Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., Chooses 5G Wireless Solutions For Wireless Broadband Network
Private Municipal Capability to Expand into Public Access Wi-Fi HotZone™
Marina del Rey, CA – March 17, 2005 -- 5G Wireless Solutions, Inc., an emerging leader in the wireless broadband industry and a wholly-owned subsidiary of 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:FGWC), announced today that it has been selected by the Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna Beach, Fla., to provide wireless broadband networking equipment for municipal operations.
The 5G solution offered an efficient means of providing wireless access across a range of applications for a diverse group of users," stated Craig Crawford, Director of Information Technology for the Utilities Commission. "Using minimal equipment, we are able to provide a private network for municipal operations, monthly service for business and residential subscriptions, and daily use for our large tourist population. We looked at several options, and 5G was clearly the vendor of choice."
The network was successfully tested during the recent 29th annual IMAGES Festival, one of the top juried art shows in the Southeast. During the two-day fine arts festival, wireless internet access was enjoyed by over 200 artists and festival vendors. In a letter to Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Atlantic Center for the Arts Marketing Manager Jim Frost stated that the artists' ability to show patrons their complete websites, featuring a wider variety of artwork, was a key factor in increased sales. Overall, wireless access is often viewed as a major factor in enhancing both the economic and cultural well-being of the community.
"Our experience with this particular client is indicative of how long it takes to consummate a sale of this magnitude," stated Jerry Dix, CEO of 5G Wireless Communications, Inc., the holding company for the 5G Wireless Solutions unit. "We began initial discussions with the Utilities Commission over 7 months ago, and it took this long for them to complete a rigorous competitive analysis and thorough equipment testing before selecting our solution. We are beginning to see similar results from our efforts with other municipalities, university campuses and healthcare facilities. Our sales team is dedicated to continuing an aggressive proactive marketing program which began less than a year ago and is now beginning to show results after a long sales cycle. We're about to see a number of these projects successfully convert into new business."
This investment in the Utilities Commission's infrastructure will initially provide wireless connectivity for utility purposes. As the network evolves, it will include access for local business merchants and various community event operations, with residential access ultimately made available to the area's approximately 20,000 homes. The plan calls for a gradual, "self-funded" build-out: additional Base Stations can be deployed using revenues generated from the previous, with the most populous areas being completed first.
As one of the closest beaches to Orlando's popular tourist attractions, like Disney World, Universal Studios and Sea World, New Smyrna Beach attracts a large annual tourist population. According to the City, its 13 miles of beaches, including "the world's safest bathing beach," have made it a key family vacation destination. With increasing demand for wireless internet connectivity away from home, the Utilities Commission hopes to provide broadband services not only for its permanent residents, but also for this ever-growing visitor market.
About 5G Wireless Solutions, Inc.
5G Wireless Solutions, Inc., located in Marina del Rey, Calif., is a wholly-owned subsidiary of 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:FGWC). The company develops and sells wireless broadband solutions for university and municipal campuses, and provides networking equipment to a select group of VARs and WISPs. Users enjoy high performance internet access at lower acquisition, implementation and maintenance costs than most major competitors because of uniquely enhanced Wi-Fi base station deployments. 5G Wireless Solutions products are distinguished by their exceptional service area range, throughput speeds, number of concurrent users, non-line-of-sight capabilities and unique security protocol. These enhancements are compatible with standard IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi equipment for "last mile" roaming and point-to-multi-point networks.
For additional information, please visit www.5Gwirelesssolutions.com, or call 800-916-1611.
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