Mentum Adds iBwave In-Building Simulation to its Wireless Network Design and Optimization Offering
Global Distribution of Complementary iBwave RF-vu First Step to Fully Integrated Indoor/Outdoor Solution with Mentum Planet
Gatineau, Que. and Montreal, Que. - Nov. 8, 2007 - Mentum and iBwave Solutions, Inc. today jointly announced a partnership that will enable Mentum's global sales team to distribute iBwave's RF-vu for in-building wireless network design. The distribution agreement is the first step in a strategic relationship that will deliver the world's first fully integrated solution for the management of indoor and outdoor networks in a single software product suite.
"It is no longer acceptable to plan and optimize networks based only upon the expected signal strength at street level and assume that's where users expect service," said Bernard Breton, chief operating officer and head of sales & marketing, Mentum. "With today's high-speed networks - and the services they deliver - customers expect their device to work equally well at home, in the car, in the elevator and on the 21st floor of their office tower. We see Mentum Planet combined with the industry-leading in-building RF-vu from iBwave as a compelling solution to the planning and optimization challenges of today's network operators."
Under terms of the non-exclusive reseller agreement, Mentum will immediately have rights to distribute RF-vu globally. Mentum will also offer global technical support for RF-vu through its five international office locations.
Research and development engineers from Mentum and iBwave have already started work on an integrated solution and the initial phase should be introduced next spring. Modifications to both software platforms will be implemented to provide customers with a holistic approach to network design - whether indoor or outdoor. Aside from this integrated product offering, this collaborative relationship is expected to allow both companies to augment their signature products and solidify their positions as market leaders in their respective fields.
"We are excited to have a distribution partner for RF-vu with the global footprint and customer base of Mentum," said Mario Bouchard, president and CEO of iBwave Solutions, Inc. "Operators need to increase their quality of service everywhere to handle their offerings based on new high-speed data applications. We're confident our integrated indoor/outdoor offering will set the standard for the marketplace."
Mentum is a software development company focused on wireless network planning and wireless backhaul design. The company's signature solutions Mentum Planet® and Mentum Ellipse help wireless operators, as well as their equipment vendors and consultants, design and optimize wireless access and transmission networks. Its advanced software solutions - including tailored geodata, wireless technology educational services and customer care - enable operators to manage and optimize their existing networks, plan coverage expansions and launch new data networks. Through the company's global presence, and focused business approach, it helps more than 250 customers in 90 countries define their wireless networks.
Mentum is a privately-held company headquartered in Paris, with offices in Dallas, Ottawa, Hong Kong and Tokyo. www.mentum.com
About iBwave Solutions
iBwave is an international in-building wireless software company that delivers unique planning and design solutions to a client base composed of wireless operators, equipment manufacturers and infrastructure integrators from forty countries on five continents. iBwave offers industry-specific planning and design software to answer the needs of the in-building wireless industry. RF engineers can take in-building network design beyond prediction to improve accuracy and standardize designs that are shared across the in-building community. iBwave's mission is to create an adopted standard within its industry and to set specific guidelines for designing and planning in-building wireless solutions. www.ibwave.com
For Further Information:
Colin Urwin, Director of Marketing
iBwave Solutions Inc.
514) 397-0606 x.300