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Airspan Optimizes Yozan's Tokyo WiMAX Network
[September 21, 2006]

Airspan Optimizes Yozan's Tokyo WiMAX Network

TMCnet Contributing Editor
Wireless access and VoIP systems provider Airspan Networks announced on Thursday that it completed a WiMAX network optimization program with Yozan of Tokyo, Japan.

Airspan began this project back in July and the testing period last month. As of September 1st, Yozan had more than a hundred 4.95G WiMAX base stations operating in the cities of Tokyo, Chiba, Saitama, Kanagawa and Kyoto.

According to the company's announcement, during the testing period the company "demonstrated that the Yozan network delivers better than 99.9% service availability over Yozan's direct WiMAX and its 'Bitstand WiFi' (News - Alert) service platforms."
"We are very pleased with the results of our joint network optimization efforts with Yozan, and it remains one of our most important customers. Yozan's network is designed to be upgraded to 802.16e and will in time support Mobile WiMAX at 4.9GHz. Our Yozan-sponsored project to develop a tri-band 16eUSB device remains on track, and we plan introduce this revolutionary device in the second half of 2007," stated Eric Stonestrom, CEO of Airspan Networks (News - Alert).
In a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed earlier this month, the companies agreed to lower the amount of the original supply contract from $42.9 million to approximately $28 million.
Both companies also entered into two agreements for additional network optimization services, including network radio planning, site identification, equipment installation commissioning, to assist in Yozan's rollout of new base station infrastructure in the next six months; and maintenance of the purchased system and software and hardware upgrades.
"We are very pleased with the performance of the network, and will now move rapidly and methodically to deploy our Base Station infrastructure in focused areas of demand, to extend the footprint of our commercial services," said Yozan's president Kiyoshi Ohata in a statement.
Yozan plans to launch Web 3D services for businesses next month.
Today's news follows Airspan's deal with the Consortium Union Temporal (COLDECON) for the deployment of a large-scale broadband rural access project in Colombia. The news follows a similar deployment in the Dominican Republic recently completed by Airspan and BEC Telecom S.A.
The five-year agreement enabled the companies to deploy broadband connectivity to 2,224 schools and public institutions in the northern part of the South American country.
Airspan Networks Inc.
Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet and INTERNET TELEPHONY magazine. To see more articles by Johanne Torres, please visit her columnist page.

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