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FDD WiMAX Plugfesters Celebrate Interoperability!

Airspan, Axxcelera, Picochip and Sequans finish Plugfest with Multi-Megabit Video Streaming Demonstrations BEIJING, CHINA, November 8 2005 - Airspan Networks Inc. (Nasdaq: AIRN), Axxcelera Boradband Wireless, Picochip and Sequans Communications, leading providers of WiMAX based broadband Wireless Access Solutions and WiMAX Chipsets and Reference Designs, today announced that they had successfully achieved Interoperability during the week long WiMAX Plugfest held in Beijing, China at the CATR Labs. The Base Station from Airspan, Axxcelera, Picochip and Sequans interoperated successfully with the CPEs from Airspan, Axxcelera and Sequans and was based on:
  • Airspan's AS.MAX MacroMAX Base Station, and Indoor, Self-Install EasyST CPE
  • Axxcelera's Excel Max Base Station and ExcelMax Outdoor CPE (Full Duplex FDD, Half Duplex FDD, TDD)
  • Picochip's 8250 WiMAX Base Station Reference Design
  • Sequans's SQN2010 WiMAX Base Station and SQN1010 CPE Reference Designs
Paul Senior, Vice President of Marketing and Product Management said, "It is very exciting to see our AS.MAX products interoperate with three other WiMAX FDD-based solutions, and quite surprising that we can support such high traffic speeds after only one week of plugfest integration and testing". "The 3.5F1 WiMAX System Profile is very important as it is designed to support the majority of 3.4-3.6 GHz spectrum allocated to Network Operators around the globe", said Sanjay Nagpal, Senior Vice President, Worldwide Sales and Marketing at Axxcelera Broadband Wireless. "Frequency Division Duplexing (FDD) WiMAX Solutions deliver the best price per Mbit/s, the best frequency re-use and the best spectrum band usage efficiencies. This interoperability test has shown that FDD WiMAX is ready for mass deployment in 2006". Rupert Baines, Vice President of Marketing at Picochip said, "Our flexible, Software Defined Radio enabled us to rapidly adapt as we worked through the different stages of Interoperability Testing. Having achieved this baseline interoperability we now look forward to adding in the more advanced features at the next plugfest in 2006". Bernard Aboussouan, VP Marketing & Business Development, SEQUANS Communications concluded, "We are excited by the outcome of the Beijing event, having demonstrated that products based on our Base Station and CPE System-On-Chip (SoCs) can interoperate with products from leading system vendors in FDD as well as in TDD mode. We are confident that WIMAX Forum Certification for FDD-based products will be achieved very quickly ". About Airspan Airspan Networks provides Wireless Voice and Data systems and Carrier Class Voice Over IP (VoIP) solutions. 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 offerings compliant with the new WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, and software upgradeability to 802.16e from the time the WiMAX products are introduced. Airspan is on the Board and a founder member of the WiMAX Forum. The Company has deployments with more than 300 operators in more than 95 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 iTone 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. i-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 and AS.MAX can be found at http://www.airspan.com About Axxcelera Axxcelera Broadband Wireless is a data networking company that develops technology for the deployment of broadband wireless communications. Axxcelera's fixed wireless broadband platforms bridge the last mile, replacing the local loop for residential, corporate branch office and small business subscribers. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., Axxcelera is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Moseley Wireless Solutions Group Company. The Moseley group, which includes Microwave Data Systems, Moseley Broadcast, Axxcelera and CarrierComm, offers wireless solutions from 9.6 kbps to 311 Mbps covering the 250 MHz to 38 GHz spectrum for both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications for the broadcast, industrial, broadband, and carrier marketplaces. There are more than 700,000 Moseley-supplied radio links in operation in over 120 countries. About Picochip PicoChip provides solutions to the key challenges of cost, development time and flexibility for next generation of wireless systems. The company's processor, the PC102, delivers a world-beating price/performance combination and has achieved design wins with numerous major companies developing wireless infrastructure. Uniquely, the company also delivers complete, standard-compliant reference designs for UMTS (including HSDPA, upgradeable to HSUPA) and WiMAX/WiBRO (802.16d upgradeable to 802.16e for mobility). The PC102 is also being used by customers to develop other advanced wireless systems such as UMTS-LTE ("3.9G") and TD-SCDMA. About Sequans SEQUANS Communications (www.sequans.com) is a fabless semiconductor company created by a team of seasoned experts to become the leading supplier of silicon and software for Broadband Wireless Access. By providing integrated PHY and MAC solutions that seamlessly fit into system vendors' designs, Sequans greatly lowers cost of ownership of base stations and subscriber stations. Sequans delivers a standards-based solution, compliant with the requirements of the WiMAX Forum™. It also incorporates additional features for increased coverage and mobility, thus lowering deployment costs and enabling fixed, nomadic/portable and mobile applications.

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