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Oct 06, 2008
Towerstream Wins Best of WiMAX World 2008 Award for its New York City Network

MIDDLETOWN, R.I., Oct 06, 2008 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX News Network/ -- Company honored by xchange magazine in Service Provider Deployment category

Towerstream (Nasdaq: TWER), a leading fixed WiMAX service provider, today announced it has received the Best of WiMAX World Award for its New York City network in the Service Provider Deployment category, from xchange magazine. Towerstream's New York City network has been honored for its innovation, speed, bandwidth and reliability.

The annual awards recognize leaders in the development and deployment of WiMAX technologies. Nominations were open to exhibitors, sponsors and speakers of WiMAX World USA Conference and Expo, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 in Chicago, and selected by a judging panel of experts from the WiMAX community.

In April 2008, Towerstream began powering one of New York City's landmark skyscrapers with building-wide access to its high-speed, wireless broadband solution. The 50-story building, which extends a full city block, also serves as Towerstream's sixth point-of-presence (PoP) in its New York City wireless broadband network, extending broadband coverage to much of Manhattan's north side. The addition of in-building service to its model enabled Towerstream to strategically expand its customer base in the city, particularly in densely populated business centers.

"Towerstream's recognition by xchange for these prestigious awards is a tremendous validation of our technology and of our proven business model," said Jeff Thompson, Towerstream's President and CEO. "We consider New York City to be our flagship network, where we have been able to prove our model and replicate it in other markets across the country. In the future, we will continue to bring our customers in New York City and all of our markets the high-quality, fast and reliable wireless broadband service."

Towerstream received the Best of WiMAX World Service Provider Deployment award on Oct. 1 at a ceremony following the close of the WiMAX World exhibition floor. Awards were presented to recipients in six categories. Towerstream and their award will be featured in the December issue of xchange, as well as on the WiMAX World and xchange Web sites.

"xchange is pleased to honor Towerstream's contributions to the development and promotion of WiMAX technology and services," said Mike Saxby, group publisher of xchange. "The growth in the industry has been tremendous, as shown by Towerstream's achievement."

"On behalf of WiMAX World, I congratulate Towerstream for winning this year's WiMAX World USA Award in Service Provider Deployment," added Eliot Weinman, conference founder and co-chair, and president of Trendsmedia. "WiMAX World Awards winners truly represent the best and the brightest WiMAX technology, services and network implementations in the world."

The WiMAX award winners were selected by an independent judging panel that consisted of Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group; Will Strauss, principal analyst, Forward Concepts; Adlane Fellah, CEO and founder, Maravedis Inc.; Caroline Gabriel, lead research analyst, Rethink Research; Philip Marshall, vice president of enabling technologies,Yankee Group; and representatives from xchange and Trendsmedia.

For a complete list of winners, visit www.xchangemag.com/wimaxaward2008. For more information on Towerstream, please visit www.towerstream.com.

About Towerstream Corporation

Towerstream is a leading fixed WiMAX service provider in the U.S., delivering high-speed Internet access to businesses. Founded in 2000, the Company has established networks in nine markets including New York City, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago, the San Francisco Bay Area, Miami, Seattle, Dallas-Fort Worth, and the greater Providence area where the Company is based. The Company was the first carrier selected to join the WiMAX Forum to assist leading vendors in establishing industry compliance with international broadband wireless access standards and cross-vendor interoperability. Towerstream was awarded two 2008 Telephony Innovation Awards for Most Innovative Broadband Wireless Service and Most Innovative Small Business Service and the Best of WiMAX World 2008 Service Provider Deployment Award for its New York City network.

About xchange

Founded in 1996, xchange is an online and print publication for facilities-based service providers offering voice, data, wireless, IP, WiMAX and content. Its seasoned editors do more than simply report on industry news; they dig beneath the surface to provide analysis on what new equipment, new services, new regulatory activities and other new developments mean to xchange readers. xchange content, including news, articles, eBooks, webinars and industry buyer's guide is accessible online at www.xchangemag.com. Subscriptions to the print publication, its digital edition and the xchange Update weekly e-mail newsletter are also available at www.xchangemag.com.

About Trendsmedia

Trendsmedia is the events and publishing division of Yankee Group Research Inc. Its mission is to help its clients stay ahead of the major technology trends that are likely to impact their businesses significantly. Trendsmedia provides their clients with independently researched and produced media products that target emerging technology markets in depth, including focused conferences, independently produced online media and in-depth newsletters and market intelligence studies. For more, see www.trendsmedia.com.

About WiMAX World Conference & Expo

WiMAX World Conference & Expo is the largest event series in the world focused on WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World Conference & Expo is dedicated to providing a balanced view of where WiMAX stands today and what role it will play in the future of one of the fastest-growing market segments in the world -- wireless and mobile broadband. WiMAX World incorporates all of today's converging and diverging issues surrounding WiMAX and mobile broadband. WiMAX World provides a comprehensive view of all the related technologies, as well as regulatory and spectrum challenges, and the business opportunities and risks as they relate to all the key constituencies involved in this critical marketplace. In 2008, WiMAX World is being produced in Asia, Europe and the United States. For more information, visit www.wimaxworld.com.

Safe Harbor

Certain statements contained in this press release are "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of applicable federal securities laws, including, without limitation, anything relating or referring to future financial results and plans for future business development activities, and are thus prospective. Forward-looking statements are inherently subject to risks and uncertainties some of which cannot be predicted or quantified based on current expectations. Such risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, the risks and uncertainties set forth from time to time in reports filed by the company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although the company believes that the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it can give no assurance that such expectations will prove to be correct. Consequently, future events and actual results could differ materially from those set forth in, contemplated by, or underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein. The company undertakes no obligation to publicly release statements made to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof.

SOURCE Towerstream Corporation


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