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Catholic Healthcare West to Offer Free Wi-Fi in Northern California Hospitals, Enabled by Aptilo Networks

May 31, 2011

REDDING, California, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — The North State Service
Area within the Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) network, the nation’s eighth
largest health system, today announced the launch of free wireless Internet
access (Wi-Fi) for patients, visitors and physicians. The service is
available now, at Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center Mt.
Shasta, and St. Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff.

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The Wi-Fi service is enabled by Aptilo Networks, the global leader in
pre-integrated solutions for control of billing, user services and access in
wireless networks including Wi-Fi, WiMAX(TM) and LTE.

The free Wi-Fi provides patients and their visitors with secure,
easy-to-use high-speed broadband Internet access to help make their stay more
comfortable. Using the Wi-Fi, patients can remain connected to friends and
family with email, search the Internet, etc. from their hospital bed.

Physicians will enjoy easy access to the Internet as well. Previously,
physicians were able to use only the hospital’s internal wireless network,
and had to do so using devices provided by Catholic Healthcare West. With the
Aptilo platform doctors can search the Internet, read up on the news or
access external email using any wirelessly enabled device.

“This is a tremendous benefit to our patients, their visitors and to our
physicians who can now enjoy free, easy-to-use wireless broadband in our
Redding, Mt. Shasta and Red Bluff facilities. Free Wi-Fi is one more way we
provide an exceptional experience along with superior, compassionate health
care,” said Henry Niessink, I.T. Site Director, Catholic Healthcare West,
North State. “We are happy that CHW made Aptilo’s service available to our
communities. This will be a real benefit to our patients, visitors and
physicians in providing quick and efficient Internet access.”

Senior Vice President of Operations, Jon Halfhide added, “Wireless
integration is a key component of our integration and connectivity
strategies. Providing patients and their loved ones access to the Internet to
stay in touch and informed about their care and progress is of paramount
importance to the North State Service Area CHW hospitals.”

Mercy Medical Center Redding, Mercy Medical Center, Mt. Shasta and St.
Elizabeth Community Hospital in Red Bluff together serve more than 170,000
patients each year.

Robust Solution for the Healthcare Segment

Working with Dell Services, Catholic Healthcare West utilized Aptilo
Guest Internet Services(TM), a cloud-based carrier-class hosted solution for
large multi-site organizations wanting to offer their patients and visitors
secure Internet access using the existing Wi-Fi infrastructure. With
simplified administration, it is designed to involve the internal IT staff as
little as possible in the daily operation.

“Catholic Healthcare West needed a solution that could be deployed
quickly and easily throughout their network of hospitals in a cost-effective
way. Aptilo’s hosted platform can also scale up as needed and accommodate
tiered bandwidth options for users,” said Torbjorn Ward, Chief Executive
Officer, Aptilo Networks. “We are proud to be working with them in delivering
exceptional, easy-to-use Internet access.”

About Catholic Healthcare West

Catholic Healthcare West (CHW) is the eighth largest hospital system in
the nation and the largest hospital provider in California. Founded in 1986,
the CHW network of more than 8,500 physicians and approximately 50,000
employees serve a population spanning 22 million people at 41 hospitals
across California, Arizona, and Nevada. For more information, please visit
our website at chwHEALTH.org.

About Aptilo Networks

Aptilo Networks is the global leader in pre-integrated management
solutions for control of billing, user services and access in Wi-Fi,
WiMAX(TM) and LTE networks. Aptilo’s solutions have been deployed in more
than 50 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.aptilo.com.

    For further information please contact:

    Hillary Call, Public Relations       Megan Loveless, NSSA Marketing
    Manager                              Manager
    Aptilo Networks AB                   Mercy Medical Center Redding
    c/o Call Communications              P: +1(530)917-0202
    P: +1(917)414-9262                    Megan.loveless@chw.edu
    hillary.call@aptilo.com

SOURCE Aptilo Networks AB


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