|[September 28, 2004]
Airspan Announces Sale of WipLL 700 MHz Equipment to Cavalier Group, LLC
BOCA RATON, Fla. --(Business Wire)-- Sept. 28, 2004 -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIRN), a leading worldwide provider of broadband fixed wireless DSL networks, announced today that it has sold its WipLL 700 MHz Broadband Wireless Access systems to Cavalier Group, LLC.
The Cavalier Group holds 51 lower 700 MHz C Block licenses, which cover approximately 40 million POPs. Cavalier acquired Airspan's WipLL platform to test the system with services in the 700MHz band in the Jackson, MS and potentially other markets. Cavalier intends to provide Broadband Internet access initially, and may add integrated services such as Voice over IP at a later time. As the test matures, Cavalier may expand the geographic coverage of the WipLL system in the Jackson area or test additional equipment in other markets within or outside of Mississippi. Cavalier's licenses include markets in Mississippi as well as much larger markets such as New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Buffalo.
Nash Neyland, Manager of Cavalier Group stated, "We acquired the 700 MHz spectrum in FCC auctions to provide voice and data services as a new business venture. Airspan's modular base station architecture and high-performance subscriber equipment certainly appears to create a strong business case for us to provide advanced broadband services to customers in certain of our markets, especially those customers with no cable or DSL availability. We felt most confident choosing a Broadband Wireless architecture that minimizes our capital expenditure but provides us the flexibility to grow as the market demand grows."
"We are very encouraged by Cavalier's confidence in testing their market with Airspan's solution," said Dick Lee, General Manager and Vice President of Airspan's North American Sales group. "Cavalier is one the largest 700MHz license holders and we are encouraged by this new relationship and how we are moving forward with similar applications".
About Airspan Networks Inc.
Airspan Networks provides wireless voice and data systems and solutions, including Voice Over IP (VoIP), to both licensed and unlicensed operators around the world in frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong product evolution roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the new 802.16-2004 standard, and with built-in 802.16e capability. Airspan is on the Board and a founder member of the WiMAX Forum. The Company has deployments with more than 200 operators in more than 70 countries. Airspan's systems are based on radio technology that delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading. Airspan's systems can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively, providing an attractive alternative to traditional wired communications networks. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.
More information on Airspan can be found at http://www.airspan.com
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