SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

September 27, 2007 09:01 ET

Airspan Networks and Starent Networks Extend Relationship for "Open R3-R4-R6" WiMAX Reference Interfaces

Airspan Introduces AN1 Access Service Network Gateway Powered by Starent Technology

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - WiMAX World USA 2007 -- Airspan Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based broadband wireless access networks today announced an expansion of their relationship with Starent Networks, Corp. to deliver high performance infrastructure solutions for open, interoperable Mobile WiMAX networks.

This relationship will expand Airspan's Mobile WiMAX offering by interconnecting its Mobile base stations to Starent's Access Service Network Gateway (ASN-GW) using profile "C" and open R6 interfaces. This combination will enable carriers to design best-of-breed, standards-based, multi-vendor Mobile WiMAX networks. In addition, Airspan will be able to leverage Starent's Mobile IP experience by integrating its Home Agent, which supports an open R3 interface and has been validated by many key infrastructure vendors as a high performance, multi-technology Mobile WiMAX CSN solution.

Airspan will have the ability to resell Starent WiMAX products to offer an end-to-end Mobile WiMAX solution for its customers.

Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's CEO, said, "The essence of WiMAX is openness and interoperability. Working with Starent enables Airspan to deliver a 'Best of Breed' solution, combining our class-leading Mobile WiMAX base stations with Starent's high performance, high functionality WiMAX core networking products. This is achieved by each company's commitment to Profile 'C' and open 'R3,' 'R4' and 'R6' interfaces, which are the keys to unlocking the power of the WiMAX eco-system."

"We are focused on providing innovative solutions that meet the requirements of Mobile WiMAX operators and their subscribers. Airspan shares that commitment which makes for a productive relationship," said Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Starent. "Starent has deployed advanced 3G wireless services in the CDMA2000 and UMTS markets and is leveraging this experience in Mobile WiMAX networks."

Airspan also launched the scaleable, distributed "AN1" ASN-GW, designed for smaller networks and for distributed ASN-GW deployments. The AN1 is an Airspan platform, powered by Starent technology. The AN1 enables the ASN-GW component of a Mobile WiMAX network to be right-sized for smaller deployments while providing carriers the option to scale to the Starent ST16 and ST40 platforms for a smooth migration path as their network grows and allowing carriers to leverage their initial investment.

Airspan and Starent Networks are demonstrating their respective products at the WiMAX World tradeshow, held in Chicago from September 25 to 27th, 2007.

About Starent Networks

Starent Networks, Corp. is a leading provider of infrastructure solutions that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services to their subscribers. Starent Networks has created solutions that provide network functions and services, including access from a wide range of radio networks to the operator's packet core network. Starent Networks' solutions also provide management of subscriber sessions moving between networks and application of billing and other session policies. Starent Networks' products and services provide high performance and system intelligence by combining significant computing power, memory and traffic handling capabilities with a flexible, high availability operating system and other proprietary software. The company's products integrate multiple network functions and services needed for the delivery of advanced multimedia services, such as video, Internet access, voice-over-IP, e-mail, mobile TV, photo sharing and gaming. Starent Networks' products have been deployed by over 60 mobile operators in 25 countries.

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and broadband data systems and solutions for the fixed and mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi markets, including Voice Over IP (VoIP). Its wireless products serve operators around the world in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes WiMAX Forum Certified equipment and products meeting 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards, Airspan's HiperMAX and MicroMAX base station products support portable and mobile 802.16e-2005 WiMAX alongside fixed and nomadic 802.16-2004 products. Airspan products also include "self install" and professionally installed customer premise equipment. Airspan is on the Board and is a founder member of the WiMAX Forum and a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Company has deployments in more than 100 countries with more than 400 operators, 100 of which use Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified and non-certified products. Airspan's wireless systems are based on radio technology that delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading. These systems can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively, providing an attractive alternative to traditional wired communications networks. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is an international telecommunications equipment provider headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. More information on Airspan can be found at http://www.airspan.com.

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