BSNL and Aperto Deploy India's First Certified WiMAX Network

India’s Largest Telecom Service Provider to Use PacketMAX™ to Offer High-Speed, High-Bandwidth Services to Enterprise Customers  

NEW DELHI, India, (December 15, 2006) – Aperto Networks, builder of the world’s most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, announced today that BSNL, the largest telecom service provider in India, has begun rolling out Aperto’s carrier-grade, WiMAX Forum Certified™ products.  

The deployment of award-winning PacketMAX base stations and subscriber units across six cities and four rural areas in India comes as a result of Aperto’s successful bid in response to a BSNL tender that was issued in late 2004.  

The six initial cities getting the WiMAX equipment are Kolkata (in West Bengal), Bangalore (in Karnataka), Chennai (in Tamil Nadu), Ahmedabad (in Gujarat), Hyderabad (in Andhra Pradesh), and Pune (in Maharastra). The deployment, which will also cover four rural districts in the State of Haryana, is planned for completion in January.  

The WiMAX network will enable BSNL to offer enterprise customers a wide range of value-added, high bandwidth data communications services, such as MPLS, VPN, leased line, and Internet access, as well as VoIP, telemedicine, e-education, e-governance, and e-commerce in remote areas.  

BSNL will be deploying Aperto’s PacketMAX 5000 base stations, the industry’s highest density, highest capacity, and highest performing base station. BSNL will also be deploying Aperto’s PM 300 subscriber units, along with Aperto’s WaveCenter™ EMS Pro, the element management system.  

“BSNL is a leader in the world telecom landscape and its drive to deploy WiMAX across India is testament to its leadership. Aperto is delighted to have the opportunity to support BSNL’s plan in this strategic deployment,” said Mike Pratt, CEO for Aperto Networks.  

“Over the years, BSNL has installed a high quality telecom network across India and it is now focusing on improving and expanding the network,” said Monica Paolini, President, Senza Fili Consulting. “Aperto’s state-of-the-art WiMAX equipment will enhance BSNL’s network and will serve as a robust platform from which to introduce new telecom services to meet the increasing demand from their subscriber base.”  

“We look forward to continuing our association with BSNL as it further strengthens the backbone of India’s information society and employs Aperto’s WiMAX gear to help bridge the rural-urban digital divide,” said Manish Gupta, vice president of marketing and alliances for Aperto Networks.  

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps leading service providers deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband profitably by building the world’s most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-class WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and leading contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d/e and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 200 customers in 65 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. Visit:  

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Aperto has sales, sales engineering, customer support and R&D operations across India. The WiMAX development center is located in Bangalore. Sales operations are based in Delhi and Mumbai.   WiMAX Forum and WiMAX Forum Certified are trademarks of WiMAX Forum. PacketMAX is trademark of Aperto Networks.