Profile: Airspan Networks Inc (AIRO.PK)
26 Nov 2013
Airspan Networks Inc. (Airspan), incorporated in 1999, is a global supplier of broadband wireless equipment supporting the Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) protocol standard, which provides telecommunication access network to connect end users to telecommunication backbone networks. The Company utilizes other supplemental technologies, including Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) and Voice-over-Internet Protocol (VoIP), which allow communications network operators and service providers to deliver high-speed data and voice services using wireless communications rather than wired infrastructure. Earlier in 2008, it announced the MacroMAXe mobile-WiMAX base station, developed in partnership with Fujitsu. MacroMAXe is an all-in-one base station offering the range and features included in larger base station equipment.
The Company's primary target customers are communications service providers and other network operators that deploy WiMAX networks in licensed and unlicensed (license exempt) spectrums worldwide. These customers include incumbent local exchange carriers (ILECs), Rural Local Exchange Carriers (RLECs), Internet service providers (ISPs), Wireless Internet Service providers (WISPs), Mobile Virtual Network Operators (MVNOs), and Competitive Local Exchange Carriers (CLECs). It also serves a growing market segment, including participants in the energy and utility, defense and public safety, and other government sectors.
The Company has developed a line of WiMAX products for the WiMAX/IEEE 802.16 mobile and fixed markets. WiMAX products are based on an air interface that employs orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) and orthogonal frequency division multiple access (OFDMA). This interface has characteristics that permit broadband wireless signals to penetrate objects more effectively than the interfaces used in Airspan's earlier products, creating opportunity for the installation of customer equipment in non-line of sight (NLOS) environments. As of March 2009, the WiMAX portfolio was comprised of HiperMAX, MicroMAXd, MacroMAXe and MacroMAXd for base stations, and the EasyST, ProST and MiMAX USB for subscriber terminal applications.
HiperMAX Base Station is optimized to support both the IEEE 802.16e-2005 and 802.16d-2004 specification for WiMAX. HiperMAX-Micro is an all-outdoor single sector Base Station based on the same technology as HiperMAX and is available in all of the same frequencies.
MicroMAX Base Station is modular in design and is composed of two main components: the all-outdoor Base Station Radios (BSR) and the indoor Base Station Distribution Unit (BSDU). Each Base Station could contain up to 16 base station resource scheduler (BSRs), depending on the amount of available spectrum.
The MacroMAXd product has been developed for urban, high-density deployment situations. MacroMAX architecture utilizes an indoor radio unit, with external feeders to appropriate mast installed antennae.
MacroMAXe is an integrated, all outdoor, mobile WiMAX Base Station. These units support the IEEE 802.16e-2005 platform. Together, multiple units enable mobile users to retain connectivity while their session is automatically handed off from one base station to another.
The EasyST is designed to be installed by the end user. EasyST supports different deployment options to optimize performance depending on the actual location. EasyST can also be deployed with the optional EasyST-WiFi unit thus providing combined WiMAX and Wi-Fi functionality in the same unit. When combined with the EasyWiFi base, the EasyST creates a combined WiMAX/Wi-Fi terminal that can be an instant public hotspot or Indoor Metro-Zone Wi-Fi node. The EasyST overall design supports both 256 OFDM (TDD & FDD) and scalable OFDMA (TDD) physical layers offering operators a flexible choice of fixed or mobile WiMAX air interface, which complements the capabilities of the HiperMAX Base Station.
The ProST and ProST-WiFi are designed for external deployment, to be fitted by trained personnel. The unit is ideal when a specific service-level agreement needs to be guaranteed. The ProST operates in both LOS and NLOS propagation environments. The ProST-WiFi is a combination terminal that integrates WiMAX with an outdoor Wi-Fi access point to create instant public hotspots or outdoor Wi-Fi Metro-Zone nodes. The ProST design supports both 256 OFDM (TDD & FDD) and scalable OFDMA (TDD) physical layers offering operators a choice between fixed or mobile WiMAX air interface, complementing the HiperMAX Base Station.
MiMAX USB is a WiMAX Certified mobile device which provides quad-band operation. Pluggable into any USB port, this device offers connectivity to laptops, personal computers and a number of other portable devices. With a plug-and-play feature, this device allows connectivity to any mobile WiMAX network, enabling roaming and mobility. MiMAX devices support the full Mobile WiMAX Wave 2 Certification Profiles, including Interoperable MIMO and Beam Forming techniques as defined by the IEEE802.16 standard.
Wireless Fidelity Products
The Company's AS.Net products are based on the IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards. A combination of WiMAX and Wi-Fi technologies can provide flexible combinations of wireless-based broadband connectivity solutions in enterprise and carrier networks.
The Company competes with Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Cisco Networks, Huawei, Motorola, Nokia Siemens, Redline Communications, Samsung and ZTE Corporation.
Airspan Networks Inc
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