UK-based antenna manufacturer, Sarantel has won an $14 million contract for its PowerHelix GPS (Global Positioning System) antennas for use in cellular handsets.
According to Sarantel, the helical devices will be incorporated into an as yet unnamed cellphone handset product, providing a positioning capability which will meet the United States’ emergency call E911 mandate.
The mandate requires all US cellular network carriers to ensure that 95 percent of mobile emergency calls can be located to within 150 metres by 2005.
The antennas will be manufactured on Sarantel’s fully automated assembly line in Wellingborough UK, and shipments will be made over an 18-month period commencing in January 2003.
Barrie Foley, CEO of Sarantel, commented: ‘This major contract more than vindicates our strategy of heavily targeting the GPS hand-held sector which is growing very rapidly, especially as a result of the US E911 mandate and the proliferation of location-based services.’