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Range Networks Joins Open Invention Network

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Company Joins Program to Drive Momentum of Open Source System Adoption

SAN FRANCISCO, July 1, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Range Networks, the leading provider of commercial open source cellular systems and leader of the OpenBTS™ software project, today announced that it has joined the Open Invention Network (OIN) to promote the Linux open source ecosystem.

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  • Commitment to the future of open source software: Founded in 2005, OIN is a shared defensive patent pool with the mission of protecting Linux. Range Networks has formally joined the organization by pledging patent non-aggression to ensure the long-term success and future of Linux-based open source technology.
  • Non-aggression pledge and protection: Under the OIN pledge, Range Networks also receives a free license that provides the company with access to the OIN's non-Linux defensive patent portfolio comprised of over 850 worldwide patents and applications. This access strengthens Range Networks' defensive posture in the event of an attack or IP infringement and provides the support of a like-minded community of open source companies.
  • OpenBTS as a platform for innovation: OpenBTS is an open source software implementation of cellular network protocols that enables modern, IP-based mobile networks and innovative network applications and services.

Michael Cunningham, executive vice president and general counsel of Red Hat, Inc. said:
"I am very pleased to see Range Networks join Open Invention Network to help ensure the long-term future of open source software.  Open source is a great source of innovation and value to customers and users.  As a founding member of OIN, Red Hat welcomes Range Networks to the cause of Linux patent non-aggression."

Ed Kozel, CEO, Range Networks, said:
"By joining the Open Innovation Network, Range Networks is pledging its commitment to the open source community. The pledge of Linux patent non-aggression by so many important companies benefits our company and the entire Linux ecosystem and the patent protection provided by OIN sends a strong message that IP threats to open source development and innovation will be fought."

About Range Networks
Range Networks is developing the future of cellular networks. Founded by the inventors of OpenBTS, the company is the leader in commercial open source cellular systems. Range Networks' systems are simple to deploy and manage at a fraction of the cost of traditional solutions. Based on OpenBTS, Range Networks delivers mobile connectivity for rural communities, remote industries and emergency responders, and supplies development networks to commercial labs and universities. Additional information is available at: www.rangenetworks.com.

Kim Dearborn
Nadel Phelan, Inc.

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