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Navini Wins in Sweden

RICHARDSON, Texas -- SB Broadband AB today announced the launch of high-speed wireless broadband service in Sweden using pre-WiMAX 802.16e equipment from Navini Networks, the global leader(A) in providing plug-n-play broadband wireless access solutions with the most experience in commercial deployments.

This is the first major project to address the broadband-starved Swedish rural market and the first project to achieve, and retain, the full support of all 9 municipalities that make up the County of Sodermanland.

"Once consumers get a taste of the freedom of personal broadband, coupled with competitively priced high-speed Internet access, they won't want anything else," said Eric Ford, Chairman & CEO of SB Broadband. "They want a service that is simple to purchase and simple to activate. We believe the added capability of being portable within our service areas will accelerate our growth in the market. This was a very rapid deployment of 50 Navini base stations in only 5 months."

SB Broadband is making use of existing licenses in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, and is offering competitive tiered services to its customers. Coincidently, the Swedish company received the 1,000th commercially deployed Beamforming base station from Navini.

"Trials and demonstrations of the services have been very well received, proving to us that there is high demand for many applications. Navini's advanced wireless technology provides a robust, commercially proven solution for our networks today, and for evolving those networks to the WiMAX 802.16e standard. From a technical point of view, we are like Navini's more mature customers; we have built a very close relationship that will be mutually rewarding," added Ford.

"Operators want a proven commercial system that can deliver the economics today to easily compete with cable and DSL offerings," said Roger Dorf, president and chief executive officer of Navini Networks. "Navini offers a unique and proven portable wireless broadband network solution that provides non-line-of-sight with simple to use plug-and-play activation."

SB Broadband's network is designed for seamless evolution to Smart WiMAX(TM). Smart WiMAX combines the Smart Beamforming technology currently in commercial service around the world, with beamformed MIMO, which can double the data throughput for WiMAX subscribers.

"That's where Navini shines, with a proven commercial system that allows operators to use retail channels for customer acquisition, an EMS enables tiered service offerings with a WiMAX optimization strategy in Smart WiMAX(TM)," said Dorf. "Wireless just doesn't have the limitations that DSL and cable have."

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