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Multiband Acquires 21st Century Satellite LLC In Florida
Adds 23 Upscale RV And Mobile Home Parks
To Its Client Base
New Hope, Minnesota, August 18, 2004. Multiband (NASDAQ: MBND–News) announced today, following closely behind the completed acquisitions of Minnesota Digital Universe and Rainbow Systems LLC, Multiband has successfully concluded another acquisition, 21st Century Satellite LLC in Florida. This new acquisition will add to Multiband Subscriber Services customer base nearly 13,000 units with an average population of 5,000 subscribers, due to the seasonality of these units located in Florida
The newly acquired Florida system contains approximately 119 miles of 750mhz two-way cable, capable of delivering full data and digital applications. The system presently is delivering only video service. “This will be upgraded to include data applications as soon as possible” said Jim Mandel, CEO of Multiband. “This acquisition, along with Minnesota Digital Universe and Rainbow Systems LLC, as well as management additions and internal growth, will build a very solid revenue and profit foundation for Multiband and will impact our earnings numbers immediately.”
Multiband anticipates that this new asset will generate approximately $1.25 million in annual revenues and approximately $200,000 to $300,000 in profits. Florida is now Multiband’s largest market, having been temporarily outpaced by the impact in California from the Rainbow Systems transaction. Additionally, Multiband stated that its holdings in Florida were virtually unaffected by the unfortunate events caused by Hurricane Charley.
Multiband operates nation wide, with offices in Fargo, Minneapolis, Rochester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and Tampa with satellite facilities through subcontractors in St. Louis, Dallas, and New York.
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About Multiband Corporation
Multiband Corporation (NASDAQ:MBND), formerly Vicom, Incorporated, formed in 1975, provides voice, data and video systems and services to business and government clients, and to multiple dwelling units (MDUs), including apartment buildings and time share resorts. The Company’s products and services are sold to clients located throughout the United States. The Company has two operating divisions, Multiband Business Solutions and Multiband Subscriber Services, which encompasses the wholly owned subsidiary corporations, Multiband USA, Inc. and URON, Inc.
In July 2004, the Company acquired Rainbow Satellite LLC, a private cable operator. Rainbow, with locations throughout the United States, has subscriber concentrations in California, Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Florida and New York. In August of 2004, Multiband acquired assets from 21st Century Satellite LLC, adding 23 upscale RV and Mobile Home Parks to its portfolio and raising it’s owned and serviced subscriber base to over 70,000. Multiband has offices in Fargo, Minneapolis, Rochester, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Chicago, and Tampa with satellite facilities through subcontractors in St. Louis, Dallas, and New York. For additional information, please go to www.multibandusa.com.
Multiband Business Solutions
Multiband provides a full range of voice, data and video communications systems and service to more than 2,600 clients, including system integration, training and related communication sales and support activities for commercial, professional and institutional clients, most of which are located in Minnesota and North Dakota. Multiband partners with Hewlett Packard Co, Cisco Systems, Inc., Microsoft, Citrix Systems Inc., Veritas Software Corp., Nortel Networks, Tadiran Telecommunications, Inc., Iwatsu America, NEC America, Inc., Nortel Networks Corp. and other manufacturers of communications and electronic products and equipment. Multiband uses these products to design telecommunications and computer systems to fit its clients’ specific needs and demands.
Products sold by Multiband include Voice over IP (VoIP), Private Branch Exchange (PBX), telephone systems, hubs and routers used as interconnection devices in computer networks, personal computers, desktop video-conferencing units and the wire and cable products required to make all the other aforementioned products integrate and operate as necessary. Multiband is authorized for depot and on site warranty repair for many manufacturers, including Apple Computers, Hewlett Packard Co., Xerox Corp., Sun Microsystems, Inc., International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) and Okidata Corp.
Multiband Subscriber Services
Multiband Subscriber Services is an exclusive DIRECTV Master System Operator and one of the largest providers of DIRECTV Services to apartments, lodging, hospitality locations, restaurants and timeshare resorts in the United States. Multiband Subscriber Services addresses the MDU (Multi Dwelling Unit) market, satisfying MDU property owners and managers by delivering solutions to deal with satisfying residents who desire satellite television service without visually unattractive installation or presenting a structural/maintenance problem and providing competitive access for local and long distance telephone, DIRECTV and Internet services. Multiband also provides the consumer with several benefits, including lower cost for service. In addition, Multiband provides DIRECTV, multiple feature local phone services such as call waiting, call forwarding and three-way calling, better than industry average response times, one number for billing and service needs, one bill for local, long distance, DIRECTV and Internet. The company currently operates nation wide.
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This release contains forward-looking statements relating to future deployment, subscriber and revenue growth of the Company. Such statements involve risks and uncertainties which may cause results to differ materially from those set forth in these statements, including, but not limited to, efforts on behalf of the Company to raise additional funds, fluctuations in operating results and operating plans, deployment of new subscribers, market forces and other risks detailed from time to time in the Company’s filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, the Company’s 10-KSB for year ended December 31, 2003 filed on or about March 31, 2004, and incorporated herein by reference.Where to Buy