SOURCE: xG Technology

March 14, 2011 12:29 ET

xG Technology Announces Appointment of John Coleman and George Schmitt to Its Board of Directors

SARASOTA, FL--(Marketwire - March 14, 2011) - xG® Technology, Inc. (LSE: XGT) ("xG" or the "Company"), the developer of a broad portfolio of wireless communications technologies, including cognitive radio networks, is pleased to announce the appointment to its Board of both John Coleman as a new Executive Director and George Schmitt as a new Non-Executive Director.

Rick Mooers, Executive Chairman of xG, commented: "I am delighted to welcome both John and George to join the Board. The Company has already benefited from John's strategic insights into the key Defense and Public Safety markets whose entry is a commercial priority for the Company. His appointment to the Board is testament to the great job he has been doing for xG in driving the Company forward as its Chief Executive Officer and, beforehand, as its Chief Operating Officer.

"At the same time, we are also pleased to welcome George to the Board of xG Technology and the Company looks forward benefitting from George's considerable experience and wireless industry contacts in helping xG develop and market its intellectual property, product and technology portfolios."

John Coleman joined xG as a consultant and as a member of xG's Advisory Board in March 2010 with the mission to explore additional applications for the Company's underlying technologies in the Defense and Public Safety sectors. He was appointed as the Company's Chief Operating Officer in June 2010 and the Company's Chief Executive Officer in December 2010. He brings to xG 34 years combined experience in expeditionary operations from both government service and the private sector. In his final years as a U.S. Marine, he was posted as the Chief of Staff, 1st Marines Expeditionary Force for the first two years of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM supervising the largest field headquarters ever assembled in wartime by the Marines. Following government service, Mr. Coleman joined Hunter Defense Technologies and served for two and half years as Vice President of Business Development. Prior to joining xG, John Coleman established Joint Command and Control Consulting (JC3). JC3 provided consulting services focused on the development, integration, and delivery of mature and emerging technologies in support of expeditionary operations, particularly as related to command, control, and communications.

"I am pleased to be able to take a greater role in defining xG's vision and gaining a closer working relationship with the rest of the Board members," said John Coleman. "As we continue to grow the Company and realize its potential, I am confident the Board will continue to provide valuable guidance that accelerates xG's growth and maximizes the Company's success."

George Schmitt joined xG's Advisory Board in March 2010. George Schmitt has over 40 years of broad telecom experience in wireless and wireline companies. His experience includes Omnipoint Communication Services, where he was President and a Director until acquired by VoiceStream in 2000 (and which later became T-Mobile U.S.). Prior to joining Omnipoint, George was President and Chief Executive Officer of PCS PrimeCo (now part of Verizon Wireless), a national PCS partnership formed by AirTouch, Bell Atlantic, NYNEX and U.S. West. He came to PrimeCo from AirTouch, where he was Executive Vice President of International Operations responsible for AirTouch's operations in its ventures in Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium, Italy, Portugal, Japan, Korea and Thailand. Before PrimeCo, George was a member of the board of management of Mannesmann Mobilfunk in Germany and also headed the company's technical department. His department's responsibilities included the complete development and operation of the D2 network, the first commercial GSM network in the world. He also served as the Chairman of the GSM Association, an international organization responsible for overseeing the worldwide implementation of GSM wireless technology.

On his appointment, George Schmitt commented: "I have been looking for the next big thing in wireless communications and I am confident I have found it at xG. The company's cognitive radio technology is being recognized as a key enabler to unlocking the massive dormant value in underutilized wireless spectrum assets worldwide."

xG Technology is a leading developer of innovative and disruptive communications technologies for wireless networks. Its extensive patented intellectual property portfolio covers a broad range of applications including cognitive radio networks. The Company has commercialized some of these technologies to create xMax, the world's first carrier-class cognitive radio network.

xMax's standards-based IP architecture minimizes network deployment, management and operational costs while simplifying the delivery of profitable fixed and mobile services. Using field-proven cognitive radio technology, xMax enables the delivery of these revenue-generating mobile services in both licensed and unlicensed bands. In its initial commercial offering, the xMax cognitive radio system enables carriers and other operators to profitably monetize free unlicensed spectrum in the 900MHz ISM band.

xMax also offers unique capabilities to enterprises, utilities, government agencies and others who require advanced wireless communications to support business operations and mission critical applications.

xG Technology offers turnkey xMax network solutions including base stations, mobile switching centers, network management systems, deployment tools, handsets and customer support.

xG has deployed a 32 square mile xMax network in Fort Lauderdale, Florida to showcase its cognitive radio, mobile VoIP, and dynamic interference mitigation capabilities. The Company's xMax products are also being tested and trialed by the US Army at two of its US bases. Based in the USA, xG Technology has over 50 US and more than 100 international patents and pending patent applications. For more information, please visit

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