Vernon L. Fotheringham Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors
ST. LOUIS, Mo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jan. 23, 1998--Angel Technologies Corp., developer of the
High Altitude Long Operation ("HALO(TM)") Aircraft broadband network, has
announced the appointment of Vernon ("Vern") L. Fotheringham as vice chairman of
the company's board of directors.
Fotheringham has more than 20 years experience as a leader in the development of the
wireless broadband industry. Currently, he is vice chairman and founder of Advanced Radio
Telecom Corp. (NASDAQ: ARTT), which holds broadband radio spectrum licenses in 206 major
U.S. markets, plus four nationwide European licenses.
Prior to ART, he was president and CEO of NORCOM Networks Corp., a nationwide mobile
satellite data communications company now owned by Telenor,
the PTT of Norway.
Fotheringham spent several years with The Walter Group Inc.
("TWG") as a wireless telecommunications consultant. While at TWG, he focused
primarily on developing international and domestic telecommunications opportunities for a
number of market-leading telecommunications clients.
"We welcome Vern to our board and look forward to his advice, counsel and active
participation," commented Marc Arnold, chairman and chief executive officer of Angel.
"His vision and experience as a pioneer of the wireless broadband marketplace will
help to assure Angel's success as we create a new layer of wireless infrastructure
utilizing HALO Aircraft to deliver broadband services.
"Vern Fotheringham brings his proven track record as a leader of data communication
startup ventures and his extensive knowledge of the spectrum allocation process to Angel's
growing team of talent."
Commenting on his appointment, Fotheringham stated: "I am pleased to join Angel as
both vice chairman and as an investor. I believe Angel's technical approach and management
team can bring about a revolution in the delivery of services within the 10 to 50 GHz
range. The advent of HALO Aircraft will open a new spatial domain for the wireless
communications community to exploit."
Angel Technologies Corp. and its corporate strategic partners, Endgate Corp., Scaled
Composites, and Wyman-Gordon Company, are developing a large capacity wireless
metropolitan area communications network ("The HALO(TM) Network") to provide
broadband communications services over an area encompassing a typical large U.S.
The HALO Network will enable individual consumers and businesses to send and receive data
at multi-megabit-per-second rates. The Network will be replicated over metropolitan
centers throughout the world.
The HALO aircraft is designed to provide the commercial telecommunication industry with a
reliable alternative infrastructure that can be deployed instantly, even when terrestrial
infrastructure is missing or incomplete.
Applications that will benefit most from the availability of airborne deployment will be
new broadband data services in developed countries and wireless telephony services in the
Equipped with suitable payloads, HALO aircraft will deliver high- capacity, high-quality
service while positioned 10 miles above metropolitan regions. The HALO platform with its
payload will create a cellular pattern covering an area comparable to several hundred
As a piloted jet powered aircraft, the HALO will operate above adverse weather and traffic
while carrying communications payloads weighing up to 1800 lb. and consuming 40 kW DC
power. Operations can be conducted from normal regional airports without the need for
special ground handling equipment. Several HALO aircraft operating in shifts will deliver
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