Company's Commercially Deployed SDR Base Stations Demonstrate
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MELBOURNE, Fla. --July 18, 2000-- AirNet Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:ANCC), the industry leader in Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology, has provided the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with detailed benefits of SDR - including how it could speed the move to the wireless Internet.
AirNet, which has been deploying SDR-based systems since 1997, provided the information to the FCC as part of the Commission's Notice of Inquiry into SDR. The FCC was seeking input from communications companies involved in various aspects of SDR technology.
In its reply to the FCC, AirNet explained that SDR technology is available today and that it is deploying systems for customers throughout the world. In detailing the technology, the company described how SDR technology allows wireless equipment to be upgraded through software rather than hardware changes, allowing the evolution to new technologies.
The company explained how SDR technology can benefit consumers, wireless operators, and wireless infrastructure manufacturers by reducing costs and speeding the implementation of new, advanced wireless services - including the wireless Internet.
"SDR technology unifies the various radio designs into one platform, relying on software to alter the characteristics of the radio rather than having to design new hardware each time a new radio is designed or a new feature is added. This could speed time-to-market for deploying future air interfaces and subsequent feature enhancements," AirNet stated in its reply to the FCC.
In its FCC reply, AirNet also detailed other aspects of SDR, including how it improves interoperability, and does not warrant regulation changes or re-certification for software upgrades.
"For nearly four years, AirNet has shown that this technology can be successfully deployed," said Lee Hamilton, president and CEO of AirNet. "Our success in delivering broadband, software-defined base stations is enabling wireless operators to expand their service offerings - moving from basic voice service all the way to the wireless Internet."
AirNet Communications Corporation's award winning wireless base station products, based on over 60 patents either issued or filed, provide a cost-effective, future proof solution for wireless operators as they deploy and expand their networks. AirNet's patented broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell Base Station provides a high capacity base station with a software upgrade path to the wireless Internet.
The AdaptaCell's patented technology means no more time consuming and expensive hardware upgrades - the wireless Internet is only a software upgrade away. And, with software control, AirNet lets service providers support multiple protocols simultaneously avoiding costly overlays. The AirSite Backhaul Free Base Station's award winning architecture eliminates the need for a physical backhaul link, thus reducing operating costs. AirNet base station products won the prestigious GSM World Award for technical innovation for AdaptaCell's software upgrade to the wireless Internet and for AirSite's revolutionary wireless backhaul capability. AirNet is a wireless base station technology leader. AirNet can be contacted at 321/984-1990 or visit us at www.aircom.com.
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