TNW Wireless Continues To Seek Wholesale Roaming Agreements from Bell Mobility Inc. (Bell) and Telus Corporation (Telus) through its CRTC Part 1 Application
MIAMI, FL, October 31, 2018 – Miami-based United American Corp (“UnitedCorp”), (OTC: UAMA) is pleased to announce that it is working with TNW Wireless Inc. (“TNW Wireless”) to plan the upgrade of TNW Wireless’ network in Canada in order to provide next generation mobile technology with iPCS and 5G services.
The plan will see each TNW Wireless site upgraded with four high gain/high power flat panel antennas, and each 90 degree panel will be individually connected to a 40 watt (2x20W) radio. This unique and very high density configuration will increase the coverage area using TNW Wireless’ 850 MHz spectrum and 25 MHz of bandwidth. The new eNodeB radios will replace the NodeB radios TNW Wireless presently uses. TNW Wireless currently operates its own 3G Core Network and is preparing deployment of a new LTE EPC core with the use of high performance virtual HeNodeB Gateways in a decentralized environment in order to maximize global throughput to its macro and small cell sites. This new infrastructure is being specially engineered by TNW Wireless for rapid deployment.
In June 2017, UnitedCorp announced its intent to purchase TNW Wireless, and the closing of this transaction is awaiting a decision by the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (the “CRTC”) on TNW Wireless’ Part 1 Application of July 2017 to compel Bell Mobility Inc. (“Bell”) (a subsidiary of Bell Canada Enterprises Inc., TSX: BCE, NYSE: BCE) and Telus Corporation (“Telus”) (TSX: T) to provide the company with roaming agreements as mandated by Telecommunications Regulatory Policy CRTC 2015-177. In the interim, UnitedCorp maintains the operation and maintenance of the TNW Wireless network for compliance with the conditions of license for the TNW Wireless spectrum. TNW Wireless licensed spectrum signals currently reach the majority of the population within its service areas and it soon expects to continue expanding its coverage.
Bell and Telus have to date refused to provide roaming agreements, initially arguing that TNW Wireless’ iPCS technology uses Wi-Fi to provide GSM services (talk and text) when connected to a Wi-Fi access point outside the TNW Wireless spectrum coverage area, and that this would leave such customers “permanently roaming” on their network. This was in reference to CRTC decisions CRTC 2017-56 and 2017-57 against Sugar Mobile Inc. (“Sugar Mobile”), a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (“MVNO”) which was a “non-facilities-based operator” (an operator without its own spectrum or physical network facility). However with its own licensed spectrum and physical network, TNW Wireless is not an MVNO and is therefore materially different from Sugar Mobile.
On March 23, 2018, CRTC 2018-97 the CRTC ruled that a wireless operator cannot “extend” its home network using Wi-Fi. Again, this was directed primarily at MVNO’s and non-facilities-based operators. Notwithstanding this ruling, on March 24, 2018 the CRTC wrote to TNW Wireless permitting the company to continue with its Part 1 Application which had been put on hold by the Commission pending this decision.
In light of CRTC 2017-56/57 and CRTC 2018-97, TNW Wireless has maintained its position with the CRTC that since iPCS users on Wi-Fi automatically disconnect from any roaming partner and use TNW Wireless’ network exclusively, these customers cannot be considered “roaming” as they are not connected to any roaming partner nor are they extending their network since they are connected directly to the TNW Wireless network. As such the company maintains that its approach is fully compliant with the current regulatory environment and the spirit of the underlying public policy.This position is only strengthened by the recent CRTC decision.
TNW Wireless has provided the CRTC with extensive support and documentation for its Application, within established timelines. Final documentation was provided in October 2018 and the company now awaits the Commission’s decision. All the company’s submissions as well as all responses from Bell, Telus and other intervenors are available at www.tnwwireless.com/crtc or on the CRTC website.
TNW Wireless believes that iPCS strikes the perfect balance between the CRTC’s desire to give the dominant wireless operators an incentive to invest in their networks and the Federal Government’s stated policy of allowing Canadians to benefit from innovation and increased competition, as Canadian consumers currently pay amongst the highest cellphone rates in world.
