SOURCE: Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.

January 27, 2010 09:30 ET

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. Announces Participation in a $500 Million State and Federal Grant Program for Schools and Public Areas

NEWPORT BEACH, CA--(Marketwire - January 27, 2010) - Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (OTCBB: NPDT) announced today it has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Orange County Department of Education (OCDE), allowing NPDT the opportunity to participate in a $500M State and Federal Grant program earmarked for schools and public areas that do not have wireless connectivity by the second quarter of 2010. NPDT's WiMax demonstration system will be reviewed by State and Federal Grant committees to validate the benefits of NPDT's WiMax solution and grant funds for deployment into areas requiring wireless access.

NPDT launched the installation of a Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMax) base station and long range subscriber station designed to demonstrate WiMax long range broadband Internet connectivity between NPDT's Corporate Offices in Newport Beach, California and the OCDE's Learning Resources Center (LRDC) in Costa Mesa, California. The five mile WiMax Internet connection will demonstrate WiMax's long range broadband transmission ability and high speed Internet connection at 15 ~ 40 Mbps. WiMax is the next generation wireless technology to WiFi, which allows for up to a 30 mile range for Internet connectivity and throughputs to 40Mbps. The WiMax system will also include NPDT's eLearning platform, demonstrating high speed online eLearning access capabilities.

"We are excited to have commenced the installation of NPDT's WiMax broadband wireless demonstration system and to participate in the $500M State and Federal grant programs that will greatly enhance Internet connectivity to remote and economically challenged areas of the U.S. at a very low cost. This technology will expand Internet access to those who are not able to obtain high speed wireless Internet access currently. We are thrilled to be a part of this 'last mile' connectivity initiative, benefiting society at many different levels," said Michael Lutton, NPDT CEO.

"NPDT is working in conjunction with leading Taiwan-based R&D technology incubators, the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), to roll-out this WiMax demonstration system with eLearning application as one of the first of its kind in Orange County, California," said Weiling Tsao, NPDT President.

Richard Tanimoto, NPDT Senior Managing Director, commented, "NPDT's WiMax Demonstration system will offer long range Internet connectivity, high speed Internet access, Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) connectivity and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (OFDM) capabilities that will allow more reliable connections, including areas with potentially obscure access points and allow thousands of users the ability to access a single long range subscriber station simultaneously. WiMax will enable a reliable high definition level content connectivity, greatly enhancing the Internet experience for all users."

Mr. Lutton added, "WiMax is our cornerstone technology that will enable NPDT to roll out its other core technologies such as rugged RFID handhelds, wireless digital LED signage and eLearning solutions."

About Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.

Newport Digital Technologies, Inc. (NPDT) is a technology solutions driven company organized to focus on serving five of the fastest-emerging businesses in the technology space -- RFID (radio-frequency identification), WiMax, eLearning, and LED Digital Signage and LED Lighting solutions. NPDT develops and delivers these technology solutions through strategic collaborations with global partners, including Taiwan Industry and Taiwan's premier technology R&D incubators -- the Institute for Information Industry (III) and the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI). NPDT will customize these technology solutions and market them through Fortune 1000 channel partners and systems integrators on a worldwide basis.

Safe Harbor: This press release contains certain forward-looking statements with respect to NPDT and its business. Statements that are not historical facts are identified as "forward-looking statements." The words "estimate," "project," "intend," "expect," "believe," "plan," and similar expressions, particularly when used in the "future tense," are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these forward-looking statements, which speak only as of the date of this release. Information on potential risk factors that could affect the NDPT's business plans and financial results can be found in NPDT's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NPDT assumes no obligation to update or supplement forward-looking statements that become untrue because of subsequent events.

NPDT has its headquarters located in Newport Beach, California, and branch offices in Taiwan, Australia and Japan.

Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Corporate Headquarters
    Newport Digital Technologies, Inc.
    620 Newport Center Drive, Suite 570
    Newport Beach, CA 92660
    USA - Corporate Headquarters
    Tel: +1-949-219-0530
    Fax: +1-949-219-0528
    Michael Lutton