SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

March 28, 2007 09:00 ET

Airspan Extends Micro-Class WiMAX Base Station Leadership With New MicroMAX Frequencies and Products

Adds 3.3 and 5.4 GHz Support and MicroMAX Base Station Distribution Unit

ORLANDO, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- March 28, 2007 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based broadband wireless access networks, today announced the general availability of the class leading MicroMAX base station in additional frequency bands, enabling sales in the growing Indian subcontinent market in 3.3 GHz and in the unlicensed 5 GHz bands widely utilized in the United States and Latin America.

As part of Airspan's portfolio of WiMAX base stations, MicroMAX is a micro base station with a pay-as-you-grow architecture that allows operators to start from a single or very few Base Station Radios (BSR) and, as the demand for capacity increases, base stations are added to economically satisfy the demand.

Airspan has also commenced shipment of its popular Base Station Distribution Unit (BSDU) in a Micromax configuration. The BSDU enables data aggregation, centralized management and synchronization of multiple MicroMAX base station radios.

MicroMAX is available in a wide range of licensed, unlicensed and lightly licensed bands. With the introduction of the new bands, MicroMAX is now available in licensed bands 3.4-3.6 GHz FDD band, 3.3-3.5 GHz TDD band and 3.6-3.8 GHz FDD. In unlicensed bands, MicroMAX is available in 5.47-5.725 GHz TDD and 5.725-5.875 GHz TDD.

MicroMAX in the 5GHz bands enables operators and wireless service internet providers to deploy WiMAX technology without the potentially expensive cost of acquiring licensed spectrum. Unlike products historically used in this band, MicroMAX provides a superior wide area air interface 802.16 protocol designed specifically for high performance in sectors with a large number of subscriber units. In addition MicroMAX's use of 256 FFT OFDM provides superior multi-path immunity, and double the spectral efficiency of non WiMAX products that use 802.11 derived air interfaces.

Commenting on the announcement, Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's CEO and President, said, "We are pleased to have these new products and frequency variants that allow us to address these exciting new markets and get access to new customers. Our unique products in the unlicensed band will be able to serve a large addressable market in addition to the highly visible licensed bands."

Airspan Networks is exhibiting at the CTIA Wireless 07, booth number 2893.

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and broadband data systems and solutions for the fixed and mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi markets, 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. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes WiMAX Forum Certified equipment and products meeting 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards, Airspan's HiperMAX and MicroMAX base station products support portable and mobile 802.16e-2005 WiMAX alongside fixed and nomadic 802.16-2004 products. Airspan products also include "self install" and professionally installed customer premise equipment. 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 also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is an international telecommunications equipment provider headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

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