AIRNET INCREASES CAPACITY
IN GSM NETWORKS BY UP TO 600%
Melbourne, FL, February 6, 2003 - AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC) the technology leader in software defined base station products for wireless communications, today announced that it has successfully demonstrated its SuperCapacity AdaptaCell® base station utilizing ArrayComm, Inc.'s IntelliCell adaptive array technology in a multi-site network. More than 10 potential customers and wireless experts from around the world came to AirNet to participate in this landmark trial during December and January.
Invited operators and experts from around the world have drive tested the multi-cell GSM network utilizing the AirNet SuperCapacity base station. The purposes of this new multi-cell trial were to demonstrate multiple, adjacent, adaptive array macro cell sites with multiple co-channel interferers, and to validate a frequency reuse scheme of N=1 (where N represents the number of sectors in a pattern before a given frequency may be re-used) without requiring frequency hopping. This demonstration of N=1 provides enormous potential revenue gains for GSM network operators wanting to maximize their infrastructure and spectrum investments.
As a direct result of one of these trials, AirNet also announced today that a major operator has signed a field trial agreement to deploy the SuperCapacity base station in a commercial network later this year.
"The AirNet adaptive array SuperCapacity base station is our most significant value proposition and of tremendous strategic importance to AirNet," said Glenn Ehley, president and CEO of AirNet. "This adaptive array technology dramatically improves capacity, call quality, and high-speed data performance, while reducing the number of cell sites required. The most utilized cellular standard in the world, GSM, just took a quantum leap forward with this technology."
"This is equivalent to a virtually free spectrum allocation six times greater than a carrier's existing allocation, and that will have enormous positive impact on their financial bottom line," said Sam Endy, chief operating officer of ArrayComm. "The combination of AirNet's broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell technology and IntelliCell delivers the increased capacity, coverage and performance requirements urgently needed by GSM operators worldwide."
AirNet's field trial demonstrated N=1 frequency re-use by enabling multiple test callers, using the same timeslot and frequency from adjacent macro cell sites, to come into close proximity to one another without experiencing quality degradation. In one of the test cases, the test callers would actually pass one another in moving vehicles while simultaneously talking on the same frequency and timeslot.
"In order to support capacity deployments on traditional wireless systems, operators must re-use their spectrum. This re-use of spectrum creates additional voice channels but inherently increases interference, degrading the quality of service provided by the network," said Thomas R. Schmutz, vice president of engineering for AirNet. "In contrast, the SuperCapacity base station utilizing ArrayComm's adaptive array processing reduces interference, improves voice quality, and conserves signal power by focusing and receiving energy only in desired locations."
AirNet also announced today that it will present the capabilities of the adaptive array SuperCapacity base station at the 3GSM World Congress03 in Cannes, France on February 18 through February 21 at booth A23 in Hall 1. In addition, AirNet will display the SuperCapacity base station at CTIA Wireless 2003 on March 17 through March 19 in New Orleans at Booth 5947.
ArrayComm, Inc. is the world leader in smart antenna technology. ArrayComm's patented IntelliCell technology - based on fully adaptive smart antennas - creates dedicated personal cells of voice or data for wireless subscribers. ArrayComm licenses IntelliCell technology to manufacturers and improves the cost, coverage and capacity of any personal communications system. It is installed in more than 130,000 IntelliCell-equipped base stations worldwide, serving more than 10 million people. IntelliCell technology is also the key ingredient behind ArrayComm's innovative i-BURST system - the only wireless Internet access system that offers the freedom of mobility with the high speed of DSL at consumer pricing. ArrayComm was founded in 1992, and wireless industry pioneer Martin Cooper is chairman and CEO. The company has more than 250 patents issued or pending worldwide. For more information, please visit www.arraycomm.com.
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 data 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 high-speed data and the Super Capacity base station. 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 68 patents issued or pending 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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