Aperto Networks Wins FCC, Industry Canada Approval for 5 GHz Wireless Systems in North America; Commercial PacketWave™ Now Shipping and Generally Available  

Milpitas, CA, (September 10, 2001) – Aperto Networks, a leading developer of second-generation fixed broadband wireless access systems, has received regulatory approval of its end-to-end PacketWave™ multiservice platform from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and the Canadian regulatory authority, Industry Canada.  

The North American approvals complete the regulatory process required to begin revenue shipments. Aperto has already obtained regulatory approval in selected overseas markets where licensed or license-free 5.8 GHz spectrum is readily available, clearing the way for Aperto to ship systems to global service providers.  

“Achieving these milestones is the final step in readying our systems for commercial shipment,” stated Alan Menezes, Aperto’s vice president of marketing. “Our scalable, point-to-multipoint PacketWave systems have been field-proven in customer trials since January 2001, and are now ready for revenue generating services.”  

“These regulatory approvals come at a critical time for carriers expanding their broadband service footprint,” said Peter Jarich, Strategis Group’s director of global broadband research.“ "Carriers now need multiple options for multiservice delivery to customers. The momentum Aperto is setting in the fixed broadband wireless access sector is more urgent than ever in today’s environment."  

Aperto’s PacketWave solution uses a common platform across all spectrum bands. The systems operate in the 2.5 (MMDS), 3.5 (FWA), 5.3 and 5.8 (UNII) GHz frequency bands. The newly introduced 5 GHz radio solution will be complemented by radios supporting the additional frequencies in Q4 2001. This family of radios allows service providers to operate simultaneously in multiple frequencies on the same equipment, and gives wireless operators investment protection while maintaining flexibility for future deployments across multiple markets.  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leading 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, multi-service 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, DMC Stratex Networks, Oki Electric, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Satwik Ventures and Redwood Ventures. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to www.apertonet.com.