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Interop Technologies Names Fred Tannenbaum and Brian Rich to Board of Directors

Experienced wireless professionals provide legal and financial expertise to support further company growth

FORT MYERS, FL.February 10, 2011Interop Technologies, a provider of core wireless solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, has added two new members to its board of directors. Fred Tannenbaum, Managing Partner of the Chicago law firm Gould & Ratner LLP, and Brian Rich, Managing Partner of New York-based Catalyst Investors LLC, will advise Interop Technologies on business strategy and operations.

Drawing on their strong backgrounds in the wireless business, Tannenbaum and Rich will provide additional legal and financial expertise to the Interop board and support the company’s plans for further growth.

Tannenbaum has been a practicing business lawyer for more than 25 years and has been involved in the telecommunications industry since the early days of cellular. He has represented wireless service more

Wireless History Foundation Opens Nominations for 2011 Wireless Hall of Fame

Industry Participants Encouraged to Nominate Outstanding Individuals

AUSTIN, TXFebruary 9, 2011Today the Wireless History Foundation (WHF) announced that nominations for the 2011 Wireless Hall of Fame will be due no later than March 31. Nominations will be accepted in four categories: Service Provider, Technology, Industry Associate, and Pioneer. A candidate must be recommended by one nominator and two seconders. Nomination forms and guidelines are available on the WHF website at http://www.wirelesshistoryfoundation.org/NominationForm.html.

Last year the WHF inducted four individuals at the inaugural Wireless Hall of Fame Dinner, bringing the total number of inductees to 28. The Wireless Hall of Fame program began in 2000. Current members contributed to ground-breaking achievements in all areas of technology, business, and public service. Eligibility for the Wireless Hall of Fame is based on an individual’s contributions to the advancement of wireless services, products, and programs.

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Interop Technologies Hosted CDMA OTA Solution for Wireless Provisioning Chosen by Cox Communications

SS7-Based Solution Provides Fast, Accurate Activations for Mobile Handsets

FORT MYERS, FL.Feb. 8, 2011Interop Technologies, the premier provider of core wireless solutions for messaging, device management, and gateway connectivity, today announced that Cox Communications, the third largest cable operator in the United States, has selected Interop’s hosted CDMA OTA solution to automate device activation at the point-of-sale.

The Interop hosted CDMA OTA provisioning offering is IS-683 compliant and provides a highly efficient, low-cost way for network operators to provision the Number Assignment Module (NAM), improving customer experience and reducing operating costs.

Wireless operators will need a highly reliable, accurate, and cost effective OTA solution for OTASP devices for the foreseeable future, said Fred Farrell, Vice President Sales, North America, Interop Technologies. Interop’s hosted solution satisfies this need and provides the flexibility to migrate easily to a turnkey solution and next-generation services.

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West Central Wireless to Provide Picture and Video Messaging by Deploying Interop Technologies Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC)

Customers benefit from the latest technology and West Central Wireless benefits from high visibility into network

FORT MYERS, FLJanuary 18, 2011Interop Technologies, a provider of core solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, announced that it will provide West Central Wireless, based in San Angelo, Texas, with its hosted Multimedia Message Service Center (MMSC) solution. The implementation will enable West Central Wireless to offer customers the most up-to-date messaging features available.

The Interop Technologies MMSC will enable West Central Wireless customers to combine photos with text, audio, images, videos, and animations to send to others. They will even have access to an MMS Composer to manipulate pictures with effects and audio clips for distribution to friends’ mobile devices via MMS.

Together with the Interop Technologies hosted Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) Gateway, West Central Wireless will have high visibility into more

Verizon Wireless Selects SkyCross Antennas to Enable LTE Devices Showcased at 2011 CES

SkyCross Technology Optimizes High-Speed Wireless Connectivity,
Supports Up to 10 Frequency Bands

LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and VIERA, Fla.— From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SkyCross, a global designer and manufacturer of antenna solutions, announced that its versatile, high-performance antenna technologies are enabling wireless connectivity for multiple devices operating on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

SkyCross antennas are incorporated in the following devices being demonstrated in the Verizon Wireless booth at 2011 International CES: tablet computers from Acer and Cisco, a home automation control point from Ionics EMS, Inc., and additional products fostered through the Verizon Wireless LTE Innovation Center.

Antennas are a significant part of LTE devices since multifunction, multiband devices require multiple antennas for full broadband connectivity. Over the past 10 years, SkyCross has built a commercial knowledge base and an extensive portfolio of patented antenna designs and techniques for more

SkyCross Collaborates With Verizon Wireless, Ionics EMS, and Others for Connected Home Demonstration at 2011 International CES

SkyCross iMAT Antenna Provides High-Performance MIMO Connectivity For Home Automation Computer

LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, N.J. and VIERA, FL – From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SkyCross, a global designer and manufacturer of antenna solutions, announced that its high-performance, Isolated Mode Antenna Technology (iMAT) is being used to demonstrate high-speed wide area connectivity with an Ionics EMS control point computer, which provides remote access and control of home automation systems over the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network.

