Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks

January 19, 2006 20:59 ET

Aperto Networks Earns WiMAX Forum Certification; Aperto's PacketMAX 5000 Base Station Among Industry's First WiMAX Products Authorized to Carry the 'WiMAX Forum Certified' Logo

MILPITAS, Calif.--(CCNMatthews - Jan 19, 2006) -

Aperto Networks, developer of the world's most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, announced today that its carrier-class, PacketMAX (PM) 5000 base station has been declared WiMAX Forum Certified™ for IEEE 802.16-2004 by the WiMAX Forum™.

Certification confirms that a WiMAX device has complied with test documents generated by the WiMAX Forum, based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 and the ETSI HiperMAN standards. This status is granted only when a WiMAX device has satisfactorily passed a series of authorized conformance and interoperability tests. Cetecom in Malaga, Spain, is the official certification lab for the WiMAX Forum.

Aperto's PacketMAX 5000 base station, among the very first WiMAX industry products to be designated "WiMAX Forum Certified," is now market-approved and is authorized to carry the "WiMAX Forum Certified" logo.

"Aperto is proud to be among the first to earn certification by the WiMAX Forum, and we believe that certification will be a catalyst for major service provider deployments in the market," said Aperto chairman and CEO, Reza Ahy. "This is an important milestone for Aperto, the WiMAX Forum and the wireless industry."

"The real winners today are our customers," continued Ahy. "Certification means interoperability and compatibility. It means that customers can buy with confidence. Certification means that vendors like Aperto can compete and cooperate in a framework of open standards. We see a bright future ahead for Aperto, our customers and the entire WiMAX industry."

With certification, Aperto continues its tradition of WiMAX leadership. Aperto has been a key contributor and a founding Board member of the WiMAX Forum since its inception. The company has been a committed WiMAX advocate inclusive of being the Chair of the Service Provider Working Group, and an active member of the Certification Working Group, the Marketing Working Group and the Applications Working Group of the WiMAX Forum. Aperto is a founding member and multiple Chair of IEEE's 802.16 standard, Chair of the Physical Layer in ETSI HiperMAN, a leader and major contributor to the 802.16-2004 standard, and a key advocate of the IEEE 802.16e standard.

The new, standards-based WiMAX products, built predominantly with off-the-shelf components, are expected to lower the cost of vendor equipment to service providers, ultimately serving as a catalyst to ignite the global market demand for WiMAX solutions.

"The WiMAX era starts today! On behalf of the WiMAX Forum, the board and our 350+ member companies, we are pleased to announce that Aperto Networks' PacketMAX PM5000 Base Station now carries the WiMAX Forum Certified logo," said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. "Aperto has played a leading role in the development and ratification of the IEEE specification for WiMAX and has been a strong supporter of the WiMAX Forum and our efforts to advance the industry through certified interoperability."

As the certification process continues, Aperto will offer service providers around the world a growing range of WiMAX products and solutions, which will meet the needs of a wide array of users seeking broadband wireless Internet access, as well as video, data and voice in the home or office.

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps leading service providers deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband profitably by building the world's most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-class WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 200 customers in 65 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.

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