SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

July 28, 2006 18:24 ET

Airspan Announces Appointment of Julianne M. Biagini to Its Board of Directors

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 28, 2006 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of broadband wireless access networks, including WiMAX-standard systems, today announced the appointment, of Julianne M. Biagini as a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit and Nominating and Governance Committees of the Company. The appointment is effective August 1st, 2006.

Ms. Biagini has been employed by Endwave Corporation since 1994, is currently an Executive Vice President, and served five years as Chief Financial Officer from May 2001 through April 2006. Endwave is a publicly traded company that designs, manufactures, and markets RF modules that enable the transmission, reception and processing of high-frequency signals in telecommunications networks, defense electronics and homeland security systems. From 1992 until 1994, Ms. Biagini was the manager of Accounting and Tax at Exponent, Inc., an engineering and scientific consulting firm. Prior to 1992, Ms. Biagini worked at KPMG as a tax specialist. Ms. Biagini serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the American Electronics Association and is chairperson of the Silicon Valley/Northern California Council. Ms. Biagini is a registered C.P.A. in the state of California with a B.S. in business administration from San Jose State University and an M.B.A. from Santa Clara University.

The Company believes that, with the appointment of Ms. Biagini to the Company's Audit Committee, the Company has regained compliance with the Nasdaq's audit committee composition requirements for continued listing as set forth in Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350. Pursuant to Nasdaq Marketplace Rule 4350(d), the Company's Audit Committee is required to be comprised of at least three members, at least one of which is financially sophisticated.

"We are very pleased that Julie has agreed to join the Airspan Board," said Matt Desch, Chairman of the Board of Airspan. "Her experience in manufacturing and telecommunications, coupled with her financial background, will help support Airspan's continued growth and strengthen our governance processes."

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides fixed and 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 700 MHz and 6 GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the new WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, and software upgradeability to 802.16e from the time the WiMAX products are introduced. Airspan is on the Board and a founder member of the WiMAX Forum. Through its newly acquired Radionet division, the company also offers 802.11-based metrozone networks and applications for various enterprise vertical markets. 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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