Initiative valued at over $7.4 million
TEL AVIV, Israel/CARLSBAD, CA, March 13, 2001 – BreezeCOM (NASDAQ: BRZE), a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed wireless access solutions, and ClearSky Broadband, an alternative service provider specializing in the delivery of high-speed Internet access direct to business users, have joined efforts where BreezeCOM’s BreezeACCESS II® equipment will provide the wireless infrastructure in support of ClearSky’s nationwide network deployment efforts.
ClearSky expects to spend over $7.4 million in support of its network rollout this year. Initial launch plans include service to 27 metropolitan markets by year’s end, with quick expansion of services into surrounding rural communities. Product shipments began in December and will continue through 2001. Systems integrator WFI is assisting with network installation.
Based in Washington State, ClearSky Broadband is a rapidly expanding wireless company offering advanced wireless technologies that are changing the way the world thinks about the Internet. Currently deploying their broadband network, the Company has systems operating in Arizona and Washington with plans to expand in to Texas, Florida and Nevada over the next six months.
With pilots in three distinctive test markets, Tri-Cities, WA, Yakima, WA and the greater Scottsdale/Phoenix area, ClearSky has over 200 subscribers ready to go on line. “We selected these test markets as they provided all the major deployment challenges we face going forward,” stated Dave Thomas, president of ClearSky Broadband.
“Tri-Cities is an area where other services such as cable modems and DSL are not available and a prime location for a wireless solution. Yakima is a rural community with no existing service, wired or otherwise, so we are able to measure how quickly and easily we can expand into these areas, and Scottsdale/Phoenix is a large metropolitan area with a high concentration of existing wireless service providers so we are able to thoroughly test interference concerns.”
“We chose BreezeCOM for several reasons,” stated Thomas. “First, we respected them as a valuable business partner. We wanted a company that had wireless experts and really understood what it took to deploy a wireless network. BreezeCOM specializes in wireless solutions – that’s what they know and do best.”
“Second, they have an excellent reputation throughout the industry for providing the best customer service and technical support. We have been very impressed with the quality and performance of their products, as well as with the knowledge and competency of their people.”
An alternative to costly access services offered by phone and cable companies, ClearSky uses a cellular topology to deliver high-speed broadband communications with no phone company fees – a huge benefit to cost-conscientious customers. The ClearSky service model results in quicker deployments and faster availability of services to customers.
ClearSky’s networks operate in the 2.4 GHz licensed-free ISM band using BreezeCOM’s BreezeACCESS II frequency hopping wireless equipment. “We did our homework,” explained Thomas. “After looking at all the options, we found BreezeACCESS II provided the speed and network flexibility we needed, but more importantly it was virtually immune to interference.”
About Clear Sky
Clear Sky Broadband is a rapidly expanding wireless company. Currently offering service in Washington State and Arizona, Clear Sky is presently expanding into several markets including, Nevada, Florida, and Texas. Clear Sky provides quality of service guarantees backed by its state of the art network design and based on the success of the cellular industry. Clear Sky is bringing these possibilities to its customers via its national wireless broadband network. This national network is connected directly to a fiber-optic backbone, allowing customers to connect at high speeds, directly to the Internet. The use of wireless technology allows the Clear Sky network to be completely adaptable to new technologies.
BreezeCOM is the leading provider of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) solutions used by service providers and enterprises. Its products provide a wireless alternative to wired access solutions, such as DSL and cable modems, and facilitate indoor and outdoor, as well as fixed and mobile wireless LAN connectivity. BreezeCOM products are based on a packet switching point-to-multipoint wireless platform, optimized for high-speed Internet and intranet access. Core technologies include spread spectrum radio, digital signal processing, modems, networking protocols and VLSI. For more information on BreezeCOM, visit www.breezecom.com.
Datang Committed to Buy Over $60 Million Over the Next Two Years
Or Yehuda, Israel, March 12, 2001 Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLRE), a leading provider of broadband wireless access (BWA) communication systems, announced today that is has signed an OEM agreement with Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd., a leading telecommunications corporation in China. Under this agreement, Floware's WALKair BWA system will be integrated into Datang's product line and distributed in China under the Datang brand name.
Last year, Datang placed initial purchase orders with Floware on behalf of two of the largest Chinese telecommunications operators for more than $6 million. As part of the new agreement, Datang has committed to purchase from Floware over $60 million in equipment for Chinese carriers over the next two years.
Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd., which is traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, is a leading telecommunications integrator and equipment supplier in China. Its research and production operations cover all areas of telecommunications.
"We are proud to be working with Datang, a true leader in the Chinese telecommunications industry," said Amnon Yacoby, CEO of Floware Wireless Systems. "This agreement provides us with an excellent channel for growth in China and confirms, once again, that Floware has the leading technological solutions and expertise that telecom carriers need."
About Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd.
