August 26 , 2005
AirNet Communications Announces Field Trial Agreement
Melbourne, FL, August 26, 2005 - AirNet Communications Corporation (Nasdaq: ANCC - news), the technology leader in software defined base station products for wireless communications, today announced that it has executed a field trial agreement with a large, tier 1 operator. The agreement provides AirNet Communications with an opportunity to deploy SuperCapacity™, adaptive array base stations in a dense urban, major metropolitan market. The large operator plans to evaluate and test the performance of AirNet’s SuperCapacity base station throughout the remainder of this year.
The large operator has agreed to make cell sites available in an area of its market which has the challenging combination of extremely dense wireless penetration and difficult radio frequency (RF) planning characteristics. AirNet will provide the SuperCapacity base stations at the selected cell sites. The large operator will conduct a battery of tests to evaluate “real world” performance improvements. AirNet is temporarily providing the base stations, common equipment and services for evaluation at no charge; and the large operator is paying for the costs of providing and preparing sites, ancillary equipment, and test services.
“We now have an opportunity for our broadband SDR platform to move to the forefront in the world of SuperCapacity wireless communications,” said Glenn Ehley President and CEO for AirNet Communications. “We believe success will have the effect of validating our products, technologies and capabilities for operators with challenging capacity and RF requirements. If we can be successful in this major metropolitan, dense urban environment, we can be successful in any dense urban deployment.”
Adaptive Array Principles
Wireless networks are prone to interference and poor voice quality due to the fixed directional transmission of radio frequency (RF) signals. In traditional base station systems, the wide area dispersal is necessary. This results in considerable waste of radiated power. Also, the dispersed transmission pollutes the electromagnetic environment by radiating most of the transmitted power in unnecessary directions — making radio planning difficult and expensive. In contrast, AirNet’s SuperCapacity, adaptive array technology determines a user’s location and attempts to focus and receive energy only in desired directions as well as to null the interferers.
“We’re building upon the success of our recent adaptive array commercial deployment in Oklahoma, and taking it to the next level,” said Sushil Gill, Vice President of Business Development and Large Operator Sales for AirNet Communications. “This large, tier 1 operator has now asked us to verify the performance of our technology in a dense urban, multi-path environment. With existing narrowband technology virtually at the limit for capacity enhancement, our goal is to solve the problems associated with limited spectrum by providing more capacity and increased data throughput with our SuperCapacity solution.”
“Our SuperCapacity adaptive array broadband SDR platform is the alternative to the expensive and daunting task of building large numbers of new sites or purchasing expensive spectrum in this major metropolitan network,” said Thomas R. Schmutz, Vice President of Engineering for AirNet Communications. “We have planned for this large, tier 1 operator opportunity since the Company was founded back in 1994. We are excited to have the right solution at the right time, and with the potential that it brings.”
Benefits of AirNet’s SuperCapacity, Adaptive Array Technology
AirNet’s SuperCapacity base station is the only viable solution for adaptive array technology available for GSM/GPRS/EDGE. It is the key enabler for high capacity voice and packet data services, which is fundamental to success for GSM operators worldwide. AirNet has the only proven broadband adaptive array software-defined radio platform. The SuperCapacity base station has the capability of providing the following benefits:
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, utilizing ArrayComm, Inc.'s IntelliCell™ adaptive array algorithms. 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 69 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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