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Aperto PacketMAX Selected by Icosnet for WiMAX Network in Algeria

MILPITAS, CA (May 20, 2008) – Aperto® Networks, builder of the world’s most versatile carrier-grade and cost-effective WiMAX base stations and subscriber units, today announced that Icosnet, one of the leading service providers in Algeria, has deployed a WiMAX network using PacketMAX® 5000 base stations and PacketMAX 100 subscriber units. The equipment will be used to provide high-speed wireless data to businesses, banks, and energy companies.

"This is our first deployment in Algeria and continues the momentum we are building in the Middle East and Africa," said Manish Gupta, Vice President of Marketing & Alliances for Aperto Networks and WiMAX Forum Board Member. "More and more service providers are beginning to appreciate the carrier-grade quality and flexibility of PacketMAX and WaveCenter™, our integrated element management system."

Icosnet’s deployment of PacketMAX began last December in Northern Algeria and is currently being rolled out to other regions and cities.

"Speed of deployment was crucial to our success," said Andrew Kinnear, CEO of Icosnet. "We were upgrading an older wireless network to WiMAX and wanted to avoid having to reapply for spectrum. We had already done extensive testing on PacketMAX and were impressed its feature set and flexibility. Fortunately, Aperto came through and delivered everything within weeks. "

"Icosnet’s WiMAX deployment in Algeria using Aperto’s PacketMAX solution is significant," said Mike Roberts, Principal Analyst with Informa Telecoms & Media. "It builds momentum in the region for both Aperto—which also has recent wins in Egypt, Lebanon and elsewhere—and WiMAX, which now has a footprint of close to 50 networks in the Middle East and Africa, according to our research."

The PacketMAX family of products delivers the critical elements required to extend wireless broadband services to a wide range of users—ranging from governments, large enterprises and public-sector organizations to multi-tenant buildings and residences—using a single, standards-based platform. The company’s flagship product, the PacketMAX 5000 base station, is also the only carrier-grade base station that can support and operate both the IEEE802.16-2004 and IEEE802.16-2005 WiMAX standards simultaneously, as well as licensed and license-exempt frequencies.

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks helps service providers worldwide profitably deliver affordable wireless voice and broadband services by building the world's most advanced fixed and mobile WiMAX Forum Certified base stations and subscriber units. Aperto fundamentally changes the economics of delivering voice and broadband services through IP-rich, point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networks, allowing carriers to offer a wider variety of services to more customers using less equipment. Its carrier-grade WiMAX technology offers industry-leading subscriber density, quality of service, ease of use, and reliability. Aperto is a founding board member of the WiMAX Forum, as well as a founder and lead contributor to IEEE 802.16 and the ETSI-BRAN standards. Serving more than 400 customers in 90 countries, Aperto Networks is based in Milpitas, California. For more information, visit us at

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