SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.
September 19, 2007 09:02 ET
Airspan Introduces MiMAX™ - Quad-Band, Mobile WiMAX MIMO Device Family
BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - September 19, 2007) - Airspan Networks Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a
leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based broadband wireless
access networks, announced its next generation personal Mobile WiMAX client
device family called MiMAX™. The first product in this family is the
MiMAX USB, a USB2.0 based device that turns any laptop into a high
performance Mobile WiMAX client.
The MiMAX USB is a ground-breaking product that will enable end-users to
connect to virtually every Mobile WiMAX network that is deployed worldwide,
and supports all of the target Wave 2 MIMO Mobile WiMAX certification
profiles (2.3 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.3 - 3.8 GHz, and 4.9 - 5.8 GHz). This
capability enables service providers to offer roaming services across
multiple WiMAX networks regardless of the frequency band used.
This incredibly slim device measuring just 98mm x 36mm x 8mm - around 28cc,
is one of the world's first WiMAX USB devices. The device is light and easy
to carry, making it an ideal companion for the laptop-carrying traveller.
The device is powered, via the USB port by the host computer. Its low power
consumption and support for Mobile WiMAX idle and sleep modes means that
while battery life is conserved, the MiMAX USB still delivers +22dBm at
2.3, 2.5 and 3.5 GHz and +17dBm at 5 GHz.
At the heart of the MiMAX USB design is support for both licensed and
unlicensed frequencies. This enables the use of indoor unlicensed 5.X GHz
Mobile WiMAX Pico and Femto cells to supplement outdoor coverage from Macro
and Micro cell sites, ensuring that WiMAX provides good indoor coverage.
Limited spectrum allocations and the technical challenges of
synchronization mean that using licensed spectrum can sometimes be
difficult while unlicensed Mobile WiMAX provides a simple and convenient
Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's chief executive officer, said, "We believe that
our new MiMAX USB device will set a new industry standard for performance,
functionality and style and confirms our leadership position in WiMAX end
user devices. This new product builds upon the success we had with our
Indoor WiMAX Modem, the EasyST, which is capable of supporting both Fixed
and Mobile WiMAX applications."
Airspan has also announced the first MiMAX accessory, called the MiMAX
Finder. The MiMAX finder enables users to detect WiMAX networks before
switching on their PC. The MiMAX finder delivers detailed graphical
information on available Mobile WiMAX networks so the end user can
determine which network is the best choice. The accessory also doubles as a
desktop cradle and improves signal reception by allowing the MiMAX USB to
be placed away from the laptop using a standard USB cable.
The MiMAX USB will be showcased alongside HiperMAX, running Mobile WiMAX,
at the upcoming WiMAX World USA show, held in Chicago from September 25 to
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. More information on Airspan
can be found at http://www.airspan.com.
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