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[0] FCC Approves ArrayComm Wireless Internet Trial License; Trial paves the way for nationwide broadband Internet service for portable and stationary devices.

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, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 6, 2000

ArrayComm Inc. announced today that the FCC (1) (Federal Communications Commission, Washington, DC, The U.S. government agency that regulates interstate and international communications including wire, cable, radio, TV and satellite. The FCC was created under the U.S.  has awarded a spectrum license to the company to trial its revolutionary i-BURST(TM) wireless Internet system commercially in San Diego San Diego (săn dēā`gō), city (1990 pop. 1,110,549), seat of San Diego co., S Calif., on San Diego Bay; inc. 1850. San Diego includes the unincorporated communities of La Jolla and Spring Valley. Coronado is across the bay. .

Optimized to provide low cost portable broadband access for both businesses and consumers, the i-BURST system will enable a wide range of applications such as telemedicine, high speed file transfer, streaming audio and video and networked lightning fast gaming.

i-BURST is an extremely spectrally efficient access system that can deliver in excess of 40 Mbps in a 10 MHz (MegaHertZ) One million cycles per second. It is used to measure the transmission speed of electronic devices, including channels, buses and the computer's internal clock. A one-megahertz clock (1 MHz) means some number of bits (16, 32, 64, etc.  slice of spectrum, for online access to the full range of rich media applications that the internet has to offer, via laptops, palmtops and next generation fixed and portable Internet appliances. ArrayComm and its partners will deliver user data rates of 1 Mbps or more -- even when the network is operating at full capacity -- at costs similar to today's dial-up Internet access See dial-up. .

The commercial market trial in San Diego will service thousands of users beginning in mid 2001. Full-scale commercial deployment blanketing the nation's top 100 metropolitan areas will follow.

"The intent of this trial is to demonstrate the commercial viability of an advanced technology that allows users to experience a vast range of applications and services within a portable broadband Internet system at very low cost," said Nitin J. Shah, ArrayComm executive vice president and general manager for i-BURST. "We are grateful to the FCC for having the vision to showcase this highly spectrally efficient system in a major commercial trial."

i-BURST leverages ArrayComm's patented and commercially proven IntelliCell(R) adaptive array antenna (spatial processing) technology enabling networks that can deliver 400 times the performance of today's wireless Internet solutions and 40 times the performance of third generation systems currently in development.

Combining a superior wireless access system with an open services platform and an IP transparent network architecture effectively means that i-BURST can uniquely enable a host of media-rich consumer and business applications to the end user at a fraction of today's costs. In contrast with cable/DSL and Satellite internet access Satellite Internet services are used in locations where terrestrial Internet access is not available and in locations which move frequently. Internet access via satellite is available worldwide, including vessels at sea and mobile land vehicles.  services, i-BURST allows for complete portability and does not require any special installation of equipment at a user's site -- saving both operator and customer, time, money and inconvenience.

i-BURST's high speed, always-on connectivity, combined with the freedom to move, promises to redefine the Internet experience, enabling fully functional portable work environments, high-bandwidth public safety communication, telemedicine and leading edge consumer and business applications.

About ArrayComm

Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., and recently named as one of Wireless Week's 25 companies to watch in the new millennium, ArrayComm ( is the global leader in smart antenna-based wireless communications. The company recently closed on a round of financing led by Sony Corporation of America Sony Corporation of America (SCA) is the United States subsidiary of Japan's Sony Corporation. It is based in Inglewood, California. It is the umbrella company under which all Sony companies operate in the United States. Subsidiaries
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), to accelerate the development of i-BURST. The company also recently announced an agreement with Redback Networks to deliver "plug and play" wireless Internet access systems.

ArrayComm's IP-based i-BURST system has been designed to fully leverage the success of ArrayComm's patented IntelliCell technology. IntelliCell dramatically enhances the capacity, coverage, and quality of wireless communication systems. It works with all wireless air interfaces. ArrayComm's IntelliCell technology is deployed in tens of thousands of systems serving commercial customers in the Philippines, United Arab Emirates United Arab Emirates, federation of sheikhdoms (2005 est. pop. 2,563,000), c.30,000 sq mi (77,700 sq km), SE Arabia, on the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. , Malaysia, China and Japan. IntelliCell technology is widely deployed in DDI ddI and ddC: see AZT.  Pocket Telephone's Network, which serves millions of customers in Japan. ArrayComm is helping make high-quality wireless communications truly affordable for mass markets worldwide.
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