Established in August 1998 and traded on the Shanghai Stock Exchange, Datang Telecom Technology Co. Ltd. is the former China Academy of Telecommunications Technology, which converted to a stock company after forty-three years of operations. Datang provides different services for the largest telecommunications operators in China and is one of China's largest local telecommunications integrators and equipment suppliers. With over 4,600 employees, Datang has research centers, five subsidiary companies, four stock companies and two share companies, as well as a company that has direct ownership relations with other companies and institutions in the Ministry of Information Industry of China.
Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. is a leading provider of point-to-multipoint fixed broadband wireless access (BWA) systems. These systems are used mainly by new carriers (CLECs) which connect business customers in the "last mile." Floware's WALKair system enables carriers to provide high-speed Internet access, as well as a wide range of voice and data services, on the 3.5, 10.5 and 26 GHz radio frequency bands. Floware currently has more than 60 deployments worldwide.
This press release and statements by Floware in shareholder reports and public filings, as well as in oral public statements by Floware's representatives may contain forward looking statements. Such statements are subjected to certain facts, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from those referred to in such statements. The risks are identified in Floware's registration statement on Form F-1 (Registration Statement No. 333-12290) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
Floware's WALKair 3000 To Be Unveiled at CeBIT
Or Yehuda, Israel, March 5, 2001 Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. (Nasdaq: FLRE) today announced that it will unveil the new WALKair 3000 Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) system at CeBIT (Hall 17, stand number C43). WALKair 3000, the latest addition to the WALKair Broadband Wireless Access product range, will support a speed of 34 Megabit per second (Mbps) per single user, providing a meaningful advantage for new carriers who compete with incumbent telecom operators on providing local access to customers.
Broadband Wireless Access is becoming the infrastructure of choice for new carriers in deregulated telecom markets looking to provide a competitive last mile solution for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME) and Multi Tenant Units (MTU). Increasingly favoured over DSL, fibre, cable modems and satellite, BWA enables new carriers to offer business customers an alternative access solution to that currently available from the incumbent telecom companies. Floware's current WALKair BWA system is already being used in over 60 installations in more than 30 countries by new carriers, including FirstMark and ArcTel (Arcor-Mannesmann/ Teligent) in Germany, Abrared and FirstMark in Spain, and Novis and Teleweb in Portugal. The major increase in bandwidth (34Mb/sec), which will be available through WALKair 3000, will serve the needs of current and potential carriers looking to offer alwaysonbroadband connections and other telecom services to businesses.
Most importantly, WALKair 3000 and its benefits can be easily integrated into existing WALKair installations enabling new carriers to provide tailor made local loop connectivity for all businesses, regardless of their size or bandwidth requirements. The two systems can address different types of customers from the same base station: the new WALKair 3000 supports bandwidth hungry users of up to 34Mbps each, while the current WALKair 1000 offers services which are optimised for less bandwidth-demanding users of 4Mbps.
Dr. Jan Rittaler, CEO of ArcTel, Germany, said: "Using BWA is the quickest and most cost effective way for us to break into the SME business market. In my opinion, Floware's WALKair system provides the most competitive BWA solution and we will be integrating WALKair 3000 within our infrastructure to increase the bandwidth, provide scalable portions of it and further improve the service we give our customers."
Amnon Yacoby, CEO of Floware, said: "New carriers who want to be competitive should consider alternative strategies to using the networks of the former monopolies. Our mission is to enable them to compete through the implementation of BWA systems. WALKair 3000 will be delivered to customers for field trials towards the end of 2001. We will continue to improve the WALKair products through the development of even more features and services."
About WALKair 3000
A state-of-the-art, point-to-multipoint broadband access wireless solution delivering 34Mbps of carrier-grade services. Enables carriers to provide SMEs with always-on broadband Internet / Intranet / VPN / LAN Interconnect Access as well as VoIP, Telephony, Data Network Access, Video Conferencing, ASP services, web hosting and E-commerce. IP Quality of Service and fibre-optic quality voice and data enable carriers to offer highly differentiated and flexible provisioning of IP services. Low infrastructure investment a multi-carrier approach from the base station reduces the number of terminal station outdoor units, minimising initial investment. Full integration with the WALKair 1000 allowing carriers to address a wide range of bandwidth needs. Based on BWA leadership with over 60 installations worldwide.
Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. is a leading provider of point-to-multipoint fixed broadband wireless access (BWA) systems. These systems are used mainly by new carriers (CLECs) which connect business customers in the "last mile." Floware's WALKair system enables carriers to provide high-speed Internet access, as well as a wide range of voice and data services.
This press release and statements by Floware in shareholder reports and public filings, as well as in oral public statements by Floware´s representatives may contain forward looking statements. Such statements are subjected to certain facts, risks and uncertainties that may cause actual results, events and performance to differ materially from those referred to in such statements. The risks are identified in Floware´s registration statement on Form F-1 (Registration Statement No. 333-12290) filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.