Flarion, Siemens Suck Up to Finland

Flarion and Siemens 'applaud' Finland's decision to use Flash-OFDM for wireless broadband

July 14, 2005

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MUNICH and MAIDENHEAD, U.K. -- Flarion Technologies and Siemens Communications commend the decision by the Finnish Ministry of Transport and Communications to grant an operating license to Digita Oy in June 2005. The decision enables the deployment of one of the first digital mobile broadband communications networks based on FLASH-OFDM in the 450MHz spectrum.

In total, five of the seven operators who applied for the new 450MHz license proposed FLASH-OFDM as their preferred technology, providing further evidence that in this highly competitive market FLASH-OFDM delivers superior performance and compelling economics. The Finnish Ministry has given its approval for the deployment of FLASH-OFDM to help meet the country's national broadband strategy. Digita, who will be a network operator only and will lease capacity on equal terms to all operators, have announced that they will initially focus on providing coverage to those sparsely populated areas that need broadband the most urgently.

"Facing the big cell size in 450 MHz bands especially FLASH-OFDM offers an outstanding spectral efficiency and scalability in rural areas. With latency of only 50 milliseconds and an air interface for enterprise-class IP services the system is very well suited for enterprise or interactive mobile broadband applications", said Christoph Caselitz, President of Mobile Networks at Siemens Communications.

The Digita network will offer a superior broadband solution bridging the "digital divide" between urban and rural areas and providing high-speed data access for a multitude of innovative IP-based services such as Internet access, video-streaming, teleconferencing, remote learning/education, telemedicine, etc. and thereby supporting the government's policy of equitable access to information and communication services for all of Finland's population segments and region.

"Finland has been a principal advocate in mobile communications for over 25 years," says Michael Gallagher, president of Flarion Technologies. "With the selection of FLASH-OFDM for mobile broadband, Finland has again demonstrated its vision and leadership in Europe."

Flarion Technologies

Siemens Communications Group

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