Airspan Introduces LTE-Advanced Product Family at Mobile World Congress 2012

Providing State-of-the-Art Technology With Gbit/s Capacity

BARCELONA, SPAIN--(Marketwire - Feb 27, 2012) - Mobile World Congress -- Airspan Networks Inc., a leading provider of 4G broadband wireless access networks, introduced today their newest LTE-Advanced product family to help carriers address the explosive growth in mobile broadband demand.

The Company's newest suite of products incorporates innovative LTE-Advanced features to deliver the highest network spectral efficiency with a lower cost per bit to carriers, enabling significant increases of throughput to consumers and driving better service experiences.

The comprehensive product portfolio will be on display this week at the Mobile World Congress taking place in Barcelona, Spain from February 27 to March 1, 2012 in the Airspan booth in Hall 1, #C53.

The new products offer Radio Access Network (RAN) solutions and are all designed for low-cost operation, quick deployment and maximized capacity and coverage. In addition to LTE-Advanced, the products also combine WiMAX functionality, offering diversity and flexibility to network operators.

Many carriers are already making strides in replacing traditional 3G networks. Airspan expects to play a strong role in the adoption of 4G technology with a comprehensive suite of products including high-power macro, cost-optimized micro and easy-to-deploy with integrated wireless backhaul pico base stations. Together, these products embody features which are essential for LTE-Advanced performance such as:

  • Multi-Carrier / Carrier Aggregation (CA) capabilities and multi radio head support
  • 1 Gbps plus capacity per base station
  • LTE-Advanced Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) feature sets
  • Advanced MIMO Antenna Technologies

Two of the newest additions to the product portfolio are the Air4G-L44 and the Air4Gp-WL44 eNodeB models. The Air4G-L44 is the most compact, powerful macro base stations on the market, while the Air4Gp-WL44 is an extremely cost-optimized pico base station which supports both WiMAX and LTE platforms. Some of the technical highlights are:

  • Air4G-L44
    • Macro eNodeB with up to 2x43 dBm or 4x40 dBm transmitters
    • Integrated radios with support for 2 Remote Radio Head (RRH) per carrier aggregated data pipe
    • Full 20 MHz FDD and LTE channel support
    • Extremely efficient power scheme utilizing optimized Doherty technology

  • Air4Gp-WL44
    • Pico eNodeB with up to 4 x 22 dBm transmitters
    • Very small form factor
    • Integrated antenna
    • Supports dual sector operation
    • Any combination of WiMAX and LTE each with 2x2 MIMO
    • Available in licensed and unlicensed bands

These products join an already impressive portfolio which includes the ground-breaking AirSynergy, the world's first fully featured HetNet pico base station. It is small, all-outdoor and designed to be deployed on utility/light poles and offers integrated, self-provisioning, small cell wireless backhaul. Additionally, Airspan offers Wi-Fi solutions offering Wi-Fi data offload from the 4G cells, as well as seamless connectivity solutions for a variety of industrial 4G vertical markets.

"Airspan's LTE offering meets the lower cost, higher-performance, improved efficiency and enhanced customer experience goals being set by carriers to help them compete successfully in today's high-demand connectivity environment," commented Amit Ancikovsky, President of Products and Sales. "The Mobile World Congress provides a great forum for us to demonstrate our products' innovative and outstanding capabilities."

"We are very excited by our overall LTE product offering," commented Paul Senior, Chief Technical Officer at Airspan Networks. "We have integrated some of the most forward-thinking advancements into our technology and are confident that our system's performance will meet, or exceed, our customers' expectations. We offer the perfect combination of equipment to meet the coverage and traffic demands of the network, with HetNet support to ensure that the throughput is delivered where it is needed most whether at a macro cell's edge or at a high-density customer area. In addition, our equipment is fully interoperable with LTE UEs offered by third-party suppliers."

About Airspan Networks Inc.

Airspan (PINKSHEETS: AIRO) is a leading 4G wireless solution provider. With over 500 customers in over 100 countries and as a top vendor for carrier-class broadband wireless solutions, Airspan is recognized as a leader and pioneer in 4G and broadband wireless technologies. Providing an expansive product portfolio, Airspan offers customers the widest selection of 4G products in the industry with an unsurpassed level of technology to benefit their business case. Airspan has solutions spanning the 700 MHz to 6 GHz frequency bands.

Oak Investment Partners XI, Limited Partnership holds a controlling interest in Airspan. Airspan is not subject to the informational reporting requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 and, accordingly, does not file reports, financial statements, proxy statements, information statements or other information with the Securities and Exchange Commission. This press release contains forward-looking statements. All statements, other than statements of historical facts, including statements regarding our strategy, future operations, financial position, future revenues, projected costs, prospects, plans and objectives of management, may be deemed to be forward-looking statements. The words "anticipates," "believes," "estimates," "expects," "intends," "may," "plans," "projects," "will," "would" and similar expressions or negative variations thereof are intended to identify forward-looking statements, although not all forward-looking statements contain these identifying words. We may not actually achieve the plans, intentions or expectations disclosed in our forward-looking statements and you should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. There are a number of important factors that could cause actual results or events to differ materially from the plans, intentions and expectations disclosed in the forward-looking statements we make. Investors and others are therefore cautioned that a variety of factors, including certain risks, may affect our business and cause actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. We do not assume any obligation to update any forward-looking statements.

Contact Information:

For Media Inquiries, contact:
Dori Erann
Vice President of Marketing
Airspan Networks Inc.
Tel. +1 561.893.8687