SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

December 01, 2009 10:35 ET

Airspan Receives FCC Certification for Upper "Unrestricted" 25 MHz of FCC 3.65 GHz

Only WiMAX Vendor Supporting Full 50 MHz in Key Frequency Allocation

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - December 1, 2009) - Airspan Networks Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AIRO), a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced today that it has received FCC Certification for its WiMAX Products to operate over the full 50 MHz of the FCC 3.65 GHz lightly licensed frequency band.

Airspan has received this industry-first FCC certification, allowing U.S. 3.65 GHz operators the use of the upper "unrestricted" 25 MHz, affording them additional capacity, range, flexibility and deployment options.

Airspan's Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology in the HiperMAX product supports both fixed and mobile operation and has been broadly deployed across the United States and internationally by operators in 3.65 GHz. The feature-rich technology provides the robust and efficient solution required for maintaining successful and profitable business plans.

"Airspan's ability to define and implement the contention protocol for this FCC certification is a huge deal for operators like us," commented John Badal, CEO of Sacred Wind Communications. "We are beginning a large deployment of Airspan's 3.65 GHz solution across New Mexico in support of residential and business users and the additional capacity and frequencies available to us now will speed deployment, reduce total cost of ownership and provide a superior broadband experience for our customers."

"On the island of Puerto Rico, there are already some 3.65 GHz WiMAX operators and the ability to use the full 50 MHz for our island-wide deployment ensures that we will always have sufficient spectrum to deploy our network while avoiding the potential of interference and spectrum saturation," commented Fred Mercado, President of World Data Puerto Rico. "We are in the process of deploying the Airspan HiperMAX powered network in anticipation of a Broadband Stimulus award and this additional capability guarantees a smooth and successful deployment."

"Airspan was the first vendor to supply equipment in the 3.65 GHz band in the United States and this certification is another first, as it unlocks the full potential of this band for our customers," commented Declan Byrne, Chief Marketing Officer for Airspan. "We have a dominant market share among 3.65 GHz customers in the United States and we are confident that this additional capability will help us grow our leadership position in this market. This announcement is of special importance to our customers who have filed Broadband Stimulus applications dependent on the 3.65 GHz band. They now have the additional assurance that their investment with Airspan is a solid one."

Airspan provides both Fixed and Mobile Base Stations to the United States and International marketplace operating on the 700 MHz, 1.5, 2.3, 2.5, 3.5, 3.65 and 5.4/8 GHz frequency bands.

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan is a leading WiMAX pure player and the solution-provider of choice for some of the world's largest WiMAX deployments. Developing leading-edge technology for broadband access and IP-telephony, Airspan continues to supply operators around the world with best-of-breed solutions. With direct sales offices throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, a worldwide network of resellers and agents, and partnership alliances with major OEMs, Airspan boasts over 100 commercial WiMAX deployments worldwide.

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Contact Information

  • For Investor Relations contact:
    Charlotte Laurent-Ottomane
    Investor Relations
    Tel. +1 561.395.4581

    For Media Inquiries, contact:
    Dori Erann
    Senior Director Marketing Communications
    Airspan Networks Inc.
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