SOURCE: 5G Wireless Communications, Inc.

September 20, 2006 09:00 ET

5G Wireless Communications, Inc. and ICOA, Inc. Enter Into National Service Agreement

ICOA's Tollbooth™ OSS Will Support 5G's Planned Timeshare Resort Wireless Roll Out

MARINA DEL REY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- 5G Wireless Communications, Inc. (OTCBB: FGWI) today announced that it has entered into a national service agreement with ICOA, Inc. (OTCBB: ICOA). ICOA will provide key back-end software and support for Wi-Fi installations by 5G Wireless in timeshare resorts nationwide.

5G Wireless, a manufacturer and distributor of wireless equipment and systems, has recently expanded into the installation and management of Wi-Fi networks for timeshare resorts and complexes. According to Resort Timesharing Worldwide, timeshare developers sold approximately $9.4 billion in timeshares during 2002 on a worldwide basis with sales of U.S. timeshares representing $5.5 billion of this total. 5G Wireless is now uniquely positioned to capture a tremendous market opportunity. According to the ARDA (American Resort Development Association), presently fewer than 25% of timeshare properties offer Wi-Fi capabilities in a market where 37% (and growing rapidly) of vacation travelers bring their laptops on vacation. These consumers are increasingly demanding wireless internet connectivity as these services become an essential component of contemporary culture.

Jerry Dix, Chairman and CEO of 5G Wireless, said, "Including the ICOA TollBooth technology will enable us to maintain our Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) value proposition. We tested other leading OSS products, and none came close to Tollbooth's capabilities, benefits and simplicity of operation. This system will provide us with the support we need to efficiently execute our build-outs in the timeshare market."

5G Wireless will deploy Tollboth, ICOA's customizable OSS (Operations Support Systems), into timeshare resort venues it plans to serve. The proprietary Tollbooth system provides powerful, scalable and flexible management, customer support and billing service products to venue operators and carriers. Tollbooth offers easy setup and deployment, venue-linked branding of sign-on pages, user billing and collection, secure credit card processing, authentication, access control, customer service and many other features.

Owners of timeshare units will utilize the Wi-Fi service on a daily, three-day or weekly paid subscription basis. This national service agreement marks a significant shift in strategy for 5G Wireless with potential growth into a more robust international service/support program as the company expands globally.

"We are very pleased to have been selected by 5G Wireless," said George Strouthopoulos, Chairman and CEO of ICOA. "5G has years of experience in the wireless space. Their expansion into the timeshare resort industry will provide them with a worldwide platform to apply their technology and expertise, and the operation and management of Wi-Fi systems in the thousands of timeshare resort and residential units. Our robust Tollbooth operating system will enable 5G Wireless to service end users of the Wi-Fi systems with authentication, billing, customer support and other services."

Along with the TollBooth software and related systems, ICOA will provide 24/7/365 call center support for the timeshare resorts served by 5G Wireless, as it does for all the locations where ICOA provides Wi-Fi service.

About 5G Wireless Communications, Inc.

5G Wireless Communications, Inc. is a wireless systems infrastructure company with technology with network architecture based on standard IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi equipment. The 5G Wi-Fi Hotzones™ function through macro-cell base stations deployed from tall towers and the tops of tall buildings, while dead spots are filled in with smaller micro cells following the proven deployment strategy used today by the cellular carriers. This type of structural design allows for a well-tailored combination of cells resulting in the ability to add higher capacity where and when needed. 5G Wireless Base Stations have the advantage of multiple usage and varying functionalities for both the private and public sectors, including governance and administration for government departments, security and intelligence purposes, and educational uses, as well as for the management of data by businesses and companies. 5G Wireless' value proposition -- significantly increased performance at the lowest possible total cost of ownership (TCO) -- is quickly becoming a key consideration in the strategic deployment of the wireless experience. The company is located in Marina Del Rey, CA. For additional information call 800.916.1611 or visit

About ICOA, Inc.

ICOA, Inc. (OTCBB: ICOA) is a national provider of wireless and wired broadband Internet networks in high-traffic public locations. ICOA provides design, installation, operation, maintenance and management of Wi-Fi hot-spot and hot-zone Internet access. Based in Warwick, Rhode Island, ICOA owns or operates over 1,800 broadband access installations in high-traffic locations across 45 states, located in airports, quick-service restaurants, hotels and motels, travel plazas, marinas, universities, and municipal structures and locales. ICOA networks are compatible with widely used 802.11x technology and with virtually all Internet service providers. Further information is at

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