Aperto Networks Selects Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 for Subscriber Equipment

Aperto standardizes on Intel’s innovative System-on-Chip for consumer-grade subscriber units  

Washington, DC, London, UK and Shanghai, China, (April 18, 2005) – Aperto Networks, a leading WiMAX-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems provider, today announced its integration of the Intel® PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface into the Aperto WiMAX architecture, and ongoing participation in Intel’s WiMAX Ecosystem.  

Aperto is implementing Intel’s WiMAX silicon technology and System-on-Chip (SoC) architecture into its consumer customer premises equipment, for the 3.5 GHz, 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz frequency bands. The Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 is optimally designed for broadband subscriber units to wirelessly connect end-users’ homes or small offices with WiMAX base stations. By incorporating multiple components on the same chip, Intel makes it less expensive for equipment manufacturers like Aperto to build residential subscriber units, and to meet the rapidly rising market demand for powerful and affordable consumer WiMAX solutions.  

Aperto is already engaging several of its carrier customers in planned lab, field and market trials, and in upcoming WiMAX Forum Plugfests to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability.  

“Intel’s wireless client technology leadership and global market influence have been the critical catalyst in proving the reach, power, cost-effectiveness and multiservice functionality of WiMAX as the new MAN paradigm,” emphasized Aperto CEO Reza Ahy. “We are very pleased to participate in the Intel Ecosystem, to implement Intel inside our WiMAX CPE, and to partner with them to build the convergence of Wi-Fi, WiMAX and 3G, enabling a host of exciting new applications and business models.”  

“Momentum continues to build as WiMAX deployments get closer to reality,” stated Scott Richardson, general manager of Intel’s Broadband Wireless Division. “Aperto’s feature-rich subscriber unit solutions will take advantage of Intel’s standards-based silicon architectures for their wireless clients and scalable infrastructure solutions.”  

Aperto Networks will participate as a select partner today in the launch of Intel’s PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface, and present display units of the Intel SoC integrated into its subscriber devices.  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leader in WiMAX-class multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets and a Board member of the WiMAX ForumÔ. 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, 3.3 - 3.8 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-point and point-to-multipoint deployment. PacketWave’s scalability and patented technologies support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is already deployed in 60 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.