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Air2Lan Partners With MeshNetworks

Air2Lan Friday formed a strategic partnership with MeshNetworks to develop an IP-based wireless network that allows Net roaming access nationwide.

The wireless Internet access provider formed the alliance to leverage its next-generation wireless national rollout scheduled for completion in three years. Air2Lan launched its first wireless services in Jackson, MS, in May.

Jai Bhagat, Air2Lan chief executive officer, sees a future dominated by the wireless Internet. He said MeshNetwork's ability to bring voice, data and video services is essential to the evolution of its wireless service portfolio.

"Our vision is to create technologies making high-speed Internet access as ubiquitous as wireless telephone access," Bhagat said. "By combining Air2Lan's strength in intra-campus broadband wireless access technology with MeshNetworks focus on mobile broadband solutions, we believe we can make this a reality."

MeshNetwork utilizes patent-pending technology originally designed for use by the Department of Defense. Quad-Division Multiple Access technology allows customers connect to the Net from any location covered in the service area, like a cellular phone allows roaming access.

Masood Garahi, MeshNetwork chief executive officer, is confident its products are a perfect fit for Air2Lan's national rollout in 2003.

"The beauty is you can use the QDMA anywhere, whether you're connected to the Internet or are part of an Intranet," Garahi said. "In fact, that's how it was originally designed by the military, QDMA was used by soldiers and deployed around the world to have an instantaneous connection with each other during battlefield conditions."

Garahi said the company is currently scaling the technology to include Internet browsing over the Web. It also plans to develop a system that would also allow users to access Web pages with streaming audio and video sources.

MeshNetworks has secured more than $20 million in series A and B funding from investors, enough to see the company through to its scheduled product demonstrations with Air2Lan in 2001, Garahi said.



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