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Aperto Networks and Celestica enter into a strategic alliance for WiMAX solutions

MILPITAS, CA, and TORONTO, Ontario (May 31, 2007) – Aperto® Networks, builder of world’s most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units for fixed, portable, and mobile applications, and Celestica, a global provider of innovative electronics manufacturing services (EMS), today announced that they have entered into a strategic alliance to develop and manufacture multiple WiMAX platforms, with focus on IEEE802.16e-2005 standard compliance.  

Through the agreement, Aperto and Celestica will work on a multitude of WiMAX solutions, including Customer Premises Equipment (CPE), OBSAI Remote Radio Head (RRH), and modules for base stations. The RRH, based on Celestica’s WiMAX Solution Accelerators, will leverage Celestica’s existing low-risk, industry-leading technology for the rapid creation of Aperto Networks’ WiMAX product portfolio. This will enable Aperto Networks to decrease both cost and time-to-market.
 
"Aperto brings innovative and cost-effective products to market with a focus on industry standards, and has a long track record of establishing strategic alliances with industry leaders,” said Mike Pratt, President and CEO, Aperto Networks. “Our alliance with Celestica is another example of Aperto’s drive towards establishing new and effective development and manufacturing models within the WiMAX ecosystem. This partnership gives us the ability to design and reliably deliver various WiMAX platforms to cost-sensitive developing markets and to other worldwide markets in a timely manner.".

"India continues to be a major focus for Aperto," added Manish Gupta, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances and WiMAX Forum board member. "Our Tier I customer wins in India are indicative of Aperto’s leadership in WiMAX globally. Our expansion in India will reinforce the increasing growth momentum that the company is experiencing."  

"We’re pleased to collaborate with Aperto Networks on this program," said Mike McCaughey, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Celestica’s Communications Group. "For the past year, we have committed technical resources to develop Solution Accelerators for OEMs servicing the fixed, nomadic, and mobile WiMAX market. These resources leverage our communications expertise to enable faster time-to-market for our customers. The agreement with Aperto Networks is a great example of how we partner with companies from design through manufacturing."

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps service providers worldwide profitably deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband services by building the world’s most advanced fixed, portable, and mobile WiMAX Forum Certified 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 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 250 customers in 70 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit us at http://www.apertonet.com/.

About Celestica

A Celestica is dedicated to providing innovative electronics manufacturing services that accelerate our customers' success. Through our efficient global manufacturing and supply chain network, we deliver competitive advantage to companies in the computing, communications, consumer, industrial, and aerospace and defense end markets. Our employees share a proud history of proven expertise and creativity that provides our customers with the flexibility to overcome any challenge.

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