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WiMAX Performance Tests

Pipex Wireless WiMAX trial performance exceeds expectations

Other Topics: WiMAX Smart Antenna, Best of WiMAX World Nominations

Pipex Wireless
August 15, 2006

Pipex Wireless, a joint venture between Pipex (AIM:PXC.L) and Intel Corporation focused on developing and providing wireless services, announced that it has successfully completed the latest phase of its WiMAX trial in Stratford-upon-Avon. Working with wireless solutions provider, Airspan Networks (AIRN - NASDAQ), the trials have tested Pipex Wireless’ WiMAX-based broadband services in a number of locations, with uplink speeds particularly impressive.

Performance has been evaluated using both indoor and outdoor antennae, powered by Intel Rosedale chipsets, with the trial showing that WiMAX can deliver near symmetric services in most environments. This will mean that businesses and home users will benefit from being able to send content such as email attachments and large files at the same speed as typical broadband downloads.
“WiMAX is an exciting opportunity for Pipex and we’re delighted that the tests have been completed and successfully shown the technology’s potential,” said Mike Read, CEO of Pipex. “In our next stage, we are undertaking commercial trials delivering end-to-end WiMAX services with a number of local authorities and live customers.”

Airspan's CTO, Alastair Westgarth, commented, "We are pleased to have our WiMAX platform solution as part of the Pipex WiMAX trial. It has given us the opportunity to prove that our Software Defined Radio base station and indoor, self install CPE fit the needs of a solid WiMAX service provider such as Pipex. The combination of range and throughput demonstrated by the achievements to date are very encouraging and provide an added baseline for our continuing product development of this platform."

Pipex Wireless was created in April 2006 by Pipex and Intel Capital, Intel Corporation’s venture arm, to develop unique fixed and portable broadband wireless services for consumers and business customers in the UK. The company intends to announce additional trial deployments in 2006 and roll out new services in several major metro areas in 2007.

Internal antenna performance
Speeds in excess of 2Mbps up and down have been achieved indoors at a range of 1.2km from the base station with no direct line of sight. Drive tests using the indoor antenna in a vehicle at various distances from the base station have shown symmetric speeds of 5Mbps.
External antenna performance

Speeds of 10Mbps down and 9Mbps up have been achieved to external antennas at the test house at 1.2km from the base station. Longer range tests with external antennas have achieved 6Mbps down and 4Mbps up at a range of 6km from the base station.

About Airspan Networks
Airspan Networks (AIRN - NASDAQ) provides fixed and wireless voice and data systems and solutions, including Voice Over IP (VoIP). Its wireless products serve operators around the world in both licensed and unlicensed frequency bands between 700 MHz and 6 GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan has a strong wireless product roadmap that includes offerings compliant with the 802.11 a/b/g and the WiMAX 802.16-2004 standard, including software upgradeability to Mobile WiMAX (the 802.16e-2005 standard). Airspan is on the Board and is a founder member of the WiMAX Forum and a member of the Wi-Fi Alliance.

The Company has deployments with more than 350 operators in more than 100 countries. Airspan’s wireless systems are based on radio technology that delivers excellent area coverage, high security and resistance to fading. These systems can be deployed rapidly and cost effectively, providing an attractive alternative to traditional wired communications networks.

Airspan’s new AS.Tone VoIP system is a carrier class, turnkey solution that provides carriers with Class 4, Class 5 and IP-Centrex solutions and has a Softswitch and Gateways supporting SIP/H323 and SIP. AS.Tone’s design provides customers, carriers, next-generation telcos, cellular providers and ITSP with a wide range of solutions with the best price/performance system for IP telephony. Airspan also offers radio planning, network installation, integration, training and support services to facilitate the deployment and operation of its systems. Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

More information on Airspan can be found at

About Pipex Communications plc
Pipex is a multiple award-winning provider of integrated telecommunications and Internet services. With a broad customer base including small/home-offices and blue chip companies, Pipex provides a comprehensive range of consumer, business and corporate voice, broadband, security domain name registration and shared and dedicated hosting solutions.

Pipex’s focus is simple: enabling businesses and consumers to achieve their aspirations through proven communications services and emerging technologies. This is achieved through an extensive portfolio of high-speed Internet connectivity, managed services and hosting, security and voice products - combining exceptional performance, innovation and a commitment to customer service.

Owning one of the UK’s most extensive communication networks, Pipex boasts more than 100 Points of Presence (PoPs) nationwide. In addition, state-of-the-art data centres, which are manned and monitored 24x7, ensure the security of Pipex’s customers’ business critical applications. Its commitment to investing in its technology infrastructure ensures that Pipex continues to deliver the most scalable, resilient, secure and reliable services.

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About Intel Capital
Intel Capital, Intel’s venture capital organization, makes equity investments in innovative technology start-ups and companies worldwide. Intel Capital invests in a broad range of companies offering hardware, software and services targeting enterprise, home, mobility, health, consumer Internet and semiconductor manufacturing. Since 1991, Intel Capital has invested more than US$4 billion in more than 1,000 companies spanning more than 30 countries. During this time, about 160 portfolio companies have been acquired and another 150 have gone public on exchanges around the world. In 2005, Intel Capital invested about US$265 million in about 140 deals with approximately 60 percent of funds invested outside the United States.

For more information on Intel Capital and its differentiated advantages, visit

Elizabeth West
Berkeley Public Relations
Tel: 01629 826942

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