AIRNET COMMUNICATIONS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETES ASIAN FIELD TRIAL -
Large Operator Purchases AirNet Base Station System with Latest Triple Capacity Digital AirSite Technology
Melbourne, FL, August 23, 2002 - AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC), the technology leader in base station products for wireless communications, today announced a large international telecommunications firm has purchased an AirNet® base station system and commercially deployed it in its GSM network in Asia. This telecommunications firm has a customer base approaching 1.5 million subscribers. This initial GSM system, purchased after the successful completion of an extensive trial using it, consists of an AdaptaCell® broadband, software-defined base station, multiple Triple Capacity Digital AirSite® Backhaul Free™ base stations and associated equipment amounting to approximately US$500,000.
"During my time in Asia with this customer, I was surprised at how rural markets, previously not serviced by this customer, quickly responded to newly installed cell sites utilizing the AirSite Backhaul Free base station," said Bill Lee, Vice President of Operations of AirNet. "To assist this customer with its sudden capacity issue, we recently shipped them a number of TripCaps. Amazingly, we were able to install, commission and receive final acceptance in one day from our valued customer. There is no doubt that the TripCaps provided much needed additional capacity quickly and efficiently in this rural area. Our customer has indicated they are pleased with the product and the operational and performance benefits it provides."
Recently introduced to the market, the Triple Capacity Digital AirSite Backhaul Free base station, known as the "TripCap," is AirNet's latest generation of the original AirSite that won the coveted award for best technical innovation from the GSM association. In addition to supporting GPRS and EDGE Services, the TripCap is compact, easy to install, and capable of being configured and managed from any remote operations center. This small, lightweight, compact base station providing three times the capacity of the original version is the perfect solution for rapid expansion in the most difficult geographic service areas.
This deployment represents interconnection with our seventh different MSC vendor, further demonstrating that our AirNet product solutions easily 'bolt-on' to an incumbent suppliers' network. This multi-vendor "plug-and-play" aspect of the AirNet solution allows operators to easily expand their network's coverage area without having to modify their existing Network Switching System. Even more importantly, it will allow existing operators who have run out of alternatives for expanding their capacity to turn to AirNet for its Super Capacity™ solution by "bolting-on" to their existing network without having to deploy additional expensive cell sites.
"We allow operators to optimize their networks by offering both ends of the capacity spectrum, ranging from the cost effective coverage SDR solution to the recently demonstrated revolutionary Super Capacity™ base station," said Glenn Ehley, president and CEO of AirNet. "The AirNet solution is ideal for easily enhancing any existing GSM network."
This is the third Asian operator to purchase AirNet products in recent months. Two other system sales in Asia were previously announced on November 16, 2001 and March 8, 2002.
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 70 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 .
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