DragonWave Inc.

DragonWave Inc.

October 24, 2006 08:29 ET

MetroFi Selects DragonWave for Meshed Broadband Wireless Access Deployments in San Francisco Bay Area

OTTAWA, CANADA--(CCNMatthews - Oct. 24, 2006) - DragonWave Inc, a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced that is has been selected by MetroFi Inc to provide broadband wireless access equipment to support MetroFi's rollout of a city wide Wi-Fi network in the San Francisco Bay Area, CA. Deployed in a MESH architecture, DragonWave's AirPair radios will be supporting the backbone of one of the largest public Wi-Fi networks in the US once completed.

"The DragonWave wireless Ethernet solution is a key part of our network, providing both 50 and 100 Mbps, carrier grade backhaul" said Chuck Hass, CEO of MetroFi "DragonWave's AirPair products were selected for their best-in-class capacity, high availability, licensed frequencies, and simple deployment".

Using proven Wi-Fi technologies and equipment, complemented by strong partnerships for service delivery, MetroFi is creating robust City wide WiFi networks that are designed for reliable high-speed connectivity where customers can connect with ease anywhere throughout the coverage area. The AirPair solution not only provides the highly reliable backhaul for the community access points, but supports the high bandwidth requirements that are going to be generated from user traffic.

Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave added, "City-wide Wi-Fi networks are an increasingly growing market opportunity. Supporting these networks with high capacity wireless broadband equipment such as AirPair is an exciting application and we are extremely pleased to have been selected by MetroFi and we look forward to continuing to work closely with them to address their customers' evolving needs"

DragonWave's AirPair product operates within the licensed frequencies of 11-to-38-GHz range and the 24 GHz license exempt ISM band, 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.

About MetroFi

Headquartered in Sunnyvale, Calif., MetroFi is a leading provider of community Internet services including free wireless Internet, local Internet advertising and Internet services to municipal businesses. MetroFi has secured agreements with 12 cities across the US including Portland, Ore., San Jose, Calif, and Aurora, Ill. to design, build and operate free municipal Wi-Fi networks for residents, visitors and city workers that are advertising supported from local and national advertisers. For cities interested in establishing a MetroFi Wi-fi network in their market, or advertisers who are interested in reaching local audiences, visit www.metrofi.com

About DragonWave

DragonWave Inc. is a leading innovator in wireless metro Ethernet networks offering high capacity broadband wireless systems for network operations and service providers. The company has achieved customer recognition for quality, innovation, and technical advances in delivering wireless point-to-point networks for the transport of data, voice and video communication systems, including comprehensive service and support. Our products meet the demands of a wide range of applications and offer service providers with "invest as you grow" scalability to leverage profitable growth. DragonWave's products are widely deployed in more than 20 countries, with over 3000 systems across a range of customers. DragonWave's corporate headquarters are located Ottawa, Ontario, and have sales locations in Europe and North American. The company's Web site is http://www.dragonwaveinc.com

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