Leap Broadband deploys 3.5 GHz licensed frequency systems from Aperto; Link3 Technologies selects Aperto’s BWA systems for business-grade VPNs

June 2, 2004

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MILPITAS, Calif. -- Leap Broadband, a leading provider of business-class broadband wireless access services in Ireland, has begun deploying 3.5 GHz licensed frequency systems from Aperto Networks to complement its extensive network of 5.8 GHz PacketWave point-to-multipoint systems throughout the metropolitan area of greater Dublin.

Since launching to market in mid-2002, Leap Broadband has become a primary network provider to hundreds of business-class users across Ireland’s capital, serving enterprises with fractional and full E-1 symmetrical broadband wireless access as well as value-added applications. In late 2003, Leap was one of a select group of carriers to be granted 3.5 GHz wireless licenses by the Irish Commission for Communications Regulation.

“We have been very well-served by our primary deployment of 5 GHz-based Aperto systems, especially as more and more unlicensed frequency wireless operators have joined the provider community in Dublin,” stated Leap Broadband CEO Bart Bonsall. “Aperto’s narrow channel sizing has kept our networks virtually interference-free in the 5 GHz frequency. This has helped to build our reputation for delivery of high-quality business class service. Now we are in a position to add the 3.5 GHz licensed frequency as an overlay to our existing network, and we look forward to extending our success with Aperto’s 3.5 GHz PacketWave systems. This eases our scalability as we already know the systems deployment and management processes. The growth should be transparent to our teams and our customers. Finally, Aperto’s leadership in WiMAX is of consequence to us. We’re considered leaders in our sector, and want to work with leaders to sustain our success.”

In a separate release:

MILPITAS, Calif. -– Link3 Technologies, Ltd. and Aperto Networks jointly announced today that Link3 has deployed Aperto’s 3.5 GHz PacketWave broadband wireless access (BWA) systems for business-grade VPNs throughout the operator’s network. The first and now largest wireless Internet Service Provider in Bangladesh, Link3 has built the premier financial services subscriber base and is well-respected for its reliable and high-quality service delivery. Link3 uses Aperto Networks for its 3.5 GHz network deployment, as well as for backhaul of network traffic.

Link3 Technologies has been in operation for four years, serving the nation’s top banks and financial development agencies, large international and local corporations, government offices and multi-tenant business properties. The company has extensive coverage and capacity in three large cities, and has plans underway to serve as many as 15 metro areas. It currently owns and operates 12 base stations across Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet. All have been placed in strategic locations to provide the maximum coverage for these metro areas comprised of a population of 14 million.

“We have considerable expertise in wireless networking over unlicensed frequency bands, and received approval in 2003 to operate in the 3.5 GHz licensed band,” stated Link3 managing director Sajjid Pasha. “After testing our current and prospective systems vendors, we chose Aperto for this substantial network expansion and migration of corporate clients to the 3.5 GHz infrastructure. PacketWave’s IP feature richness, QoS and advanced capabilities such as adaptive modulation meet our needs extremely well, and the solution economics are very attractive.”

Aperto Networks

Leap Broadband

Link3 Technologies Ltd.

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