Telabria Merges 3G, WLAN

Telabria adds AP-3G to its mSystem portfolio, combining an 802.11a/b/g access point with 3G backhaul

April 19, 2005

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LONDON -- Telabria, the award winning wireless network developer, today announced the latest addition to its mSystem family of indoor and outdoor wireless mesh access points and routers. The AP-3G is the first multi-radio wireless system to combine an enterprise-class 802.11a/b/g access point with 3G data network access in a portable 'hotspot' solution. This innovative product, weighing just 3lbs (1.4Kg), offers Internet access to multiple concurrent Wi-Fi® clients such as Centrino®-equipped laptops or PDAs wherever there is 3G or GPRS data network coverage. The product is ideal for temporary situations where Internet access at broadband speeds is required, but where fixed line access such as ADSL or dial-up is unavailable. Uniquely, the AP-3G also detects the presence of higher-capacity metro-scale mesh networks, and if available, seamlessly connects to the faster backhaul route.

"The AP-3G represents the first fully mobile combination of Wi-Fi and 3G", said Jim Baker, Telabria CEO and founder. "It allows the rapid deployment of Wi-Fi Internet access where no other connectivity is available. For example in a bus, coach or taxi, a single AP-3G can provide Internet access for any Wi-Fi enabled device, using the 3G data network to backhaul traffic and providing an Internet connection to anyone throughout a journey."

95% of all notebooks now ship with integrated WLAN support and it is estimated that 3G data coverage between the leading network operators is available to over 60% of the UK population, with GPRS data coverage extending to over 95%. The AP-3G bridges the two technologies, ensuring that Wi-Fi users can get Internet access when out of range of the estimated 7,500 traditional Wi-Fi hotspots found in airports, hotels, coffee shops and pubs around the UK. The AP-3G features integrated support for user authentication and billing, enabling operators to charge for Internet access on a tariff of their choice.

Telabria Ltd.

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