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-- Operators can bundle the best last-mile WAN technology with the best last-meter wireless technologies to offer customers instant hotspots for fixed, portable or mobile environments -- New device allows IPWireless operators to both extend their in-building coverage to existing WiFi devices and tap new mobile markets

Malmesbury, UK and Stockholm, Sweden, Sept. 2, 2003 – With a sleek new device that integrates the IPWireless Mobile Broadband solution with 802.11 capabilities and Bluetooth, operators can now offer their customers the ability to create their own hotspots instantly – at home, at work, or on the move – without a fixed DSL or T1 line, Possio and IPWireless announced today.

Possio, a WLAN, Bluetooth and mobile data hardware and software provider based in Sweden, has developed a new integrated 802.11b access point that connects with IPWireless’ PCMCIA card to give users a broadband-powered, instantly deployable wireless local area network, whether in a fixed, portable, or mobile environment within the operator’s coverage area.

To date, installing DSL or cable with WiFi to create a wireless LAN has been a time-consuming and fairly complex process. The new integrated access device streamlines this effort. By eliminating fixed line backhaul installation delays and requiring only a simple plug-and-play set up, the Mobile Broadband / 802.11 integrated access point delivers the kind of wireless LAN experience that consumers want – instant, simple, and convenient. And because both technologies work wirelessly, the integrated access point also provides an ideal solution in geographic areas not served by DSL or cable.

In addition to its consumer-friendly appeal, the new Mobile Broadband / 802.11 integrated access point also enhances the reach of operators’ network. Because the access point receives the broadband signal and then redistributes it locally via WiFi, operators can extend their service area into buildings to reach WiFi-enabled devices, such as laptops and PDAs. The new access point also supports Bluetooth, providing connectivity to both computers and other devices that are Bluetooth enabled.

Beyond providing WiFi coverage in a user’s home or office, the Mobile Broadband / 802.11 integrated access point can also be deployed anywhere an operator has coverage, making it an easy, fast and convenient solution for users who need to instantly create remote or temporary wireless LANs. The wide area capabilities of IPWireless’ Mobile Broadband technology also mean that WiFi hotspots can go on the move, allowing operators to tap new mobile markets, such as rail, bus, and ferry public transit systems.

When a LAN is not necessary, the Mobile Broadband PCMCIA card can be removed from the integrated 802.11 access point and inserted directly into a laptop or PDA, giving the user wireless broadband connectivity anywhere in the operator’s service area.

“By combining 802.11, an excellent, consumer-friendly last-meter technology, with our powerful Mobile Broadband solution, the new access point allows operators to offer instant broadband access to the growing base of WiFi-enabled laptop users,” said Chris Gilbert, chief executive officer, IPWireless. “We are pleased that next-generation manufacturers like Possio believe in the vision of ubiquitous broadband and are creating devices that incorporate IPWireless’ technology to make anytime, anywhere connectivity a reality.”

The IPWireless Mobile Broadband system is based on the UMTS TD-CDMA standard, a non-proprietary global standard that can be used by operators and manufacturers worldwide. The commercially proven Mobile Broadband system includes a complete network infrastructure, pocket-sized wireless desktop modems, and PC cards (PCMCIA) for laptops and PDAs. The IPWireless solution maximizes non-line-of-sight coverage and, because no professional installation or smart antennas are required, is economically attractive and offers an unmatched ease of deployment.

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*Accompanying photography of Possio Access Point device available on request

About Possio
Possio is on the leading edge when it comes to WLAN, Bluetooth, OSGi, mobile data and mobile fax. The company combines these technologies into unrivalled hardware, software, and services. Possio was launched in the early 1980s, is based in Sweden, has employees from around the world, and sells its offerings in about 30 countries. The Possio name is associated with innovative design, smart solutions, and many usage opportunities. The company invests a great deal in product development and market expansion. Its strategy is to become a leading supplier of current and future wireless network products. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.possio.com.

About IPWireless
IPWireless develops an advanced standards-based wireless technology that will drastically improve the way people around the world connect and communicate at home, at the office, or on the road. With a full range of commercial network solutions and devices, IPWireless allows operators to offer a spectrum of fixed, portable, or completely mobile wireless services with unmatched economics and broadband performance. IPWireless has quickly established itself as a leader in the market, with commercial deployments in service for more than a year, trials with ten of the top twenty global wireless operators, and strategic partnerships and relationships with industry leading companies. For more information, visit the company’s Web site at www.ipwireless.com.


IPWireless, the IPWireless logo, and IPW are trademarks of IPWireless, Inc. All other brands, products, or service names are or may be trademarks or service marks of their respective owners.


For more information, please contact:

Brodeur Worldwide
Guy Douglas – Henny Valder – Jo Lane
Tel: +44 (0)207 298 7066 – 7075 - 7091
e-mail: gdouglas@uk.broduer.com
hvalder@uk.brodeur.com
jlane@uk.brodeur.com

IPWireless
Mark Pittick
Tel.: +44 (0)1666 828753
e-mail : mpittick@ipwireless.com

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