DragonWave Inc.

DragonWave Inc.

September 24, 2007 08:50 ET

DragonWave's Airpair Unite Converges Ethernet and TDM Traffic on Single, Wireless IP Stream

AirPair Unite cuts capital and operational costs for supporting mixed services

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 24, 2007) - DragonWave Inc. (TSX:DWI)(AIM:DWI), a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced the general availability of AirPair Unite. The new DragonWave solution converges Ethernet and Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) traffic across a single wireless, Internet Protocol (IP) stream. By cutting in half the equipment required to backhaul traffic, AirPair Unite dramatically reduces a wireless service provider's or enterprise's capital and operational expenses for transporting mixed services.

AirPair Unite will be showcased during this year's WiMax World Forum in Chicago, Illinois September 25-27 in DragonWave Inc.'s booth number 908.

"Backhaul and platform convergence is one of our most important goals," said Todd Graetz, CEO with transAria. "Transporting different traffic types independently of one another results in a host of inefficiencies. For example, more truck rolls must take place in order to perform traffic-rate adjustments or to find and address issues. So the ability to converge TDM and Ethernet traffic via AirPair Unite is a very compelling option."

AirPair Unite is a single indoor unit deployed at the network edge. A wireless service provider or an enterprise such as a municipality, educational institution or healthcare provider would deploy the DragonWave Unite pseudowire solution to converge Ethernet and TDM traffic over a wireless IP connection. By integrating Ethernet and TDM transport functionality via AirPair Unite, a user deploys, manages and maintains less equipment.

The DragonWave solution aggregates low-order interfaces such as T1 at the network edge to higher rates such as DS3 and OC3 in the core. And, as traffic rates inevitably change, adjustments are necessary only at the network edge with AirPair Unite, reducing the network operator's "cost of churn."

"The growth in 3G and WiMAX network deployments is overtaxing traditional backhaul infrastructure, driving high operational costs and damaging service performance," said Alan Solheim, vice president of product management at DragonWave. "AirPair Unite is designed to relieve these problems. It's a powerful, highly reliable and cost-effectively scalable pseudowire solution that halves the equipment necessary to support Ethernet and TDM traffic."

DragonWave's AirPair Unite operates 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 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.

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 is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe and North America. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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