Airspan Networks and Starent Networks Extend Relationship for "Open R3-R4-R6" WiMAX Reference Interfaces
Airspan Introduces AN1 Access Service Network Gateway Powered by Starent Technology
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - September 27, 2007) - WiMAX World USA 2007 -- Airspan Networks Inc.
(NASDAQ: AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of WiMAX and Wi-Fi based
broadband wireless access networks today announced an expansion of their
relationship with Starent Networks, Corp. to deliver high performance
infrastructure solutions for open, interoperable Mobile WiMAX networks.
This relationship will expand Airspan's Mobile WiMAX offering by
interconnecting its Mobile base stations to Starent's Access Service
Network Gateway (ASN-GW) using profile "C" and open R6 interfaces. This
combination will enable carriers to design best-of-breed, standards-based,
multi-vendor Mobile WiMAX networks. In addition, Airspan will be able to
leverage Starent's Mobile IP experience by integrating its Home Agent,
which supports an open R3 interface and has been validated by many key
infrastructure vendors as a high performance, multi-technology Mobile WiMAX
Airspan will have the ability to resell Starent WiMAX products to offer an
end-to-end Mobile WiMAX solution for its customers.
Eric Stonestrom, Airspan's CEO, said, "The essence of WiMAX is openness and
interoperability. Working with Starent enables Airspan to deliver a 'Best
of Breed' solution, combining our class-leading Mobile WiMAX base stations
with Starent's high performance, high functionality WiMAX core networking
products. This is achieved by each company's commitment to Profile 'C' and
open 'R3,' 'R4' and 'R6' interfaces, which are the keys to unlocking the
power of the WiMAX eco-system."
"We are focused on providing innovative solutions that meet the
requirements of Mobile WiMAX operators and their subscribers. Airspan
shares that commitment which makes for a productive relationship," said
Ashraf Dahod, CEO of Starent. "Starent has deployed advanced 3G wireless
services in the CDMA2000 and UMTS markets and is leveraging this experience
in Mobile WiMAX networks."
Airspan also launched the scaleable, distributed "AN1" ASN-GW, designed for
smaller networks and for distributed
ASN-GW deployments. The AN1 is an Airspan platform, powered by Starent
technology. The AN1 enables the ASN-GW component of a Mobile WiMAX network
to be right-sized for smaller deployments while providing carriers the
option to scale to the Starent ST16 and ST40 platforms for a smooth
migration path as their network grows and allowing carriers to leverage
their initial investment.
Airspan and Starent Networks are demonstrating their respective products at
the WiMAX World tradeshow, held in Chicago from September 25 to 27th, 2007.
About Starent Networks
Starent Networks, Corp. is a leading provider of infrastructure solutions
that enable mobile operators to deliver multimedia services to their
subscribers. Starent Networks has created solutions that provide network
functions and services, including access from a wide range of radio
networks to the operator's packet core network. Starent Networks' solutions
also provide management of subscriber sessions moving between networks and
application of billing and other session policies. Starent Networks'
products and services provide high performance and system intelligence by
combining significant computing power, memory and traffic handling
capabilities with a flexible, high availability operating system and other
proprietary software. The company's products integrate multiple network
functions and services needed for the delivery of advanced multimedia
services, such as video, Internet access, voice-over-IP, e-mail, mobile TV,
photo sharing and gaming. Starent Networks' products have been deployed by
over 60 mobile operators in 25 countries.
About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and broadband data systems and
solutions for the fixed and mobile WiMAX and Wi-Fi markets, including Voice
Over IP (VoIP). Its wireless products serve operators around the world in
both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz.
Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes WiMAX Forum
Certified equipment and products meeting 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi standards,
Airspan's HiperMAX and MicroMAX base station products support portable and
mobile 802.16e-2005 WiMAX alongside fixed and nomadic 802.16-2004 products.
Airspan products also include "self install" and professionally installed
customer premise equipment. Airspan is on the Board and is a founder
member of the WiMAX Forum and a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance. The Company
has deployments in more than 100 countries with more than 400 operators,
100 of which use Airspan's WiMAX Forum Certified and non-certified
products. Airspan's wireless systems are based on radio technology that
delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading.
These systems can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively, providing an
attractive alternative to traditional wired communications networks.
Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration,
training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of
its systems. Airspan is an international telecommunications equipment
provider headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida. More information on Airspan
can be found at http://www.airspan.com.
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