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ARAB TELECOM DEPLOYS APERTO GEAR IN NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT IN KUWAIT  

KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait (January 23, 2007) – Aperto Networks, builder of the world’s most advanced WiMAX Forum Certified™ base stations and subscriber units, today announced that Arab Telecom is deploying a nationwide broadband wireless network in Kuwait using Aperto’s state-of-the-art broadband wireless PacketWave™ gear.   Arab Telecom is deploying Aperto’s PacketWave base stations operating in the 3.5 GHz band in a nationwide rollout covering Kuwait’s population of 2.2 million people.  

The company is using Aperto’s gear to offer a range of connectivity services to enterprises, small businesses and residential users in urban and rural areas throughout Kuwait. The applications that will be available through Aperto’s broadband wireless platform include remote WAN/LAN access, corporate intranets and extranets, high speed internet access, file transfer, interactive distance learning, video conferencing, information broadcast and telemedicine. The data rates range from 128 kilobits per second, up to multiple E1’s.  

“After a thorough evaluation of several wireless broadband solutions providers, we came to the conclusion that Aperto Networks had the most advanced and the most stable platform,” said Ahmed Ebraheem, managing director, Arab Telecom. “We were especially pleased with the Quality of Service and the routing and advanced networking features built into Aperto’s platform. Its flexible architecture ensures a future proof evolution as we implement new subscriber services in the coming months and years.”  

“We are delighted that Arab Telecom has chosen Aperto Networks’ robust access network equipment to power Arab Telecom’s multi-service access platform,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing and alliances for Aperto Networks. “We look forward to our partnership with Arab Telecom as it rolls out new data, internet and video service applications to its growing user base.”  

About Arab Telecom

Arab Telecommunications, founded in 1982, is a privately-held Kuwaiti shareholding telecommunications company committed to delivering advanced telecommunications technology to Kuwait, and in the future, to the Middle East and Africa, at large. Visit www.arabtel.net.  

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.  

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