Siemens will integrate Flarion's Flash-OFDM technology into its 450MHz mobile broadband portfolio

October 8, 2004

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MUNICH -- Siemens Communications will be integrating FLASH-OFDM(r) (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology into its portfolio of mobile broadband solutions. Siemens and Flarion Technologies, the architect of the FLASH-OFDM(r) mobile broadband system, have signed a memorandum of understanding to collaborate on products for the 450 MHz frequency band. Under the terms of the agreement, Flarion will develop the basic 450 MHz-band equipment according to Siemens specifications. By the second quarter of 2005, Siemens will be offering an end-to-end solution for FLASH-OFDM, complete with systems integration services.

In many countries, the 450 MHz frequency band had been occupied by analog mobile telephony. The introduction of digital mobile communication has freed up this frequency band again. Siemens research found that particularly mobile operators in Eastern Europe who do not hold UMTS licenses are looking for an affordable mobile broadband solution for the 450 MHz band. The solution from Flarion and Siemens will meet this need. FLASH-OFDM(r) is a proprietary cellular broadband technology for data services that was developed by Flarion. It enables mobile wireless applications even while the user is traveling at high speeds, such as in a train. The IP (Internet Protocol) interfaces in FLASH-OFDM(r) enable operators to offer their enterprise customers access to their LANs (Local Area Networks) and paves the way for consumers to enjoy the benefits of the mobile Internet.

"Frequency bands are one of the most valuable assets for mobile operators. The FLASH-OFDM(r) solution from Flarion and Siemens will support our customers to very quickly and affordably utilize available frequency bands," said Christoph Caselitz, the President of the Mobile Networks Division at Siemens Communications. "Together with WiMAX (Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access) for nomadic wireless services and HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) for demanding premium users, FLASH-OFDM(r) is an outstanding complement to our portfolio of mobile broadband solutions."

"This partnership between Siemens and Flarion brings a new dimension to mobile communications for those operators evaluating the path to all-IP broadband services within the 450 MHz band," said Ray Dolan, Chairman and CEO of Flarion Technologies. "Siemens has the global presence and experience to open up new and exciting markets to the benefit of operators and their customers."

Flarion Technologies

Siemens AG

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