Melbourne, Florida - AirNet Communications Corporation today announced additional orders to supply additional infrastructure equipment to AirLink PCS, enabling the carrier to expand its wireless network in Michigan to offer a total blanket of ubiquitous in-building and mobile wireless services in its Kalamazoo and Battle Creek Basic Trading Areas (BTAs). AirLink PCS formerly operated as Message Express.
AirNet will provide additional Base Transceiver Stations (BTSs) and a Base Station Controller (BSC) upgrade to AirLink.
"This is part of our planned, rapid build-out, focused on providing comprehensive coverage of all areas within the Kalamazoo and Battle Creek markets," said Bob Fisher, vice president of Message Express. "When we're done we'll have nearly 184 cell sites and our customers will enjoy thorough in-building coverage anywhere within our service areas as well as along the highway corridors that interconnect them."
"We're really excited to be partnering with AirNet for this build-out of our service area," said L.J. Caruso, general manager of AirLink PCS. "AirNet's cost-controlling infrastructure products gives us a business case that makes it easy to expand our coverage without a negative impact on our bottom line."
"Fast-growing service providers like AirLink can really benefit from our infrastructure solution," remarked Dr. Lee Hamilton, president and CEO of AirNet. "Not only can we provide service-ready systems quickly, but our award-winning AirSite base station 'cuts-the-cord' and gives operators a base station solution that eliminates the need for interconnecting T1 lines or fixed microwave facilities. The AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Station is revolutionizing the way wireless infrastructures are put together and only AirNet can offer it."
"When you look at our business case compared to other vendors, what's really striking is how much money service providers save by not paying for backhaul," stated Glenn Ehley, vice president of sales and marketing at AirNet. "A typical operator can save $800 to $1,800 per base station per month. With savings like that, the equipment quickly pays for itself. That's why we're called The GSM Economy Experts."
AirNet Communications Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, designs, manufactures, distributes, and supports profitable GSM-based (GSM-900, GSM-1800, and GSM-1900) wireless infrastructure solutions. AirNet's products include a line of software-defined, broadband BTSs and the AirSite Backhaul Free Base Station. AirNet was awarded the 1998 GSM World Award for Best Technical Innovation.
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