Aperto Networks Partners with Sonus Networks,
Expanding Support for
Multiservice Solutions over PacketWave Systems
Company joins Sonus Networks' Open Services Partner Alliance
Milpitas, Calif. October 9, 2001 - Aperto Networks, a leading
developer of second-generation fixed broadband wireless access systems,
today announced that it has joined the partner program of Sonus
Networks (NASDAQ: SONS), a leading provider of voice infrastructure
solutions for the new public network. This partnership expands Aperto's
multiservice delivery capability by enabling Voice over IP (VoIP)
features for wireless carriers who do not deploy Class 5 switches.
Sonus Networks' Open Services Partner Alliance (OSPA) brings together
best-of-breed technologies to offer end-to-end and converged network
solutions through interoperability for service providers worldwide.
"We are happy to have Aperto Networks join the OSPA,"
said Terri Griffin, Sonus' vice president of marketing. "Wireless
carriers have shown strong interest in bringing the benefits of
packet technology to their networks. We look forward to exploring
future opportunities in this emerging market."
"By becoming an OSPA member, we join an alliance that is dedicated
to providing a new generation of standards-based packet voice solutions,"
stated Aperto Networks' vice president of marketing Alan Menezes.
"This will allow us to accelerate one of Aperto's key technology
and market goals: to help fixed wireless access become a ubiquitous
alternative for broadband service deployment."
To ensure high quality packet voice, Aperto's PacketWave
system uses an advanced QoS technology, ServiceQ, to prioritize
voice and other real-time traffic delivery by user and by application.
In addition, its OptimaLink dynamically optimizes up to ten
PHY and MAC-layer parameters to each wireless subscriber. This expands
coverage of previously inaccessible areas due to obstructed-line-of-sight
or non-line-of-sight conditions, and provides subscribers with high
reliability and robust network performance. These technologies are
key to making wireless broadband a preferred access alternative.
The PacketWave system consists of the PacketWave 1000 Base Station,
PacketWave 100 Series Subscriber Units, WaveCenter Subscriber
Management Tools, radios and antennas for 2.5, 3.5, 5.3, and 5.8
GHz bands. PacketWave for 5GHz frequencies has been shipping since
late August 2001, and systems have been deployed in production and
trial networks at multiple carriers in North America, Europe and
About Aperto Networks
Aperto Networks is a developer of multi-service fixed broadband
wireless access systems. The company was founded to provide a breakthrough
solution to one of today's critical network bottlenecks - last-mile
broadband access. With practical, scalable systems and patent-pending
technology that support new wireless builds and complement existing
wireline broadband access technology, Aperto addresses service provider
needs for rapid network deployment, multiservice scalability, ease
of installation and cost-effectiveness. Aperto will dramatically
shorten the lengthy provisioning cycles of broadband services by
enabling rapid service provisioning across dense urban to suburban
locations. Investors in Aperto include Alliance Ventures, Tyco Ventures,
Ridgewood Capital, Satwik Ventures, DMC Stratex Networks, Oki Electric
Industry Company, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Redwood
Ventures and Solar Venture Partners. For more information on Aperto
Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.
About Sonus' OSPA
Founded on the combination of Sonus' Open Services Partner Alliance
(OSPA) Program and the INIP PoweredSM Partner Program from the acquisition
of telecom technologies, inc., the OSPA has gained significant industry
momentum, with membership of more than 150 leading independent vendors.
The OSPA provides a framework that offers service providers end-to-end
packet-based network solutions using best-of-breed technologies
and applications. The goal of the OSPA is to empower standards-based
interoperability between applications, hardware vendors, and the
Sonus product suite. An integral part of the Sonus OSPA, the Interoperability
Laboratory in Richardson, Texas, is the first in the industry where
product interoperability is verified, trial testing is performed,
and complete solutions are ultimately produced. Additional information
on the OSPA is available at http://ospa.sonusnet.com.