SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

March 03, 2010 09:46 ET

Airspan WiMAX Selected by Alaska Operator ASTAC

Serving Eight Traditional Native Communities and the Petroleum Industry on the North Slope of Alaska With Next-Generation Services

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - March 3, 2010) -  Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless access networks, announced today that Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC), an Alaskan telecommunications company, has purchased Airspan's advanced technology WiMAX equipment through systems integrator Stutler Technologies Corp.

Utilizing Airspan's WiMAX solution, ASTAC provides Alaska's North Slope communities and industries with a true broadband experience, enabling homes and businesses to access high-speed Internet, carrier class Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and nomadic capabilities. Serving Alaskans with telecommunications can often be challenging due the natural topography and severe weather conditions. Airspan provides WiMAX equipment that communicates over wide distances and can endure extreme weather temperatures, making this WiMAX solution ideal for ASTAC and their customers.

ASTAC owns the largest 700 MHz license in Alaska. With Airspan's 700 MHz MicroMAX WiMAX base station, ASTAC is able to leverage the license and deploy a broadband solution whose propagation characteristics allow for miles of broadband coverage -- serving customers up to 30 miles away from a Base Station. Based in a unique environment, ASTAC serves not only homes and traditional businesses, but also serves demanding customers such as the petroleum industry and global warming research centers.

"ASTAC has been serving the Prudhoe Bay oil field area with Airspan equipment for over 4 years. With harsh weather conditions, limited wired infrastructure and often only seasonal ice road access, companies on the slope have limited broadband access options. Working with Stutler Technologies to deploy Airspan equipment, ASTAC is able to continuously provide faster, more reliable broadband wireless services to these companies," commented Charlie Carpenter, Chief Network Officer of ASTAC.

"We have been very excited to work with ASTAC. They have some of the most challenging connectivity scenarios, but by coupling Airspan's highly developed and mature technology with Stutler's deployment experience, we have been able to supply ASTAC with an ideal solution to help them operate a successful business and grow their customer base," stated J.J. Stutler, CEO of Stutler Technologies.

"Airspan solutions are built to serve a wide variety of applications. Our product portfolio serves customers operating in the 700 MHz band, as used by ASTAC, up to the 5.9 GHz band. The inherent advantages of our advanced WiMAX solutions are the extended coverage, higher speeds, mobility and triple-play applications which are gained through a solution that is modular, quick to deploy and has a low cost of ownership, maximizing ROI and minimizing expenses," commented Amit Ancikovsky, President of Sales and Products for Airspan. "Stutler is one of our most experienced partners. Together we have addressed the needs of hundreds of operators across 44 states. We look forward to our continued shared growth."

About Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC)
Residing in the most northern portion of Alaska, ASTAC covers 93,000 square miles with telecommunications services. With over 25 years experience, ASTAC delivers reliable, quality services to the villages, towns and oil fields of the region. The cooperative strives to incorporate the newest technologies with the mission of best serving their customer base and bringing enhancements that improve their quality of life.

About Stutler Technologies Corp.
Stutler Technologies is one of the largest US system integrators for major wireless equipment manufacturers and specializes in complete RF, telephony, networking and tower services as well as continued customer network education and support. Stutler Technologies caters to the needs and issues of the rural telephone community and actively works with both licensed and unlicensed fixed applications. With specific expertise in the 700 MHz and 3.65 GHz frequency bands, Stutler has nationwide deployments in 39 states and with over 60 700 MHz license holders.

About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) 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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