SOURCE: Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan Networks Inc.

February 23, 2012 08:30 ET

Virgin Media Trials Airspan's Small-Cell LTE Solution in UK

Significantly Increasing LTE Capacity Within Coverage Areas

BOCA RATON, FL--(Marketwire - Feb 23, 2012) - Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of 4G broadband wireless access networks, announced today that its small-cell LTE solution is being trialed by Virgin Media to demonstrate small-cell LTE performance for major metropolitan areas. Virgin Media carried out an initial trial in London in December 2011 and hopes to expand the 4G trials over the coming months.

Virgin Media is using Airspan's AirSynergy pico eNodeB (LTE Base Station). The small-cell LTE architecture enables the carrier to focus coverage according to customer demand, creating a network with maximum capacity and optimum efficiency. This tailored approach would enable Virgin Media to offer mobile network operators the opportunity to create very high capacity radio access networks in order to meet the explosive growth in demand for high speed mobile broadband within the main metropolitan centre.

Kevin Baughan, Director of Wireless, Virgin Media, said, "We want to put the power of our fibre optic network wherever people need it most, both inside and outside the home. Our technology trial in Oxford Street, one of London's busiest streets, proved the potential benefits of a small-cell solution and plugging into our network could help offer unrivalled capacity for mobile data services."

The London trial operated on a test license granted by the regulator Ofcom to allow Virgin Media and Airspan to conduct the trial and prove the potential benefits of the network.

"We are pleased to partner with Virgin Media in these small-cell LTE trials," commented Paul Trubridge, Airspan Vice President of Product Management. "AirSynergy is providing Virgin Media with a very compact form factor that delivers extremely high-capacity LTE connectivity. This trial is demonstrating the key role that small cells will play in the success of future mobile broadband deployments."

AirSynergy is a groundbreaking pico cell, multi-standard product capable of running LTE and WiMAX technologies. Its compact design ensures discrete deployment in various locations such as lamp posts, telephone poles and building fronts. Most unique to the product is its integrated wireless backhaul capabilities and the ability to self-configure, self-connect, self-heal and self-optimize when deployed.

A demonstration of Airspan's AirSynergy product can be seen at the Mobile World Congress exhibition in Barcelona, February 27 through March 1, Booth #1C53.

Airspan products include Pico, Micro and Macro base stations, a wide variety of user devices, and advanced core network products, providing 4G LTE and WiMAX connectivity solutions operating in the 700 MHz up to 5.9 GHz bands.

About Virgin Media
Virgin Media is the first provider of all four broadband, TV, mobile phone and home phone services in the UK.

The company's cable network -- the result of a multi-billion pound private investment -- delivers ultrafast broadband connections to over half of all UK homes, with speeds of up to 120Mb, and is being expanded to reach thousands more people across the country.

Virgin Media has developed the most advanced interactive television service, bringing together broadcast TV, thousands of hours of on demand programming and the best of the web in a single set-top box powered by TiVo. The company was the first to offer HD TV and 3D on demand to millions of UK households.

Virgin Media also operates the most popular virtual mobile network in the UK which, when launched, was the world's first such mobile phone service. It is also one of the largest fixed-line home phone providers in the country.

Virgin Media Inc. is listed on the NASDAQ Stock Market and the London Stock Exchange (VMED).

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About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution provider. With over 500 customers in over 100 countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to benefit their business case. Airspan has solutions spanning the 700 MHz to 6 GHz frequency bands.

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