SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

March 22, 2011 09:21 ET

Airspan 4G Solution Deployed by STS Romania for Nationwide Mobile WiMAX Network

Connecting Thousands of Romanian Government, Public Safety and Border Patrol Sites

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - March 22, 2011) - Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced today that the Special Telecommunications Services (STS) of Romania, with the assistance of local partner Mobilis, has deployed Airspan's 4G solution for its countrywide network.

STS is the telecommunications arm of the government of Romania and the largest state body providing special telecommunications services and operating networks for the Romanian public authorities. After intensive testing, STS selected Airspan equipment which was delivered, installed and activated by Mobilis, a national Romanian certified systems integrator. The communications infrastructure, using Airspan's 4G equipment, is serving to connect thousands of government, public safety, border patrol and administrative offices nationwide. The project investment by STS totals more than 20 million Euros with Airspan encompassing the primary communications solution.

The network is built to comply with rigorous European standards as this 4G network is a result of the Schengen Agreement/Treaty which calls for the removal of systematic border controls between the participating countries and extends the EU immigration system. In essence, the Airspan powered network is a critical building-block enabling a new era of economic development in Romania.

This network is the largest mobile IEEE 802.16e-2005 WiMAX network in Europe to date and one of the most advanced technologically, capable of truly 4th generation services above and beyond basic broadband connectivity. The network currently exceeds 1,500 base station sectors.

"After an extensive testing and points-based consideration process, Airspan emerged as the clear winner," commented Vasilica Lungu, CEO of Mobilis. "For a large project such as this, it was crucial that we not only have a product that provides the technical capabilities, but also that we partner with a dependable and experienced vendor such as Airspan."

"Airspan is very proud to have won this contract. The requirements imposed by this customer were of the highest, most complex standards and the competition was fierce," commented Eric Stonestrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airspan. "Furthermore, all of the specific applications required were field tested by the customer in real conditions. The network supports a range of services from robust, fixed, multi-service (voice, video, high capacity data, VLANs) locations to fully mobile units (police, border patrol, etc) all concurrently running on the same sectors. This win unequivocally demonstrates that Airspan has one of the most stable and feature-rich 4G platforms in the industry. Our focus on network capacity optimization and coverage enhancement helps government agencies, utilities, and public carriers alike optimize mainstream communications and bandwidth-intensive applications like CCTV and security using both 4G interfaces (WiMAX and LTE) and in a variety of economical form factors."

The Schengen Agreement is a treaty originally signed in 1985, in Schengen, Luxembourg, between five of the ten member states of the European Community: Belgium, France, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and West Germany. The Schengen Agreement provides for the removal of internal border controls between the participating countries and allows for free movement of persons. Later added into European Union law, the borderless zone created by the Schengen Agreements, "the Schengen Area," currently consists of twenty-five European countries. With the integration of this 4G network, Romania signed the Schengen Treaty, demonstrated its capacity of fulfilling the requirements related to the Schengen technical standards and this year passed the technical evaluation needed to become a participating member.

About Mobilis
Founded in 1994, Mobilis is a Romanian private company active in the telecommunication field. Mobilis has been certified by the Romanian National Regulatory Authority for Communications to design, install and service telecommunication networks and equipments. Mobilis has offices in Bucharest, Iasi, Brasov, Constanta, Craiova, Deva, Cluj, Bacau, Braila and Timisoara. With the nationwide presence, we are able to quickly respond to customers' commercial and technical requests no matter where the client is located.

About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution-provider and the vendor of choice for some of the world's largest broadband wireless deployments. Developing leading-edge technology for broadband access and IP-telephony, Airspan continues to supply customers 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 has over 100 commercial WiMAX deployments worldwide.

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