(OTC: ABWN) Up over 100% since we profiled this groundbreaking new technology in the Fall of 2016
Airborne Wireless Network (OTCQB: ABWN) is a development-stage company developing a meshed wireless network. It is seeking opportunities for the acquisition of assets. For its wholesale carrier network, it intends to use commercial aircraft as mini-satellites and its wholesale carrier network would be the airborne broadband pipeline, providing connectivity for broadband carrier services using commercial aircraft. As of May 31, 2016, the Company had no operations and had not generated any revenues.
The company has filed for an experimental Federal Communications Commission license to begin in its air to ground meshed network system evaluation, and approval will allow it to begin ground and flight radio-frequency transmission testing for its patented technology, the Infinitus Super Highway. The lab testing of the demonstration system has been performed at a contracted partner facility and these results will now be transported to the test bed Boeing 757 aircraft for ground fitting, tarmac testing and eventually flight evaluation. In the course of the flight demonstration, broadband data will be passed between airborne aircraft and a ground station to demonstrate both air to air and air to ground communications. Jason de Mos, the Vice President of Business and Compliance, said that the company was very pleased with the progress made in testing the systems. When the flight demonstration has been completed successfully, it will be followed up on a large scale with a test involving 20 aircraft over an island community where global broadband services to users in the aircraft as well as on the ground will be evaluated. He pointed out that the company was addressing an untapped multibillion addressable market, which fills a void in global connectivity. The technology is expected to eliminate single points of failure, reduce latency, and almost eliminate the effect of severe weather and natural disaster conditions.
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The team at the company thinks that every flight should have a purpose, whether transporting passengers or cargo, but explains that flights are not currently used to their full capacity. The company owns a patent which was ahead of its time 20 years ago and is now ready to transform the state of wireless communications. The patent covers low-cost broadband wireless communication using commercial aircraft to provide a new telecommunications system, along with existing infrastructure such as Earth orbit communication satellites, buried cables and towers. The concept is simple and consists of installing small, lightweight equipment such as receivers and transmitters on and in airplanes to send signals which can be picked up and retransmitted by other planes to create a robust communications network. It is regarded as a smart use of planes already flying to worldwide locations throughout the day, instead of spending hundreds of billions of dollars to keep expanding the current communication infrastructure. In fact, when the patent was taken out in the 1990s, the technology wasn’t available to build the system cost effectively, but that technology is freely available today.
The company announced that it has turned to Electric Lightwave Holdings Inc. to supply the fibre-optic network connectivity for its planned wireless network, which will leverage in-flight commercial aircraft for the provision of wholesale communication services. The company reports that aircraft participating in the network will function as airborne repeaters or routers, sending and receiving broadband signals from one aircraft to another. It will also offer connectivity to commercial and private aircraft in flight. It believes that the Infinits Super Highway will assist Internet service providers and telephone companies in offering services to rural areas, island nations, oil platforms and ships at sea. The deal will provide the necessary ground links in the western United States, including the Hawaiian Islands. The agreement will allow the network after implementation to reach end-users who would otherwise have no way to access the network. The agreement provides the initial link to the ground and will be the first of other ground segment partnerships in the rest of the United States.
The company had earlier announced that it has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding regarding a strategic marketing partnership with Air Lease Corporation. In terms of the agreement, Air Lease will act as the marketing agent and use its existing extensive network of airline customers to market to many airline customers through the world. Air Lease Corporation is one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies and will provide introductions to worldwide airline customers and to manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus with the objective of pre-installing equipment on their aircraft. Air Lease is based in Los Angeles with a team of dedicated and experienced professionals who are primarily engaged in the purchase and lease of commercial aircraft through customised financing solutions.
The company has also entered Into a Memorandum of Understanding with German Aerospace Centre spin-off ViaLight to explore the integration of a laser-based communication system to enhance and optimize data speeds. A hybrid system combined with traditional radio links with laser could deliver a high capacity airborne backbone offering large amounts of bandwidth at reasonable prices. Laser is completely secure from jamming as well as interference and remains steady because of the narrow divergences of the beam. ViaLight has more than 15 years of extensive laser communication experience in point-to-point communication in the air and into space.
The bottom line
Just a little while ago, the Canadian government declared that access to high-speed Internet is a basic necessity and has pledged CAD $750 million towards a rollout to rural areas across the country. However, there are still plenty of unconnected people in the world and companies are using satellites, drones, or even balloons to transmit Internet services to remote areas. One advantage of the ABWN network is safety from damage caused by space junk and the reduction of the amount of future junk which will be launched into space. Moreover, since the aircraft carrying loads are constantly landing and taking off, future upgrades can easily be carried out during routine maintenance, unlike satellites. In August last year, the company signed an MoU with Jet Midwest Group based in Kansas City to provide up to 3 Boeing 757 aircraft for proof of network concept and certification testing.
Source: Broad Street Alerts Editor
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