AirNet Announces $3.8 Million Contract With Choice Wireless
Melbourne, Florida Ė AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC) today announced a $3.8 million contract with Choice Wireless, LLC, a wireless service provider headquartered in north Texas. Under the contract, AirNet will supply GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) infrastructure equipment to begin build-out of Choiceís Ardmore, Oklahoma, Wichita Falls, Texas, and Sherman-Denison, Texas Basic Trading Areas (BTAs).
The equipment to be supplied by AirNet includes AdaptaCell broadband software-defined Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) and AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Stations and switching equipment.
"We evaluated a number of different products and concluded that AirNet offered the infrastructure solution that fit our needs best," remarked Mike Clough, CEO of Quantum Communications Inc., Managing Agent for Choice. "AirNetís ability to eliminate most of the cost associated with backhaul was a key factor in our decision, as was AirNetís ability to offer us a broadband, software-defined solution that was readily upgraded to support wireless Internet services."
"AirSites can pay for themselves by eliminating the need for a T1 backhaul link," said Dr. Lee Hamilton, president and CEO of AirNet. "At a savings of $500 to $1500 per month per base station, an operator can quickly amortize the purchase price of an AirSite out of backhaul savings alone. Once thatís done, the operator continues to enjoy the 'free backhaul' advantage."
"Wireless operators are beginning to appreciate the importance of having a well-defined migration path from voice to high-speed data," said Glenn Ehley, AirNetís vice president of Sales and Marketing. "Together, GSM and AirNet give them that. GSM has a well-defined evolution path from voice to high-speed Internet services and AirNet offers software-upgradeable infrastructure that 'grows' all the way to 3G."
AirNet Communications Corporation provides wireless base stations and other telecommunications equipment designed to allow service operators to cost-effectively offer simultaneous wireless high-speed Internet and voice services to mobile subscribers. The Company's AdaptaCell incorporates a patented radio architecture that is designed to enable operators to offer these services by upgrading base station software rather than deploying new base station hardware. The Company's AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Station carries wireless voice and data signals back to the wireline network without a physical communications link - usually a digital T-1 phone line. As a result, an operator's fixed network operating costs may decrease substantially.
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