Solution For The Wireless Internet
CHICAGO--PCIA Global XChange 2000, McCormick South Hall A1-A2, Booth No. 2918 -- AirNet Communications Corporation (Nasdaq:ANCC) today introduced a software-defined GPRS base station solution that provides enhanced data services more than 12 times faster than existing GSM wireless services.
At the PCIA Global XChange 2000 Conference in Chicago, AirNet announced that the company has developed the GPRS (General Packet Radio Service) solution for its broadband, software-defined base stations, enabling operators to provide full GPRS capabilities by upgrading their software, not changing out hardware as required with other systems.
The AirNet solution allows operators to cost-effectively provide wireless Internet services using their exiting base stations. Key features of the base station solution are:
"The race is on for wireless operators who are trying to provide their customers new and faster services. They are looking for cost-effective ways to transition from their current systems to GPRS and beyond," said Lee Hamilton, president and CEO of AirNet. "AirNet's software-defined GPRS base station solution provides the services that they need now, and the most cost-effective and easiest upgrade path to the wireless Internet."
By upgrading to GPRS, operators will be able to create new revenue streams by providing customers with a host of enhanced services. For example, operators with GPRS will be able to provide mobile commerce applications, such as retailing, banking, stock quotes and purchases, and others. They also could provide multimedia services -- such as video, music, or photo imaging -- as well as entertainment, emergency, and general wireless Internet messaging and WAP services, which are in high demand by consumers.
GPRS is able to provide these services because it uses packet data technology instead of traditional circuit-switched technology. Instead of dedicated voice channels, GPRS networks send packets of data via shared packet data channels - at speeds up to 170 Kbps. However, the speed of the data transmission depends on the coding schemes supported by the radio network. Other GPRS systems only support coding schemes CS-1 and CS-2, which limits the maximum speeds to 107 kbps. This reduces the spectrum efficiency and types of services that the system can support.
AirNet's solution makes the most of GPRS technology because it was designed to support all four GPRS coding schemes today: CS1, CS2, CS3, and CS4. This enables AirNet's s AdaptaCell base station to transmit at speeds up to 170 kbps. The additional speed allows operators to maximize their system capacity and provide the full range of new, enhanced services. This advanced capability also ensures that the systems are compatible with all GPRS handsets and terminals, and supports the full data speed needed for the most advanced devices and applications. With AirNet's solution, operators can provide their existing GSM service with the new GPRS simultaneously, allowing them to support high-speed data and voice with the same radio carrier. In addition, the system will enable operators to upgrade their systems to even higher speed data services, such as EDGE and 3G - operating them all simultaneously as well. Because the solution is based on AirNet's broadband, software-defined platform, wireless operators can migrate to GPRS using their existing AdaptaCell base stations and AirSite Backhaul Free Base Stations by simply upgrading their software. The software upgrade can be done remotely from the network's control center, reducing the cost and time of deploying the solution to every cell site.
AirNet Communications Corporation provides wireless base stations and other telecommunications equipment designed to allow service operators to cost-effectively offer simultaneous wireless high-speed Internet and voice services to mobile subscribers. The Company's AdaptaCell incorporates a patented radio architecture that is designed to enable operators to offer these services by upgrading base station software rather than deploying new base station hardware. The Company's AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Station carries wireless voice and data signals back to the wireline network without a physical communications link - usually a digital T1 phone line. As a result, an operator's fixed network operating costs may decrease substantially.
AirNet Communications Corporation's award winning wireless base station products, based on over 60 patents either issued or filed, provide a cost effective, future proof solution for wireless operators as they deploy and expand their networks. AirNet's patented broadband, software-defined AdaptaCell base station provides a high capacity base station with a software upgrade path to the wireless Internet. The AdaptaCell's patented technology means no more time consuming and expensive hardware upgrades - the wireless Internet is only a software upgrade away. And, with software control, AirNet lets service providers support multiple protocols simultaneously avoiding costly overlays.
The AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Station's award winning architecture eliminates the need for a physical backhaul link, thus reducing operating costs. AirNet base station products won the prestigious GSM World Award for technical innovation for AdaptaCell's software upgrade to the wireless Internet and for AirSite's revolutionary wireless backhaul capability. AirNet is a wireless base station technology leader. AirNet can be contacted in the US at 321/984-1990 or visit us at www.aircom.com.
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