WiChorus Announces WiMAX Interoperability Testing of its Intelligent ASN Gateway with SR Telecoms CBS5000 Base Station: Leading WiMAX Companies Join Forces as Part of One Open WiMAX Initiative to Promote Open Standards and Choice for WiMAX Operators

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WiChorus, the developer of the industry's most scalable, Intelligent Access Services Network (ASN) gateway, and SR Telecom, a leading vendor of broadband wireless access solutions through its WiMAX-certified symmetryTM products, today announced the companies have conducted interoperability testing (IOT) between WiChorus' Intelligent ASN gateway and SR Telecom's CBS5000 Base Station.

SR Telecom is working with partners like WiChorus to provide our carrier customers with a WiMAX environment that is optimized for service delivery

    Leveraging the WiMAX Forum's recently ratified NWG 1.0.0 specification, WiChorus and SR Telecom 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.

"SR Telecom is working with partners like WiChorus to provide our carrier customers with a WiMAX environment that is optimized for service delivery," said Serge Fortin, president and CEO of SR Telecom. "Together we offer our carrier customers the flexibility to build out their infrastructure in a cost-effective fashion while providing them with a migration path from fixed to mobile WiMAX. WiChorus' commitment to a truly open ecosystem is directly in line with our interoperability strategy, whether with the R6 interface or Customer Premises Equipment. Through our partnership with WiChorus, we believe we have enhanced our value proposition to customers."

"As part of the One Open WiMAX initiative, WiChorus and SR Telecom are driving the transformation from a traditionally closed wireless core to an open, horizontal model that spurs innovation, competition provides best-of-breed choice for carriers," said Rehan Jalil, president and CEO of WiChorus. "By working directly with major WiMAX base station companies like SR Telecom, 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 industry-leading infrastructure 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 vendor-neutral initiative is to ensure the adoption of fully open WiMAX standards, including the adoption of a single open R6 interface, and demonstrate multi-vendor interoperability across the entire mobile ecosystem. To achieve this, WiChorus has invested significant R&D resources in providing test and simulation tools, an advanced test lab facility, and software components.


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About WiChorus

WiChorus is the provider of new class of intelligent and massively scalable platforms for WiMAX and 4G core networks. Leveraging this platform, the company's Intelligent Access Services Network (ASN) Gateway, provides advanced service and subscriber management, service aggregation, content management and network optimization. It enables fixed and mobile service providers to deploy scalable WiMAX networks, capitalize on service differentiation opportunities and streamline capital and operational costs. Through its One Open WiMAX(TM) initiative, WiChorus is accelerating the availability of an end-to-end open WiMAX ecosystem - ensuring service providers have the option to combine best-of-breed solutions. Headquartered in San Jose, Calif., WiChorus is backed by leading Silicon Valley investors Accel Partners, Mayfield Fund, and Redpoint Ventures. For more information, please visit http://www.wichorus.com.

About SR Telecom

SR Telecom (TSX:SRX) is a recognized global leader in delivering innovative broadband wireless access (BWA) solutions that enable service providers to efficiently deploy quality voice, Internet and next-generation services in urban, suburban and remote areas. A technological pioneer with more than 25 years of experience in wireless networking, SR Telecom is the only BWA vendor with extensive real-world expertise in deploying the advanced features of the WiMAX standard. It actively promotes standards-based BWA networking through its role as a principal member of the WiMAX Forum.

With its primary offices in Montreal and Mexico City, SR Telecom is an agile, customer-focused organization with a proven track record. SR Telecom's products are currently deployed in more than 110 countries worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.srtelecom.com.

SR TELECOM, symmetry, symmetryONE and symmetryMX are trademarks of SR Telecom Inc. All rights reserved 2007. All other trademarks are property of their owners.

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