SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

October 11, 2006 08:30 ET

Airspan's MicroMAX 3.5GHz FDD Base Station Is Now WiMAX Forum Certified™

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- October 11, 2006 --Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN) today announced that it has obtained Certification of its MicroMAX Base Station in the 3.5GHz FDD WiMAX profile from the WiMAX Forum.

With today's announcement, Airspan continues to build upon one of the most complete and extensive certified WiMAX offerings in the industry. MicroMAX will be commercially offered across TDD and FDD bands at 3.3-3.5GHz TDD, 5.8GHz TDD and 3.5GHz FDD. With this certification, which follows Airspan's recently announced successful participation in the WiMAX mobile plugfest, Airspan continues to demonstrate its commitment to certification and interoperability for both mobile and fixed WiMAX profiles.

Airspan first announced the launch of its MicroMAX base station in March 2006, and it has been aggressively pushing all of its WiMAX products towards WiMAX Certification to assure its customers that true interoperability will be a cornerstone of Airspan products. This base station is based on the high-performance SQN2010 WiMAX Forum Certified™ base station system design of Sequans, and was the first cost-optimized, pay-as-you-grow WiMAX solution available in the market place. It is designed to be located on utility poles or roof tops, providing point-to-multi-point WiMAX coverage from an all-outdoor base station to various subscriber station types, including Airspan's self-installable EasyST indoor and ProST outdoor subscriber stations. MicroMAX can be managed by Airspan's SNMP-based network management system (Netspan) using standard and Airspan MIBs or by a Web-based management system using standard Web browsers. It offers Service Providers and Network Operators a unique value proposition of very high performance at a very affordable price.

Alastair Westgarth, Airspan's Chief Technology Officer, commented: "With this achievement, Airspan continues to demonstrate that it is the leader in WiMAX certification of its systems. Interoperability is a measure of success for Airspan and the WiMAX industry at large, and is essential to the success of both Fixed and Mobile WiMAX. Airspan's goal is to make deployments of WiMAX networks easy, and by using our WiMAX Forum Certified™ products, our customers are assured of that result."

The MicroMAX is Airspan's third AS.MAX Base Station, the others being MacroMAX and HiperMAX. MicroMAX complements the larger WiMAX Base Stations by being optimized for lower density deployment, such as rural areas, in-fill for coverage holes in Wireless, DSL and cable networks, Enterprise solutions and Public Safety applications.

More information can be found at the WiMAX Forum website at

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides fixed and mobile wireless voice and data systems and solutions, 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, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the 802.11 a/b/g and the WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, including software upgradeability to Mobile WiMAX (the 802.16e-2005 standard). 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 with more than 350 operators in more than 100 countries. 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's new AS.TONE VoIP system is a carrier class, turnkey solution that provides carriers with Class 4, Class 5 and IP-Centrex solutions and has a Softswitch and Gateways supporting SIP/H323 and SIP. AS.Tone's design provides customers, carriers, next-generation telcos, cellular providers and ITSP with a wide range of solutions with the best price/performance system for IP telephony. 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.

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