DragonWave Inc.
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DragonWave Inc.

September 10, 2007 09:02 ET

DragonWave's AirPair Solution Gives COTA Scalable, High-Availability IP Network for All Video, Data and Voice Services

Spanish telecommunications operator deploys DragonWave to cost-effectively converge legacy and emerging offerings on wireless backhaul links

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI) (AIM:DWI), a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced that Consorcio de Telecomunicaciones Avanzadas S.A. (COTA), a regional telecommunications operator in Spain, has deployed DragonWave's AirPair solution to converge legacy video and new data and voice services for subscribers in Spain's Murcia region. COTA estimates that it has saved 67 percent in monthly recurring costs and improved application performance by 70 percent by deploying DragonWave's technology to establish high-availability wireless backhaul links for supporting a complete array of Internet Protocol (IP) services.

"This new digital transport network is now the single highway from which we deliver all of our services across Murcia," said Jose-Manuel Vericat, COTA General Manager. "We investigated a variety of IP products for the network, but we selected DragonWave's solution because its price-performance ratio is unmatched. AirPair is a proven, native-Ethernet solution that gives us a highly resilient ring architecture. Plus, the DragonWave solution was quick and easy to install, and new applications and additional capacity can be introduced simply and cost-effectively."

The AirPair deployment of 31 high-capacity backhaul links across COTA's network consists of four interconnected rings. In this deployment, each link can be scaled to 300 Megabits-per-second (Mbps) of capacity without interrupting existing services. DragonWave's capacity migration path allows a further expansion to deliver more than 1 Gbps per link, all without having to change any of the radio units. DragonWave's support for in-service scalability was critically important in COTA's choice, as the company plans to introduce new IP-based offerings such as regional FM radio and surveillance-video services and resell unused network capacity to local service providers in Murcia.

"AirPair enables COTA to capitalize on IP convergence. Our solution provides COTA with a powerful, flexible and resilient foundation to cost-effectively support any current or future service," said Alan Solheim, vice president of product management at DragonWave. "COTA's deployment of AirPair is a new win for our solution in Spain. It strengthens our position as a supplier to the regional network operator".

DragonWave's Horizon Compact and AirPair product operates within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies in the 11-to-38-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for customers' traffic. The DragonWave solutions provide scalable, ultra-low latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity up to 800 Mbps full duplex and is a highly reliable platform enabling 99.999% service availability. The system is extremely easy to deploy and manage, with a full suite of network management options. AirPair has indoor and outdoor deployment configurations, while Horizon Compact features a zero-footprint, the radio and modem are integrated into one single compact out-door-unit.

About COTA

Consorcio de Telecomunicaciones Avanzadas S.A. (COTA) is a wireless operator headquartered in Murcia in the South of Spain created in 2005. Since 2006, COTA has been in charge of broadcasting analog TV signal for the regional public TV network as well as the multi channel digital TV programs of TDT Autonomico. Ultimately, the objective of COTA is to become the leading regional operator and participate to the development of the information highway in the Murcia region. The company's Web site is http: //www.redcota.net

About DragonWave Inc.

DragonWave™ 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 fibre-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 are located in Ottawa, Ontario, and have sales locations in Europe and North America. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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