DragonWave Inc.

DragonWave Inc.

September 09, 2008 07:15 ET

Altitude Infrastructure Selects DragonWave to Support WimMAX Growth in France



September 9, 2008

Altitude Infrastructure Selects DragonWave to Support WimMAX Growth in France

DragonWave's success demonstrates IP Backhaul continues to be the preferred solution for WiMAX

OTTAWA, CANADA--(Marketwire - Sept. 9, 2008) - DragonWave Inc. ("DragonWave") (TSX:DWI)(AIM:DWI) a
leading global supplier of next-generation point to point microwave radio systems, today announced
that Altitude Infrastructure, a subsidiary of Altitude Group, has selected DragonWave products to
provide high capacity Ethernet backhaul as part of its rollout of WiMAX broadband services across

Altitude has pioneered WiMAX service introduction in France. Its first deployments took place in 2004.
To date, DragonWave's Ethernet backhaul solution has been selected for four regional deployments in
the Departement de la Haute Garonne, Departement des Deux Sevres, Departement du Jura and Departement
des Pyrenees Atlantiques.

"WiMAX has matured beyond the developmental stage. Today it is being selected as a legitimate
broadband access option by more and more French customers. To accommodate this growth we required the
highest performance IP backhaul solution available." said Fabrice Ballart, Directeur General with
Altitude Infrastructure. "A broad portfolio of frequency options provides the flexibility we need to
introduce WiMAX in any region. Its superior payload-per-hertz efficiency means we can optimize our
spectrum usage and overall backhaul investment without compromising the end user experience. These
benefits have helped fuel our business and provide a better return on network investments."

Customer uptake in Altitude Telecom's services has intensified across business and residential
markets. The operator recently announced it is accepting hundreds of new orders per month and this
year plans to double the number of base stations in its WiMAX network to six hundred.

Altitude Infrastructure is deploying DragonWave's AirPair products operating in licensed frequencies
between 6 and 38 GHz. These products ensure interference-free performance, ultra-low latency to
support real-time services, and scaleable Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps. Extremely easy to
deploy and manage, DragonWave products come with a full suite of network management options, and can
be engineered to provide 99.999% service availability.

The deployment expands DragonWave's growing market presence in Europe. "Operators in more and more
markets are validating our IP backhaul solutions as the state-of-the-art, high-capacity transport
option for 3G and 4G base stations," said Peter Allen, president and CEO of DragonWave. "We will
continue to work closely with Altitude to assist in its expansion plans in France and with WiMAX
operators throughout Europe and other international markets."

About Altitude Telecom

The Altitude Group, wholly owned by its founder Jean-Paul Riviere, is a major French telecoms
organization. With its subsidiaries, Altitude Telecom and Altitude Infrastructure, the group provides
services and support for business consumers and infrastructure projects run by regional government

For more information please visit www.altitudetelecom.fr.

About DragonWave Inc.

DragonWave(TM) is a leading provider of high-capacity wireless Ethernet equipment used in emerging IP
networks. DragonWave designs, develops, and markets carrier-grade microwave radio frequency networking
equipment that wirelessly transmit broadband voice, video and other data.  DragonWave's wireless
Ethernet products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to
an existing fiber-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave's
products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for
DragonWave's products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and
enterprise networks. DragonWave's corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales
locations in Europe, Middle East and North America.

The company's web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com.



DragonWave Inc.
Nadine Kittle
Marketing Communications
613-599-9991 ext 2262


Interprose Public Relations
(for DragonWave)
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Canaccord Adams Limited
Andrew Chubb
44 20 7050 6500


Altitude Telecom
Xavier Leboulanger
02 76 51 12 11


Presse & Technologies
(for Altitude)
Emmanuelle Renauld
01 56 56 64 64

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