switch ports, interconnection services, including backhaul or transport, and (iv) rental of power and power backup.
About the Wireless Broadband Alliance
Founded in 2003, the aim of the Wireless Broadband Alliance (WBA) is to secure an outstanding user experience through the global deployment of next generation Wi-Fi. In order to make this a reality, the WBA is currently championing various initiatives in the Wi-Fi ecosystem including Next Generation Hotspot (NGH) trials, Wi-Fi Roaming and its Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP). Today, membership includes major fixed operators such as BT, Comcast and Time Warner Cable; seven of the top 10 mobile operator groups (by revenue) and leading technology companies such as Cisco, Google and Intel. WBA member operators collectively serve more than 1 billion subscribers and operate more than 5 million hotspots globally. The WBA Board includes AT&T, Boingo Wireless, BT, China Mobile, Cisco Systems, Intel Corporation, iPass, KT Corporation, NTT DOCOMO and Orange. www.wballiance.com
Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities laws, including, without limitation, anything relating or referring to future financial results and plans for future business development activities, and are thus prospective. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties, some of which cannot be predicted or quantified based on current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in reports filed by the Company with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, without limitation, risk related to our ability to deploy and expand small cell rooftop tower locations in the New York City and other key markets. Although the Company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Consequently, future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein. The Company undertakes no obligation to correct or update any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
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