November 11, 2005
AirNet Communications Showcases RapidCell In Two New Field Trials -
Melbourne, FL, November 11, 2005 - AirNet Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: ANCC - news), the technology leader in software defined base station products for wireless communications, today announced that it has been showcasing the capabilities of the RapidCell™ base station at various locations in the U.S. for a Government Communications end user. An undisclosed, leading OEM aerospace and defense contractor who has purchased RapidCell base stations has paid AirNet to help conduct these “mini” field trials. End user personnel have been utilizing the base stations in a variety of different simulations and exercises.
In one field trial, the OEM has integrated the RapidCell base station with their situational awareness system offering. Deployed inside a tent with a portable external, telescoping mast and antenna, the RapidCell base station provides the backbone for a rapidly deployable, highly reliable wireless voice and data network that streams real time position, location and tracking information to a control center for viewing using 3-D visualization and graphics. The RapidCell SDR product architecture enables operators to quickly and easily configure an operational network “on the fly”.
At the other field trial, the OEM has leveraged the flexible SDR architecture of AirNet’s RapidCell base station to quickly implement proprietary frequency changes via software-only modifications, enabling personnel to operate in a government frequency band without interfering with other equipment in adjacent commercial frequency bands.
“The RapidCell base station has performed flawlessly in both of these field trials,” said Thomas R. Schmutz, Vice President of Engineering for AirNet Communications. “Our solution continues to receive good visibility and gain traction with key decision makers and planners. Our expectation is that additional orders may be on the near horizon with this customer and they want us to have the capability of building and configuring their RapidCell base stations for immediate deployment.”
AirNet will continue to support the OEM Defense contractor in its marketing campaign to build awareness and interest in its product. At the same time, AirNet will continue to evaluate and upgrade capabilities through the addition of new software features.
“Because of our SDR architecture, we were literally able in one week to support the requested software changes to our product and participate in the field trial on short notice,” said Terry Williams, Chief Technical Officer for AirNet Communications. “Our strategy is to continue to open the door for AirNet to demonstrate the robust capabilities of the RapidCell base station in rugged field environments, and work with our OEM supplier to convert these opportunities into new business.”
The RapidCell base station solves the problem of quickly deploying a reliable communications system, whenever and wherever it is needed. When used with the AirSite® Backhaul Free™ base stations, AirNet’s customers will have the capability of flexibly deploying high capacity, secure multi-frequency GSM communications across a large or small geographical coverage area.
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 data and voice services to mobile subscribers. AirNet's patented broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell® SuperCapacity™ adaptive array base station solution provides a high-capacity base station with a software upgrade path to high-speed data. The Company's RapidCell™ base station provides government communications users with up to 96 voice and data channels in a compact, rapidly deployable design capable of processing multiple GSM protocols simultaneously. 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 67 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 visiting the AirNet Web site at www.airnetcom.com.
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