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06/30/2004 - Northwest Microwave Expands

Northwest Microwave, a Pacific Northwest regional pioneer in broadband wireless technology, has expanded its reach to include Washington, Oregon, and Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia. Northwest Microwave (NWM) has a point of presence in the Terabyte Triangle in the Paulsen Building and also a POP and co-location facilities in the US Bank Building. NWM also has points of presence (POP) in Coeur d'Alene and other areas in Idaho and Montana. Furthermore, through agreements with other carriers, they can take their Spokane customers nationwide.

While others are jumping on the wireless bandwagon, NWM has purchased dark fiber for their expansion from Seattle to Vancouver, BC. NWM has supplied the electronics, and is offering lit fiber services to their customers. NWM offers digital microwave and fiber optic services, including DS-1, DS-3, and OC-N products. NWM provides long-haul, point-to-point telecommunication circuits for commercial businesses, telecom and wireless carriers, Internet service providers, state and local governments, hospitals, libraries and schools.

Microwave transmissions can go economically where major carriers can't operate, and they can cross Local Area Transport Access (LATA) boundaries, according to Jonnie Lewis, Regional Sales Manager for NMW. LATA is a legal restriction that prevents local exchange carriers from reaching outside their assigned zone. Businesses with offices in several Inland Northwest cities, ISPs, and some cellular phone carriers use Northwest Microwave to simplify red tape and heightened cost caused by LATAs --- for example the Washington/Idaho boarder that separates businesses with offices in both Spokane and Coeur d'Alene. When using microwaves for long haul, the end user must provide a feed at both ends to connect to the microwave system --- a local loop. When a company chooses Northwest Microwave, NWM works with a LEC to provision the local loop. NWM does all the trouble shooting on the connections and circuits involved, but only bills for the microwave portion of the service. The LEC bills the other portion.

Northwest Microwave's backbone uses 6GHZ, 135Mb digital radios. Their repeaters use a variety of transports including: 18GHz 45Mb, 11GHz 90Mb, 6GHz 90 Mb to 135Mb, and OC-12 and OC - 48 fiber SONNET rings. Their service includes DS-1 and DS-3 private lines with data rates of 1.544 Mb/sec on the DS -1 and 45 Mb/sec on the DS-3. In some areas, Northwest Microwave is able to provide OC 3 - 12 connections. Service is all-digital and can transmit voice, data, and video to provide LAN and WAN interconnectivity that is ATM compatible. Microwave is deployed on licensed frequencies so that there is no interference.

"With this expansion, our customers can get a lot further than they could just one year ago," says Lewis. "We have also established relationships that enable our clients to connect to other areas such as Montana and Southern Idaho as well as rural areas in Oregon and several other areas throughout the United States". For more information, call Jonnie Lewis at (509) 317-2253, or 1-800-800-5347 or e-mail jonnie@nwmi.com. To learn more about Northwest Microwave, Inc., visit http://www.northwestmicrowave.com.

Billie Moreland
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