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Aperto Highlights Significant Growth in India

Leading WiMAX Equipment Provider Capitalizing on Huge Pent-up Demand for Broadband Services  

NEW DELHI & BANGALORE, India, (December 20, 2006) – Aperto Networks, builder of the world’s most advanced WiMAX Forum Certified™ base stations and subscriber units, today announced that it is significantly increasing its investments in India to support its fast growing customer base and demand for its WiMAX solutions.

Aperto is increasing its investment in research and development, hardware and software development, sales and customer support, and is expanding its channel and technology partnerships across India.  

“The demand for broadband connectivity is rapidly growing in India and thanks to its performance, time to market and cost advantages, WiMAX is best-positioned to serve this huge Indian market,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing and alliances for Aperto Networks. “We are excited about our role in partnering with India’s world-class telecommunications companies to effectively address this growing demand and we are scaling up our capabilities and investments accordingly. In addition, Aperto has aligned with multiple channel partners to better support its customers in India. These partners range from specialists in the wireless arena to global infrastructure vendors.”  

Aperto’s WiMAX development center in Bangalore is expanding into a facility three times its original size. This center houses dozens of engineers and manages software as well as hardware development efforts of other Indian technology partners in Bangalore, Chennai and Hyderabad. In concert with the expansion of engineering activities, Aperto is also setting up a customer support center in Bangalore to provide level one and level two support to service providers across India as well other regions of the world. And in addition, Aperto is planning to establish an India distribution and repair facility as well.  

Aperto has deployed its solutions in networks of close to dozen operators across India. BSNL, the largest telecom service provider in India, has begun rolling out Aperto’s carrier-class, WiMAX Forum Certified™ products in several major cities and rural areas across India. VSNL has completed deployment of Aperto’s multi-service broadband wireless systems in over 65 cities across India. The Aperto customers are relying on Aperto’s award-winning base stations and subscriber units to enable high-speed wireless VoIP and data services for a variety of end users throughout India, including enterprises, small and medium sized businesses, and urban homes.  

"India is quickly emerging as a major market for WiMAX," said Adlane Fellah, principal analyst, Maravedis Research and co-author of a comprehensive report on WiMAX in India. "With a population of more than one billion and a growing economy, India lacks the wireline broadband infrastructure to support its growing economy. India is a gigantic market for wireless broadband and the adoption of WiMAX will only accelerate as new spectrum is opened up to support the government's broadband policy. In this context, Aperto has proven its ability to meet the needs of major service providers in India and continues to capture a dominant share of the Indian WiMAX market"  

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/e and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 200 customers in 65 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. Visit: www.apertonet.com.   WiMAX Forum and WiMAX Forum Certified are trademarks of WiMAX Forum. PacketMAX is a trademark of Aperto Networks.