Leap Broadband Deploys Aperto Networks’ 5 GHz PacketWave® in Dublin, Ireland

Fixed wireless access gives small and medium businesses their first always-on connection  

Milpitas, Calif. and Dublin, Ireland, (April 7, 2003) – Aperto Networks, a leading provider of new generation scalable broadband wireless access systems, today announced that Leap Broadband has deployed its 5.8 GHz PacketWave system in Dublin, Ireland. Leap Broadband is Ireland’s premier provider of high-speed broadband Internet access to the business community, including city hotels, government offices and technology companies.  

Aperto’s systems enable Leap Broadband to cost-effectively cover the entire Dublin metropolitan area. Many broadband subscribers have now abandoned their costly $1,200-a-month 256 Kbps leased lines in favor of Leap Broadband’s wireless solution at half the price and up to 8 times the connection speed.  

"Our decision was simple. We selected Aperto’s PacketWave because of its high capacity and ease of provisioning," said Leap Broadband, Chief Executive Bart Bonsall. "Customized business-grade service level agreements can be quickly configured at the central site, and then instantly downloaded to customer premises equipment at installation time. Centralized configuration and supervision also allows Leap Broadband to scale their deployment rates much more quickly, while keeping operations costs under control. This 5.8 GHz system is giving our customers higher capacity, with predictable performance and at much greater speeds than current competitive fixed line offerings."  

Aperto Networks received PacketWave deployment approval from Com Reg, the Irish regulatory authority, for operation in the 5.8 GHz band last year. Leap’s wireless deployment provides small and medium-sized business users across the capital with "always on", highly reliable, symmetric 512 Kbps to E1 and higher speed connections to the Internet. Users of the service include online service delivery companies, IT consulting firms, independent film production companies and higher education institutions.  

"Leap Broadband has designed its network to the highest standards, to support dense multi-cell deployments, carrier-class performance and high speed services with end-to-end QoS management" said Reza Ahy, chairman, president and CEO of Aperto Networks. "In addition, Leap passes the economic benefit from Aperto’s solution to its customers, along with very rapid business-class service installation and reliability."   Aperto now serves over 50 service providers worldwide, with point-to-multipoint and point-to-point installations in 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz as well as 5.8 GHz frequency bands.


About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leading provider of multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide a breakthrough solution to one of today’s critical network bottlenecks - last-mile broadband access. Aperto’s practical, scalable systems and patent-pending technologies support new wireless builds and complement existing wireline broadband access technology. Shipping to carriers since 4Q 2001, the company has delivered commercial systems to 25 countries, meeting their need for rapid network deployment, multiservice scalability, ease of installation, IP-rich network functionality, and cost-effectiveness. Aperto dramatically shortens the lengthy provisioning cycles for broadband services by enabling rapid service provisioning across dense urban to suburban locations. Investors in Aperto include Alliance Ventures, Canaan Partners, Tyco Ventures, Innovacom (France Telecom), Stratex Networks, Oki Electric Industry Company, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Ridgewood Capital, Satwik Ventures, Redwood Ventures and Labrador Ventures. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to