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Telecommunications Industry Experts Launch Novarum, New Wireless Broadband Advisory Firm

Publishes first survey of Metro Wi-Fi and cellular data services performance and availability in six North American cities

San Francisco – November 14, 2006 As wireless broadband networks and services proliferate, there is a critical need for reliable independent auditing of these next generation networks and services. To address this need, Novarum, a new wireless technologies advisory firm today launched strategic consulting and testing services for organizations involved in the design and deployment of wireless broadband networks including system integrators, service providers, venture capital firms, carriers and municipalities.

As a foundation for its work, Novarum is conducting an ongoing survey of wireless networks in North America using standard client equipment and commercially proven tools and methodology. The Novarum Wireless Broadband Review will provide objective information on the performance, service availability and ease-of-use of next generation wireless networks based on real world testing. Novarum today announced the immediate availability of the first installment of its review covering six cities for Q3 2006, based on the firm’s current research.

Novarum was founded by wireless industry experts Phil Belanger and Ken Biba who have held leadership positions with innovative wireless and networking companies Xircom, Aironet, Wayport, Vivato and BelAir Networks.

“Novarum will provide the first standardized testing of wireless networks from a user’s perspective,” stated Ken Biba, Novarum Co-Founder and Managing Director. “We are cutting through the industry hype and gathering data about these networks to help cities, service providers and vendors make informed decisions about the deployment of wireless networks. We will help them evaluate wireless networking technology alternatives and validate the performance of existing networks.”

Novarum’s ongoing multi-city survey evaluates the performance and availability of networks based on Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G cellular technologies. The Q3 2006 edition of the review is available now and includes reports on wireless services in Anaheim, Galt, Palo Alto, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale and Cupertino California.

Initial Novarum findings for the first six cities include:

  • Metro Wi-Fi, on average, was more available than true 3G and delivered twice the performance of 3G data services
  • Cellular data services are more mature, easier to use and deliver a more consistent user experience than Metro Wi-Fi today
  • The EarthLink Feather service in Anaheim was the best Metro Wi-Fi Service in Q3
  • The HSDPA cellular service in Santa Clara provided the best 3G data service in Q3

The Novarum Wireless Broadband Review is available on a subscription basis or as a custom set of reports. With an annual subscription, clients receive advisory services from Novarum analysts. Novarum also conducts private testing and analysis of wireless networks for cities or service providers to validate that their networks meet coverage, performance and service level requirements. For more information, please visit www.novarum.com/NWBR.

About Novarum
Novarum Inc. provides comprehensive broadband wireless advisory, analysis and testing services. Novarum’s management team offers over 50 years of combined technical, business and executive experience in the wireless industry making it the ideal partner for service providers, municipalities, enterprises or wireless infrastructure vendors seeking trusted information on broadband wireless technologies and services. The company is headquartered in San Francisco. For more information, please visit www.novarum.com


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Press Contact:

Phil Belanger

Managing Director