SOURCE: Aperto Networks

May 16, 2007 06:00 ET

Aperto Participates in WiMAX Forum® Third Mobile WiMAX™ PlugFest

SOPHIA ANTIPOLIS, FRANCE -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 16, 2007 -- Aperto® Networks, builder of the world's most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units for fixed, portable, and mobile applications, today announced that it is participating in the WiMAX Forum's third public Mobile WiMAX PlugFest in Sophia Antipolis, France. The company is testing its latest single-sector base station against products from other companies to ensure interoperability for WiMAX Forum established system profiles based on the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standard.

"Participating in WiMAX Forum's PlugFest series is crucial to our success," said Manish Gupta, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Aperto Networks and WiMAX Forum board member. "We are committed to remaining at the forefront of WiMAX technology and these forums help ensure interoperability with our growing ecosystem of partners."

At previous WiMAX Forum PlugFests, Aperto tested its multi-sector PacketMAX 5000 and single sector PacketMAX 3000 base stations. The PacketMAX 5000 is the industry's highest density base station and the only carrier-grade base station that can support both the IEEE802.16-2004 and IEEE802.16e-2005 WiMAX standards simultaneously.

"With 34 companies participating in this latest WiMAX Forum PlugFest, we are seeing strong growth in the number of interoperable products and increased success during testing," said Ron Resnick, President and Chairman of the WiMAX Forum. "Thanks to our member companies and PlugFest attendees, including Aperto, we are on track to begin certifying mobile WiMAX products later this year. WiMAX Forum Certified mobile products will be interoperable, which is key in order to enhance the user experience while decreasing operator investment and consumer costs for broadband anywhere, anytime."

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps service providers worldwide profitably deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband services by building the world's most advanced fixed, portable, and mobile WiMAX Forum Certified 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 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 250 customers in 70 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit us at http://www.apertonet.com/.

About the WiMAX Forum

The WiMAX Forum® is an industry-led, not-for-profit organization formed to certify and promote the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products based upon the harmonized IEEE 802.16/ETSI HiperMAN standard. A WiMAX Forum goal is to accelerate the introduction of these systems into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum Certified™ products are interoperable and support broadband fixed, portable, nomadic and mobile services. Along these lines, the WiMAX Forum works closely with service providers and regulators to ensure that WiMAX Forum Certified systems meet customer and government requirements.

"WiMAX Forum" is a registered trademark of the WiMAX Forum. "WiMAX," the WiMAX Forum logo, "WiMAX Forum Certified," and the WiMAX Forum Certified logo are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. "Aperto Networks" is a registered trademark of Aperto Networks. The Aperto Logo and "PacketMAX" are trademarks of Aperto Networks. All other trademarks are the properties of their respective owners.

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