Sun and Pronto Networks Develop Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance

3/24/2004 - Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) and Pronto Networks, a leading provider of carrier-class OSS solutions for large Wi-Fi hot spot networks, have developed an end-to-end, appliance that enables operators to quickly and cost-effectively rollout a medium-sized public hotspot network licensed for 25, 50 or 100 hotspots and is designed for distribution via Sun Authorized iForce Channel Partners. The iForce(TM) Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance, Powered by Sun and Pronto, builds on the companys' common commitment to provide products and solutions that reduce cost and complexity.

The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance, Powered by Sun and Pronto, is a complete, end-to-end service delivery solution for public hotspots, providing complete back office functionality required for deploying and remotely managing public Wi-Fi networks. These capabilities include remote provisioning of hotspot controllers, authentication, access control, splash page customization, walled garden support, pre-paid and post-paid billing, Quality of Service controls, remote network management, trouble ticketing and customer care, and roaming settlement with major aggregators. The appliance comes with a web-based administration utility for rapid installation at an operator's Network Operations Center (NOC).

"The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot appliance is designed to meet the needs of mid-tier operators that are looking for an easy-to-use, easy-to-deploy solution that will enable them to capitalize on the rapid growth in the public hotspot market," said Stuart Wells, senior vice president, Market Development Organization, Sun Microsystems. "The integrated Wi-Fi hotspot appliance based on Pronto's carrier-grade, robust Wi-Fi service delivery platform and components of the Sun Java System software and Sun Fire servers is an out-of-the-box, highly reliable solution that is ready to deploy."

"Teaming with Sun enables Pronto to provide a premiere, turnkey solution as Sun provides a wide range of Solaris and Linux OS based platforms to build appliances, and the iForce nationwide distribution channel is an excellent means to reach the operators most suited to use the appliance," said Jasbir Singh, president and CEO of Pronto Networks. "We are pleased to be taking our relationship with Sun to the next level by offering a superior appliance that is both feature-rich and reliable."

Operators looking to deploy more than 100 hotspots have the option of installing Pronto's carrier-grade OSS software on a wide range of scalable Sun Netra(TM) systems, enabling more flexibility with legacy system integration, deployment of WLAN hardware from multiple vendors and introduction of value-add services, such as VoWLAN.

Pronto and Sun Microsystems will be demonstrating the iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance at the CTIA Wireless 2004 conference in Atlanta, GA, on March 22-24, in the Sun Partner Pavillion (Hall B, Booth 4359).

The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance will be available via Sun Authorized iForce Partners at the end of April. Pricing starts at $14,995. Each Hotspot Controller is $799. The iForce Wi-Fi Hotspot Appliance is offered both on a Solaris-based Sun Fire V210 server and a Linux-based Sun Fire V60x server. For more information, please visit

About Pronto Networks
Pronto Networks, based in Pleasanton, Calif., provides carrier-class Operations Support Systems (OSS) that enable network operators to deploy and manage large public hot spot networks. The company's software handles provisioning, configuration, authentication, access control, security, pre-paid and post-paid billing, and roaming settlement for large public WLAN networks, in addition to remotely managing and updating multi-vendor hardware and Wi-Fi switches. Pronto Networks is funded by BV Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and the Intel Communications Fund. In 2003, Pronto Networks received several awards including Wired Magazine's Top 25 Wi-Fi Companies to Watch, the AlwaysOn list of Top 100 Private Companies, and Computerworld's Innovative Technology Awards. For more information about Pronto Networks, please visit

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Solaris, Sun Fire, Java, iForce, Sun Netra, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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