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Proxim WiFis Norway Airports

Proxim named exclusive hotspot supplier for all major Norwegian airports

November 10, 2003

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LONDON -- Proxim Corporation (Nasdaq: PROX), a global leader in wireless networking equipment for Wi-Fi and broadband wireless networks, today announced that it is providing the Access Point infrastructure for wireless hot spots in every airport in Norway. Under the supervision of Avinor, the Norwegian airport administration, each airport will offer high-speed Internet access to travellers with Wi-Fi equipped laptops.

According to research firm IDC, demand for hot spots is expected to grow dramatically, particularly in Europe. They predict nearly 8 million hot spot users in Western Europe by 2007, with the majority of those users logging in to networks in airports, hotels, and restaurants.

“Business travellers increasingly expect to have wireless access in major airports around the world,” said Tom Tuskin, IT Project Manager for Avinor. “We want to be a leader in providing this customer service across all of our airports, and working with Proxim we were able to build an easy to manage, cost-effective network that was able to scale for the different airports involved.”

Oslo Airport in Gardemoen was the first airport to deploy a public hotspot, using over 200 of Proxim’s ORiNOCO AP-2000 Access Points and the Nomadix Universal Subscriber Gateway, a high-performance platform for large public access deployments. The centralised architecture enabled by this combination of products delivers the easy management, scalability and user authentication required for large public access deployments. After extensive testing, Avinor selected the combined Proxim-Nomadix solution because it offered the most reliable, secure and flexible network to meet their needs across every airport environment.

“Public facilities are beginning to recognise the importance of offering wireless Internet service to customers,” said Jan Jensen, Vice President of Sales, EMEA, for Proxim. “We are excited to be part of this major project to provide wireless service to Norway’s airports, which we believe will set the standard for public hot spot access across the country.”

Wireless networks are currently being rolled out in the other major airports in Norway and are scheduled for completion at the end of this year. The other airports are: Stavanger, Bergen and Trondheim. In addition to providing hot spot capabilities, the networks will provide wireless infrastructure for airport administrative offices.

Proxim Corp.

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