Airspan Wins in Finland

Nordic LAN & WAN of Finland deploys Airspan's WipLL product in the 3.5GHz frequency to implement broadband services

April 7, 2004

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BOCA RATON, Fla. -- Airspan Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq:AIRN), a leading global provider of fixed broadband wireless DSL networks, announced today that Nordic LAN & WAN of Finland will purchase Airspan's WipLL product in the 3.5GHz frequency to implement broadband services in the areas of Rantasalmi, Juva, Puumala, and Sulkava in Finland.

LAN & WAN has agreed to make purchases from Airspan to implement its contract with the RaJuPuSu Municipal Association, a Finish local government regional authority, and two operators, Mikkelin Puhelin (MPY) and Savonlinnan Puhelin (SPY), to deploy a broadband wireless service network. SPY and MPY are part of the Finnet Group, which has provided telecommunications services in Finland since the 1880s. The group today operates 37 telephone companies, providing services in all parts of the country. The contract will initially cover 600 subscribers in the service area, and the network is expected to grow to 1,500 subscribers by the end of 2004. The services to be offered over the WipLL-based network will allow not only the local residents and businesses but also holiday homes in the areas to enjoy the benefits of broadband connectivity.

The new purchases follow the decision in December 2003 by LAN & WAN to use Airspan's WipLL product to extend a regional fibre network deployed in Narpes/Narpio. A pioneer in the development of ATM and Ethernet customer networks in Finland, LAN & WAN operates networks in 14 cities throughout Finland.

Target coverage for the broadband network is 90%. The local authorities of Rantasalmi, Juva, and Puumala have signed subscriptions on behalf of their village schools, to ensure that the schools are included in that percentage. In the future, village schools will act as service points for summer or local residents who do not have the resources or desire to acquire their own equipment and connections.

The Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications, Leena Luhtanen, stated that: "The RaJuPuSu broadband project implements the broadband strategy endorsed by the government, and for its part contributes to the construction of the information society. Thanks to the radio technology used in building the network, it is not only local residents and businesses but also summer residents who can now enjoy the benefits of broadband services."

Airspan Networks Inc.

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