5G Wireless Solutions Awarded
Contract for City of New Smyrna Beach Utilities Commission Wi-Fi
Network– City is First to Deploy New Cellular-Style Base Station
Marina del Rey, CA – August 4, 2005 – 5G
Wireless Solutions, Inc., an emerging leader in the wireless
broadband industry and a wholly-owned portfolio company of 5G
Wireless Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:
announced today that the Utilities Commission, City of New Smyrna
has issued its initial purchase order for 5G’s recently introduced
cellular-style Wi-Fi technology to create one of the most
sophisticated broadband wireless Municipal Area Networks (MANs) in
The initial deployment calls for 10
cellular-style wireless Base Stations to begin lighting up the
17-square mile area, with the first three to be deployed within the
next 60 days.
“The Utilities Commission selected 5G because
we offered the right product at the right price at the right time,”
stated Jerry Dix, CEO of 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. “Following
a series of rigorous testing, we demonstrated the power and
efficiency of our new cellular-style antenna and radio design at a
competitive price. The simplicity of our solution also eliminates
the need for truckrolls to most homes and businesses, and we believe
this represents the next frontier of a wireless America.”
The Utilities Commission is responsible for
selection, implementation, marketing and management of the new
broadband initiative. The investment in infrastructure initially
provides wireless connectivity for utility and municipal purposes.
As the network evolves, it may include access for local business
merchants and various community event operations, with residential
access possible for the area’s approximately 20,000 homes.
Additional Base Stations will be deployed in order to provide
coverage to the majority of the residents of New Smyrna Beach, with
the most populous areas being completed first.
“The network was successfully tested last
March during our city’s annual IMAGES Festival, one of the top
juried art shows in the Southeast,” stated Craig Crawford, Director
of Information Technology for the Utilities Commission. “We were
extremely impressed with the results and appreciated the value of
how 5G does more with less equipment. It was crucial for us to look
at ongoing maintenance and administration costs, and we quickly came
to the conclusion that a dense deployment of access points made no
5G’s Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) advantage
is understood by industry insiders to represent a major disruption
in the wireless WAN and MAN equipment markets. A new analysis
reveals an average 3-year cost, including ongoing operational
expenses, of about $.20 per sq. meter for competitive
infrastructures with 5G running at about half this cost. “We’re
really making an effort to educate the market about these new
metrics,” added Mr. Dix. “As most city governments will be looking
at wireless broadband coverage as their next major investment, it
behooves those decision makers in charge to consider our cellular
approach to Wi-Fi. We’ve been looking back at which equipment
contributed to the rapid deployment of a national cellular network
and looking forward to replicating that for broadband.”
Another important aspect of the network
involves the travel and tourism market. As one of the closest
beaches to Orlando’s popular tourist attractions including 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
About 5G Wireless Solutions, Inc.
5G Wireless Solutions, Inc., located in Marina del Rey, CA, is a portfolio company of 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. (OTCBB:
FGWC), a Business Development Company. The company creates and markets wireless broadband solutions for university and municipal campuses, and provides wireless networking equipment to a select group of VARs and WISPs through its Authorized Channel Partners program. Customers enjoy high performance internet access at lower acquisition, implementation and maintenance costs than most major competitors because of uniquely enhanced Wi-Fi base stations. 5G Wireless Solutions products are distinguished by their exceptional service area range, throughput speeds, number of concurrent users, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) capabilities and unique security protocol. These enhancements are compatible with standard IEEE 802.11b Wi-Fi equipment for "last mile" roaming and point-to-multipoint networks. 5G's value proposition - significantly increased performance at the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO) - is quickly becoming a key consideration in the strategic deployment of the wireless experience.
For additional information, please visit
www.5Gwirelesssolutions.com. Or call 800 916-1611.
5G Wireless Communications, Inc.
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