Aperto Networks named among top 15 wireless startups of 2004
FierceWireless Honors Aperto Networks as One of "The Fierce 15" Top Wireless Startups of the Year

Milpitas, CA - March 18, 2004 - Aperto Networks, a leading provider of new generation scalable broadband wireless access systems, today announced that it has been selected as a member of FierceWireless' annual list of "The Fierce 15", honoring it as one of the top 15 wireless startups for 2004. FierceWireless, an internationally recognized email newsletter covering the wireless industry, evaluated more than 1,200 privately held wireless companies based on company vision, revenue potential, quality of deals and partnerships, and competitive position.

"Aperto Networks is a leader in the development of WiMAX-class network gear, steering this technology into the mainstream," said Stephen Wellman, Editor of FierceWireless. "The company looks to be one of the first to certify for WiMAX compliance, has already signed fixed-wireless broadband deals with 100 carriers in 40 countries around the world, and is poised for success."

Aperto Networks' IP feature-rich base stations and subscriber units enable both licensed and unlicensed frequency broadband wireless access for business-grade users. Providers use PacketWave systems to deliver wireless T1/E1 and Fractional T1/E1 speeds, wireless VPNs and VLANs, disaster recovery, Hot Spot backhaul, VoIP, streaming media and fixed-mobile overlay networks.

"FierceWireless is recognized for its advanced understanding of wireless trends and businesses," said Dr. Reza Ahy, Aperto CEO and Chairman. "Being selected as a member of The Fierce 15 is a distinctive honor that highlights Aperto's growing prominence in the broadband wireless access market."

The Fierce 15 celebrates the spirit of being "fierce" - daring to be innovative and aggressive, even in a difficult market. The list of Fierce 15 companies is available in today's issue of FierceWireless and on the FierceWireless Web site at

FierceWireless publishes a daily email briefing read by more than 56,000 executives in over 100 countries. Since its launch in March 2000, FierceWireless has been recognized as a must-read source of news and intelligence for the wireless industry.

About Aperto Networks
Aperto Networks is a leading provider of WiMAX-class 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. The PacketWave® system provides a family of base stations, subscriber units, and associated radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequency bands for global point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployments. Its scalable systems and patented technologies support new wireless builds and complement existing wireline broadband access technology. Aperto systems have been deployed by service providers in 40 countries, meeting their needs for ease of installation, IP-rich network functionality and cost effectiveness, while enabling rapid provisioning and interference resilient operation in dense urban to suburban locations. The company is a founder and leading contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d as well as to ETSI-BRAN standards, and a board member of the WiMAX Forum. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to

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