“We had no doubt that Bell and Telus were going to rely heavily on the CRTC’s March 1st 2017 Telecom Decision 2017-56/57 against Sugar Mobile’s use of public Wi-Fi to provide some of its service,” stated Lawry Trevor-Deutsch, President of TNW Wireless. “However, iPCS is a very sophisticated technology and not just an over-the-top application. It was developed to be fully regulatory-compliant and to support Canadian public policy.”
Pending the CRTC decision on TNW Wireless’ Application, UnitedCorp will continue to provide back office, network and cloud infrastructure to support backhaul connectivity to TNW Wireless sites as well as the Core Network for mobile connectivity for Cellular and Smartphone-over-IP cloud spectrum services.
TNW Wireless currently covers parts of the Canadian Northwest including two of the seven communities in Haida Gwaii, British Columbia. The company expects to focus its current deployment expansion in Haida Gwaii with the goal of providing the region with more comprehensive coverage. In addition to Haida Gwaii, the TNW Wireless network currently covers Fort Nelson, British Columbia as well as most of Whitehorse, Yukon and the company has expansion plans to include much of the Alaska Highway.
“Over the past two weeks, I have visited several communities within TNW’s licensed network and it is astonishing to see the number of people that still have little or no proper wireless Internet or voice services,” stated Lawry Trevor-Deutsch. “We believe that iPCS is the answer to the problem and would significantly lower the cost of mobile services to these areas while maintaining full regulatory compliance.”
UnitedCorp is currently developing a financing plan for the expansion of TNW Wireless. It is currently providing some financing through recently completed private placements, debt financing and cash flow from operations.
“With the cash flow generated from our other operations such as the BlockchainDomes, UnitedCorp now has the ability to undertake some debt financing for expansion,” stated UnitedCorp CEO, Benoit Laliberté. “This approach permits us to maintain good value for our equity shareholders. We remain very positive about the future and our ability to continue expanding our business.”
About TNW Wireless Inc.
TNW Wireless is a licensed wireless operator for wholesale and retail services in Canada and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Investel Capital Corporation Canada. The company currently holds 25MHz bandwidth tier-2 850 MHz licenses and is a registered wireless carrier. It provides global communication services to the Northwest region of Canada and global communication services through its proprietary iPCS Smartphone-over-IP technology.
About United American Corp
Established in 1992, United American Corp is a Florida-based development and management company focusing on telecommunications and information technologies. The company currently holds the rights to manage a portfolio of patents and proprietary technology in telecommunications, social media and Blockchain technology, and owns and operates the BlockchainDomes which are designed to provide heat for agricultural operations using computer equipment in naturally cooled data centers where efficiency and low-cost operations are a priority.
iPCS is an international patent-pending IP-only mobile technology licensed by Investel Capital Corporation to TNW Wireless and is one of the cornerstones for a new mobile telecommunications paradigm. Fueled only by data while providing full featured voice and messaging services, it is fully cloud-based with a thin client interface which provides enhanced security and advanced mobile features.
iPCS is login vs IMSI-based for access to mobile services, meaning phones can have multiple users and profiles – and users can access their iPCS profile from any iPCS-enabled phone. Data usage is tied to the active iPCS user profile and not to the device or SIM card, and there is a seamless handover to/from Wi-Fi and 3G/4G/LTE for voice calls.
When connecting to any Wi-Fi in any location, the unique iPCS Wi-Node function automatically deregisters and detaches a subscriber’s device from any Visited Public Mobile Network roaming partner and then backhauls all GSM-based services to TNW’s Home Public Mobile Network core network. The deregistration process means that subscribers are never roaming while on Wi-Fi as no licensed spectrums are being used – this has the added advantage of increasing the battery life on many phones since cell radios are automatically deactivated and therefore will not consume any power.
This news release contains forward-looking statements that are subject to various risks and uncertainties. The Company’s actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements as a result of numerous factors that may be beyond the Company’s control. Forward-looking statements are based on the expectations and opinions of the Company’s management on the date the statements are made, and the Company assumes no obligation to update forward-looking statements should circumstances in management’s expectations or opinions change.
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