Aperto Networks and Intel Sign Agreement to
Develop WiMAX-Certified Broadband
Wireless Access Systems
Boston, Mass. NGN Conference, November 4, 2003
- Aperto Networks, a leading provider of multiservice broadband
wireless access (BWA) systems, announced today at the Next Generation
Networks annual conference that it has signed an agreement with
Intel Corporation to develop equipment built with Intel's IEEE
802.16* compliant silicon scheduled for introduction in the second
half of 2004. Aperto is working closely with Intel to provide
design input, evaluate and test broadband wireless systems with
the goal of producing WiMAX-Certified systems. Aperto's participation
will further accelerate delivery of IEEE 802.16-compliant silicon
and systems for the worldwide broadband access market.
"Our leadership in carrier-class broadband
wireless systems makes Aperto well-positioned to ensure that 802.16-compliant
technologies drive value for carriers and the lucrative base of
business and SOHO subscribers they serve," stated Aperto
Networks CEO and founder Dr. Reza Ahy.
"Aperto was a prime mover in achieving powerful
and flexible MAC specifications in the IEEE 802.16 standard,"
he continued, "while at the same time we pioneered critical
QoS functionality for voice and data over broadband wireless networks.
We will work closely with Intel to ensure that the industry quickly
reaps the economic benefits of volume production, while continuing
to advance the functionality that business and SOHO subscribers
consider essential for broadband access networks."
"It is essential for us to work closely with
equipment makers like Aperto Networks, to ensure that Intel's
802.16-compliant silicon solutions fully meet the price/performance
requirements of the demanding business access market," said
Scott Richardson, general manager of the Intel Broadband Wireless
Division. "Aperto Network's commitment to deliver standards-based
products for WiMAX certification is another proof point of the
growing industry momentum for broadband wireless access."
The IEEE 802.16a standard was approved in January
2003 for the 2 GHz to 11 GHz frequencies. It covers wireless metropolitan
area network technologies that provide an alternative or complement
to cable, DSL and T-1/E-1 for last mile broadband access, and
802.11 hot spot interconnection to the Internet. The standard
also supports simultaneous high-speed access to more than 60 businesses
with T1 or greater connectivity, and hundreds of homes with DSL-type
connectivity from a single wireless base station. As leading proponents
of WiMAX, both Intel and Aperto Networks are active participants
in the WiMAX Forum, which drives interoperability and certification
of equipment that complies to the IEEE 802.16 and other interoperable
(e.g., ETSI HiperMAN*) standards.
2003 has been a watershed year for broadband wireless
access, as signified by the significant attention accorded to
the topic during each day of the week-long NGN Conference. On
November 6 at 1:30pm, Dr. Reza Ahy will speak on the NGN conference
panel, addressing the topic of "Carrier-Class Broadband Wireless
MANs: Robust Availability, Reliable Service, Rapid Payback."
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. 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 patent-pending technologies support new
wireless builds and complement existing wireline broadband access
technology. Aperto systems have been deployed by service providers
in over 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 802.16d as well as to ETSI-BRAN standards,
and a board member of the WiMAX Forum. For more information on
Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.
Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer
of computer, networking and communications products. Additional
information about Intel is available at http://www.intel.com/pressroom.
"WiMAX" and "WiMAX-Certified"
are trademarks of the WiMAX Forum. * Other trademarks property
of their respective owners.