BelAir Launches WiMax/WiFi Cable Node

New product leverages cable operators’ infrastructure with both licensed and license-free wireless spectrum

April 1, 2009

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WASHINGTON -- Rather than debating the relative merits of licensed vs. license-free wireless spectrum, many cable operators worldwide are now in an ideal position to leverage both to deliver high-performance mobile broadband wireless services to business and residential customers. BelAir Networks, the market leader in service provider WLAN, today announced the BelAir100SX, the industry’s first dual mode WiMAX/Wi-Fi wireless node optimized for deployment on existing cable infrastructure, including aerial plant, pedestal, cabinet and vault mounting options.

BelAir Networks, already deployed in the largest and most advanced consumer Wi-Fi networks in North America and Europe, was first to market with both FCC-approved WiMAX mesh (802.11d) and strand-mounted Wi-Fi nodes optimized for cable operators. The latest innovation, the new BelAir100SX, leverages the company’s modular architecture to combine the functions of a mobile WiMAX 802.16e base station, a Wi-Fi access point, and a DOCSISÒ cable modem in one compact, ruggedized product that integrates with existing cable infrastructure for mounting, power and backhaul. This micro-cellular approach provides better coverage, bandwidth and spectrum utilization while eliminating many of the time-consuming and costly issues associated with traditional macro-cellular tower and rooftop deployments, including site acquisition and provisioning of backhaul.

“Cable operators are well positioned to increase subscriber retention and revenues by adding mobility to their current triple play bundles,” said Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer, Yankee Group. “With the modular, dual mode and cable-ready BelAir100SX node, BelAir Networks has made it faster, more economical and less risky for cable operators to capitalize on the complementary nature of licensed and license-free wireless technology associated with large scale wireless network deployments.”

BelAir Networks Inc.

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