RuggedCom Receives WiMAX Purchase Orders Totalling Approximately $1M USD

RuggedCom's RuggedMAX(TM) technology will be used to offer a suite of fixed and mobile services to oil and gas companies

CONCORD, ON, July 20 /CNW/ - RuggedCom Inc., ("RuggedCom") (TSX:RCM), a leading designer and manufacturer of rugged communications networking solutions for mission-critical applications in harsh environments, today announced it has been awarded a contract from a leading global communications solutions provider to the oil and gas market, to supply RuggedMAX(TM) equipment for connectivity to and around offshore oil rigs.

The network will be based on RuggedCom's RuggedMAX(TM) family of utility grade WiMAX compliant broadband wireless products. The RuggedMAX(TM) family of products is used to extend IP/Ethernet networks cost effectively over long distances through the use of wireless technology. The customer intends to offer a suite of services including broadband data and voice services with differing service level agreements to their oil and gas customers.

"We are seeing increased interest from companies in heavy industry, like the oil and gas sector, for RuggedMAX(TM) technology" said Elik Jaeger, VP RuggedWIRELESS. "Many of these companies are looking to build out reliable private broadband wireless networks, but are finding that solutions tailored for the service provider market are not meeting their needs. With RuggedMAX(TM) we are offering simplicity and reliability in a form factor tailored to their unique environments and it is proving to be a winning combination."

Initial orders from this customer are worth approximately $1 million USD. The complete solution will be delivered through a global telecommunications equipment manufacturer as part of a larger network project.

About RuggedMAX(TM)

RuggedMAX(TM) is a high-performance, long range, and secure family of products fully compliant with the WiMAX 802.16e Wave 2 (MIMO) mobile broadband wireless standard. RuggedMAX(TM) is designed to extend IP networks over large distances to fixed and mobile users. The product family includes a variety of base stations and subscriber stations with differing output power, form factors and frequency options for use in licensed or license-exempt bands.

The RuggedMAX(TM) product family has gone through extensive end to end network interoperability testing to support multiple different ASN gateway platforms and 3rd party subscriber devices in order to give customers flexibility by leveraging the full WiMAX ecosystem. RuggedMAX(TM) with its compact form factor and flexible configuration is ideal for use in mission-critical private networks.

About RuggedCom Inc.

RuggedCom is a leading provider of rugged communications networking solutions designed for mission-critical applications in harsh environments. RuggedCom's technology solutions include Ethernet switches, network routers, wireless devices, serial servers, media converters, software and professional services. RuggedCom's products are designed for use in harsh environments such as those found in electric power substations and "Smart Grids", intelligent transportation systems, industrial process control and military applications.

Discover how RuggedMAX(TM) Wireless Broadband WiMAX Technology enables reliable private broadband wireless networks.


For further information: For further information: For media or industry analyst support, please contact: Jamie Blakeley, Marketing Communications Coordinator, RuggedCom Inc., +1 (905) 856-5288, 1 (888) 264-0006 toll free

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