Tecore Wins Alaskan Deal

Tecore supplies mobile network infrastructure for largest oil field in North America

March 8, 2010

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COLUMBIA, Md. -- Tecore Networks, a global supplier of multi-technology 2G, 3G and 4G mobile network infrastructure, today announced that its core and radio access network (RAN) products have been selected to expand the GSM network of Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC) to cover Prudhoe Bay, the largest oil field in North America. The network will utilize Tecore’s innovative FarSite extended-range feature – quadrupling the standard range of a GSM base station, and slashing cost of installation in remote locations – to ensure robust service to both the established fields in the core area as well as exploration out on the edge.

“Given the terrain and the target subscriber base we are covering, we required a solution that supports major communications and roaming standards and has been proven in tough deployments. Tecore Networks has come through for us once again.”

Prudhoe Bay is located on the North Slope of Alaska. Although it has an official population of five according to the U.S. census, it accommodates several thousand transient workers at any given time. Mobile communications services, including roaming support for a wide range of visitors’ home networks, are essential for this community. So too is network infrastructure that has been proven in installations under challenging circumstances. All Prudhoe Bay facilities are located on the tundra surface, which only hardens during the winter, and therefore any kind of new construction or equipment installation must occur under extreme weather conditions. Tecore’s iCore and iBSS products have fulfilled such requirements in deployments around the globe.

The Prudhoe Bay network is based on Tecore’s iBSS Mini GSM RAN, including: integrated BTS, BSC and vocoding; more TRXs than any other base station in its size; peer-to-peer IP switching for tandem-free operation; and IP backhaul. The RAN is connected to a local iCore MSC/VLR, which is in turn connected via IP over satellite to a complete core network in Anchorage, including the HLR, SMSC and other elements. ASTAC is activating Tecore’s FarSite extended-range feature on the iBSS RAN. FarSite achieves a cell radius of up to 120 km., quadruple the standard range of a GSM base station. It overcomes a limitation on cell radius imposed by the GSM radio channel structure. The dramatically increased range is particularly beneficial to operators in remote or rural locations, who can install less equipment without sacrificing performance.

Tecore Networks Inc.

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