SkyCross Isolated Mode Antenna Technology (iMAT) is a unique, patented technology for ultra-fast broadband networks that enables a single device antenna to deliver the performance benefits of multiple antennas without creating interference issues. This technology can enable device throughputs of up to the theoretical maximum of the LTE standard. iMAT also supports up to 10 operating frequencies, including those for 3G, 2G, and Wi-Fi more

SkyCross Develops MIMO Antenna Solutions for Popular Tablet Computer Form Factor

SkyCross Demonstrates 4G LTE High-Speed Connectivity with the T-Series™ Line of Antennas for Tablet Computers at 2011 International CES

LAS VEGAS, BASKING RIDGE, N.J., and VIERA, Fla. – From the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), SkyCross, a global designer and manufacturer of antenna solutions, announced that it has developed antenna technology specifically suited for the tablet segment. Combining the features of antennas from both notebook computers and mobile smartphones, the SkyCross T-Series™ line of high-performance antennas for tablet computer products provides high efficiency, small size and multi-band performance for MIMO 3G/4G mobile broadband access and 802.11n Wi-Fi. The T-Series™ antenna solution, incorporated into a 10.1-inch tablet platform from Acer and taking advantage of the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, is being demonstrated in the Verizon Wireless booth at 2011 International CES.

Wireless devices are evolving very rapidly as consumer demand and mobile broadband networks converge. SkyCross is building on its 10 years of industry leadership to enable the successful growth of 4G through more

SkyCross Appoints Naskar As New CEO and Chairman

VIERA, FL–Nov. 17, 2010–SkyCross, a global developer and manufacturer of advanced antenna solutions, today announced it has appointed Ben Naskar, a wireless industry veteran, to the position of CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors. Naskar succeeds outgoing Chairman and Acting CEO, Dennis McKenna, who had previously announced his plan to retire at the end of 2010.

In Ben Naskar, we have successfully recruited a senior executive with extensive knowledge, experience, and relationships in the wireless device ecosystem, McKenna said. His expertise in our core market segments will enable him to immediately contribute to the ongoing growth of the company.

Naskar has more than 20 years of experience in the wireless semiconductor industry. Prior to joining SkyCross, he was a corporate officer, vice president, and general manager of the Wireless Networking Business Unit at Atheros Communications. In this position, Naskar grew business unit revenue by 200 more

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Interop Technologies Successfully Completes 4G Interoperability Test with ARRIS Mobility Application Server

FORT MYERS, FLOct. 6, 2010 Interop Technologies, a provider of core solutions for messaging, device management, and connectivity gateways, announced today that it has successfully completed testing of its 4G-ready Short Message Service Center (SMSC) 4 Series with the ARRIS Mobility Application Server (MAS). ARRIS specializes in the design, engineering, and supply of technology supporting triple- and quad-play broadband services worldwide.

The successful outcome of the integration testing ensures that any mobile network operator running the ARRIS MAS and the Interop Technologies SMSC 4 Series can support IP-based messaging protocols as well as SS7-based, legacy messaging.

The ARRIS MAS provides full SIP-based Dual Mode Fixed Mobile Convergence (FMC) with support for seamless roaming and handover between circuit-switched and IP networks. Offloading voice, messaging, and data services to IP networks reduces operators’ costs and provides opportunities to offer competitive service packages.

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INTEROP TECHNOLOGIES EXPANDS PROTOCOL SUPPORT FOR 4G MESSAGING GATEWAY

FORT MYERS, Fla.Oct. 6, 2010Interop Technologies, the premier provider of core wireless solutions for messaging, device management, and gateway connectivity, today announced that its 4G Messaging Gateway now supports three new variations of the IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS)/Session Initiation Protocol (SIP).

Operators using the Interop Technologies hosted technology gateway can now take advantage of plain text, CDMA-encoded, and GSM-encoded SIP support to maintain seamless messaging interoperability with legacy handsets and networks.

Interop initially announced availability of its highly modular, scalable, and extensible 4G Messaging Gateway in October 2009 and indicated that support for more IP protocols would be added. The company’s use of gateway layer protocol converters easily accommodates new protocols without changes to the messaging core or services layers. Neither today’s functionality enhancement nor the initial availability of 4G messaging for hosted customers required any changes in configuration or billing, nor was any intervention more