¶ ADVC: Advanced Communications Technologies -- SpectruCell 3G Multiple Protocol SDR Base Station/Switch Update and Commercial Release
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 11, 2001--Advanced
Communications Technologies Inc (OTCBB:ADVC) (ACT-US) today announced
that the company is on track to deliver its SpectruCell software
defined radio mobile wireless base station in first quarter of 2002
and that the company expected to generate initial revenues from the
SpectruCell technology in late 2001.
The company's development efforts have recently received a major
boost from the formation of an alliance between its Australian based
research and development operations and RLM Systems Pty Ltd (RLM), a
joint venture subsidiary company jointly owned by Lockheed Martin
(NYSE:LMT) and Tenix Australia Pty Ltd.
RLM's high level skill set and experience in building out complex
projects provides the ideal complement to ACT's world leading
innovation in software defined radio and communications technologies.
This powerful combination of leading edge technical resources is
expected to provide the company with a significant reduction of the
SpectruCell project lead times and is expected to ensure that ACT has
the first third generation (3G) ready software defined mobile wireless
base station in the market at the end of the first quarter of 2002.
In addition to its commercial applications, ACT is also
negotiating initial development of military applications for
SpectruCell. This augurs exceptionally well for the company's U.S.
operations where military spending on communications in calendar year
2000 alone was in excess of $US16 billion.
ACT is also making significant in-roads towards initial sales of
the SpectruCell technology with the upcoming release of the company's
software defined radio development tools and development suite.
Designed to allow third parties to develop applications for the
SpectruCell software defined radio platform, the suite is receiving
substantial interest from communications developers of 3G applications
who are keen to obtain access to a highly flexible 3G application
development platform that is capable of being easily modified via
software upgrades to the comply with any evolving predominant 3G
protocol. Such flexibility is not currently available in presently
available hardware specific 3G development platforms. The first of the
3G development platform technologies within this suite, an analogue to
digital converter board, will be available to developers from early
The company is also pursuing orders for the SpectruCell base
station unit from major U.S. and UK/European based carriers.
Negotiations to date have centered around two major network providers
in the U.S. mobile market with the company now looking to firm up an
order for delivery in early 2002.
SpectruCell -- Virtual /Shared Network Facilities
Perhaps most importantly, SpectruCell's architecture allows it to
act as a Virtual Network Operator (VNO). This feature is particularly
relevant as many network operators around the world are now looking to
share network infrastructure in order to reduce the network roll out
costs associated with supporting 3G services. The use of SpectruCell's
VNO capabilities essentially means that a network operator can provide
network support for other carriers on the one network infrastructure
regardless of whether those providers are using different protocols or
spectrum. This provides an exceptional level of network functionality
and generates significant time and cost savings.
The exceptional flexibility of the SpectruCell base station has
generated significant interest from carriers who are looking for
solutions to help them deal with difficulties arising from both
spectrum shortages and the myriad of communications standards that
prevail in the U.S. and U.K. mobile communications market.
Protection of the company's significant intellectual property is
naturally paramount and to this end the company is ensuring that its
research and development operations file a steady stream of patent
applications. To date these filings have centered around innovative
technologies ranging from methods for implementing communications
protocols (GSM, CDMA, etc) on a software defined radio platform to the
core design of a software radio platform itself. A key patent filing
has recently been delayed due to the complexity of the claim, however
the company expects to make additional filings in the next seven days.
Full details will be announced upon lodgment of the respective claims.
About Advanced Communications Technologies
Advanced Communications Technologies, in conjunction with its
Australian based affiliate ACT (Australia) Pty Ltd, is a leader in the
field of Software Defined Radio and has developed a proprietary,
multiple-protocol wireless base station -- SpectruCell. Through
eliminating the use of Qualcomm (Nasdaq:QCOM) chipsets and protocol
specific hardware, and by conducting all signal processing in
software, SpectruCell provides for simultaneous support of multiple
mobile communications protocols (CDMA, WCDMA, UMTS, GSM & 3G) all in
the same base station. Support for additional protocols is achieved
through the uploading of additional software modules.
By implementing the company's SpectruCell technology, network
providers will be able to maintain service to their existing customer
base and preserve the full utilization of their existing network
infrastructure while at the same time securing a highly flexible
migration path for evolving 3G-based protocols such as WCDMA and UMTS.
SpectruCell is complemented by several other wireless technologies
currently under development in Australia. Advanced Communication
Technologies plans to market these products throughout North, South
and Central America. For more information regarding Advanced
Communications Technologies, visit www.act-usa.net.
About RLM Systems Pty Ltd
RLM is an equal joint venture between Lockheed Martin (NYSE:LMT)
and Tenix Australia Pty Ltd that has significant experience in complex
engineering tasks such as the Jindalee operational radar network.
RLM specializes in the design, production, integration, test and
support of large, complex, state-of-the-art, software intensive
systems. Employing approximately 600 people, the company is based in
Melbourne, Australia and has operations in several States. Founded on
a skilled and proven workforce, and with the backing of two major
technology and defense partners, RLM is the new high technology force
in the region.
The foregoing contains forward-looking information within the
meaning of The Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Such
forward-looking statements involve certain risks and uncertainties.
The actual results may differ materially from such forward-looking
statements. The company does not undertake to publicly update or
revise its forward-looking statements even if experience or future
changes make it clear that any projected results (expressed or
implied) will not be realized.
CONTACT: Advanced Communications Technologies Inc.
Roger May, 61 3 9672 8888 or 61 411 189 931 (Chairman)
Jason Webster, 61 2 9327-2579 or 61 403 199 811