WiChorus Announces Completion of WiMAX Interoperability Testing of its Intelligent ASN Gateway with ZyXEL's Base Station

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"WiChorus and its One Open WiMAX partners are working to transform a traditionally closed wireless core into an open, horizontal model that spurs innovation and competition and provides more choices for carriers," said Rehan Jalil, President and CEO of WiChorus. "By working directly with major broadband technology suppliers like ZyXEL, WiChorus has facilitated the adoption of a single open R6 interface that gives operators the choice and flexibility needed to deploy profitable WiMAX networks."

Together we offer our customers the flexibility to build out their infrastructure in a cost-effective fashion. WiChorus' commitment to a truly open ecosystem is directly in line with our interoperability strategy. Through our successfully completed IOT with WiChorus, we believe we have enhanced our value proposition to customers.

WiChorus, provider of the industry's most scalable platforms for Smart 4G Networks, and ZyXEL, a leading vendor of broadband wireless access solutions through its WiMAX-certified products, today announced the companies have successfully completed interoperability testing (IOT) between WiChorus' Intelligent ASN gateway and ZyXEL's Base Station.

Leveraging the WiMAX Forum's NWG Release 1 specification, WiChorus and ZyXEL demonstrated interoperability with the R6 network interface. With a standard, open R6 interface, mobile operators have the flexibility to choose from a large ecosystem of best-of-breed equipment including base stations and ASN gateways. Without a standard interface, service providers get locked in to a proprietary solution that limits deployment and service options and inflates costs.

"ZyXEL is working with partners like WiChorus to provide our customers with best-of-breed end-to-end WiMAX solutions," said Dr. Yuh-Long Chen, President of ZyXEL. "Together we offer our customers the flexibility to build out their infrastructure in a cost-effective fashion. WiChorus' commitment to a truly open ecosystem is directly in line with our interoperability strategy. Through our successfully completed IOT with WiChorus, we believe we have enhanced our value proposition to customers."

"WiChorus and its One Open WiMAX partners are working to transform a traditionally closed wireless core into an open, horizontal model that spurs innovation and competition and provides more choices for carriers," said Rehan Jalil, President and CEO of WiChorus. "By working directly with major broadband technology suppliers like ZyXEL, WiChorus has facilitated the adoption of a single open R6 interface that gives operators the choice and flexibility needed to deploy profitable WiMAX networks."

The One Open WiMAX initiative has accelerated the availability of WiMAX Forum-compliant infrastructure equipment; ensuring service providers have the option to combine best-of-breed equipment to build their networks. WiChorus is making the goal of an open ecosystem a reality through its participation in the WiMAX Forum and its industry-leading One Open WiMAX initiative. The goal of this initiative is to ensure fully open WiMAX standards, including the adoption of a single open R6 interface, and to demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability across the entire mobile ecosystem. With a standard, open R6 interface, mobile operators have the flexibility to choose from a large ecosystem of best-of-breed equipment, including base stations and ASN gateways.

About WiChorus:
WiChorus is the leading provider of highly intelligent, scalable core platform for 4G networks. Its SmartCore platforms enable operators to deploy smart WiMAX and LTE networks with advanced service and subscriber management, content management, and network optimizations, and to monetize the Internet for increased ARPU and profitability. Through its One Open WiMAX initiative, WiChorus has accelerated the availability of an end-to-end open WiMAX ecosystem, ensuring service providers have the option to combine best-of-breed solutions, like its market-leading Intelligent ASN Gateway and Home Agent products. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., WiChorus is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors Redpoint Ventures, Accel Partners, and Mayfield Fund. For more information, please visit http://www.wichorus.com.

About ZyXEL Communications:
ZyXEL Communications Corp. (TSE: 2391), headquartered in Hsinchu, Taiwan, is the world's leading residential gateway provider and was recently ranked as Taiwan's First "Green Enterprise," and the second best "Green" Company in Asia (2007 CG watch, Asian Corporate Governance Association). ZyXEL's comprehensive Internet Protocol-based (IP) networking solutions include access multiplexers, customer premise equipment, Internet security and Wireless LAN equipment, enabling high-performance network services for SOHO, small to mid-sized businesses and service providers. ZyXEL works closely with worldwide network equipment vendors, telecommunications companies, ISPs, and other major businesses. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.zyxel.com.

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WiChorus:
Eric Andrews
eric @ wichorus.com
+1 (408) 435-0777 x205

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