Press Release Summary:
SPEEDLAN 9000, with multi-hop IP routing, redirects traffic around obstructions and shadows in network. It allows user to choose among mesh, star, or point-to-point deployment. Mesh technology allows localized deployments in campus or business park. Using star topology lets users connect buildings up to 25 miles apart at Ethernet LAN speeds. It operates at 11 Mbps and works with any base station that broadband carrier or ISP has in place.
Original Press Release:
WAVE WIRELESS ANNOUNCES SPEEDLAN 9000 LAUNCH DATE
Flexible building-to-building, multipoint, and mesh options in a single broadband wireless platform
Business Editors and High-Tech Writers NetWorld+Interop 2002 Las Vegas Booth No. 1734 North Hall
LAS VEGAS, NV - May 8, 2001 - Wave Wireless Networking, a division of SPEEDCOM Wireless Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWC), announced that its SPEEDLAN 9000 last-mile wireless product line will begin shipping June 7.
SPEEDLAN 9000 11 Mbps wireless routers, offer unsurpassed flexibility in meeting the challenges of designing, building, and managing today's fixed wireless networks. By allowing the user to choose between mesh, star, or a point-to-point deployment, the SPEEDLAN 9000 provides a platform, which can grow with businesses and is easily re-deployed as their needs may change.
"SPEEDLAN 9000's unrivalled combination of features will give customers more flexibility and scalability than offered with any other product today," said Michael McKinney, CEO of SPEEDCOM. "No other product on the market offers users the option of deploying a simple building-to-building link, a complex point-to-multipoint star network, or a self-healing mesh network in a single, scalable package."
Expand Current Wireless Network Coverage
Organizations deploying broadband wireless base stations, either as part of a campus network or a metropolitan area network, are often challenged with shadows in their network. These holes in the coverage area, caused when obstructions such as groves of trees, hills, and large buildings block the wireless signal, make it difficult to provide ubiquitous coverage for a wireless metropolitan area network, or even to connect all the buildings within a school district. SPEEDLAN 9000's mesh technology helps customers solve this problem by using multi-hop IP routing to redirect network traffic around obstructions.
McKinney continued, "I think one of the most exciting aspects of this product is that it's complimentary to any base station a broadband carrier or ISP might already have in place. SPEEDLAN 9000 will help broadband carriers use wireless technology to reach more customers and gain incremental revenue they might otherwise never realize."
Campus, Business Park, and Residential Applications
With mesh technology, localized deployments in a campus, business park, apartment complex, or residential neighborhood are easier than ever. Unlike base station or access point products, no line-of-sight analysis is needed to determine if the building can "see" back to a base station. If a building can "see" any other building already on the mesh network, it is ready to be connected. Each new building added to a mesh network expands the customer's ability to connect even more buildings, scaling up to 100 buildings per channel.
Leased Line Replacement
Using a star topology, users can connect buildings up to 25 miles apart at Ethernet LAN speeds. With less than a day's work, users can eliminate leased line charges, increase connectivity speed and productivity, and take control over their building-to-building communications. With a SPEEDLAN 9000 base station, users can connect up to 100 remote buildings to a central location. Schools, hospitals, and banks can benefit by increasing connection speed between buildings and reducing or even eliminating leased line fees.
With its unique combination of configuration options, SPEEDLAN 9000 provides the flexibility, scalability network managers require. Whether connecting two buildings across a parking lot or deploying a complex wireless metropolitan area network, SPEEDLAN 9000 provides the features needed in a single affordable package.
Product Models & Pricing
SPEEDLAN 9000 products are available in a variety of models. SPEEDLAN 9101 and 9104 are mesh-only products used to deploy a mesh network. SPEEDLAN 9102 and 9103 can be configured as a simple building-to-building backbone, a point-to-multipoint "star" topology or as a self- healing mesh topology. A complete product specification sheet may be found at www.wavewireless.com. Products range in price from $899 to $1799 and pre-release orders can be placed by calling 941-358-WAVE (9283), or by visiting www.wavewireless.com.
About Wave Wireless
Wave Wireless Networking (www.wavewireless.com), a division of SPEEDCOM Wireless Corporation (Nasdaq: SPWC) (speedcomwireless.com), is a multinational fixed broadband wireless innovator and manufacturer based in Sarasota, Florida. The company maintains additional offices in Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Singapore, and Shanghai. Wave Wireless division (www.wavewireless.com) is an innovator and manufacturer of a variety of broadband wireless products, including the award-winning SPEEDLAN family of wireless Ethernet routers. Broadband Internet service providers, telecommunication operators, and private organizations in more than 60 countries use SPEEDCOM's solutions to provide "backbone" and/or "last-mile" wireless connectivity at speeds from 11 Mbps up to 155 Mbps over distances of 25 miles or more. Since 1998, all products have been manufactured in an ISO 9001-compliant environment. More information is available at speedcomwireless.com).
This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual events may differ from forward-looking statements for a number of reasons, including but not limited to, failure of customers to purchase Wave products, as well as other factors discussed from time to time in our SEC filings (available on EDGAR or for free at www.sec.gov). Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should underlying assumptions prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those anticipated, estimate or projected. All forward-looking statements included in this document are made as of the date hereof, based on information available to SPEEDCOM on the date thereof.
* SPEEDCOM & SPEEDLAN are registered trademarks of SPEEDCOM Wireless Corporation.
Hollie Graham Floyd, SPEEDCOM
Gil Sharell, SPEEDCOM