GSM 850 Base Station System
Melbourne, FL, April 18, 2001 - AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC), the technology leader in base station products for wireless communications, today introduced its GSM 850 Base Station System (BSS). This GSM 850 product will allow AMPS, TDMA and other technology operators to easily migrate to 2.5 and 3G services.
Based on AirNet’s proven broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell base station and its AirSite® Backhaul Free base station, the new GSM 850 BSS will allow existing independent and large service providers operating in the 850 MHz bands to migrate to new services with minimal additional cost and effort. Introduction of the new GSM 850 BSS provides AirNet with an expanded target market that includes virtually all cellular operators worldwide.
“AirNet will be among the first to market with its GSM 850 base station”, said Lee Hamilton, president and chief executive officer of AirNet. “This new addition to the AirNet product portfolio reinforces the adaptability and superior time-to-market advantages of the software-defined radio architecture. As a result, our GSM 850 product will offer AMPS and TDMA operators new applications or overlay solutions for enhanced voice and high-speed data services.”
GSM is the most widely utilized mobile communications standard in the world, with an estimated subscriber base of more than 400 million. AirNet currently has deployed GSM 900, 1800, and 1900 MHz solutions. By adding GSM 850, operators using other technologies can leverage the benefits of the open GSM standard and lay the foundation for providing 2.5G and 3G services.
GSM 850 refers to the implementation of the GSM standard on the frequency band 824 MHz - 849 MHz (mobile transmit) and 869 MHz - 894 MHz (mobile receive). This frequency spectrum is widely used in the Americas, Asia, Eastern Europe, Africa and Australia for cellular applications.
“Our new GSM 850 base station provides operators with a competitive edge,” said Glenn Ehley, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing for AirNet. “The ability to migrate our solution to GSM 850 is further proof that the software-defined approach is the most viable for network operators to quickly and economically provide 2.5 and 3G services.”
AirNet’s innovative base station platform is built on software-defined base station technology with products that include the broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell base station - with software upgrades to its Super Capacity, GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) and EDGE (Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution) solutions; and the AirSite Backhaul-Free base station, which provides the most cost-effective coverage solution for low density applications.
About AirNet Communications
AirNet Communications Corporation is a leader in wireless base stations and other telecommunications equipment that allow service operators to cost-effectively and simultaneously offer high-speed wireless Internet and voice services to mobile subscribers. AirNet's patented broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell base station solution provides a high-capacity base station with a software upgrade path to the wireless Internet. The Company's AirSite® Backhaul Free base station carries wireless voice and data signals back to the wireline network, eliminating the need for a physical backhaul link, thus reducing operating costs. AirNet has 71 patents issued or filed and has received the coveted World Award for Best Technical Innovation from the GSM Association, representing over 400 operators around the world. More information about AirNet may be obtained by calling 321.984.1990, or by visiting the AirNet Web site at www.airnetcom.com.
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