5G Wireless Solutions Expands California State University at Long Beach Campus-Wide Broadband Network
Marina del Rey, CA – Dec 20, 2004 -- 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 California State University at Long Beach (CSULB) has expanded its Campus-Wide Area Network (C-WAN) with the purchase of additional 5G networking gear to replace other vendors' equipment.
he broadband wireless network, launched last September, will ultimately become available throughout 84 permanent buildings and outdoors over 323 acres. When completed, the network will allow students and faculty to connect to the internet with standard 802.11b/g Wi-Fi PC cards from virtually any part of the campus.
CSULB seeks to offer exceptional network performance while minimizing hardware requirements. The process of implementing the integrated network to allow for seamless roaming was initiated with a series of site surveys and meticulous technical evaluations. 5G's enhanced 802.11b technology will create a campus-wide Wi-Fi HotZone™ that operates off only four major rooftop Access Points, compared with a competitive scenario that would have required over 500. Using less hardware also translates to easier installation and lower network management and maintenance costs. The overall result will be a significantly reduced total cost of ownership.
5G's "outside-in" approach allows rooftop Access Point signals to penetrate floors and walls to provide ubiquitous indoor and outdoor coverage. In some areas, the technology provides non-line-of-sight (NLOS) connectivity through buildings and trees.
Specialized applications offer a glimpse into how an integrated wireless environment will change day-to-day operations across a broad range of university operations. For example, construction crew trailers can access the internet, share files and communicate via email as they change locations over the life of a project. A "Book Buy-Back" tent in one of the parking lots on the edge of campus will use internet access track and process returns. Remote parking offices can similarly use online access to accept credit card payments. And the Student Health Services department will enable health care pros to provide better information-based emergency medical assistance and utilize handheld PDA's to service over 30,000 members in its campus-wide HMO.
"We'll be looking to leverage our position with California State University at Long Beach case to gain entrance into each of the other 23 campuses in the Cal State system," stated Peter Mansfield, 5G Wireless Solutions Marketing VP. "The CSU organization is the largest and most diverse university system in the U.S., and this will be an enormous opportunity to get the 5G brand name out to a new generation of computer users."
Similarly, 5G's experience with the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) represents an opportunity to penetrate the 10 other campuses in that statewide system.
About California State University, Long Beach
CSULB is a vibrant, thriving university with enrollment over 30,000 students. Located near the ocean, the 324-acre campus offers a beautifully landscaped and garden-like setting. With a strong commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs, CSULB is positioned to become one of the premiere urban universities in the country. The University offers a broad range of programs in liberal arts and sciences as well as many applied and professional fields. It was recently ranked one of the top three public master's universities in the west by U.S. News and World Report in its 2005 America's Best Colleges Guide.
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