for International Market Applications
Melbourne, Florida - AirNet Communications Corporation today announced that it is expanding its international GSM (Global System for Mobile Communications) sales and marketing efforts with the immediate availability of its GSM-900 and GSM-1800 Base Station Subsystem (BSS) product lines. Featuring an upgraded version of the Companys software-defined broadband Base Transceiver Station (BTS) and cost-slashing AirSite® Backhaul Free Base Station, AirNet's BSS products bring the same compelling economic benefits to international carriers that the Company's GSM-1900 has to numerous domestic U.S. service providers.
"Our international-market GSM solutions offer the same attractive coverage characteristics as our award-winning GSM-1900 BSS," said Dr. Lee Hamilton, AirNet's president and CEO. "Our field-proven software-defined broadband base station technology and cost-saving 'backhaul free base stations' offer international operators the same attractive business proposition that our U.S. customers have been enjoying for some time."
"Growing GSM service providers around the world always face the same question - how do I provide enough initial coverage to compete with the incumbents? AirNet's infrastructure solution offers the most cost-effective GSM coverage solution in the business and grows inexpensively with a low-cost transition path to capacity when and where it's needed," added Glenn Ehley, AirNet's vice president of Sales and Marketing.
AirNet has eliminated the need for expensive backhaul facilities with its innovative AirSite Backhaul Free Base Station. The AirSite does this by efficiently reusing the GSM spectrum the service operator has already licensed to interconnect to the rest of the BSS rather than backhauling through costly wireline or inconvenient fixed microwave links. AirNet's BSS is compliant with the GSM Phase II A Interface and can be interconnected with any GSM Mobile Switching Center.
AirNet established itself as a leading vendor of GSM infrastructure in the United States by winning the 1998 GSM World Award for Best Technical Innovation at GSM World Congress in Cannes, France. The award was bestowed for AirNet's pioneering work in GSM infrastructure development, which resulted in an economically compelling BSS capable of providing concentrated capacity and distributed coverage in a low-cost tiered-network architecture. This was especially significant in that it was the first time the award for Best Technical Innovation was awarded for an infrastructure product and the first time a North American company won for any technical product.
"AirNet solved the problem of deploying an economically-effective GSM infrastructure," stated Dr. Adriana Nugter, former chairperson of the GSM Association. Dr. Nugter continued by noting that AirNet's GSM solution was a "technical revelation in terms of its innovative use of new or existing technology. The cost, reliability, and coverage advantages provided by the unique design of the AirSite System Solution; open up whole new market segments for GSM services. It literally extends the meaning of GSM products."
AirNet Communications Corporation, based in Melbourne, Florida, designs, manufactures, distributes and supports GSM-based (GSM-900, GSM-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 suburban and rural communities as well as along highway corridors.
AirNet's representatives will be in attendance at the GSM World Congress in Cannes, France, from February 23-25, 1999. Booth K15
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