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Press Release -- March 23rd, 2011
Source: XO Holdings
Tags: Ethernet, Exchange, Private Line, Video

XO Communications Announces New Teaming Agreement with Exalt Communications

  • Strengthens Carrier Wireless Access Service Offering for Wholesale Community

HERNDON, VA – March 23, 2011 – XO Communications (OTCBB: XOHO) today announced that it has entered into a teaming agreement with Exalt Communications, Inc., a manufacturer of next generation microwave backhaul systems, to jointly pursue business opportunities with telecommunications service providers and wireless carriers utilizing XO licensed Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) spectrum. This teaming agreement further enhances XO Communications’ carrier-grade broadband wireless access service offering for the wholesale market.

XO Carrier Wireless Access Service offers competitive alternative access for high-speed network services and provides an ideal solution for companies looking to expand the availability of their high-speed service offerings, as well as for those in need of an additional level of network redundancy and business continuity.

Under the agreement with Exalt, XO Communications will offer spectrum access for use with Exalt microwave backhaul systems developed specifically to XO Communications’ LMDS bands which include 28 GHz, 29 GHz, and 31 GHz frequencies.

For Exalt, electing to participate in this teaming agreement was an easy decision. “Together, we offer customers the unparalleled network assets of XO Communications with best-of-breed Exalt microwave backhaul systems. It’s a winning combination,” said Amir Zoufonoun, CEO of Exalt Communications.

“Microwave is a proven and necessary means for delivering high bandwidth Ethernet backhaul, not only to macro cells but micro and pico cells in high density urban areas,” said Ernie Ortega, president of XO Carrier Services. “XO’s Carrier Wireless Access Service, leveraging our licensed LMDS spectrum, is uniquely suited to address this market need due to the extensive reach, flexible channel size, smaller allowable antennas, and speed to market capabilities.”

As the nation’s largest holder of licensed Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) spectrum with coverage in 81 metropolitan markets across the United States, XO Communications is leveraging this wireless technology, where available, to extend the reach of its 19,000-mile nationwide fiber network. From wireless hubs deployed on its expansive fiber network, XO Communications can connect customer locations directly to its network via high-speed point-to-point wireless links at speeds from 100Mbps to 1Gbps to deliver a number of services including Ethernet, VPN and private line services, as well as provide network redundancy and business continuity solutions. Benefits of XO Carrier Wireless Access include:

  • High-Speed Network Access: Proven carrier–grade solution supporting Fast-E and Gig-E connectivity to locations without direct fiber access.
  • Cost-Effective & Affordable: Economical alternative to costly network builds or upgrades in areas where fiber access is limited or otherwise unavailable.
  • Business Continuity: Provides an additional level of network redundancy in the event of network outages caused by extreme weather conditions, fiber cuts, or other uncontrollable circumstances.
  • Backhaul Solution: Supports the rapidly growing backhaul network requirements of mobile wireless operators throughout the United States

“XO’s broadband wireless capabilities open the door to a wider array of options for high-speed network access, particularly in areas where there is limited fiber access or a lack of alternative providers,” added Ortega. “Carrier Wireless Access is one more service XO brings to the table in order to provide customers with cost-effective and innovative high-speed network service solutions.”

About XO Communications

XO Communications, a subsidiary of XO Holdings, Inc. (OTCBB: XOHO), is a leading nationwide provider of advanced broadband communications services and solutions for businesses, enterprises, government, carriers and service providers. Its customers include more than half of the Fortune 500, in addition to leading cable companies, carriers, content providers and mobile network operators. Utilizing its unique combination of high-capacity nationwide and metro networks and broadband wireless capabilities, XO Communications offers customers a broad range of managed voice, data and IP services with proven performance, scalability and value in more than 75 metropolitan markets across the United States. For more information, visit www.xo.com.

About Exalt Communications

Exalt Communications provides next-generation microwave backhaul systems to service providers, government agencies, and enterprises worldwide. Exalt systems are designed to solve the network bottlenecks associated with the growing demand for IP- based voice, data and video applications and the resulting migration from TDM to IP-based networks. With a flexible architecture and universal product platform covering multiple market segments, Exalt provides a full range of microwave radio systems that meet the demand for cost-effective and flexible alternatives to fiber and leased lines. For more information, visit www.exaltcom.com.

Cautionary Language Concerning Forward-Looking Statements

The statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are “forward-looking statements” (as such term is defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995) that involve risks and uncertainties. These statements include those describing our ability to successfully market our services and broaden our offerings. Management cautions the reader that these forward-looking statements are only predictions and are subject to a number of both known and unknown risks and uncertainties, and actual results, performance, and/or achievements of XO Communications may differ materially from the future results, performance, and/or achievements expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements as a result of a number of factors. Other factors to consider also include the risk factors described from time to time in the reports filed by XO Holdings, Inc. with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2009 and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q. XO Holdings, Inc. undertakes no obligation to update any forward-looking statements, except as otherwise required by law.

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Contact:
Michelle Machado
XO Communications
503.206.8556
michelle.l.machado@xo.com

Pamela Valentine
Exalt Communications, Inc.
VP Marketing, Outbound & Channel
408.871.1804 x351
pvalentine@exaltcom.com

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