SOURCE: Airspan Networks, Inc

May 11, 2006 11:07 ET

Kiva Networks Trials Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified™ Technology and Primus Telecommunications Voice Over IP Service in Denver, Colorado

BOCA RATON, FL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 11, 2006 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide equipment provider of broadband wireless access networks, including WiMAX standard systems, announced today the implementation of a successful WiMAX trial by Kiva Networks.

Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified™ AS.MAX platform was deployed using an experimental license in the 3.5GHz band from a main Kiva Networks location to multiple areas around the downtown Cherry Creek Business District in Denver to test fixed broadband data and Voice over IP service over WIMAX, utilizing PRIMUS Telecommunications, Inc.'s (Nasdaq: PRTL) Premium Enterprise hosted VoIP service, as well as portable/nomadic service utilizing Airspan's self-installable EasyST subscriber radio. "We are very satisfied with Airspan's WIMAX access products and very impressed by the performance of the EasyST. Airspan is the only company with a WiMAX customer premises radio that can be installed by our subscribers, thereby allowing nomadic broadband service, which is very important to an operator's business model. We see WiMAX as an important extension of our existing Wi-Fi network. It will give consumers, businesses and public safety entities the ability to conduct carrier-class voice calls as well as utilize broadband IP service in a cost-effective manner," stated Bob Letson, Technology Director for Kiva Networks.

"Primus Telecommunications is pleased to work with Kiva and Airspan to test our Voice over IP services over one of the first WiMAX-certified test networks in the US. We believe WiMAX service will allow new operator entrants the ability to offer carrier class voice services. These high-quality networks should effectively compete with existing copper networks providing a low cost, feature rich converged service alternative for business and government entities," stated Joe DiMaio, Vice President Enterprise Solutions for PRIMUS Telecommunications.

"We are experiencing strong growth in our WiMAX business, particularly in international markets where WiMAX frequencies have been made available and where our WiMAX Forum Certified™ platform can therefore be deployed commercially. Testing our products in the U.S. allows our customers to gain confidence in the technology and in their ability to offer carrier-class services over a WIMAX network. Successful trials like this one with Kiva and Primus demonstrate that Airspan is well positioned to launch its WiMAX products in the US this year, and give us valuable experience and momentum in the market," said Eric Stonestrom, President and Chief Executive Officer of Airspan Networks.

WiMAX Forum™ and WiMAX Forum Certified™ are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum.

About Airspan Networks

Airspan Networks provides fixed and wireless voice and data systems and solutions, 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, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes WiMAX Forum Certified™ 802.16 solutions and offerings compliant with the 802.11 a/b/g. Our AS.MAX WiMAX product also includes software upgradeability to Mobile WiMAX (the 802.16e-2005 standard). 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 with more than 350 operators in more than 100 countries. 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's new AS.Tone VoIP system is a carrier class, turnkey solution that provides carriers with Class 4, Class 5 and IP-Centrex solutions and has a Softswitch and Gateways supporting SIP/H323 and SIP. AS.Tone's design provides customers; carriers, next-generation telcos, cellular providers and ITSP with a wide range of solutions with the best price/performance system for IP telephony. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

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

PRIMUS Telecommunications, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of PRIMUS Telecommunications Group, Incorporated (NASDAQ: PRTL)., an integrated communications services provider offering international and domestic voice, voice-over-Internet protocol (VOIP), Internet, wireless, data and hosting services to business and residential retail customers and other carriers located primarily in the United States, Canada, Australia, the United Kingdom and western Europe. PRIMUS provides services over its global network of owned and leased transmission facilities, including approximately 350 points-of-presence (POPs) throughout the world, ownership interests in undersea fiber optic cable systems, 16 carrier-grade international gateway and domestic switches, and a variety of operating relationships that allow it to deliver traffic worldwide. Founded in 1994, PRIMUS is based in McLean, VA.

For more information on Primus services, please visit www.primustel.com

About Kiva Networks

Kiva Networks is made up of a core group of experts who have worked in the broadband internet industry and have experienced what it takes to deliver quality broadband services that people want and need. With over 20 years of combined experience, we have embraced the ability to provide quality services for individuals and communities alike. By listening to and addressing the needs and concerns of our customers, we are able to provide the highest quality solutions in a timely manner that exceed all expectations of functionality and performance while providing a financial solution that works. Kiva is based in Broomfield, CO.

More information on Kiva can be found at http://www.kivanetworks.com

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