Orange Uses RadioFrame Pico

Orange to deploy RadioFrame's software-controlled S-Series picocell

April 1, 2008

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REDMOND, Wash. and LONDON -- RadioFrame Networks, the leader in small footprint, low cost wireless base stations, announced that its software-controlled S-Series picocell solution will be deployed by European mobile market leader Orange from the start of 2008. RadioFrame's S-Series product will power Orange's recently announced Onsite Coverage service and is expected to be the first mobile solution to be widely deployed specifically for enhanced coverage to smaller remote and inaccessible business locations in Europe.

RadioFrame and Orange have been trialing the service with customers since mid-2007 with positive results. Expected to be more cost efficient to deploy, Orange's Onsite Coverage service adds to the existing Orange product portfolio and will improve coverage to mobile customers of all sizes. Most importantly, coverage enhancements will result in mobile coverage in even the most difficult to cover areas such as those challenged by hilly terrain, concrete, steel or offices that are below ground level. The solution can also boost existing capacity in urban areas with dense phone usage such as shopping centers or large office blocks.

"For network operators, picocells are a less expensive and more viable alternative to increasing network capacity than by building large outdoor base stations, so we are thrilled to extend this solution to Next Mobile's customers," said RadioFrame Networks Chief Executive Officer Jeff Brown. "In addition to improving indoor mobile coverage, this technology will make it possible for Next Mobile to offer a wider range of potentially low-cost mobile services, without compromising on quality."

"For several years now, RadioFrame has been developing breakthrough technology for wireless network operators that improves service quality and reduces time to market and network deployment costs," said RadioFrame Networks Chief Executive Officer Jeff Brown. "We are mindful that as we develop interesting technology, however, it only matters when the solutions are deployed commercially. For a wireless network operator of Orange's size and reputation to begin commercial deployment of our technology is a significant milestone for RadioFrame and an indication of the bright prospects of the indoor coverage solution industry as a whole."

"As mobile adoption in the business market continues to grow, workers who move from location to location or even those who sit at their desks, need more access to mobile coverage in the hardest-to-reach places," says Philippe Bernard, Executive Vice President, Orange Business Solutions. "For example, a distribution depot in a rural or mountainous location may need to give staff mobile telephones so they can keep in touch when they are working anywhere on site, or a city-based trading company may need to provide mobile coverage to their basement offices ensuring employees don't miss vital sales calls when away from their desks."

RadioFrame Networks Inc.

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