Leading WiMAX Vendors Demonstrate TDD Interoperability in Beijing

Live WiMAX Network Featuring Interoperability Between Their Respective Solutions  

Beijing, China, (November 8, 2005) – Several leading global wireless broadband equipment companies have reached a significant milestone in the development of WiMAX products at the WiMAX Forum’s Face-to-Face event in Beijing this week. Aperto, Axxcelera, Redline, Sequans, and Wavesat are featuring a live interoperability demonstration between the companies’ TDD-based WiMAX base stations and customer premise equipment. The demonstration follows the successful interoperability trials in which the companies participated at the WiMAX public PlugFest event in Beijing.  

The live interoperability demonstration at the Face-to-Face event features voice, video and data communications on the live WiMAX network, and delegates and visitors at the event have the opportunity to preview a variety of applications running on the WiMAX equipment.  

“The ability of WiMAX products from different vendors to interoperate with one another has been one of the major objectives of the WiMAX industry,” said Andrew Kreig, President, Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI). “This live demonstration of interoperability between five global vendors underscores that WiMAX will have the ability to deliver on the promise of ubiquitous affordable broadband connectivity.”  

“Product compatibility, or interoperability, is the most important factor in WiMAX Forum certification,” said Andy Fuertes, Senior Analyst, Visant Strategies. “Operators around the world have been planning their WiMAX deployments based on the promise of interoperability, which will provide carriers with greater technology choices, and ultimately result in compelling business models for broadband rollouts.”  

About WiMAX Technologies

WiMAX is a standards-based wireless technology that provides high-throughput broadband connections over long distances. The first phase of WiMAX products can be used for a range of applications, including “last mile” broadband connections, cellular backhaul, and high-speed enterprise connectivity for businesses. As WiMAX evolves, it is expected to deliver both fixed and mobile wireless broadband connectivity.  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks, based in Milpitas, California, is a leader in WiMAX systems selling to global markets. Aperto 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 PacketMAX and PacketWave® systems consist of a family of base stations, subscriber units, radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-multipoint and point-to-point deployment. The scalability and patented technologies in these systems support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is already deployed in over 65 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 Axxcelera

Axxcelera Broadband Wireless is a data networking company that develops technology for the deployment of broadband wireless communications. Axxcelera’s fixed wireless broadband platforms bridge the last mile, replacing the local loop for residential, corporate branch office and small business subscribers. Headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., Axxcelera is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Moseley Wireless Solutions Group Company. The Moseley group, which includes Microwave Data Systems, Moseley Broadcast, Axxcelera and CarrierComm, offers wireless solutions from 9.6 kbps to 311 Mbps covering the 250 MHz to 38 GHz spectrum for both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications for the broadcast, industrial, broadband, and carrier marketplaces. There are more than 700,000 Moseley-supplied radio links in operation in over 120 countries.  

About Redline Communications

Redline Communications is a technology leader in the design and manufacture of standards-based broadband wireless access solutions. Using industry leading OFDM technologies and the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 WiMAX modem silicon, Redline’s award-winning products provide unmatched high capacity and non-line-of-sight capabilities with proven performance, reliability and security. Ideal for a variety of access, backhaul and private network applications, Redline products meet the needs of carriers, service providers and enterprises worldwide. Redline is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum, and was first in the world to deliver an 802.16 compliant product. Redline has over 20,000 installations in 75 countries across six continents through a global distribution network of 80+ partners. For more information, visit www.redlinecommunications.com.  

About SEQUANS Communications

SEQUANS Communications, headquartered in Paris, France, is a fabless semiconductor company and leading supplier of silicon and software for broadband wireless access. Sequans helps system vendors minimize development expenses and get to market faster with a differentiated and high performance product offering. Sequans’ standards-based WiMAX solution incorporates additional features for increased coverage and mobility, thus lowering deployment costs and enabling fixed, nomadic/portable and mobile applications. More information is available at: www.sequans.com.  

About Wavesat

Founded in 1993, Wavesat Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development and supply of baseband chips for WiMAX compliant systems. Wavesat is headquartered in Montreal, Canada where it conducts research and development activities. Wavesat is a privately held company. Key investors include BDC Venture Capital, Monet Capital, Multiple Capital Montreal, Pac-Link Management Corp., Skypoint Capital Corporation, Solidarity Fund QFL and Sunsino Ventures Group.   Wavesat is a Principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a nonprofit corporation formed to certify the compatibility and interoperability of Broadband Wireless devices conforming to the 802.16 wireless MAN and ETSI HiperMAN specifications and to help accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace.