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Gold Mind Telecom Selects Aperto PacketWave® for Regional Multiservice Broadband Network in Shanxi Province, China

Innovative provider builds wireless high-speed Internet access for schools, industry, government offices  

Milpitas, Calif. and Hong Kong, (January 13, 2003) – Aperto Networks, a leading provider of new generation scalable broadband wireless access systems, today announced that Gold Mind Telecom of China has chosen the company’s 5.8 GHz PacketWave systems for deployment in Shanxi Province. Gold Mind will use fixed broadband wireless as the primary mode to provide access and deliver content custom developed by Gold Mind for schools in the community, the area’s mining and energy production industry, and government offices in the city of Shahe.  

The service provider will deploy Aperto’s PacketWave turnkey systems exclusively for its IP network, and expects to build a 2003 subscriber base of thousands of users in this initial market, alone.  

"Aperto’s systems have the flexibility and functionality we need to fulfill our ambitious deployment programs," stated Gold Mind president Jack Chu. "Our offerings will include high-speed Internet access and LAN extension, VoIP, distance learning applications, videoconferencing, VPNs and streaming media for a diverse user base. The unique resource-sharing between our schools, production facilities and municipal agencies means we have a wide variety of needs to meet. Aperto’s flexibility and performance in meeting those needs is second-to-none."  

Gold Mind is part of a consortium of companies including Culturecom of Hong Kong. The group of companies and its affiliates are prime movers in delivering a mass-market priced, native Chinese character-capable network computer for broad consumer use. In conjunction with the devices needed to support in-country applications and users, Gold Mind Telecom is chartered to support the growth and market success for Chinese ISPs, and cost-effective deployment of multiservice connections nationwide.  

"We see the support of the government, such as the partnership between Gold Mind Telecom and the National, Guangdong and Shanxi provincial Chinese ministries, as key for market uptake in near term," stated Agatha Poon, senior analyst with the Yankee Group’s Convergent Communications Asia-Pacific Planning Service. "This broadband access initiative will not only provide a viable alternative for broadband users, but more importantly, it will help move broadband adoption well beyond the metro coastal market in China." Ms. Poon is the author of a November 2002 report, "Fixed Wireless Services in Asia-Pacific: Networking Without Boundaries."  

"Gold Mind is pioneering multiservice broadband network rollout for education, industry and government end-user markets in China, based on Aperto’s 5 GHz solution," stated Dr. Reza Ahy, chairman and CEO of Aperto Networks. "The company’s model is a great example of leveraging rapidly deployable broadband wireless networks to address the enormous pent-up vertical market demand within Asia Pacific. We look forward to supporting Gold Mind in its rapid network scale-up."  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leading provider of multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide a breakthrough solution to one of today’s critical network bottlenecks - last-mile broadband access. Aperto’s practical, scalable systems and patent-pending technologies support new wireless builds and complement existing wireline broadband access technology. Shipping to carriers since 4Q 2001, the company has delivered commercial systems to over 20 countries, meeting their need for rapid network deployment, multiservice scalability, ease of installation, IP-rich network functionality, and cost-effectiveness. Aperto dramatically shortens the lengthy provisioning cycles for broadband services by enabling rapid service provisioning across dense urban to suburban locations. Investors in Aperto include Alliance Ventures, Canaan Partners, Tyco Ventures, Innovacom (France Telecom), Stratex Networks, Oki Electric Industry Company, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Ridgewood Capital, Satwik Ventures, Redwood Ventures and Labrador Ventures. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.

About Gold Mind Telecom Ltd.

Gold Mind Telecom Ltd. is part of the consortium of companies including Culturecom Group (Hong Kong Stock code 0343) and ViaGold Capital Group (ASX symbol "via") that is working to bring the Internet to the mass market in China. One of the core technologies developed by the group is "Chinese processing," a system that makes it possible to navigate the Internet without the use of English based characters. This technology is part of the solution suite offered to provide ISPs (Internet Service Providers) a turnkey total solution as part of the COL (Chinese 2000 Online) program to bring the Internet to the mass market. Chinese processing technology is cost effective and essential for the commercial viability of ISP operations in China. The end to end solution includes low cost terminal devices for end users, which are supported by SNIIC (Secure Numeric InterNetwork Information Center) systems, with culturally appropriate Chinese local content to be delivered via the wireless network at a very affordable cost. In so doing, it forms a low cost local eCommunity targeting the second and third tier cities of China, which represent a major part of the 96% untapped potential online population. Gold Mind is currently working with operators such as CNC, China Unicom, and China Railcom to provide solutions for them. For more information, please go to www.gmt-fwl.net.