Airspan Demonstrates Its Low-Cost, ''Pay-as-You-Grow'' WiMAX Base Station at CeBIT 2006, and Plans to Begin Shipments in April 2006 HANNOVER, GERMANY--Mar 13, 2006
-- Airspan Networks, Inc., a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and WiFi based broadband wireless access networks, and carrier class Voice-over-Internet protocol (VoIP) solutions, today announced its plans to start shipping MicroMAX-SOC (system on a chip) to its first customers in April 2006. This announcement was accompanied by "live" demonstrations of the product at CeBIT at the Airspan stand, in Hall 13.
"MicroMAX-SOC, which is based on the high-performance SQN2010 WiMAX Certified(TM) base station system design of Sequans, is the first cost-optimised, pay-as-you-grow WiMAX solution available in the market place," said Jonathan Paget, Executive Vice President and COO of Airspan Networks. "MicroMAX-SOC, which is our third WiMAX Base Station, offers Service Providers and Network Operators a unique value proposition of very high performance at an affordable price point."
MicroMAX-SOC, which is initially available in the 3.5 GHz FDD band, will start shipping to customers in April 2006. Later in the second quarter, Airspan will introduce support for the 5.8 GHz TDD and 3.3-3.4 GHz TDD bands, followed by a range of other 3.X GHz and 5.X GHz products in second half of 2006.
Paul Senior, Video President of Marketing and Product Management, commented: "MicroMAX-SOC is fully optimised for Fixed WiMAX deployments using our existing Indoor EasyST and Outdoor ProST subscriber terminals and Netspan WiMAX Element Management System. By re-using our tried and tested WipLL system design and packaging we can offer customers a differentiated, all outdoor solution, that allows them to start small and incrementally grow their systems, by adding low-cost Base Station Radios (BSRs) one by one."
The MicroMAX-SOC is Airspan's third AS.MAX Base Station, the others being MacroMAX and MicroMAX-SDR. MicroMAX-SOC complements our other WiMAX Base Stations being optimised for low density deployment, such as rural areas, in-fill for coverage holes in DSL and cable networks, Enterprise solutions and Public Safety applications.
MicroMAX-SOC is based on Sequans "best-in-class" SQN2010 System-on-a-Chip (SOC) technology. Georges Karam, President and CEO of Sequans, said: "Airspan was Sequans' first customer, and its adoption of our WiMAX Certified(TM) technology for the MicroMAX-SOC is a significant milestone for us. The SQN2010 is a very high performance device, and the MicroMAX-SOC will deliver unprecedented performance in a cost effective package."
About Airspan Networks Inc.
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 offerings compliant with the 802.11 a/b/g and the WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, including 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.