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22 January 2003 -- Reading, UK -- Synad, the fabless WLAN System-on-Chip (SoC) company, today commended the Radio Communications Agency, the UK Government licensing authority for radio spectrum, for its bold leadership position in driving international wireless local area networking (WLAN) frequency allocation.

The lack of consistent and available radio spectrum allocation for high speed WLAN outside the US has caused confusion amongst users and impacted the adoption of WLAN technologies worldwide.

The Radio Communications Agency has taken a lead amongst European radio licensing authorities by driving proposals to release 5 GHz radio spectrum in the UK for high-speed IEEE 802.11a wireless networks, already commonplace in the US.

The move to deregulate part of the 5GHz spectrum in the UK from February 12 will enable public and private local area networks to be operated. A similar deregulation of the radio spectrum at 2.4 GHz was made in June 2002.

“The Radio Communications Agency has taken a bold leadership position by driving the international harmonization of high-speed WLAN. Synad hopes this move will give other European radio licensing authorities similar confidence to release 5GHz spectrum,” said Mike Baker, CEO.

“This move will drive the uptake of WLAN by removing confusion for users and drives an international market for IEEE 802.11a products,” added Baker.

IEEE 802.11a, operating in the 5 GHz spectrum, enables computer users to connect to wireless networks at up to 54 Mbps, almost five times faster than the established IEEE 802.11b, operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum. This enables multimedia content such as streaming audio and video to be transferred between wireless PC users.

The increased channels available in the 5GHz spectrum also offers public access providers the capacity necessary to service higher user density hot spot areas such as airports or hotels.

Synad has developed Mercury5G, a dual band WLAN solution which provides roaming and connectivity across the various IEEE 802.11 standards, including 802.11a, 802.11b and the draft 802.11g .



About Synad

Synad is a fabless semiconductor company that develops products to deliver seamless connectivity in the wireless local area network (WLAN) environment based on its core competences in RF CMOS, system and software design. Its first product is Mercury5G, a highly innovative two chip dual band solution that delivers connectivity and interoperability between 802.11a, 802.11b and the draft 802.11g standards. Synad is driving wireless industry standards worldwide through active participation in IEEE 802.11 Task Groups and the Wi-Fi Alliance. For further information check: http://www.synad.com

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