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Altobridge Drives Growth with US$12 million Funding from Intel Capital and IFC

Altobridge to:

- Increase pace of roll-out of low-operating-cost remote communications solution
- Commercialise low-cost mobile broadband solution based on unique data optimisation techniques

Kerry Technology Park, Ireland, March 14th 2011: Altobridge Limited - leaders in technology that cuts the cost of delivering voice and broadband data services across wireless networks - has, today, announced that Intel Capital and IFC will together invest US$12 million in the company.

This Series C funding round, led by Intel Capital, will provide Altobridge with additional capital to accelerate the pace of roll-out of its award winning low-capital-cost/ low-operational-cost wireless communications solution. This solution is coming under increasing demand to meet the wireless communications requirements of remote communities, enterprises and schools of the world's emerging markets. The funding will also allow the company to commercialise its mobile broadband solution: Altobridge Data-at-the-Edge™ - a technology that demonstrates a significant reduction in data bandwidth requirements on mobile networks.

Mike Fitzgerald, Altobridge Chief Executive, said, "Our technology enables mobile network operators in emerging markets to cost effectively extend their broadband services to the billion people of the world on the other side of the digital divide. Our Data-at-the-Edge™ solution reduces mobile network operators' backhaul requirements by at least 50%. This strategic investment by Intel Capital and IFC will enable us to scale commercially and to advance our R&D to further reduce transmission costs for mobile network operators.

"Data congestion in urban area wireless networks and connecting remote communities in rural areas are major challenges for communication service providers," said Marcos Battisti, Director of Intel Capital Western Europe and Israel. "Altobridge has developed the technology and is marketing products that address these issues in a cost-effective way. Our investment in Altobridge will help accelerate the company's growth and wider adoption of its technology".

Commenting on its investment, Kent Lupberger, IFC Global Head of Telecom, Media and Technology, said, "Altobridge offers an affordable, energy-efficient, solar-powered solution that will improve the ability of telecom operators to deliver low-cost mobile communication services in developing countries, helping spur innovation and increase economic growth."

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About Altobridge
Altobridge wireless network solutions provide a lower capital and lower operating cost option for the delivery of voice and mobile broadband services, enabling mobile network operators to connect unconnected communities and enterprises at minimum cost.

Central to this lie a series of patented and patent-pending technologies namely: Data at the Edge™ (data optimisation in wireless networks), Local Connectivity™ (local voice switching) and Split Architecture™ (transmission and power optimisation), all of which - individually and combined - drive down communications delivery costs for mobile network operators, by reducing backhaul and power-consumption costs.

Altobridge solutions are deployed and operational in over 20 countries worldwide.

The company is headquartered in Ireland and has four further bases in Malaysia, Indonesia, China and the US covering sales, R&D, customer support and manufacturing.

Visit: www.altobridge.com

Altobridge Contacts:

Tim Guest
Phone: +44 7956 257 069
Email: [email protected]

Peter Tuomey
Phone: +44 7765 665 045
Email: [email protected]

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