Enertel Deploys Aperto Networks’ WiMAX-Class 3.5 GHz Systems in Launch of Broadband Wireless Access Across Holland

Top-tier Dutch wireline operator leverages carrier-class wireless to expand reach, speed, scalability, robustness and QoS  

Milpitas, Calif., and Rotterdam, Holland, (October 26, 2004) – Enertel, one of Holland’s largest data and telecom operators for the business market, and the country’s largest wholesale provider to independent Dutch ISPs, has launched a national rollout of business-class broadband wireless access (BWA) services. This service is now available in Rotterdam and will be extended to Amsterdam, the Hague, Utrecht and Eindhoven before the end of this year. By the end of 2005 the network will offer national coverage. Enertel's wireless network is being exclusively deployed using Aperto Networks’ 3.5 GHz WiMAX-class PacketWave® systems. Enertel’s first BWA customer is RoutIT, a Rotterdam-based supplier of network services to ICT resellers across the Netherlands.  

“Aperto’s PacketWave has been thoroughly proven as the business carrier’s wireless broadband system of choice, and gives us unparalleled reach, speed of deployment, business-grade capacity and Quality of Service (QoS),” said Cees Meeuwis, CEO of Enertel. “We chose Aperto Networks because of these capabilities, and because of PacketWave's full WiMAX-class functionality. The company is leading the market in meeting all critical 802.16 carrier-class requirements.”

Formed as the combination of nine cable and energy companies in 1994, Enertel successfully leveraged the Dutch telecom market deregulation to bring telephony and wireline access services to individuals and ventures across the Netherlands. It serves the entire Dutch data and telecommunications business market with innovative services in VoIP, IP VPNs, E-1 connectivity and wholesale services, both wireless and wireline.  

“Enertel is a one of Europe’s new leaders in broadband services. Through its Aperto-powered network, Enertel can now deliver carrier-class robustness, scalability and QoS in all of its business services, to Holland's top metros,” emphasized Aperto CEO and Chairman Reza Ahy. “This new wireless network will also efficiently backhaul Enertel’s WinQ HotSpot traffic, and extend capacity and coverage for its ISP customers. These performance advantages will further extend Enertel’s market share leadership in wholesale services, and rapidly build subscriber volume on its WiMAX-class network.”  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leader in WiMAX-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide breakthrough solutions to the bottleneck in last-mile broadband access, and 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 PacketWave® system is a family of base stations, subscriber units, radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployment. PacketWaves scalability and patented technologies support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is already deployed in 50 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.  

About Enertel

Enertel is one of the largest Dutch telecom operators servicing the business market. Enertel delivers advanced data- and telecommunication solutions with a focus on IP. Apart from business customers and (inter) national carriers, Enertel also services a very large part of the independent Dutch Internet Service Providers. The company owns an extensive national network, a Network Operation Center and a Datacenter providing Managed IT Services. Enertel will deliver Wireless Local Loop-services to the Dutch business market from September 2004.   Enertel was founded in 1994. Since 15th August 2002 its management and Greenfield Capital Partners own the company. Enertel acquired a share in the investment company of Telfort in April 2003 and acquired wifi-operator WinQ in June 2004.