SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

August 17, 2011 09:42 ET

Airspan Announces 4G Small Cell Base Station

Complementing 4G Product Portfolio With Performance and Cost-Optimized Micro Base Station

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - Aug 17, 2011) - Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced today the introduction of Air4Gs, a carrier-grade, compact 4G base station, offering a cost-optimized solution to operators and vertical markets such as smart grid.

Air4Gs is a small, light, powerful product that addresses connectivity needs of rural and low population density applications, as well as filling in coverage on the edge of an urban service area. Air4Gs can be easily integrated into existing Airspan supported networks by utilizing the same core network products, network management software and end user devices.

Similar in architecture to the flagship, macro Air4G base station, Air4Gs complements the current Airspan 4G product portfolio, matching the traffic demands of customer networks.

Air4Gs, weighing only 10 kg/23 lb, harnesses features such as advanced fractional frequency reuse and all-in-one/all-outdoor architecture, packed into a small 2 transmitter/2 receiver (2Tx/2Rx) platform. It has been designed to operate in standalone mode, requiring no ASN-Gateway and therefore allowing an extremely low-cost initial fixed deployment. The product is standards-based and communicates with a large variety of user devices.

"Air4Gs offers uncompromised performance with a unique combination of power and affordability," commented Amit Ancikovsky, President of Products and Sales for Airspan. "There are certain deployment scenarios that simply do not need the power of a macro base station but still need range and capacity. Air4Gs offers this at a moderate price point to help operators meet their business models. Our goal is to continue to develop products that enable our customers to deploy flexible solutions that maximize their efficiency and minimize their expenses."

The new product operates in the 1.4, 2.x, and 3.x GHz frequency bands and is FCC certified to operate in the full 50 MHz of the 3.65 band in the U.S. Incorporating its newest proprietary software enhancements to this solution, Airspan has created a lightweight, low power consumption base station which supports:

  • Extended range (more than 50 km)
  • Fractional Frequency Reuse (FFR), MIMO Matrix A and MIMO Matrix B
  • 3.5, 5, 7 and 10 MHz channels
  • Advanced VLAN networking capabilities
  • Unique VoIP solution
  • Advanced power amplifiers with digital pre-distortion technology to improve adjacent channel operation and frequency reuse

Air4Gs WiMAX variants have already been trialled and tested and are now available for purchase. An LTE version of the product is currently being developed.

About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution provider. With over 500 customers in over 100 countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to benefit their business case. Airspan has solutions spanning the 700 MHz to 6 GHz frequency bands. www.airspan.com.

Oak Investment Partners XI, Limited Partnership holds a controlling interest in Airspan. Airspan is not subject to the informational reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, accordingly, does not file reports, financial statements, proxy statements, information statements or other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. The words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "will," "would" and similar expressions or negative variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. Investors and others are therefore cautioned that a variety of factors, including certain risks, may affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact Information

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    Dori Erann
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    Airspan Networks Inc.
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    Email: derann@airspan.com