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[December 10, 2012]

Stoke Names Telecoms Industry Expert Satoshi Arano as Japan Country Manager

SANTA CLARA, CA, Dec 10, 2012 (MARKETWIRE via COMTEX) -- Mobile broadband gateway developer Stoke (www.stoke.com/) has appointed senior telecommunications industry figure Satoshi Arano as Country Manager, Japan to head the company's expanding activities in Japan and Asia. Arano joins Stoke Japan K.K. from ZTE Japan's Network Business Division. His previous career spans senior business development roles in Raritan, Alcatel-Lucent, and Nippon-Ericsson.

"The scope of our existing projects in Japan and the region continues to expand and by creating this new role we open the door for deeper engagement with existing and new projects," said Dr. Ikuo Nishioka, Chairman of Stoke Japan K.K. "We are very pleased to welcome Arano-san to bolster our sales activities here." Stoke's current engagements include LTE infrastructure projects with leading mobile broadband provider NTT Docomo in Japan and with telecommunications operators in APAC and North Asia.

"Broadband Internet access combined with wireless connectivity is a major growth sector in Japan and across the region," said Satoshi Arano. "Stoke's innovative technology and compelling value proposition is a perfect fit for mobile operators as they adapt their existing networks to new business dynamics and transition to LTE and Wi-Fi technologies. Stoke has already had a profound effect on the industry and I am very excited to be part of the company's ongoing expansion." Arano-san brings to Stoke an impressive history of business development, revenue creation and team building. Working throughout North Asia and APAC, he has built deep relationships with telecommunications carriers, enterprises and government departments.

Prior to ZTE, Arano-San was Senior Vice President at Raritan Japan, and was previously Director of Broadband Wireless Access Division Sales and Marketing at Alcatel-Lucent Japan Ltd. His earlier career includes sales and marketing roles with Centillium Communications, Nippon-Ericsson and Nippon Avionics. Arano-san holds a Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Keio-Gijyuku and an MBA in Management from the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.

About Stoke, Inc.

Stoke protects and enhances operator LTE and Wi-Fi service offerings with intelligent, innovative Mobile Edge Gateways.

Stoke Security eXchange is the #1 in LTE security gateways deployed worldwide, securing RAN-to-Core communications and protecting mobile core elements. Stoke Wi-Fi eXchange(TM) simplifies and secures operator authentication and authorization for subscribers connecting to Wi-Fi, and its traffic management capabilities enable Wi-Fi monetization and cost controls. Stoke is backed by prominent venture capital firms and carriers including Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Sequoia Capital, Focus Ventures, and NTT Docomo. For more information, visit www.stoke.com.

Contact: Mary McEvoy Carroll for Stoke Email: Email Contact Tel: + 1 408 691 4283 SOURCE: Stoke, Inc.

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