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Mobily of Saudi Arabia Deploys Aperto Networks in Top Metros  

Milpitas, Calif., and Dubai, UAE, (September 26, 2005) – Aperto Networks, a leading WiMAX systems provider serving over 200 operators in 65 countries, announced today that Mobily, the second largest GSM operator in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, has deployed its PacketWave broadband wireless systems in the four largest cities of that nation, Riyadh, Jeddah, Dammam and Khubar, as well as in Dahran, the gateway city to Bahrain. Mobily (brand name of Etihad Etisalat) is owned by Etisalat of UAE, as well as private and public investors in Saudi Arabia.  

Mobily’s PacketWave-powered 2.5 GHz wireless network now reaches a population numbering over 6 million metro residents, as well as many of Saudi Arabia’s central business districts. The system is used to provide high-speed data connectivity and to enhance Mobily’s service delivery across the major urban areas in the kingdom.  

“We selected Aperto's PacketWave system because of its IP-rich functionality and spectral efficiency,” stated Khaled Al-Kaf, CEO of Mobily. “The platform’s ability to support VPNs and VLAN, integrated routing functionality and strong scalability fully supports our plans for expansion and business applications over IP. We have a large and growing footprint, and must have efficient, robust links throughout to meet the needs of our corporate customers. We also have high confidence in Aperto’s WiMAX strategy, and in its partnership with NetInfo to give us outstanding network integration and field support where we have deployed.”  

“Aperto is a critical strategic systems partner to us in the Middle East,” explained Mr. Saeed Mohammed Bawazir, General Manager of NetInfo. “The PacketWave platform has a solid baseline of established integration performance and Aperto’s systems engineers are highly adept at providing us the needed support to design, configure and deploy client networks. We have a strong commitment and growing expertise in WiMAX, and are very pleased to be working with Aperto as this critical wave of technology moves to market.

“We are pleased to be working with Mobily, Etisalat and NetInfo on this important deployment,” added Aperto CEO Reza Ahy. “Etisalat is a well-respected global player, with planned fixed wireless deployments in other countries in the region, including the UAE. Together with NetInfo, we have established a strong base for expansion and look forward to shared growth in the future.”

About Mobily (Etihad Etisalat)

Mobily is the official brand name of Etihad Etisalat, the new mobile service provider in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Established in accordance with a 2004 royal decree, the ownership of the company is two-fold: a Saudi ownership, comprising public investors holding 20% of the company’s shareholding, while private investors own a 45% stake. The balance of 35% is owned by the Etisalat of UAE.  
Etisalat was one of the first operators to introduce Mobile Telephones in the Middle East in 1982 and launched its GSM Service in September 1994. Etisalat's subscriber base stands currently at well over 3 million. For more information on Etisalat, go to www.etisalat.ae.

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leader in WiMAX systems selling to the global markets. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16a/d and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Its PacketMAX and PacketWave® systems consist of a family of base stations, subscriber units, radios and antennas in 2.5, 3.5 and 5 GHz frequencies for point-to-multipoint and point-to-point deployment. The scalability and patented technologies in these systems support new wireless builds and complement wireline broadband access networks. Aperto is deployed in over 65 countries, meeting service provider needs for installation ease, IP-rich network functionality, cost effectiveness, rapid provisioning and interference resilience. For more information on ApertoNetworks, go to www.apertonet.com.  

About NetInfo

NetInfo, based in Abu Dhabi UAE, is the leading Solution provider and developer of premium voice/data networking services in the Gulf (KSA - UAE). The company provides design and development, installation, maintenance, turn-key projects and technical services for the critical and demanding applications of its client institutions, organizations and industries.   Established in 2001 by an expert team of Network/Telecom Technologists, NetInfo was founded to address unprecedented growth in Information Technology and Voice/Video/Data/Telecomm Networking. It now serves Government, Corporate, Industries, Organizations and Institutions, and has expanded to include specialists in a wide variety of advanced technologies related to broadband voice and data for wireless local and wide area mobility and portability over physical or virtual infrastructure. NetInfo’s team of systems engineering experts has an in-depth experience in RF planning, network design and network implementation. For more information, go to www.netinfo.ae.