Today at the opening bell, Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. announced it entered into a Letter of Intent with Orange County Department of Education (OCDE) for the opportunity to participate in a $500M State and Federal Grant program earmarked for schools and public areas that do not have wireless connectivity by the end of the second quarter. According to the press release, Newport Digital’s WiMax demonstration system will be reviewed by State and Federal Grant committees to confirm the benefits of the company’s WiMax solution and grant funds for deployment.

Newport Digital launched the installation of a WiMax base station and long range subscriber station designed to exhibit WiMax long range broadband Internet connectivity between its Corporate Offices in Newport Beach, California and the OCDE’s Learning Resources Center (LRDC) in Costa Mesa, California. The five mile WiMax Internet connection will demonstrate WiMax’s long range broadband transmission ability and high speed Internet connection at 15 ~ 40 Mbps. The WiMax system will also include Newport Digital’s eLearning platform, demonstrating high speed online eLearning access capabilities.

“We are excited to have commenced the installation of NPDT’s WiMax broadband wireless demonstration system and to participate in the $500M State and Federal grant programs that will greatly enhance Internet connectivity to remote and economically challenged areas of the U.S. at a very low cost. This technology will expand Internet access to those who are not able to obtain high speed wireless Internet access currently. We are thrilled to be a part of this ‘last mile’ connectivity initiative, benefiting society at many different levels,” commented Michael Lutton, NPDT CEO.

“NPDT is working in conjunction with leading Taiwan-based R&D technology incubators, the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to roll-out this WiMax demonstration system with eLearning application as one of the first of its kind in Orange County, California,” stated Weiling Tsao, NPDT President.

Richard Tanimoto, Newport Digital’s Senior Managing Director, added, “NPDT’s WiMax Demonstration system will offer long range Internet connectivity, high speed Internet access, Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) connectivity and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) capabilities that will allow more reliable connections, including areas with potentially obscure access points and allow thousands of users the ability to access a single long range subscriber station simultaneously. WiMax will enable a reliable high definition level content connectivity, greatly enhancing the Internet experience for all users.”

Mr. Lutton continued, “WiMax is our cornerstone technology that will enable NPDT to roll out its other core technologies such as rugged RFID handhelds, wireless digital LED signage and eLearning solutions.”

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