With Four New PCS 1900 Contracts
Melbourne, Florida - AirNet Communications Corporation announced today that it had received four new contracts totaling more than $22 million to supply PCS (Personal Communications Services) wireless infrastructure equipment and services. CM-PCS LLC, Webtel Wireless Inc. and two undisclosed wireless telecommunications companies have independently selected AirNet to provide their GSM PCS-1900 networks.
CM-PCS LLC acquired licenses to four Basic Trading Areas (BTAs) in the FCC's D and F Block auction, notably Omaha, NE, Galesburg, IL, Sharon, PA and Clearfield-DuBois, PA. The contract calls for AirNet, as the prime contractor, to initially provide their total GSM-1900 network, including the base station infrastructure and a distributed mobile switching system for Omaha. AirNet is also providing the radio frequency planning and operations support systems.
"The Omaha BTA, with its nearly 1,000,000 population, already has cellular and PCS operators in service," stated Sumitra Patel, managing partner of CM-PCS LLC. "It was essential that we select a vendor that provides a strategic edge - AirNets solution will allow CM-PCS to compete on features, quality, reliability or price and win. AirNets solution gives us the extensive coverage we need at the lowest possible cost. The AirSite Base Stations free back-haul resulted in a remarkable cost-savings"
Omaha is the 45th largest city in the U.S. and is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies. "With PCS licensees and operators planning GSM services throughout Nebraska and adjoining states, the inclusion of Omaha represents a key addition," said Jim Healy, president of Cook Inlet Western Wireless and chairman of GSM North America. "We are elated that CM-PCS has chosen GSM and will continue to expand the national footprint by providing services in Omaha, the largest population center of that area."
The Grand Canyon State provides the backdrop for AirNets second contract announcement. Webtel Wireless Inc. obtained several F-Block licenses, notably Prescott and Flagstaff, Arizona, including the scenic resort area of Sedona and the #1 natural tourist attraction in the world, the Grand Canyon. The contract calls for AirNet to supply a turnkey GSM-1900 network, including the base station infrastructure and a distributed mobile switching system. Webtel, a Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) carrier, plans to integrate their PCS network with an Internet telephony gateway and offer low cost and flat rate long distance for its wireless subscribers. "We examined both GSM and CDMA protocols but after reviewing AirNets solution, it was a simple decision", said Aaron Haskal, Chairman of Webtel Wireless. "AirNet offers the lowest operating expenses of any technology or vendor - a perfect fit with our strategy to provide a superior value proposition for our customers."
AirNet also signed two other new contracts with USA domestic PCS operators. The identities of the parties involved and the specific terms of the contract remain undisclosed.
"These four contracts represent the latest validation of our vision and direction," said Lee Hamilton, president and chief operating officer of AirNet Communications Corp. "AirNets award winning GSM technology and AirSite Base Station with free back-haul provide a solution that more and more PCS operators are starting to look at."
"Four new contracts totaling $22 million speaks volumes to the effectiveness of our solution which offers the lowest capital and operating expenses out there. This goes straight to our customers bottom line," remarked Glenn Ehley, vice president of Sales and Marketing for AirNet.
AirNet Communications Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, designs, manufactures, distributes and supports GSM-based (GSM 900, DCS-1800 and GSM-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 urban, suburban and rural communities as well as along highway corridors. Winner of the 1998 GSM World Award for Best Technical Innovation.
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