Trans Con Mobile announces mobile, Wi-Fi based VoIP system

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  1. Israel-based start-up Trans Con Mobile this week announced that it has
    developed, built and tested the infrastructure and handsets for a
    wireless voice-over-IP (VoIP) system that will let operators establish
    "cellular-like" networks in the unlicensed 2.4 GHz band.

    Utilizing patent-pending technology tested in Israel, Trans Con
    Mobile's Wi-Fi based network features base stations with a special
    antenna, proprietary software and handsets with strong reception
    qualities to deliver signals 1.4-1.6 miles in open areas. Trans Con
    Mobile also uses higher power outputs than typical Wi-Fi networks, but
    the power levels remain within FCC guidelines.

    "The transmission power and the reception sensitivity are
    dramatically higher than what is common in Wi-Fi phones that you can
    find on the market today," Trans Con Mobile Director Haim Yashar

    Trans Con Mobile Chairman Avi Shani said the company's software
    handles handoffs in a manner that meets current industry
    standards-"it is seamless; the subscriber won't feel a
    thing"-even when traveling a speeds of more 80 miles per hour.

    Although the base-station footprint is more similar to a cellular
    solution than a typical wide-area Wi-Fi network, the price points for
    entering the market via a Trans Con Mobile system are dramatically less
    than the cellular model, Shani said.

    "It's much easier to build, much quicker to build and much cheaper
    to build-there's no need to buy spectrum and no preparation for the
    tender, which will cost each company about $20-25 million in
    paperwork," Shani said in an interview with MRT.

    Indeed, compared to the $350,000 pricetag typically associated with a
    GSM or CDMA base station and power generator, the cost of a similar
    functioning Trans Con Mobile base station is a "very, very small
    amount of money-it's almost a joke," Shani said. "And we are
    still reducing the price; we are finding components that reduce the

    Similarly, the Trans Con Mobile handsets will be "much, much
    cheaper" to build than cellular phones, Shani said. From a
    technological standpoint, the Trans Con Mobile devices will be
    technologically superior to those on the market today, he said.

    "It's like comparing a 15th-century vessel to a 21st-century
    vessel," Shani said. "Just to give you an example, the battery
    power on a regular WiFi phone lasts a maximum of 30 minutes and then
    you have to recharge-and the distance is 30 feet. Our battery power
    lasts 6 hours talk time and 120 hours standby. And we achieved it
    through software, not a special battery. It's obviously a bigger
    battery, but you don't see it on the handset, because we wanted to
    keep the handset the same size as a regular cellular phone."

    Currently seeking investors, Trans Con Mobile has completed production
    design for its base stations and the design of the handsets-the
    company has used prototypes for testing-is being finalized, Shani

    Trans Con Mobile's first-generation system will provide only VoIP
    service, but the company already is working on a next-generation system
    that will include data and e-mail features. Those phones also will be
    dual-band devices, so users can access a GSM network where WiFi is not

    Shani said Trans Con Mobile initially will target early adopters-such
    as students-but plans to pursue the enterprise market, as well.

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