Calypso Wireless Inc. today announced today that it will launch its 2nd generation Wi-Fi access points in the fourth quarter of 2003. New access points come with a revolutionary and patented technology that enables wireless Internet access at guaranteed speeds of 20,000 KB per second (20 MBPS) over the universally deployed twisted pair copper wiring, making current wire-based DSL and Cable modem Internet connections antiquated and almost obsolete.
Calypso Wireless C1250i video cell phone is the first and only mobile phone capable of using Wi-Fi to connect users to the Internet at blazing broadband speeds of 11,000KB per second, enabling movie-quality, real-time video conferencing. The company recently signed a $500 million deal with China Telecom (NYSE: CHA) and is in negotiations with several U.S. based wireless communications companies.
“This technology is revolutionary. It permits large bandwidth signals such as full-motion color video and high-speed data to be delivered through a broadband analog signal. Once the technology is deployed by the carriers, the only thing you need to do is attach our access point to your existing phone line, and you will immediately be able to enjoy 20MB per second Internet access on your wireless device, such as a laptop computer equipped with Calypso’s PCMCIA network card or our state-of-art video cell phone,” says Xavier Sarria, Vice President of Sales for Calypso Wireless, Inc.
Calypso Wireless believes this is great news for the U.S. wireless carriers, such as Nextel (Nasdaq:NXTL) and Sprint PCS (NYSE:PCS).
“Wireless carriers can now provide wireless solutions that are 200 times faster than their existing solutions, and up to 200 times faster than existing wire-based DSL and cable modem connections. If you could surf the net at 20MB per second, completely wireless and do real-time video conferencing through your C1250i cell phone, why would you possibly want to continue to use traditional Internet connections?” asks Sarria.
However, instead of competing with local phone companies, Internet Service Providers or cable companies, Calypso Wireless is teaming up with them. The company’s access points works on other service providers’ existing infrastructure.
“Instead of promoting DSL services, Earthlink (Nasdaq:ELNK) and America Online (NYSE:AOL) could market our private label Wi-Fi access points to their customers, increasing revenues and optimizing customer satisfaction. The same applies to local phone and cable companies as well,” Sarria states.
This is not just a futuristic vision. The technology that enables the broadband delivery through a traditional copper phone line has already been successfully deployed by the U.S. military. This is Calypso’s first commercial application for the technology. The company’s C1250i video cell phones should go into mass production later this year to satisfy the initial order from China Telecom. Calypso is also in various stages of negotiations with major wireless carriers around the world. Since the company’s phones are able to seamlessly switch between traditional cellular networks and access points, wireless carriers will be able to provide value added high-speed services at a price premium without any major infrastructure investments. Calypso Wireless believes it is 2 to 5 years ahead of its competition.
“Virtually every telephone company in the world utilizes copper wiring. What if phone companies in countries that have been technologically left behind, could start providing their customers high-speed Internet access, making video-on-demand, high-speed Internet access, distance learning, telemedicine and video conferencing available to everyone?” envisions Sarria.
Calypso startled the telecommunications world in February when it announced that it had signed a $500 million contract to deliver mobile phones and network systems to China Telecom. China Telecom’s customers will actually be able to utilize a new set of high value-added services such as two-way real time videoconferencing at the speed of 30 frames per second or wireless Internet access up to 200 times faster than cable broadband users have been accustomed to in the U.S.
Last week, Calypso Wireless announced that it intends to file an application to become listed on the Nasdaq Market by the end of 2003. An SEC certified auditing firm is currently in the process of auditing the company’s financial statements. Upon completion, Calypso plans to immediately start the process leading to an application to become listed on the Nasdaq Market. The company is currently trading over-the-counter under the ticker symbol CLYW.