Orascom Picks DragonWave

DragonWave claims largest WiMax deployment

November 1, 2007

2 Min Read

OTTAWA -- DragonWave Inc. ("DragonWave")(AIM/TSX: DWI) a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced Orascom Telecom Holding S.A.E. ("OrascomTelecom") has selected DragonWave's Horizon Compact high capacity IP backhaul product to provide 270 wireless backhaul links for a new nationwide WiMAX Network in Pakistan with their Mobile operator, Mobilink. Initial rollout will begin in the cities of Islamabad, Karachi and Lahore.

"The DragonWave Horizon solution is a key part of our network, providing 50 to 200 Mbps, carrier grade, Native Ethernet backhaul" said Tamer ElMahdi, Group CTO. "Our Network will provide residents and businessusers in cities across Pakistan with an affordable and portable broadband service."

Orascom Telecom is one of the largest GSM carriers operating in the Middle East, Africa and South Asia with more than 60 million customers. Pakistan is the 7th largest country in the world with a population of over 160 million people. Mobilink, a subsidiary of Orascom Telecom has opted to pursue this market with a 3.5 GHz WiMAX infrastructure, and has already been piloted in 3 cities with proposals to cover 5 major metros, including in-building coverage for high value business areas.

After extensive trialing, Orascom Telecom chose DragonWave's Horizon Compact product to enable Mobilink to backhaul traffic from their nationwide WiMAX deployments with a native IP backhaul solution.DragonWave's solution is providing high capacity IP backhaul as a fiber replacement and an economical and efficient way to provide full coverage across the country. The new network will provide data and other applications like voice over IP (VOIP) access to enterprise, government, residential and municipalities.

"Mobilink selected DragonWave because our carrier grade, native Ethernet capabilities will help them to continue building state-of-the-art networks" said Peter Allen, President and CEO of DragonWave. "We look forward to working with Mobilink and the Orascom Telecom group to deliver best-in-class WiMAX networks across their group of national operators"

DragonWave Inc. (AIM/Toronto: DWI; Nasdaq: DRWI)

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