For Immediate Release
February 17, 1998

AirNet Communications Wins 1998 GSM World Award

Melbourne, Florida - AirNet Communications Corporation has today been presented the 1998 GSM World Award for Best Technical Innovation at the GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. The award was bestowed for AirNet's pioneering work in GSM infrastructure development, which resulted in a commercially available Base Station Subsystem (BSS) capable of providing concentrated capacity and distributed coverage in a low-cost tiered network architecture.

This award is especially significant in that it is the first time Best Technical Innovation has been awarded for GSM infrastructure and the first time a North American company has won for any technical product. AirNet's selection was determined by a prestigious jury representing more than 2,500 industry participants at the World Congress. GSM, supported by 256 network operators in 110 countries and used by over 60 million subscribers, is the most prevalent digital wireless communications technology in the world.

The 1998 GSM World Congress is the 12th consecutive event organized by the GSM MoU (Memorandum of Understanding) Association. Presented annually for GSM professionals, the congress provides a forum for the recognition of those operators and manufacturers who contributed significantly to the development and growth of GSM.

"This is always a particularly difficult category to judge, as the entries are so diverse," stated Dr. Adriana Nugter, chairperson of the GSM MoU Association, in her address to the World Congress. "In particular the judges were looking for a product or service which really was a technical revelation in terms of its innovative use of new or existing technology."

Dr. Nugter went on to say, "In addition to the cost, reliability and coverage advantages provided by the unique design of the AirSite System Solution, the Third Kentucky Cellular Corporation felt that the system's ability to open up whole new market segments for GSM services deemed it worthy of this prestigious award. It literally extends the meaning of GSM products." AirNet Communications was nominated for the award by Third Kentucky Cellular Corporation, a GSM MoU Association member.

In 1995 AirNet fielded a joint marketing and engineering task force assigned to define a future PCS architecture and product family. A key element of this research was feedback from customer focus sessions. "First and foremost, we listened to the marketplace," said Glenn Ehley, AirNet's vice president of Marketing and Sales. "This award validates our approach of working closely with customers to outline the functionality and price points of next-generation systems."

"AirNet’s revolutionary distributed network architecture, based on software-defined broadband base station transceivers and AirSite remote radios, solves the problem of provisioning profitable GSM-based Personal Communications Services (PCS) in financially trying situations -- such as rural communities and highway corridors," remarked Lee Hamilton, AirNet's vice president of Engineering and Operations.

"With the AirNet BSS system, we took a significant step towards extending GSM-based PCS service to all communities – not just metropolitan areas," stated Jerrold Adams, president and chief executive officer of AirNet Communications. "This infrastructure solution is the most visible sign of AirNet's full commitment to the development of the GSM world. We are encouraged by the GSM MoU Association's recognition of our pioneering solutions to the industry."

AirNet Communications Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, designs, manufactures, distributes and supports GSM-based (GSM 900, DCS-1800 and PCS-1900) wireless infrastructure solutions. AirNet offers a full spectrum of cost-effective systems designed to solve capacity and coverage issues faced by service providers operating in suburban and rural communities as well as along highway corridors.

The GSM World Award-winning innovation will be on display in Atlanta from February 23-25 at the Wireless '98 Convention and Exposition, Booth 4809.

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AirNet Communications
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