SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

October 10, 2006 08:30 ET

Airspan Announces Addition of 5.8GHz Frequency Band to Its MicroMAX Base Station Product

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 10, 2006 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN) today announced that it has commenced shipments of its MicroMAX Base Station in the 5.8GHz frequency band.

With today's announcement, Airspan introduces MicroMAX in the 5.8GHz TDD WiMAX profile. The company will add MicroMAX frequencies in the 3.3-3.4GHz TDD band by year's end. With this latest addition to its portfolio, Airspan now offers customers the best cost-performance profile in a WiMAX base station in both licensed and unlicensed WiMAX-supported frequencies.

Airspan first announced the launch of its MicroMAX base station in March 2006 in the 3.5GHz FDD band. The base station is based on the high-performance SQN2010 WiMAX Certified™ base station system design of Sequans, and was the first cost-optimized, pay-as-you-grow WiMAX solution available in the market place. It offers service providers and network operators a unique value proposition of very high performance at an affordable price point.

Alastair Westgarth, Airspan's Chief Technology Officer, commented: "Our newest MicroMAX base station reinforces Airspan's position as a leader in addressing all segments of the broadband wireless marketplace. MicroMAX is fully optimized for WiMAX deployments using our existing Indoor EasyST and Outdoor ProST subscriber terminals and Netspan WiMAX Element Management System. We now offer customers a differentiated, all outdoor base station solution, in both licensed and unlicensed bands, that allows them to initiate service or to fill in coverage holes and to incrementally grow their systems, by adding low-cost Base Station Radios (BSRs) one by one."

The MicroMAX is Airspan's third AS.MAX Base Station, the others being MacroMAX and HiperMAX-Micro. MicroMAX complements the larger WiMAX Base Stations by being optimized for lower density deployment, such as rural areas, in-fill for coverage holes in Wireless, DSL and cable networks, Enterprise solutions and Public Safety applications.

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides fixed and mobile wireless voice and data systems and solutions, including Voice Over IP (VoIP). Its wireless products serve operators around the world in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands between 700MHz and 6GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the 802.11 a/b/g and the WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, including software upgradeability to Mobile WiMAX (the 802.16e-2005 standard). 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 with more than 350 operators in more than 100 countries. 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's new AS.TONE VoIP system is a carrier class, turnkey solution that provides carriers with Class 4, Class 5 and IP-Centrex solutions and has a Softswitch and Gateways supporting SIP/H323 and SIP. AS.Tone's design provides customers; carriers, next-generation telcos, cellular providers and ITSP with a wide range of solutions with the best price/performance system for IP telephony. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

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