SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

October 26, 2009 10:52 ET

Airspan WiMAX Selected for Live Broadcasting in South Africa

First-Ever WiMAX Enabled Broadband Broadcasting for Popular Soccer Game

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - October 26, 2009) - Airspan Networks Inc. (PINKSHEETS: AIRO), a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced that Multisource Telecoms, a South African wireless communications provider, selected Airspan WiMAX equipment for a unique live pilot broadcast.

Multisource worked with Siemens and the South African Broadcasting Corp. (SABC), the state-owned broadcaster in South Africa, which provides 18 radio stations as well as 4 television broadcasts to the general public, to cover the event. The Airspan WiMAX equipment is being trialed with the intention of offering live broadcast for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa next year. The WiMAX equipment was set up to deliver high-speed next-generation connectivity, allowing the broadcast-quality audio of a soccer game between Manchester City and the Kaiser Chiefs in Durban, South Africa.

Johannes von Weyssenhoff, Siemens' Programme Portfolio Manager for Radio, said, "The SABC had decided to upgrade the equipment in its radio broadcast vehicles from analogue to digital. At present, a broadcast crew runs large, heavy, copper analogue cables from the stadium to the vehicle positioned outside. This enables the commentator, who sits inside the venue, to transmit back to the SABC for broadcasting."

"Airspan's WiMAX technology provides the capacity, security and efficiency to facilitate this kind of application. A high speed data connection was used for the audio link -- compared to the 64kbit/s offered by ISDN lines -- and this provided a high-quality audio performance that was clearly noticeable when monitored off-air," von Weyssenhoff continued.

In addition to the enhanced audio quality, the WiMAX link eliminates the use of cables, improves security and saves costs. For example, a sporting event in South Africa typically involves 11 radio stations, each using an ISDN line to provide commentary. By using WiMAX, all 11 stations can transmit to the SABC on one shared link.

"This has been a very exciting project," said Jacques Jordaan, Manager, Technical Services of Multisource Telecoms. "After the successful trial at the Durban game, we are confident that Airspan's WiMAX is the technology best suited for the broadcast at the FIFA games. The country is extremely proud and excited to host next year's FIFA World Cup and we are committed to improving visitors' and locals' experiences in any way we can, including by offering a quality broadcast of the game for those who are not fortunate enough to attend in person."

"Airspan is supplying an all-outdoor solution for this project. A solution that offers range, capacity, and affordability is vital," commented Declan Byrne, Chief Marketing Officer for Airspan. "The ease and speed of deployment are also important qualities of our WiMAX solution. Multisource needed an ad-hoc, temporary network that could be easily assembled for the game with small and easy-to-handle units. We look forward to working closely with Multisource on this and future projects."

Airspan's MicroMAXd, a highly integrated micro-cell base station with all-in-one outdoor packaging of RF and base-band components, was used for this application. This product is developed for operation on a wide variety of frequency bands including, 700 MHz, 1.5, 3.3, 3.5, 3.7, 4.9, 5.1, 5.4, 5.8 and 5.9 GHz bands.

About Multisource Telecoms

In the communication business for 35 years, Multisource is a wireless provider of a number of solutions designed and deployed to match specialized needs -- whether for mining, emergency services, municipalities, security, aviation or marine. The Company has the experience and the know-how to deliver solutions for most wireless requirements. We stock and distribute only reliable, cost-effective products, such as those of our principal suppliers. www.multisource.co.za

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. www.airspan.com

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