Pioneer Cellular Selects Performance Technologies' SEGway STP Solution

4/13/2005 - Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX), a leading developer of integrated systems, platforms, components and software, announced Pioneer Cellular is using the company’s SEGway(TM) 6200 Mini-STP to consolidate SS7 traffic on the Pioneer wireless cellular network, allowing the company to significantly reduce costs while offering value-add, next-generation services to customers.

Pioneer provides revenue-generating services with CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) technology, such as picture and text messaging, mobile Web browsing and downloadable applications. Performance Technologies’ SEGway Mini-STP is enabling the company to offer competitive long distance telecommunications and expanded user services for residential and business customers, without incurring additional costs. Performance Technologies offers a suite of feature-rich STP solutions that allow small and mid-size carriers to manage and take control of their SS7 network and reduce the requirement for costly, leased SS7 links.

“In a business as competitive as the wireless industry, it is imperative that we find ways to surpass our competitors in terms of the services we offer,” said Richard Ruhl, general manager of Pioneer Cellular and Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc. “Performance Technologies’ Mini-STP is a compelling solution that enables us to offer the same services as a large carrier, while utilizing our existing infrastructure. Without the SEGway Mini-STP, we would not be able to offer customers the value-add services we are offering today.”

For smaller wireless operators, the costs associated with SS7 port charges for connectivity into core signaling networks are high, and purchasing a traditional STP is prohibitively expensive. Performance Technologies’ SEGway STP solutions offer an ideally scaled and priced alternative for small and mid-size carriers. Deploying a small scale STP allows the carrier to consolidate SS7 traffic onto fewer links and perform some routing within their network. Decreasing the traffic load backhauled on leased SS7 facilities and using these links more efficiently can significantly reduce STP port requirements.

“Today’s telephone operators continue to face economic pressures that prompt them to seek out new solutions for lowering operating costs, improving the quality of the services they offer and deploying new revenue-generating services to customers,” said Deb Brunner-Walker, signaling product manager for Performance Technologies. “Our SEGway STP solutions provide one way for operators like Pioneer Cellular to reduce SS7 infrastructure costs while taking control of their own SS7 networks.”

About Pioneer Cellular
Pioneer Cellular is a Partnership Group comprised of Pioneer Telephone Cooperative, Inc., KanOkla Telephone Association, South Central Communications of Kansas, and Hinton Cellular Company in Hinton, Oklahoma. Established in 1988, the group serves customers in 12 counties in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma, with plans of expanding wireless coverage in all of Western Oklahoma and Southern Kansas through a strategic roaming alliance. Pioneer Cellular provides services with CDMA 1X technology such as Picture and Text Messaging, Data Browsing and downloadable BREWTM applications. Visit for more information.

About Performance Technologies
Performance Technologies (Nasdaq NM: PTIX) develops the systems, platforms, components and software solutions for the world's evolving communications infrastructure. Our broad customer base includes companies in the communications, military and commercial markets. Serving the industry for more than 20 years, our complete line of embedded and system-level products enables equipment manufacturers and service providers to offer highly available and fully-managed systems with time-to-market, performance and cost advantages.

Performance Technologies is headquartered in Rochester, New York. Additional operational and engineering facilities are located in San Diego and San Luis Obispo, California; Norwood, Massachusetts and Ottawa, Canada. For more information, visit or contact

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