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OTE, the Largest Telecommunications Operator in Greece, to Pilot Aperto's WiMAX Solutions in Northern Greece in Advance of Nationwide Rollout  

ATHENS, Greece (January 16, 2007) – Aperto Networks, builder of the world's most advanced WiMAX Forum CertifiedT base stations and subscriber units, today announced that Hellenic Telecommunications Organization (OTE S.A.), the largest telecommunications provider in Greece, will field Aperto Networks' PacketMAX™ broadband wireless networking gear in a pilot deployment at Mount Athos in the Halkidiki region of Northern Greece, in advance of a nationwide rollout.  

Heletel SA, Aperto Networks' Greek distributor, has been contracted to provide the turn-key installation of the pilot network, as well as ongoing technical support and training.  

OTE, which holds a 3.5 GHz point-to-multipoint nationwide license from Greece's regulatory authorities, currently provides telephony services to approximately 200,000 consumers living in isolated agricultural areas across Greece using legacy wireless systems operating in the 1.5 GHz and 2.5 GHz bands. OTE plans to transition to wireless broadband services as part of a nationwide 3.5 GHz WiMAX network.  

OTE will deploy Aperto's PacketMAX 5000 base stations, the industry's highest density, highest capacity, and highest performing base station; along with Aperto's PM 100 subscriber units, PM20 indoor VoIP Gateway Routers, and Aperto's WaveCenter™ EMS Pro element management system.  

"After rigorous technical analysis, OTE reached the decision to deploy the network based on Aperto gear as it showed superior performance and resilience," said Kostas Drossos CEO of Heletel SA. "A nationwide WiMAX network powered by Aperto Networks will enable OTE to offer consumers and enterprises a wide range of value-added, high bandwidth data communications services, such as MPLS, VPN, leased line, and Internet access, as well as VoIP, telemedicine, e-education, e-governance, and e-commerce in remote areas."  

Mount Athos, also known as Holy Mountain, is the oldest surviving monastic community in the world. Dating back to Byzantine times, the community has been the cultural and spiritual treasury of the Balkans and Europe for a thousand years and it is the place where precious objects of the Christian world, its history and tradition, have been created and kept.  

“Aperto Networks, aided by our talented colleagues at Heletel, won a very competitive selection process that involved performance comparisons with several other telecom equipment manufacturers,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing & alliances for Aperto Networks. “We are delighted that OTE selected Aperto’s PacketMAX platform. It is a strong validation of the quality, robustness, and superior performance that we have engineered into our WiMAX products. We look forward to a long and productive partnership with OTE.”  

About OTE

Hellenic Telecommunications Organization SA (ASE: HTO, NYSE: OTE) is Greece's leading telecommunications organization and one of the pre-eminent players in Southeastern Europe, providing top-quality products and services to its customers. Apart from serving as a full service telecommunications group in the Greek telecoms market, OTE Group has also expanded its geographical footprint throughout South East Europe. At present, companies in which OTE Group has an equity interest employ over 30,000 people in six countries, and its portfolio of solutions ranges from fixed and mobile telephony to Internet applications, satellite, maritime communications and consultancy services. Visit:


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:  

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