SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc.

May 02, 2007 13:42 ET

DBD Deutsche Breitband Dienste Expands Network With Airspan's WiMAX Products in Germany

Country-Wide Deployment of WiMAX Continuing Momentum

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 2, 2007 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based broadband wireless access networks, today announced expansion orders received from DBD Deutsche Breitband Dienste GmbH ("DBD") of Germany, for the deployment of Airspan's WiMAX products. DBD has placed orders for over 500 additional base stations and a significant number of subscriber terminals.

DBD, Germany's first and largest WiMAX operator, provides broadband access services using Airspan's WiMAX technology in the 3.5GHz band, for both residential and enterprise customers. DBD has now rolled out services in more than forty networks, the largest deployment being in Berlin, where subscribers enjoy the freedom of wireless Internet access at highly competitive prices.

In addition, DBD is one of the first operators to deploy Airspan's VoiceMAX technology on a WiMAX network. VoiceMAX gives operators the ability to deliver carrier-grade VoIP services through a software suite that provides VoIP admission control, which monitors the user experience of voice calls over WiMAX networks. VoiceMAX enables wireless operators to prevent network congestion and prevents data traffic from degrading voice quality as the network is loaded with IP traffic. With VoiceMAX, DBD can guarantee high quality and consistent voice services to its subscribers at any time.

"This additional commitment from DBD demonstrates Airspan's leading position in delivering voice and data WiMAX solutions that are reliable and easily deployable. Airspan's WiMAX products have allowed DBD to strengthen its leadership in rolling out WiMAX broadband infrastructure in Germany," said Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's president and chief executive officer.

Commenting on the transaction, Fabio Zoffi, founder and chief executive officer of DBD, said "Airspan has delivered proven quality WiMAX products to DBD that have allowed our network and our subscriber base to grow extremely fast. With the recent introduction of a bundled service including high quality voice services (VoIP), we expect even more customers to enjoy the freedom offered by wireless, all IP, communication over our WiMAX networks."

About DBD Deutsche Breitband Dienste GmbH ("DBD")

DBD Deutsche Breitband Dienste GmbH is a telecommunications company operating across Germany. As a pioneer of the WiMAX wireless broadband access technology, DBD provides residential customers and SMEs with easy-to-use and inexpensive high-speed wireless Internet access and voice services. Supported by its strategic investor Intel, DBD operates wireless networks in both metropolitan areas (under the MAXXonair brand) and rural areas (under the DSLonair brand) across Germany. The company was founded in August 2003 and its headquarters are located in Heidelberg, Germany. More information on DBD's technology and services is available at www.MAXXonair.de and www.DSLonair.de.

About Airspan Networks, Inc.

Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and broadband data systems and solutions for the fixed and mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi markets, 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. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes WiMAX Forum Certified equipment and products meeting 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards, Airspan's HiperMAX and MicroMAX base station products support portable and mobile 802.16e-2005 WiMAX alongside fixed and nomadic 802.16-2004 products. Airspan products also include "self install" and professionally installed customer premise equipment. 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 in more than 100 countries with more than 400 operators, 100 of which use Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified and non-certified products. 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 also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is an international telecommunications equipment provider headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida.

More information on Airspan can be found at http://www.airspan.com

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