DragonWave Inc.
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DragonWave Inc.
Barrett Xplore Inc.

Barrett Xplore Inc.

May 01, 2007 08:30 ET

DragonWave and Barrett Xplore Announce Strategic Partnership Agreement

Barrett Xplore Deploys DragonWave's Licensed Solution As The Cornerstone Of Their High-Capacity Backhaul Network

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - May 1, 2007) - DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI)(AIM:DWI) a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, and Barrett Xplore, Canada's largest and fastest growing rural broadband provider, today announced the signing of a Strategic Partnership Agreement. Under the terms of the agreement Barrett will use DragonWave's AirPair Flex product for their deployment of a wireless broadband network in rural towns and communities across Canada.

Barrett Xplore will use the AirPair Flex product as backhaul for a multipoint access network allowing Barrett to evolve their network to licensed backhaul architecture providing additional capacity to meet current and future needs. The first installations of the AirPair Flex into the network have already commenced.

"DragonWave's AirPair Flex platform is a solid, carrier-class, high capacity solution that helps us strengthen and expand our existing broadband network in Canada," said Jeff Burlock, Chief Technology Officer of Barrett Xplore. "Enhancing our backbone network with DragonWave's solution gives us the predictability of a highly reliable infrastructure that can easily be upgraded for future requirements at a reasonable cost."

"The need for interference free, licensed backhaul is gathering momentum, and we are extremely pleased to have been selected by Barrett Xplore," said Peter Allen, President and Chief Executive Officer of DragonWave. "We look forward to our continuing work with Barrett in cost-effectively expanding their network and helping the company achieve its mission of making much needed broadband services available to every Canadian."

DragonWave's products operate within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for customers' traffic. The DragonWave solution provides scalable, ultra-low latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity up to 500 Mbps full duplex. The system is extremely easy to deploy and manage, with a full suite of network management options. AirPair has indoor and outdoor deployment options, and is a highly reliable platform enabling 99.999% service availability.

Forward-Looking Statements

This release contains certain forward-looking information, including expectations of future business. This information is based on the company's current expectations and assumptions that are subject to a variety of risks and uncertainties that are difficult to predict and that may be beyond DragonWave's control. Actual results could differ materially from those expressed in any forward-looking statements due to factors such as customer demand and timing of purchasing decisions, increased levels of competition, technological changes and the successful development of new products, dependence on third-party manufacturers and suppliers, risks relating to intellectual property infringement claims, and other risks and factors identified in DragonWave's public filings with regulatory authorities. DragonWave assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements as a result of new information or future events."

About Barrett Xplore

Barrett Xplore - thru its Xplornet brand - is Canada's largest and fastest growing wireless broadband service provider serving rural and non-urban homes and businesses. Barrett's mission is to ensure every Canadian has access to fast, affordable and reliable broadband services. Barrett Xplore has completed in excess of 200 wireless broadband deployments in Canada, reaching 300 rural communities and covering 350,000 homes and businesses. In addition to its extensive wireless broadband coverage, it delivers high-speed Internet access using satellite technology everywhere in Canada.

About DragonWave

DragonWave designs, markets and supports broadband, wireless networking products for service providers and enterprises requiring reliable, predictable, interference-free, high-bandwidth transmission of real-time, IP applications. DragonWave products meet the demands of a wide range of applications as well as delivering a value proposition that enables operators and service providers an "invest as you grow" capability that leverages profitable growth. DragonWave is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada's high-technology capital. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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