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MSC Features Big In Arcadian Wireless'
Plans

Malaysia's Multimedia Super Corridor (MSC) is going to feature
prominently in the newly launched Silicon Valley company Arcadian
Wireless Inc's business direction and strategy. The provider of fixed
wireless last-mile solutions for emerging markets and rural
environments is also considering both IPO and acquisition options.

Disclosing this in an interview with MSCTimes.com, Arcadian
Wireless president Cheam Tat Inn also says the company is in the
process of incorporating Arcadian Asia Pacific as an MSC company
and looking at some MSC flagship applications for business
opportunities.

"Smart school telecommunications infrastructure would be an
immediate opportunity since most schools don't have good
infrastructure for internet traffic," says the Kuala Lumpur-based
head honcho responsible for Arcadian Wireless' worldwide sales and
marketing and support as well as all operations including
manufacturing. Cheam was ex-managing director of Compaq
Computer Corporation Malaysia, a top three IT company in the
country.

Arcadian Wireless is the commercial spinoff of the Internet Protocol
Multiple Access (IPMA) technology developed by Silicon
Valley-based Embedded Wireless Labs, an internet and wireless
telecom technology incubator dedicated to the research, design and
development of revolutionary wireless telecom products from
concept to spinoff.

According to Cheam, Arcadian Wireless' HQ in Silicon Valley is to
facilitate development of strategic partnerships with established
companies. "Arcadian Wireless' technologies are leading edge; for
example, our IPMA. This technology can potentially be incorporated
in products of other companies, not just those of Arcadian Wireless.
This is where partnerships comes in."

Arcadian Wireless CEO Franc deWeeger's role in the US is to present
the company to the investment community and to develop strategic
partnerships with its technologies.

At the same time, Arcadian Wireless' Kuala Lumpur operations serve
the Asia Pacific HQ and focus on development, marketing and
support. On why Malaysia was chosen as the base to serve the
region, he explains that Malaysia, while short on engineers compared
to, say, India, Malaysia makes up through the strengths of its large
manufacturing activities supporting infrastructure, good
communications infrastructure, lower costs compared to Hong Kong
and Singapore, and the government's commitment to MSC.

Meanwhile, Arcadian Wireless plans to launch its first commercial
product in April. Cheam says the prototypes are now undergoing
testing. Its target markets are traditional telcos which are extending
services to remote areas and ISPs providing wireless internet access
or voice over IP services ("new world" telcos).

Arcadian Wireless is looking closely at the market in China and India.
"China and India have very large rural populations. For rapid
economic growth, widespread improvements and availability of basic
telecom infrastructure are necessary. With the size of their rural
population, tremendous upfront investment is required to offer
wireline service. This is where we come in to provide that cost
effective alternative which makes it economical to extend coverage
to areas not served and remote locations," Cheam reasons.

And what about the Malaysian market? "Malaysia is also a major
market for rural access, and high speed internet traffic is still limited
to urban areas currently."

Cheam sees good prospects for Arcadian Wireless' products on the
world marketplace given the still a large untapped emerging markets
and rural environments especially in the developing countries.

"On phone access alone, there're almost 3 billion people in the world
without access to phones.

Besides, the growth in internet traffic and adoption requires rapid
deployment of telecom infrastructure. With our wireless technology,
we're able to significantly reduce the upfront investments and
operating cost compared to putting up a wireline network. Wireless
also allows for quicker deployment. "Besides, Arcadian Wireless'
proprietary internet protocol (IP)-based technology IPMA enables
greater efficiency in transmitting data and voice between base and
remote stations, thus eliminating the shortcomings associated with
conventional protocols. Communication networks using IPMA are
able to carry 5-10 times more voice and internet traffic than the
protocols currently being used."

To another question how he, a Malaysian professional, can
contribute to the growth of a Silicon Valley company such as
Arcadian Wireless, he says his management experience helps in
keeping the team focused in a disciplined manner.

"Expertise in sales and marketing helps position the company not
just to prospects but potential investors. Secondly, Arcadian
Wireless is a company made up of people from all cultures. Ability to
manage in a cross-cultural environment is key to the success of the
company," adds Cheam.
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