-- MBO to Launch GPRS Service in Mid 2001 --
Melbourne, FL, March 7, 2001 - AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC), the technology leader in base station products for wireless communication, has successfully deployed and received customer acceptance for one of the nation’s first wireless General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) systems.
AirNet deployed its broadband, software defined AdaptaCell base stations and its AirSite® Backhaul Free base stations as part of the implementation phase for MBO Wireless, an Oklahoma-based telecommunications service provider.
The new AirNet® GPRS solution enables MBO Wireless to become one of the first providers in the nation to be able to offer its customers enhanced data services - including mobile commerce applications, multimedia services, general wireless Internet messaging, and WAP services.
"We are very pleased with how quickly and successfully AirNet was able to conduct the deployment,” said V. David Miller II, president, MBO Wireless, Inc. “AirNet has successfully shown that its equipment can support GPRS, and has now put MBO on the path to be one of the first operators to offer high speed data services in the United States.”
Unlike traditional circuit-switched technology, GPRS sends packets of data via shared-packet data channels at speeds up to 170 Kbps - providing the speed needed to offer wireless Internet services. The AirNet solution makes the most of GPRS technology by supporting all four GPRS coding protocols today: CS1, CS2, CS3, and CS4. Other GPRS systems only support CS1 and CS2, limiting the maximum transmission speed to 107 Kbps. The additional speed offered by AirNet allows operators to maximize system capacity and cost-effectively provide a full range of high-speed data services.
“MBO Wireless’ acceptance of our GPRS system demonstrates that our broadband, software-defined solution is the fastest, most cost-effective way for operators to move to the wireless Internet,” said Lee Hamilton, president and CEO, AirNet Communications. “This acceptance, combined with our continued growth and success in the worldwide wireless market, reinforces AirNet’s position as the base station technology leader. AirNet’s ability to deliver a software upgrade to full speed GPRS, as promised, is further validation of our software upgrade path to the wireless Internet. Future software upgrades will include EDGE and our previously announced Super Capacity Adaptive Array solution later this year.”
Because the AirNet platform is software-defined, wireless operators can easily migrate to GPRS using their existing AdaptaCell base stations and AirSite Backhaul Free Base Stations by simply upgrading software. The upgrade can be performed remotely from a network control center, dramatically reducing the cost and time of deploying the solution to every cell site.
“One of the most important issues facing operators today is building the necessary network infrastructure for delivering high speed data services,” said Glenn Ehley, senior vice president of worldwide sales and marketing at AirNet. “This customer has proven that having a well-defined migration plan, combined with AirNet’s cost-effective, software-defined solution is the only way to evolve a network to wireless Internet services.”
About MBO Wireless
MBO Wireless is a subsidiary of MBO Corporation, a privately held firm which owns and operates three telephone, cable television, video and wireless communications companies. MBO provides bandwidth services to wholesale and business clients with voice, video, data, Internet, wireless, and cable TV requirements. The Company owns more than 940 miles of fiber optics which link its subsidiaries and affiliates on SONET rings throughout Oklahoma, and carries traffic for most of the nation’s major service providers.
AirNet Communications Corporation is a leader in wireless base stations and other telecommunications equipment that allow service operators to cost-effectively and simultaneously offer high-speed wireless Internet and voice services to mobile subscribers. AirNet's patented broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell base station solution provides a high-capacity base station with a software upgrade path to the wireless Internet. The Company's AirSite® Backhaul Free base station carries wireless voice and data signals back to the wireline network, eliminating the need for a physical backhaul link, thus reducing operating costs. AirNet has 69 patents issued or pending and has received the coveted World Award for Best Technical Innovation from the GSM Association, representing over 400 operators around the world. More information about AirNet may be obtained by calling 321.984.1990, or by visiting the AirNet Web site at www.airnetcom.com.
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