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Johanne Torres[May 26, 2005]

WiMAX Provider Airspan Announces its Largest U.S. Sale

BY JOHANNE TORRES


Airspan Networks, Inc., a provider of broadband fixed wireless DSL networks, including WiMAX standard systems, was happy to announce today that it made its largest WipLL 700 MHz and 900 MHz Broadband Wireless Access system sale to date in the United States through its Authorized System Integrator, Stutler Technologies. The purchased system will be used by Central Wisconsin Communications, Inc. (CWCI), a wholly owned subsidiary of Wood County Telephone Company (WCTC).


Thanks to the new agreement, Airspan will now deliver more than 5,000 subscriber premise radios and approximately 100 base stations over a 2-year period for installation by Emporia, Kansas-based Stutler in CWCI's network in the counties of Marathon, Wood, Portage, Waupaca, Juneau, Adams, Waushara, Marquette and Green Lake in Wisconsin. CWCI will initially provide data broadband services to its customers in these markets, and by June first, it expects to add VoIP services to the network.

"We are offering broadband data services today over our existing WipLL 700 MHz network. With this new equipment, we are rapidly building out the rest of our network in each one of the counties to provide service within the next 18 months," said Jamey Lynse, WCTC director of operations. "We chose the WipLL platform because it allows us to offer high quality service in both VoIP and broadband data to our customers. We believe that the coverage and service performance of WipLL is the best option available for both the 700 MHz licenses that we own and in the unlicensed bands."

"We continue to work with rural telephone companies like CWCI to deploy Airspan's WipLL network products. They buy WipLL because it provides a very cost-effective way to increase their service areas for rural broadband access, and allows them to offer voice over IP services. CWCI has a very ambitious deployment plan to close the digital divide in and around its service areas, and in our experience with similar products, WipLL provides the best solution to do this," said Mike Crouch, regional sales manager at Stutler Technologies.

"We are very pleased to work with Stutler Technologies and CWCI to deploy our largest U.S. WipLL 700 MHz network to date, and we are encouraged by the results of our many U.S. deployments," said Dick Lee, general manager and vice president of Airspan's North American Sales group. "Moving into network deployments with thousands of users is an indication that we have the right product in the marketplace to help meet the strong demand for broadband services."

Stutler Technologies, Corp.
www.stutler.net 

CWCI and WCTC
http://www.wctc.net 

Airspan Networks Inc.
www.airspan.com


Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at jtorres@tmcnet.com


 

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