Nextel Deploys fSONA

Nextel Mexico deploys fSONA's SONAbeam optical wireless equipment and ADC's Digivance Long-Range Coverage Solution to extend coverage of its cellular network

August 8, 2005

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MCLEAN, Va. -- fSONA Systems today announced that NII Holdings, [NASDAQ National Market: NIHD] Mexican subsidiary, Nextel Mexico, is utilizing fSONA's SONAbeam® optical wireless solution in conjunction with ADC's Digivance® Long-Range Coverage Solution (LRCS) to extend coverage of their cellular network. Multiple sites are now successfully installed in Acapulco and Tijuana and more sites are planned for future deployments.

The first SONAbeam installation for Nextel Mexico provides coverage to the Tres Vidas Resort and Golf Course in Acapulco. This successful expansion was accomplished with the SONAbeam 1250-M and ADC's Digivance LRCS.

Digivance is often deployed with dedicated fiber, however, the challenging terrain between Nextel Mexico's Base Station and the Tres Vidas golf course meant that fiber was impractical leaving SONAbeam optical wireless as the only viable solution for this scenario. Today, Nextel Mexico subscribers enjoy a full complement of leading edge wireless services throughout the Tres Vidas Resort.

Once a technical solution was identified, the challenge was selecting an optical wireless system that could cover the 5 kilometer distance with Nextel Mexico's service level requirements. Nextel Mexico evaluated other vendors' systems but determined that fSONA System's SONAbeam 1250-M was the only product that could provide a stable connection at that range.

"We were looking for an effective way to deliver wireless services to our customers at the Tres Vidas resort," commented Vice President and CTO of Nextel Mexico, Raúl Ramírez Román. "But the location of the nearest base station meant we couldn't use fiber. By combining the SONAbeam and Digivance LRCS we hit upon an ideal solution. The Digivance LRCS allows us to use the existing resources from the actual EBTS (Enhanced Base Transceiver Station) to extend capacity to the Resort, and the SONAbeam provides interference-free wireless backhaul at a fraction of the cost of laying fiber."

fSona Communications Corp.

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