Melbourne, FL -- AirNet Communications Corporation announced today that it has initiated the deployment process of a Base Station Subsystem (BSS) for Carolina PCS I Limited Partnership. AirNet has been selected as the BSS vendor for Carolina PCS' Phase I operations, which includes the Greenville, Spartanburg and Anderson markets, for a Global System for Mobile Communication (GSM) system. The AirNet infrastructure includes an operations and maintenance center, base station controller, transcoder rate adapter unit and associated cell sites. This deployment completes an order received from Carolina PCS which was announced last October.
Carolina PCS owns wireless licenses for nine contiguous Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) in South Carolina and adjacent areas of Georgia and North Carolina. Carolina PCS' licensed area covers approximately 3.5 million potential subscribers throughout the region.
"We decided to source our initial BSS infrastructure from AirNet -- the 1998 GSM Best Technical Innovation Award Recipient," said Mike Green, President and CEO of Carolina PCS. "Given the advantages of the AirNet system, we are deploying a significant number of their AirSite Backhaul Free Base Stations as well as their software-defined broadband Base Station Transceiver Stations (BTSs) within our coverage area." He added, "AirNet also allows Carolina PCS to meet its 4th quarter Phase I commercial deployment target with an integration to the Lucent Network Switching System that we announced last week."
Cells in densely populated areas will be equipped with AirNet's high-capacity, software-defined broadband base transceiver stations while remaining cells will be configured with AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Stations.
Green said AirNet's Backhaul free solution was a key factor in making Carolina's business plan viable by accelerating the speed with which they can deploy state-wide coverage. "AirNet lets us expedite the buildout of our Phase I infrastructure," he said. "In addition, AirNet's "future-proof" software-defined infrastructure gives us peace of mind knowing that we can clearly migrate to new data services soon to be available with technologies such as GPRS, EDGE and 3G".
"AirNet's GSM-compliant open architecture gives service operators the flexibility they need to make smart business decisions," said Dr. Lee Hamilton, AirNet president and CEO. "That's one of the reasons AirNet has won over 75% of all domestic GSM infrastructure contracts awarded by independent C- through F-block licenses."
"We've always understood that an operator's future is dependent on the quality of its business case," stated Glenn Ehley, AirNet vice president of Sales and Marketing. "We designed the AirSite Backhaul Free Base Station to give service operators a significant business advantage. The AirSite eliminates the need for telephone lines or microwave links to connect cell sites to a switch center. This alone can save operators from $500 to $2,000 per cell site per month."
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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