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Tecore Networks Provides Lifesaving Communications in Yakutat, Alaska

As the Tide Rises the Award Winning Network in a Box (NIB)® Service Carries the Critical Call for Help


HANOVER, Md.--()--Tecore Networks, a global supplier of multi-technology 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructure, announced today that its Network in a Box (NIB) System in Yakutat, Alaska deployed just months prior by Cordova Wireless provided the lifesaving communications for two stranded hunters.

“While ubiquitous wireless coverage is expected in today’s urban and suburban areas, coverage in the far reaches of rural America still faces challenges today—and providing this service can sometimes be a matter of life and death for residents”

What began as a typical hunting trip for two brothers to an isolated reef in Yakutat Bay nearly turned tragic when the anchor of their skiff gave way and the boat started to drift out to sea. After a failed attempt to reclaim their boat from the icy water, the water soaked brothers thought they were out of options. As the tide rose across the reef, they soon realized they had a cell phone with them (purchased just days prior to the trip). Once they climbed to the highest location on the reef they were able to place the life saving call to their family. Within the hour help arrived and they were transported back to safety.

"It was the most amazing feeling on the planet, we thought we were going to die, but that cell phone saved our lives," said survivor Vernon Schumacher in a news article published by the Cordova Times.

“While ubiquitous wireless coverage is expected in today’s urban and suburban areas, coverage in the far reaches of rural America still faces challenges today—and providing this service can sometimes be a matter of life and death for residents,” said Jay Salkini, CEO of Tecore Networks,. “Our cutting-edge, rugged networks are now capable of overcoming the extreme challenges presented by austere environments such as rural Alaska and we are very pleased to be able to level the wireless playing field and make a difference in the lives of the people living in more remote areas.”

“Cordova Wireless Communications (CWC) is very happy to provide the people of Yakutat with the first wireless service the community has ever had. We knew our service would save lives, for that is the nature of the use of cell phones in rural Alaska. CWC is now reliant on regulatory agencies both State and Federal to receive certifications that will allow CWC to continue to provide service in the Yakutat service area,” said Paul Kelly, CEO and GM of Cordova.

While the wireless industry has shifted its focus to small cells and increased throughput, Tecore has maintained a focus to build systems and architectures that deliver the same capabilities and services available in highly populated areas to the rural and remote locations of America and around the world.

Tecore’s NIB is a compact and complete mobile communication core and RAN system designed to cost-effectively serve hundreds to several thousand subscribers, operating as an extension of an operator’s main network but capable of functioning independently in the event of backhaul issues. Its platform delivers game changing innovations for 4G HSPA+ and LTE network deployments. The NIB is built on its award winning network-in-a-box technology enabling ubiquitous service at the edge while optimizing bandwidth utilization. The NIB maximizes network availability in harsh or rural and remote deployments by leveraging key Tecore technology providing continued local operation when connectivity is lost with the rest of the network.

To read the full story about the rescue published in the Cordova Times go to: http://www.thecordovatimes.com/article/1316new-cordova-wireless-communications-cell

About Cordova Wireless Cordova Wireless Communication, Inc. is a wireless services company serving the Prince William Sound region in Alaska since 1996. Cordova Wireless, a subsidiary of Cordova Telephone Cooperative, focuses on providing its Member Owners with affordable state of the art technologies that keep them in pace with their urban counterparts. Cordova Wireless is committed to providing, improving, and expanding high quality and competitively priced communication services in Cordova and the surrounding area of Prince William Sound. For more information, visit www2.ctcak.net/wireless_specials.htm.

About Tecore Networks Tecore Networks is a pioneer global supplier of multi-technology 2G, 3G, and 4G mobile network infrastructure. Built with the same standards-based voice and data technologies available to global carriers on an IP-based architecture, we have dramatically enhanced functionality while minimizing space requirements, installation time and cost of ownership. We also offer integrated value-added features to enable our customers to increase ARPU and retention. Our solutions include core as well as radio access network infrastructure, supported by state-of-the-art professional services. Founded in 1991, Tecore is ISO 9001:2008 certified, and is a three-time winner of the Global Mobile (3GSM) Award. For more information, visit www.tecore.com.

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