ReliOn and CIC USA Project Named Finalist in 2014 - Fuel Cell Project Recognized for Innovation in Green Telecom & Networks

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Spokane, WA August 19, 2014 - ReliOn, a Plug Power company, and Communication Infrastructure Corporation (CIC USA) announced today that their joint project, "Providing a Reliable, Cost-Effective and Green Remote Off-Grid Power Solution," was named a finalist in the Green Telecom & Networks division of CTIA's annual Emerging Technology (E-Tech) Awards competition. Representing the most innovative and cuttingedge emerging mobile services, solutions and technology, the E-Tech Awards finalists feature the best in areas such as network equipment, M2M and the Internet of Things and the cloud.

The E-Tech Awards ceremony will take place at CTIA's Super Mobility Week, Wednesday, September 10 from 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. at Studio C.

CIC has installed more than 30,000 microwave sites since 1999 and has worked with ReliOn to deploy hydrogen fuel cell power solutions since late 2013. This particular project is part of a 39-site microwave network operating in the northeast U.S. It sits atop a mountain in Pennsylvania where grid power has not been installed due to cost. The fuel cell has provided primary power to the customer equipment since April 2014. Benefits to the customer include reliable, quiet, cost-effective and green operation.

ReliOn President, Gary Flood commented, "ReliOn is pleased to have been selected as a finalist in the Green Telecom & Networks category. There are several strong technologies in this category and we are excited that the panel of media and industry judges has recognized our fuel cell project with CIC for its innovation and technological importance. Fuel cells serve an important function in the telecom industry. Without power, none of the critical communications devices we rely on can function. Fuel cells help companies balance the need for reliable, cost-effective power with the desire to work toward a sustainable environment."

"Our client's network could not have become operational without this effective, reliable off-grid energy solution. We are replicating this in several other implementations which require unique energy solutions," said Randall P Muench, Chief Operating Officer of Communication Infrastructure Corporation. "The ReliOn system has proven to be a reliable source of primary power, the costs to operate and maintain compare favorably with conventional generators, and the 'green' nature of the system has simplified the permitting process in environmentally sensitive areas. We are very excited about the potential for this solution and having it recognized as an Emerging Technology Finalist."

"CTIA awards recognize the best and most innovative products and services for wireless companies looking to improve their operations and their engagement with their customers. Perfectly positioned for retailers to prepare for the holiday buying season,
Super Mobility Week attendees will see what will be the next hottest devices and services," said Robert Mesirow, CTIA Vice President and Show Director.

Along with CTIA's two other awards programs, Hot for the Holidays and MobITs Awards, there were almost 300 entries submitted and scored by more than 50 industry experts, analysts and media.

Super Mobility Week attendees and online users will also have the opportunity to choose a "Crowd Favorite" by voting for their favorite product, not just finalists, in each program. Online voting is open now and runs until Monday, September 8 at 5:00 p.m. ET. Super Mobility Week attendees can still vote via text onsite starting September 8 until 10:00 a.m. ET Wednesday, September 10.

Super Mobility Week will take place September 9, 10 & 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo & Convention Center in Las Vegas.

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About CTIA Shows
CTIA Shows bring together all industries advanced by wireless technology for intense business, learning and networking. Super Mobility Week (www.supermobilityweek.com) takes place Sept. 9, 10 and 11, 2014 at the Sands Expo and Convention Center in Las Vegas. Twitter: @ctiashows | Facebook: www.ctiashows.com/facebook | LinkedIn: www.ctiashows.com/linkedin

About CTIA
CTIA-The Wireless Association® (www.ctia.org) is an international organization representing the wireless communications industry. Membership in the association includes wireless carriers and their suppliers, as well as providers and manufacturers of wireless data services and products. CTIA advocates on behalf of its members at all levels of government. The association also coordinates the industry's voluntary best practices and initiatives, and sponsors the industry's leading wireless tradeshow. CTIA was founded in 1984 and is based in Washington, D.C. Twitter: @ctia | Blog: http://ctia.it/Na6erv| Facebook: http://ctia.it/LCm4Nn| LinkedIn Group: http://ctia.it/Na6cA2| Google+: http://ctia.it/12PfCrO

About ReliOn
ReliOn, a Plug Power company, continuously innovates with its core technology, making it a leader in the development of modular, scalable fuelcell products for customers seeking solutions in critical backup power applications. Customers like AT&T, Sprint and Verizon enjoy the benefits of high reliability, low operating costs and easy maintenance. Learn more about ReliOn at www.relion-inc.com. ReliOn fuel cells.simply powerful.

About Communication Infrastructure Corporation
Founded in 1999, Communication Infrastructure Corporation (CIC) is an industry leader and single source provider for microwave point to point and point to multipoint radio networks. The CIC team has over 1,000 years of collective microwave radio experience in applications for wireless backhaul, ultra low latency High Frequency Trading (HFT), oil & gas, rural broadband, mobility, and wireless point to point communication links. Using it's proprietary PathDesignerT engineering tool, CIC provides microwave engineering, regulatory, site acquisition, site and network construction and project management to build or augment a microwave network. CIC also provides contracted network maintenance via on-demand and scheduled maintenance services. CIC conducts business in North America, Europe and the Caribbean. In 2013, CIC was recognized by Inc. 5000 as one of the top 100 fastest growing telecommunications company in America, with a 262% 3 year revenue growth rate; a unique position for a 14 year old company.

For More Information:
ReliOn
Sandra Saathoff
509-228-6553
ssaathoff@relion-inc.com

CIC
Caitlin Snyder
805-698-5308
csnyder@cicusa.com

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