EarthLink Announces Relationship With Motorola and Tropos

Contract Includes Design, Installation, System Integration and Hardware For

First Five Municipal Network Deployments

Jan 19, 2006, 00:00 ET from EarthLink

    ATLANTA, Jan. 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- EarthLink (Nasdaq:   ELNK), the
 nation's next generation Internet Service Provider, today announced it has
 signed a contract with Motorola, Inc., (NYSE:   MOT) for it to provide wireless
 equipment, design, installation and system integration for the initial five
 major cities where EarthLink will deploy municipal wireless fidelity (Wi-Fi)
 broadband Internet access networks.
     EarthLink has already been selected as the operator in two markets,
 Philadelphia and Anaheim, Calif.  Motorola will provide its MOTOwi4(TM)
 portfolio of products, including its Canopy(TM) high-speed backhaul and Wi-Fi
 mesh network equipment supplied to Motorola by Tropos Networks
 ( Motorola will also install and provide system
 integration and support services for the networks operated by EarthLink.
     Motorola will install the Tropos MetroMesh Wi-Fi mesh network equipment on
 city light poles that will enable wireless data connectivity between consumers
 and the Internet. The system forms a wireless mesh, routing data to produce
 the best possible user experience.  The Tropos networks will be supported and
 optimized using Tropos Control, a suite of configuration, monitoring and
 maintenance tools.
     "Our collaboration with Motorola and Tropos enables EarthLink to build
 state-of-the-art wireless networks that will provide these municipalities with
 low cost, high speed broadband access for residential and business customers,
 visitors and city employees," said Donald Berryman, president of EarthLink's
 Municipal Networks Division.  "This Wi-Fi solution opens the door to consumers
 that want inexpensive and ubiquitous access to the Internet on their own
     "Motorola is involved from network design to system integration in some of
 the nation's largest and most aggressive municipal wireless broadband projects
 in terms of coverage area and complexity," said Raghu Rau, senior vice
 president of Global Marketing and Strategy, Motorola Networks.  "Motorola
 continues to be the global leader in municipal communications engineering and
 technology.  Our MOTOwi4 portfolio provides EarthLink with the solutions that
 fulfill municipal communications network requirements, and enable low cost,
 high speed wireless Internet access."
     "The combination of EarthLink, Motorola and Tropos is poised to quickly
 bring the benefits of metro-scale Wi-Fi mesh to municipalities throughout the
 U.S.," said Ron Sege, president and CEO of Tropos Networks.  "We have seen an
 aggressive increase in the successful implementation of mesh technology,
 leading to the tremendous demand for municipal Wi-Fi projects that now exists.
 This is the beginning of a great relationship with the unique skills, vision
 and market presence necessary to deliver the great economic and social
 benefits this new technology enables."
     The affordability of the technology and its mobility aspects enable the
 networks to reach new audiences not serviced by traditional fixed broadband
 providers.  Potential customers consist of 'Digital Divide' residents who
 could not previously afford high-speed Internet service and current narrowband
 subscribers looking for faster, mobile, always-on connections at costs
 comparable to dial-up.  Other potential customers include occasional users
 such as tourists and business travelers who want economical Internet access,
 on demand.
     About EarthLink
     "EarthLink. We revolve around you(TM)." As the nation's next generation
 Internet service provider, Atlanta-based EarthLink has earned an award-winning
 reputation for outstanding customer service and its suite of online products
 and services.  Serving over five million subscribers, EarthLink offers what
 every user should expect from their Internet experience: high-quality
 connectivity, minimal online intrusions and customizable features.  Whether
 it's dial-up, high-speed, voice, web hosting, wireless or "EarthLink Extras"
 like home networking or security, EarthLink connects people to the power and
 possibilities of the Internet. Learn more about EarthLink by calling (800)
 EARTHLINK or visiting EarthLink's Web site at
     About Motorola's MOTOwi4 Canopy platform
     Winner of the 2005 SUPERquest Award for Continuous Achievement, Motorola's
 MOTOwi4 Canopy platform is a robust, high-speed wireless broadband solution
 for cost-effective connectivity for private networks, such as governments or
 enterprises and for Internet service providers and carriers.  The Canopy
 platform is a scalable, reliable platform that supports high speed broadband
 applications.  Its superior performance promises one of the lowest total costs
 of ownership and is designed to significantly reduce a provider's start-up,
 maintenance and leased-line costs. The Canopy point-to-point and point-to-
 multipoint system configurations are being deployed in more than 100 countries
 around the world.  Please visit our website at and the
 online magazine Connections at
     About Motorola
     Motorola (NYSE:   MOT) is a Fortune 100 global communications leader that
 provides seamless mobility products and solutions across broadband, embedded
 systems and wireless networks.  In your home, auto, workplace and all spaces
 in between, seamless mobility means you can reach the people, things and
 information you need, anywhere, anytime.  Seamless mobility harnesses the
 power of technology convergence and enables smarter, faster, cost-effective
 and flexible communication.  Motorola had sales of US $31.3 billion in 2004.
 For more information:
     About Tropos Networks, Inc.
     Tropos Networks is the proven leader in delivering ubiquitous, metro-scale
 Wi-Fi mesh network systems. Our mission is to enable wireless broadband access
 everywhere for everyone through innovative, low-cost and simple products,
 software tools and services. We have deployed larger and longer-operating
 systems in more municipalities than any other company in our industry. Our
 unique expertise includes high-performance mesh software development, mesh RF
 engineering, metro-scale network planning, deployment and optimization, and
 navigating the municipal approval process. Tropos Networks is headquartered in
 Sunnyvale, California. For more information, please visit, call
 408-331-6800 or write to
     MOTOROLA and the Stylized M Logo are registered in the US Patent &
 Trademark Office. All other product or service names are the property of their
 respective owners.
     Tropos Networks, Tropos, MetroMesh, PWRP and Metro-Scale Mesh Networking
 Defined are trademarks of Tropos Networks, Inc. All other brand or product
 names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s).

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