3 Aug 1999
Mivale, UT - 08.03.1999 - Phonex Corporation, the Utah-based world leader in wireless telephone extension systems, announced today that it will ship a revolutionary technology which transmits voice and data signals over the power mains to the UK market beginning October, 1999. Called the Wireless Telephone Outlet™, this technology is now being made available for the first time in Europe by Thomson Multimedia, which has recently signed an agreement with Phonex to market and distribute the product under its own private label.
The Wireless Telephone Outlet was announced in March at CEBIT after receiving NTR 3 approval for the United Kingdom. The technology is also pursuing CTR 21 classification for wider European deployment. With all necessary approvals in place and Thomson Multimedia's branding and distribution, the Wireless Telephone Outlet is poised to set a new standard in wireless communication, allowing users to be connected to telephones, faxes, modems, set-top boxes for cable or satellite TV, and the Internet via any power main.
The patented technology of the Wireless Telephone Oulet, which has been in use for over ten years with millions of installations worldwide, enables telephone devices to communicate reliably using standard power mains. The Wireless Telephone Outlet is a wireless carrier current phone extension system which turns any AC socket into a telephone outlet, transmitting voice and data signals on 230v power mains using closed-circuit, FM transmissions. It can be plugged into any AC socket, providing an instant telephone outlet in any location throughout a home or office, and eliminates the costly installation of hardwired telephone outlets in difficult, if not impossible environments. Wireless Telephone Outlet systems are easy to install in less than two minutes.
The Wireless Telephone Outlet has also been designed to support V.34 and V.90 modems, making access to the World Wide Web possible from any AC socket in the home or office. The Wireless Telephone Outlet is robust enough to support data access over the Internet and fast enough to support modem speeds (28.8 kbps or better) required by users on the Web who want to quickly download large quantities of data. It is the obvious solution for PC, laptop, and Internet TV users who want to browse the Web from their TV or computer.
“We are very pleased to receive approvals to market and distribute the Wireless Telephone Outlet in Europe,” said John Knab, president of Phonex. “Although we aren't the only company pursuing this type of technology in Europe, Phonex is the first to make it available, and we are very much looking forward to working with a world leader such as Thomson Multimedia in pioneering wireless telephone access.”
Knab indicated that the pursuit of the CTR 21 classification marks a significant step in making the wireless telephone technology available to a broad base of Europeans, but also noted that Phonex plans to work specifically with every country in Europe to comply with each country's unique requirements. In addition to the Wireless Telephone Outlet, Phonex will deliver a wireless 11 mbps high speed home network device to the European market in mid 2000 which allows Internet access and sharing of computers, printers, and other devices over the power mains in the home or office.