SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

July 02, 2008 10:14 ET

On-Communications Chooses Airspan's WiMAX Solutions

The UK's Largest Fixed Wireless Access Provider Goes WiMAX

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - July 2, 2008) - Airspan Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading provider of WiMAX-based broadband wireless access networks announced today that On-Communications, the UK's Enterprise Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) market leader, has chosen Airspan as its preferred technology partner to supply WiMAX solutions as it rapidly extends its UK network rollout.

On-Communications provides broadband wireless business-to-business Internet Services that gives a guaranteed bandwidth with performance similar to a dedicated leased line, but at lower cost and with the flexibility of extra bandwidth at busy times. After extensive trials, all new On-Communications' base station deployments will use Airspan's MicroMAX technology, while existing networks will be replaced with equipment compliant to the WiMAX standard. On-Communications has already deployed a FWA network in London, Sheffield, Manchester, Leeds and Oxford, making On-Communications the largest FWA service provider in the UK.

Ian Roberts, CEO, On-Communications, commented, "On-Communications' investigation proved Airspan to have the best, most mature WiMAX technology solution. Airspan's technology offers differential service possibilities, such as flexible service profiles, multiple service classes for various traffic types, and smart QoS for VoIP that make it the ideal technology platform from which to support UK businesses. After detailed lab and field evaluations, we feel that WiMAX is now truly ready for prime time deployment. We are proud and excited to be teaming with Airspan to lead the market in providing this service."

David Brant, CFO of Airspan, added: "We are delighted that, after such a detailed evaluation, On-Communications has chosen Airspan as its preferred technology partner. We are pleased that On-Communications considers Airspan as a valuable and trustworthy supplier and we look forward to working closely with On-Communications as they expand their network."

About On-Communications

On-Communications is the UK market leader in fixed wireless business to business Internet Service Provision delivering high speed, symmetric, uncontended, high quality connectivity via Fixed Wireless Access links using the latest wireless technologies, including WiMAX. Its services provide a guaranteed bandwidth and similar performance as a dedicated leased line, but at lower cost and with the flexibility of extra bandwidth at busy times. Additionally, On-Communications services have the benefit of being totally independent of BT Openreach's local cable infrastructure, exchange network and backhaul, typically enabling new customers to be connected in less than 15 days. Network coverage is being rolled out into major metropolitan centres and is growing both organically and through acquisition.

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan is the industry's leading WiMAX pure player, ranked #1 for IEEE802.16-2004 WiMAX revenue in 2007 and has now been selected for some of the world's largest mobile WiMAX deployments. With direct sales offices throughout Asia, EMEA and the Americas, a worldwide network of resellers and agents, and partnership alliances with major OEMs, Airspan boasts over 100 commercial WiMAX deployments worldwide.

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