SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

December 30, 2008 08:53 ET

Airspan Selected for WiMAX Network in Okinawa, Japan

Serving Residents With High-Speed Internet Access

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - December 30, 2008) - Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks, announced today that Okinawa Telemessage Co. Ltd., a leading broadband access service provider in Okinawa, Japan, launched a WiMAX Network using Airspan solutions with plans to address the fast-growing demand for high-quality broadband services.

Beginning with Nanjo City, Okinawa Telemessage will provide more than 500,000 households in Okinawa Prefecture with high-speed broadband access. Operating in the 4.95 GHz frequency band, the WiMAX network deployment is well underway and, upon completion, will consist of more than two hundred Airspan base stations spread over Okinawa Island. The Airspan WiMAX system was selected by Okinawa Telemessage for its flexibility, frequency band availability and the inherent cost-savings offered by wireless-based broadband infrastructure.

The network was launched in an official inauguration ceremony on December 25th in the city hall of Nanjo City, Okinawa, Japan. Attending the ceremony were the mayor of Nanjo City, many government officials and executives from both Okinawa Telemessage and Airspan Networks.

This project benefitted from Japan's government broadband policy. The government's 'u-Japan' broadband strategy provides for money or tax incentives to cities to deploy broadband with the hopes of completing full broadband coverage to the entire nation by 2010. Nanjo City provided Okinawa Telemessage with roof-top property for placement of base stations, as well as city-owned fiber optic backhauling.

"A robust and reliable infrastructure solution is needed in an island-wide deployment such as this. Airspan solutions have exceeded our expectations and will help us meet our goals in expanding broadband services to the entire Okinawa Prefecture," stated Fumikatu Miyagi, President and CEO of Okinawa Telemessage Co.

"As we expand our presence in Asia Pacific, we welcome this opportunity in Okinawa," said Henrik Smith-Petersen, Airspan's President of Asia Pacific. "Our WiMAX solutions provide top-quality data services and we are happy to play a part in bringing broadband to the residents of the island."

About Okinawa Telemessage, Co. Ltd

Located in Okinawa, Japan, Okinawa Telemessage Co. was established in 1986 as a paging service provider. Since its inception, the Company has expanded its portfolio and is now operating as an Internet Service Provider, targeting the overall Okinawa Prefecture with ADSL and advanced Internet access services.

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan is a leading WiMAX pure player and the solution-provider of choice for some of the world's largest WiMAX deployments. Developing leading-edge technology for broadband access and IP-telephony, Airspan continues to supply operators around the world with best-of-breed solutions. With direct sales offices throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, a worldwide network of resellers and agents, and partnership alliances with major OEMs, Airspan boasts over 100 commercial WiMAX deployments worldwide.

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