SOURCE: SEQUANS Communications

September 12, 2005 11:21 ET

Airspan and Sequans Successfully Complete Interoperability Test Accelerating Them Through WiMAX Forum Certification

Full MAC and PHY Interoperability Achieved

PARIS -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 12, 2005 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN) and Sequans Communications today announced that both companies have completed thorough interoperability test designed to support the official WiMAX Forum™ certification process between Airspan's EasyST and ProST CPEs and AS.MAX MicroMAX-SOC Base Station.

An end-to-end connection was achieved between the 3.5 GHz FDD MicroMAX-SOC Base Station, which is based on the Sequans silicon solution and Airspan's self-install indoor EasyST, and Outdoor ProST. The purpose of the interoperability test was to bring Sequans and Airspan to a level of system maturity and compliancy with IEEE 802.16-2004 that will allow Airspan to rapidly achieve certification for its Micro-cell WiMAX product. The test was successfully completed and proved cross-vendor compatibility at both PHY and MAC layers.

Bernard Aboussouan, VP Marketing and Business Development at Sequans Communications, said: "The success of the WiMAX industry depends on interoperability between different vendor's equipment. Airspan and Sequans have successfully reached compatibility demonstrating the first operating end-to-end WiMAX solution. Together we will continue working towards WiMAX certification."

WiMAX Forum Certification testing is underway at Cetecom labs in Spain, and the first WiMAX Forum Certified™ products -- those that are certified as conformant to the standard and interoperable with other vendors' products -- are expected to be available in the November/December timeframe.

In just one year, Sequans has met a challenging time-to-market goal in providing high-performance WiMAX silicon and software, has performed successful cross-vendor interoperability tests, shipped its equipment to CETECOM Labs for validation and conformance testing, and is the only chip vendor providing an end-to-end WiMAX solution.

Assaf Touboul, Director of System Engineering at Airspan Networks, said: "The end-to-end WiMAX capabilities place Airspan in the best position to implement WiMAX technology solutions globally. We're very excited to work with Sequans because they are the front-runners and thought leaders in the WiMAX arena and this relationship has enhanced our product portfolio."

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and data systems and solutions, including Voice Over IP (VoIP), to 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 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. The Company has deployments with more than 300 operators in more than 95 countries. Airspan's systems are based on radio technology that delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading. Airspan's 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 headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom. More information on Airspan can be found at www.airspan.com.

About Sequans

SEQUANS Communications (www.sequans.com) is a fabless semiconductor company created by a team of seasoned experts to become the leading supplier of silicon and software for Broadband Wireless Access. By providing integrated PHY and MAC solutions that seamlessly fit into system vendors' designs, Sequans greatly lowers cost of ownership of base stations and subscriber stations. Sequans delivers a standards-based solution, compliant with the requirements of the WiMAX Forum™. It also incorporates additional features for increased coverage and mobility, thus lowering deployment costs and enabling fixed, nomadic/portable and mobile applications.

Contact Information

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