GSM-1900 Network Infrastructure
Melbourne, FL -- AirNet Communications Corporation announced today that it had received a new contract not previously reported, valued at approximately $17 million to supply PCS (Personal Communications Services) wireless infrastructure equipment and services for Message Express Company, a winner in the FCCs E Block PCS license auction.
Message Express acquired licenses to two Michigan Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) specifically, Battle Creek and Kalamazoo, covering almost 600,000 population. The contract calls for AirNet to provision a complete GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) Base Station Subsystem, including operations and maintenance center, base station controller, transcoder rate adapter unit and, ultimately, almost 200 cell sites. Some cell sites are to be fitted with AirNets high-capacity broadband base transceiver stations while the remaining sites will be configured with AirSiteTM backhaul-free base stations.
AirNets ability to seamlessly intermix its high capacity and enhanced coverage base station technologies was the key to unlocking the Message Express deal. "We extensively evaluated various technologies and vendors during our selection process," said Bob Fisher, general manager of Message Express. "But AirNets AirSite base station with free backhaul made a dramatic improvement to our business plan and the final decision was easy."
"From the beginning, AirNet set out to design, develop and build the most cost effective GSM wireless infrastructure products available," stated Dr. Lee Hamilton, AirNets president and chief operating officer. "This latest contract, in the face of heavy competition, indicates that we have the right technical solution to solve the most complex coverage problems. We also happen to have the most aggressive price point on the market in those cases."
"Message Express is yet another example of why AirNet is the leading provider of GSM-1900 infrastructure to the C-F Block licensees," remarked Glenn Ehley, vice president for AirNet. "We have dedicated employees and an organization focused on customer satisfaction. Plus, for cash-flow conscious licensees we are really the only alternative."
AirNet Communications Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, designs, manufactures, distributes and supports profitable GSM-based (GSM 900, GSM-1800 and GSM-1900) wireless infrastructure solutions. AirNets products include the AirSite Base Station, the worlds first base station with free backhaul - winner of the 1998 GSM World Award for Best Technical Innovation.
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