Powerwave Wireless Technology in Use at the Barcelona Metro Subway System





Thursday February 12, 2009


All Aboard to Barcelona: Powerwave Gives GSMA Mobile World Congress Attendees a Traveling Show

Powerwave Wireless Technology in Use at the Barcelona Metro Subway System

New Solutions on Display to Power the World's Most Advanced and Emerging 2.5G, 3G and 4G Wireless Networks

Mobile World Congress 2009

SANTA ANA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Powerwave Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWAV), a global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, today announced it will be showcasing its newest offerings at GSMA Mobile World Congress 2009, the mobile industry's premier event, taking place in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 16-19, an event which is expected to draw some 50,000 attendees.

While Powerwave will be unveiling several new wireless products on the show floor, attendees will also have a chance to experience Powerwave's innovative wireless solutions up close and personal – while traveling aboard the Barcelona Metro.

Powerwave designed and deployed the wireless coverage system for Line 3 of the Barcelona Metro. The subway system serves nearly 6 million passengers annually through six rail lines and 123 stations located underground throughout the Barcelona metropolitan region.

The oldest line in the Barcelona Metro network, Line 3, often referred to as Linia verde, or “green line,” in operation since 1924, encompasses 26 stations and serves the University of Barcelona campus located in the western end Avinguda Diagonal in the Les Corts district, and Trinitat Nova in Nou Barris.

The design and deployment of the wireless coverage system for Line 3 encompassed three different phases spanning a three-year period, during which Powerwave provided the hardware, commissioning and optimization of the distributed antenna system (DAS). Currently serving three of the region's major wireless operators – Orange, Telefonica and Vodafone – the wireless coverage system supports GSM900, GSM1800 and UMTS 2100 frequencies, and offers a migration path to future technologies, services and carriers. Powerwave is currently in the process of bringing wireless coverage to an additional six railway stations located along the Barcelona Metro's Line 5, with future additional wireless coverage system expansion planned.

Powerwave on a Roll at Mobile World Congress, Showcasing New Solutions

Powerwave will be introducing four new products at the show:

  • Powerwave's new Quad-port Low Broadband Antenna, ideal for a wide range of applications, including: W-CDMA (UMTS) overlay, multi-pattern multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO), air combining, four-port receive diversity, and 900 MHz UMTS/GSM co-siting.

  • Powerwave's Twin 900 MHz Tower Mounted Amplifier, which enhances coverage and increases uplink data rates for 2.5G (GSM GPRS, EDGE), 3G (UMTS) and 4G (LTE) wireless networks.

  • Powerwave's new line of Advanced Train Repeaters, designed to provide PGSM 900, EGSM 900, DCS 1800, UMTS 2100 UMTS 900 wireless coverage for high-speed railway passengers via an innovative solution that leverages Global Positioning System (GPS) technology for accurate mapping of base stations locations, along with an energy-saving “power-down” mode when the train is at rest.

  • Powerwave's Wideband Nexus™ FT, Single- and Dual-band Repeaters for commercial frequencies in Europe, Middle East and Africa, featuring multi-operator and multi-band operation, high capacity and long-reach fiber optic distribution, representing a powerful, yet cost-effective means for EMEA operators to extend the capacity and reach of their wireless networks.

Powerwave will also be showcasing a full range of wireless coverage and capacity solutions to address the key challenges and demands of its enterprise and commercial customers. These include its indoor and outdoor Distributed Antenna System (DAS) solutions ideal for a wide range of deployment environments: low cost solutions for emerging markets and solutions for upcoming 4G networks leveraging WiMAX and LTE; solutions that are ultra energy-efficient and leverage alternative energy sources; and network management solutions that help wireless operators and OEMs reduce capital and operating expenses.

"We are pleased to bring to Barcelona such a wide range of solutions that demonstrate Powerwave's technology leadership and our desire to bring smart, innovative solutions to market to make tomorrow's wireless networks a reality," said Khurram P. Sheikh, chief product and development officer, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. "And we are also proud that our technology will be showcased in a real-world scenario – powering wireless connectivity for show attendees traveling aboard the Barcelona Metro."

About Powerwave Technologies

A global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. offers cutting edge wireless infrastructure to address the demands of enterprise and commercial customers. Powerwave offers a comprehensive suite of solutions, including Antennas, Base Station Solutions and Coverage Solutions. Powerwave's product line supports all wireless network protocols and frequencies including Next Generation Networks in 4G technology such as WiMAX and LTE. Powerwave solutions, products and services also help wireless operators and OEMs reduce capital and operating expenses, speed rollout of services, improve coverage and capacity, and reduce environmental impact. For more information, visit us at www.powerwave.com. Powerwave, Powerwave Technologies and the Powerwave logo are registered trademarks of Powerwave Technologies, Inc.





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