SPRINGFIELD, Va., Aug 29, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- USA Mobility, Inc. (Nasdaq: USMO), a leading provider of wireless messaging,mobile voice and data and unified communications solutions, today reported its paging networks remained fully operational in the aftermath of last week's East Coast earthquake, once again demonstrating the reliability of paging networks over cellular networks, which reportedly experienced significant outages and disruptions to customer service after the quake.
Centered in Virginia, the 5.8 magnitude earthquake on August 23rd caused minor damage to structures in numerous areas and triggered shockwaves that were felt in more than a dozen states. A news report from Reuters after the earthquake stated: "The Federal Communications Commission ... is assessing a significant disruption to cell service (as major cellular providers) all reported higher call volumes and network congestion in affected areas, making it difficult to reach out to family and friends after the quake over cell phones." The article also quoted the chief technology officer of a major corporation saying: "We were unable to get cell phone access for a period of about an hour immediately after the quake... (so) the large percentage of first responders who rely on cellular data networks would have experienced the same outage."
Vincent D. Kelly, president and chief executive officer, said: "Paging's value remains high for critical messaging because our network architecture provides distinct advantages over broadband, which often is unable to meet the bandwith demands of the mobile market in emergency situations. Advantages of a paging network include: (1) signal strength -- up to 3,500 watts versus less than 100 watts for cellular; (2) simulcast transmission from multiple towers versus single tower for cellular; and (3) satellite connectivity versus only landline telephone connectivity for cellular. As a result, USA Mobility has a proven, highly reliable and survivable 'public safety network' that allows first responders to successfully complete 1-way and 2-way communications without interruption during crisis and disaster scenarios."
Kelly added: "While cellular networks can still be rendered inoperable during crises, as we witnessed last week, paging has been an integral part of hospital and other first responder work flow and critical response processes nationwide for more than 30 years. Notable examples of national emergencies in which paging networks clearly outperformed cellular networks include 9/11, Hurricane Katrina in 2005, the Minnesota bridge collapse in 2007, and the earthquake in Southern California in 2008."
Kelly also noted that USA Mobility has long supported a national emergency response system for wireless services, a key recommendation of the 9/11 Commission that has yet to be implemented. The wireless network would allow fire, police, and heathcare personnel, along with other first responders, to communicate quickly and seamlessly. "Given the proven reliability of paging networks, combined with their low operating costs compared to cellular, we believe paging can and should play a prominent role in the development and implementation of a national emergency response system."
About USA Mobility
USA Mobility, Inc., headquartered in Springfield, Virginia, is a comprehensive provider of reliable and affordable wireless communications solutions to the healthcare, government, large enterprise and emergency response sectors. In addition, through its Amcom Software subsidiary, it provides mission critical unified communications solutions for hospitals, contact centers, emergency management, mobile event notification and messaging. As a single-source provider, USA Mobility's focus is on the business-to-business marketplace and supplying wireless connectivity solutions to organizations nationwide. The Company operates the largest one-way paging and advanced two-way paging networks in the United States. USA Mobility also offers mobile voice and data services through Sprint Nextel and T-Mobile, including BlackBerry(R) smartphones and GPS location applications. The Company's product offerings include customized wireless connectivity systems for the healthcare, government and other campus environments. USA Mobility also offers M2M (machine-to-machine) telemetry solutions for numerous applications that include asset tracking, utility meter reading and other remote device monitoring applications on a national scale. For further information visit http://www.usamobility.com and http://www.amcomsoftware.com.
Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act:Statements contained herein or in prior press releases which are not historical fact, such as statements regarding USA Mobility's future operating and financial performance, are forward-looking statements for purposes of the safe harbor provisions under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause USA Mobility's actual results to be materially different from the future results expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements. Factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from those expectations include, but are not limited to, declining demand for paging products and services, the ability to continue to reduce operating expenses, future capital needs, competitive pricing pressures, competition from both traditional paging services and other wireless communications services, government regulation, reliance upon third-party providers for certain equipment and services, as well as other risks described from time to time in periodic reports and registration statements filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Although USA Mobility believes the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. USA Mobility disclaims any intent or obligation to update any forward-looking statements.
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