SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

December 15, 2006 09:06 ET

Airspan Announces Selection of Wavecall's WaveSight Product for 3D Planning and Propagation Modeling of WiMAX Systems

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- December 15, 2006 -- Airspan Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN) today announced that it has made its final selection of 3D ray-tracing propagation models for use in its Fixed and Mobile WiMAX network deployments.

Airspan has chosen the WaveSight 3D model supplied by Wavecall SA of Switzerland for all RF modeling of WiMAX products in urban areas. The model is used by Airspan to plan the mass deployment of WiMAX in Urban and Suburban environments. This decision was made after extensive testing showed that the prediction accuracy of WaveSight (measured as a reduction in calibrated model standard deviation) was substantially better than that of other competing modeling products. Wavecall's responsiveness, positive customer support, and seamless integration of WaveSight into the planning tool deployed by Airspan -- Planet EV -- were other key factors in this selection.

"Wavecall's willingness to collaborate with Airspan in developing new features that exploit and model Airspan's range of WiMAX Base Stations and Client devices was an important factor in our decision," said Alastair Westgarth, Chief Technical Officer of Airspan Networks. "The fact that the WaveSight 3D model is suitable for all types of propagation environments (pico, micro and macro-cells) and that WaveSight uses well-known and open-format interfaces is extremely important to us. Accurate RF Planning is critical for the success of any network deployment, and Wavecall model allows us to set a new industry benchmark."

Commenting on this win, Karim Rizk, CEO of Wavecall, said: "Airspan's aggressive use of 3D propagation modeling in radio planning WiMAX networks and its need for high precision and accuracy in network planning were the main factors in this decision. Wavecall believes these factors are key to optimising site counts, controlling network costs, and reducing the expensive and damaging exercise of filling in previously unpredicted network holes/black-spots caused by poor prediction accuracy."

Airspan is currently using Ericsson's Planet EV and Wavecall's WaveSight to carry out 3D radio planning for large WiMAX network deployments in the UK, Japan, Australia, Malta and the US.

WiMAX™, WiMAX Forum™ and WiMAX Forum Certified™ are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum.

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 products meeting 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards, and WiMAX Forum Certified™ equipment that includes software upgradeability to the Mobile WiMAX™ 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 in more than 100 countries with more than 400 operators, 100 of which use Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified™ and non-certified products. 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 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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About Wavecall

Wavecall is a Swiss company, founded in 1997 at the Science Park of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, with offices in Holland and the United States. Wavecall is solely dedicated to radio propagation prediction and has been a market leader in propagation modeling for the wireless communication industry. Wavecall has delivered its propagation engine WaveSight to over 40 operators worldwide.

More information on Wavecall can be found at

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