Telsom Mobile Expansion Program
Melbourne, FL, August 20, 2001 - AirNet Communications Corporation (NASDAQ: ANCC), the technology leader in base station products for wireless communications, has been awarded a follow-on order by Telsom Mobile for additional base station equipment. The order for additional GSM Base Stations is the second phase of a multi-million dollar contract announced in May 2000.
Under terms of the agreement, AirNet provided a complete GSM Base Station Subsystem for Telsom Mobile in Somalia including base stations, common equipment, and ancillary equipment. Some cell sites were fitted with AirNet’s AdaptaCell broadband, software-defined base transceiver station while other sites were configured with the AirSite® Backhaul Free base station, designed to eliminate the need for expensive T1/E1 services in lower density regions.
“Telsom Mobile understands that it takes a special kind of wireless infrastructure to obtain low cost coverage solutions which help to significantly reduce operating costs,” noted Glenn Ehley, president and CEO for AirNet. “Only AirNet offers an infrastructure solution that allows operators to deploy new, low cost, coverage solutions today while maintaining a software upgrade path to wireless Internet.”
“We extensively evaluated various technologies and vendors during our initial selection process,” said Mr. Sharif Ahmed Sheikh M. Baalwi, Director of Musalim Trading, Dubai and Chairman of Telsom Mobile. “We chose the AirNet system which includes the AirSite Backhaul Free base station and will allow us to achieve positive cash flow considerably earlier than alternative options. AirNet was able to offer us a cost-effective, rapidly deployable network that meets our current needs and will support our next expansion phase scheduled for later this year.”
AirNet’s backhaul free base station was the key to success with Telsom Mobile. The AirSite Backhaul Free base station provides much faster payback because it eliminates the need for E1 lease costs or installation of new microwave equipment. In addition, the AirNet high power base station is small and lightweight, which reduces installation costs and reduces BTS site requirements.
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 73 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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