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Aperto Unveils Mobile WiMAX Strategy

Versatile PacketMAX™ Platform Enables Network Operators to Deliver an Entire Range of Fixed, Portable and Mobile Broadband Services  

WIMAX WORLD 2006, BOSTON, Mass. (October 9, 2006) – Aperto Networks, builder of the world's most advanced WiMAX Forum Certified™ base stations and subscriber units, today unveiled its strategy to support a wide range of deployment options for network operators looking to capitalize on the IEEE 802.16-2004 fixed and IEEE 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX standards.  

Aperto’s mobile WiMAX offering is based on an extension of Aperto’s industry leading PacketMAX architecture, including the PM5000, the first base station to be certified by the WiMAX Forum™. Aperto has adapted PacketMAX to accommodate the mobile WiMAX standard through 802.16e-2005 compliant radio controller modules and software selectable subscriber units allowing spectrally efficient collocation of the equipment based on the fixed and mobile WiMAX standards, or an elegant migration from fixed to mobile WiMAX.  

"Aperto Networks’ mobile WiMAX strategy has been developed and honed from the years of experience that Aperto has gained in successfully deploying high-quality, carrier-class solutions in a host of service provider networks around the globe," said Mike Pratt, president and CEO of Aperto Networks. "The end result is a robust mobile WiMAX solution that leverages much of the existing investment in the fixed WiMAX infrastructure that is being deployed today."  

Operators around the world are deploying Aperto’s PacketMAX solution using the 802.16-2004 variant. In some cases, the operators have defined an evolving hybrid network strategy and need to launch 802.16e-2005 based services in the future. Aperto has engineered PacketMAX to allow each to exploit its full business potential.  

"Until recently, Network operators have been somewhat perplexed as to when and how they should deploy WiMAX networks, and in what configuration. Should they deploy fixed WiMAX or wait to implement Mobile WiMAX when the equipment is available?" said Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer, Yankee Group. "Aperto’s extended PacketMAX architecture and innovative migration path gives network operators the confidence to take advantage of the fixed WiMAX market opportunities today, and the means to capitalize on the Mobile WiMAX market opportunities of tomorrow, seamlessly and cost effectively, using the same platform."  

PacketMAX Base Stations: The PacketMAX 5000 base station, the cornerstone of the PacketMAX architecture, is the industry’s highest density, highest capacity, and highest performing base station. By inserting the "e" blade, operators have the flexibility to deploy fixed and mobile subscribers from a single base station – or operate PacketMAX 5000 as a stand alone fixed or stand alone mobile base station.  

PacketMAX Subscriber Units: PacketMAX includes both outdoor and indoor subscriber units and is designed for consumer, small business and large enterprise users. Different CPE options have been designed with dual ‘d‘ and ‘e‘ modes; to interoperate with ‘d‘ and ‘e‘ base stations; and to perform optimally in ‘d‘ mode and in ‘e‘ mode.  

PacketMAX Element Management System: Aperto‘s WaveCenter™ EMS Pro incorporates support for both fixed and mobile implementations of the PacketMAX architecture on the same platform, thus giving operators a cost effective solution for operating a hybrid network or selecting one of the two options.  

"Aperto has been a strong solutions partner for GTS Poland for a long time and their introduction of "e" or mobile WiMAX fits squarely into our plans," said Pawel Kozlowski, field and access engineering director, GTS Poland. "With PacketMAX subscriber units we can run the "fixed" standard or the "mobile" standard depending on software load; and the PacketMAX 5000 base station gives us the flexibility we need to run both standards in the same footprint making technology migration straight forward. By executing on this strategy, Aperto has proven its ability to solve real operator problems."  

With advanced technologies such as MIMO, antenna diversity and space-time coding (STC), the PacketMAX platform will evolve to yield even greater link budgets to enable more effective communications for WiMAX users, no matter where they are located, whether at the office, at home, or on the move. PacketMAX will also include multiple base station form factors for mobile WiMAX, such as single sector, multi-sector and pico-cell base station, allowing network operators to optimize their deployments.  

"As fixed and portable WiMAX services ramp up and as the mobile WiMAX standard comes into fruition, operators will be pursuing a variety of plans to introduce the new mobile WiMAX standard into their networks," said Caroline Gabriel, research director, Rethink Research. "Aperto’s approach gives the operators maximum flexibility in defining their deployment strategies. Aperto has covered all the bases – from all-fixed access to all-mobile."  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps leading service providers deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband profitably by building the world’s most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-class WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 200 customers in 65 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. Visit: www.apertonet.com.