SIGNS $2.5 MILLION DOLLAR NETWORK EXPANSION CONTRACT WITH
interWAVE Continues Relationship With Nationlink To Provide
Additional Capacity To Existing Networks And Never-Before
Coverage To A New Network
PARK, Calif., United States - March XX, 2002 - interWAVE®
Communications (NASDAQ: IWAV), a pioneer in compact cellular
communications systems and broadband wireless data networks,
today announced that Nationlink, a Pan African GSM operator
and integrator of interWAVE solutions, has purchased an additional
$2.5 million dollars of network infrastructure equipment.
will be used for the expansion of two existing networks as
well as the first phase of a new, third network. "We are very
pleased with the success of Nationlink's existing African
networks, and we look forward to continued growth as they
enter new markets with our GSM technology," said Martin de
la Serna, regional director for interWAVE.
was one of interWAVE's first customers to deploy GSM technology
featuring compressed satellite backhaul and localized switching
in order to offer full telephony services in traditionally
inaccessible areas." interWAVE's proven scaleable GSM network
solution is deployed in a number of African networks, and
will allow Nationlink to provide voice telephony services
for up to 50,000 subscribers. Unique to the industry, interWAVE's
GSM network architecture is a fully-integrated solution that
combines both radio and switching capabilities in a cabinet
approximately the size of a tower PC.
on an expandable architecture, this hardware platform can
scale from a single cabinet, to a network including multiple
Mobile Switching Centers (MSC), Base Station Controllers (BSC),
and Base Transceiver Stations (BTS). Nationlink will also
provide international services through its satellite gateway.
pleased to see the progress interWAVE has made in developing
a solution well suited to the African markets we serve," said
the President of NationLink, Abdi Ido. "We look forward to
the next generation of interWAVE products as our networks
grow in capacity." interWAVE's Community Network Solution
allows Nationlink to quickly and cost effectively expand coverage
or offer new coverage to areas traditionally considered too
small or too remote for wireless cellular service.
its satellite backhaul capabilities, interWAVE's solution
can be deployed in a number of applications including low
density communities, villages, remote islands, national parks,
oil rigs, theme parks, forestry areas and for military applications.