Aperto Networks Raises $17 Million in First
Tranche of Mezzanine Round
Funds to be used for market expansion and further WiMAX product
MILPITAS, Calif., September
14, 2005 - Aperto Networks, a leading WiMAX systems provider,
announced today it has raised $17 million in the first tranche
of a Series E financing round. The funding was led by Canaan Partners
and was raised from existing investors, including JK&B Capital,
Alliance Ventures, Innovacom, Tyco Ventures, Labrador Ventures,
and Satwik Ventures. The latest round brings the company's total
capitalization to $94 million.
Aperto will use the funds to expand its global market
presence and to broaden its WiMAX solutions portfolio.
"Aperto Networks has navigated the transition
from pre-WiMAX to true WiMAX solutions availability with skill
and effectiveness," said Deepak Kamra, general partner with
Canaan Partners and an Aperto Board Director. "The company
continues to achieve its targeted revenues and sustain customer
loyalty, and remains a significant leader in the WiMAX certification
process. The investors are very impressed with Aperto's growth
and achievements in a highly competitive, hyper-expanding market."
"Aperto Networks continues to demonstrate growth
and success in the burgeoning broadband wireless and WiMAX space,"
said Lindsay Schroth, Senior Analyst for Yankee Group. "Broadband
wireless access, from Mali to Milwaukee, is becoming a cost effective
means to bridge the digital divide and offer an alternative broadband
solution. Moreover, WiMAX, will enable the growth of new service
providers and new applications to meet the growing demand for
broadband around the world."
"This round of funding was highly oversubscribed,
generating interest from a wide array of new and existing investors,
including venture capitalists and corporate funds. We were especially
gratified to see the enthusiastic backing of our existing investors,"
emphasized Reza Ahy, Aperto Networks Chairman and CEO. "We
are ramping for our 4Q 2005 WiMAX Forum certification, ahead of
other major players, and expect to be fully ready for commercial
delivery of an array of WiMAX-certified products shortly thereafter.
Demand across all fronts is strong, and we have worked diligently
for this inflection point."
Aperto Networks' PacketMAX and PacketWave®
base stations and subscriber units enable both licensed and unlicensed
frequency broadband wireless access for business-grade users and
consumers. Service providers use Aperto's award-winning systems
to deliver wireless T1/E1 and Fractional T1/E1 speeds, wireless
VPNs and VLANs, disaster recovery Hot Spot, cellular and nomadic
wireless backhaul, as well as VoIP and streaming media.
About Aperto Networks
Aperto Networks is a leader in WiMAX systems selling to the global
markets. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum
as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d and
the ETSI-BRAN standards. Its PacketMAX and PacketWave®
systems consist of a family of base stations, subscriber units,
radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-multipoint
and point-to-point deployment. The scalability and patented technologies
in these systems support new wireless builds and complement wireline
broadband access networks. Aperto is deployed in over 65 countries,
meeting service provider needs for installation ease, IP-rich
network functionality, cost effectiveness, rapid provisioning
and interference resilience. For more information on Aperto Networks,
go to www.apertonet.com.