SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

November 21, 2005 12:45 ET

Airspan Delivers AS.MAX for Commercial WiMAX Deployments

World's First Fully Nomadic 802.16-2004 WiMAX Product Line Designed for Indoor Self-Installable CPEs, Now Shipping in Volume

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- November 21, 2005 -- Airspan Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks and carrier class Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, today announced the commercial availability of the world's first fixed and nomadic WiMAX product range that links desktop PCs, laptops, internet-ready telephone sets and other broadband devices directly to telecommunications networks.

The AS.MAX product range consists of Macro and Micro base stations and indoor and outdoor customer premises equipment (CPE), and has been extensively tested world-wide by "Beta" customers over a five-month period. Product verification and system proving is complete and the product is now "Generally Available" and ready to ship to customers on standard lead times directly from Airspan or via its WiMAX partners.

The AS.MAX products are currently being tested by Cetecom, the WiMAX Forum Certification Laboratory, as part of the laboratory set-up activities and as a platform for the development and verification of the WiMAX Forum Certification conformance test scripts. Airspan also participated in the 2nd WiMAX Forum Public Plugfest, where AS.MAX achieved interoperability with equipment made by three other vendors. AS.MAX CPEs and base stations were successfully shown to support video streaming at speeds greater than 7Mbit/s.

Eric Stonestrom, CEO and President of Airspan Networks, said: "It is very exciting to see this ground-breaking WiMAX product line ship to customers. We have been pleased by the level of early demand, which is driving us to manufacture hundreds of base station sectors and thousands of CPEs per month. Demand has exceeded our initial expectations, and demonstrates that service providers and network operators have been waiting for a 'real' 802.16-2004 WiMAX solution with the ability to support both outdoor and indoor, self-installable CPEs."

AS.MAX is the world's first commercial end-to-end system to fully support the IEEE standard 802.16-2004, the standard on which WiMAX Forum Certified™ products will be based. IEEE 802.16-2004 includes important functions that allow both fixed and nomadic services to be provided to both traditional outdoor fixed CPEs and new, plug-and-play, self-installable Indoor WiMAX modems like EasyST.

"MacroMAX is the first WiMAX base station that can provide in-building coverage to indoor self-installable CPEs like EasyST," said Paul Senior, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management. "Advanced linear power amplifiers and multi-channel transmit and receive diversity are combined with uplink sub-channelisation and full dynamic modulation to enable MacroMAX to deliver a 160dB link budget, enough to provide proper indoor coverage."

"Our EasyST is a WiMAX first," continued Senior. "Airspan's focus on an indoor WiMAX modem that can be installed by the end user creates a much more compelling business case for an operator. It required us to deliver a full implementation of the fixed and nomadic characteristics of 802.16-2004, supporting Auto-connect, Auto-configuration and Auto-provisioning. This set of capabilities is unique in the marketplace."

Senior concluded that "ProST-WiFi is another industry first. The best way to build a city-wide Wi-Fi Hotzone is to use a combination of WiMAX and Wi-Fi. The ProST-WiFi combines both technologies into a single integrated unit that makes it cost effective and easy to install, while still delivering QoS and high-end networking features required for carrier-class service offerings."

The AS.MAX product range, which is designed to be WiMAX Forum Certified™, is a complete portfolio of Base Stations and CPEs. Commercially Available AS.MAX Products include:

MacroMAX -- High Performance Macro Cell Base Station

--  Full 802.16-2004 Software Defined Radio for Fixed and Nomadic
    Operation
--  3.5 GHz FDD Operation ( > 10Mbit/s Net on Downlink and Uplink
    simultaneously)
--  High Performance Radio System (+37dBm Output Power, -- 103dBm Rx
    Sensitivity)
--  Multi-Channel Transmit and Receive Diversity
--  Full support for BPSK to 64QAM Dynamic Modulation on Downlink and
    Uplink
--  Full QoS Support (including CIR and MIR)
--  Support for Uplink Sub-Channelisation
    
EasyST -- Indoor, Self-Installable Nomadic WiMAX CPEs
--  Full 802.16-2004 Fixed and Nomadic Operation
--  3.5 GHz FDD Operation ( > 10Mbit/s Net, shared over uplink and
    downlink)
--  HD-FDD CPE based on Intel ProWireless 5116 Silicon
--  High Performance Radio (+24dBm Output Power, -- 103dBm Rx Sensitivity)
--  Support for BPSK to 64QAM Dynamic Modulation on Downlink and Uplink
--  Advanced Antenna System with Uplink Sub-channelisation and Switched
    Diversity
--  Integral SIM Card Reader
    
ProST and ProST-WiFi -- Outdoor Fixed WiMAX CPEs
--  Full 802.16-2004 Fixed and Nomadic Operation
--  3.5 GHz FDD Operation ( > 10Mbit/s Net, shared over uplink and
    downlink)
--  HD-FDD CPE based on Intel ProWireless 5116 Silicon
--  High Performance Radio (+23dBm Output Power, -- 103dBm Rx Sensitivity)
--  Support for 64QAM Dynamic Modulation on Downlink and Uplink
--  High Gain Antenna Options (15dBi and 18dBi) with Uplink Sub-
    channelisation
--  ProST-WiFi: Integrated 802.11b/g Access Point, support for Multi-SSIDs
    and VLANs.
    
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 300 operators in more than 95 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 i-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. i-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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