Aperto Packetmax Selected By Egyptian Ministry of Interior for First Wimax Network In Nation

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Egypt is taking a strong leadership position in adopting WiMAX technology to protect its citizenry and promote economic growth. We are excited to be working with the Egyptian government to deploy one of the largest WiMAX networks in Middle East to date and leverage many of the carrier grade capabilities of our PacketMAX® system.

Aperto® Networks, builder of the world's most advanced WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, today announced that it has been selected by Egypt's Ministry of Interior to provide equipment for that nation's first wireless WiMAX network. The equipment will be used to connect Egyptian police stations and offices nationwide. Barkotel, a distributor based in Egypt, will provide engineering services for the deployment.

"We are pleased with Aperto's solution," said General Mohammed Sadek, General Director of Police Communication with the Ministry of the Interior. "Our deployment is now moving into high gear. We plan on using Aperto's WiMAX solutions for many applications in the future -- including our Tetra application, video surveillance, voice communications between police stations -- and then expanding these applications into other geographical areas in Egypt. We also would like to be the first to adopt Aperto's 802.16e solutions as they become available in the near future."

"We are extremely proud to be selected by the Ministry of the Interior for such a massive project," said Manish Gupta, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Aperto Networks and WiMAX Forum Board Member. "Egypt is taking a strong leadership position in adopting WiMAX technology to protect its citizenry and promote economic growth. We are excited to be working with the Egyptian government to deploy one of the largest WiMAX networks in Middle East to date and leverage many of the carrier grade capabilities of our PacketMAX® system."

The deployment of PacketMAX solution will take place in two phases. Phase I is currently underway and will connect all major cities and towns in Northern Egypt. Phase II, planned for next year, will connect smaller towns and remaining rural regions. Both phases will involve PacketMAX base stations and subscriber units to provide integrated voice, data, and video services.

"This will be a state-of-the art system once deployed," added Atef Barkouky, CEO of Barkotel. "We have partnered with Aperto as we fully understand the superiority of the PacketMAX system. PacketMAX offers tremendous capacity, QoS, and flexibility to the end customer. With Aperto, we are well positioned to implement other WiMAX networks in other regions for the Egyptian government."

"The selection of Aperto's PacketMAX solution to connect Egyptian police stations and offices nationwide allows the Ministry of Interior to deploy Egypt's first carrier-grade WiMAX network," said Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer for Yankee Group. "It positions Aperto to support other advanced applications such as video surveillance and VoIP communications between police stations in Egypt."

The PacketMAX family of products delivers the critical elements required to extend wireless broadband services to a wide range of users--ranging from governments, large enterprises and public-sector organizations to multi-tenant buildings and residences--using a single, standards-based platform. The company's flagship product, the PacketMAX 5000 base station, is also the only carrier-grade base station that can support and operate both the IEEE802.16-2004 and IEEE802.16-2005 WiMAX standards simultaneously.

About Aperto Networks
Aperto Networks helps service providers worldwide profitably deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband services by building the world's most advanced fixed and mobile WiMAX Forum Certified base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-class WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use, and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum, as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 400 customers in 90 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit us at http://www.apertonet.com.

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Chris Wilhelm
Tel: +1-408-519-4745
PR @ apertonet.com

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