FCC Rules Clear Way for Aperto Networks to Ship Industry's Highest-
Performing Wireless Access Systems to US Carriers
Aperto widens lead
in capacity, coverage and cost-effectiveness in 5 GHz band;
systems serve SME, SOHO and Wi-Fi backhaul applications
Calif., February 3, 2003 - Aperto
Networks, a leading provider of new generation scalable broadband
wireless access systems, announced today that it is now shipping
the industry's highest performing broadband wireless access systems
in the overlapping 5.8 GHz U-NII and ISM bands, in compliance with
new FCC rules. The company is now deploying enhanced, FCC-certified
systems for SME, SOHO and Wi-Fi backhaul applications in the ISM
5.725 - 5.850 GHz spectrum.
PacketWave® is uniquely suited
to capitalize on FCC rules (Part 15.247) which now allow the use
of additional digital modulation techniques in the ISM band and
thus enable higher peak usable power for 5.8 GHz non-spread spectrum
wireless access systems than for U-NII systems.
enhancements more than double the coverage footprint for carriers,
at wireline equivalent quality and high spectral efficiency,"
stated Aperto vice president of marketing Alan Menezes. "This
improved coverage comes from a combination of higher power radios
which increase cell radius from 5 to 8 miles, best-in-class 20 Mbps
capacity in a narrow 6 MHz channel size, and improved interference
resilience which enables multiple service providers to operate in
the same area. By now operating in the 5.8 GHz ISM band, we are
boosting available spectrum by 25%, an increase from 16 to 20 non-overlapping
6 MHz channels, versus the typical competitive norm of 5 wide channels."
have further increased PacketWave's value to carriers by now supporting
6-sector as well as 4-sector configurations," continued Mr.
Menezes. "This effectively corresponds to a 50% increase in
subscriber capacity per base station. Aperto's coverage enhancements
and per-subscriber link optimization provide a performance edge
that will be extremely difficult for any other vendor in the unlicensed
bands to match."
enhancements in radio range and large number of usable channels
make PacketWave's strong economic proposition even stronger,"
explained Philip Urso, CEO and founder of Boston wireless ISP TowerStream.
"We serve dense urban areas, and have determined that we can
extend our coverage even further with 50% fewer cells. Serving 50%
more subscribers per cell is obviously great for our margins and
capex reduction. We will now be able to accomplish this at the same
high quality, link robustness and service reliability our customers
have come to depend on."
uptake of fixed wireless among SMEs and larger enterprise branch
locations is impressive," stated Lindsay Schroth, analyst in
broadband access technology strategies with Yankee Group. "Aperto
Networks is shrewdly exploiting this opportunity from the FCC rule
changes to make wireless services even more economically attractive
to businesses and carriers."
believe that the FCC rule changes and developments to leverage them
will be a great stimulant to growth in the 5 GHz band in the United
States, significantly increasing market deployment," emphasized
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.