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Fujitsu and Airspan Networks Partner to Deliver WiMAX Broadband Wireless Access Solutions

Fujitsu plans to enhance its extensive Wireline Access portfolio with Wireless technology through co-operation with Airspan

May 03, 2005

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd announces that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Airspan Networks (NASDAQ: AIRN), to enter into a reseller agreement for Airspan's AS.MAX family of WiMAX broadband wireless access products. The MoU will pave the way for the reseller agreement, under which Fujitsu will resell Airspan's HiperMAX, MacroMAX and MicroMAX base-station products, as well as EasyST and ProST customer premise equipment. The two companies will also evaluate options for incorporating Airspan's WiMAX technology into Fujitsu's GeoStream Access Gateway portfolio of products.

Andy Stevenson, General Manager of Fujitsu Telecommunications in Europe, commented: "WiMAX is the single most important development in broadband wireless access, and has generated enormous interest from large and medium sized operators in Europe, North America and Asia. The economies of scale and advanced technology offered by WiMAX makes broadband wireless an attractive complement to our already extensive copper and fibre access capabilities. In Airspan, we have found a partner that shares our vision of the access market. We have been impressed with the leadership that Airspan has shown with its AS.MAX products and our objective is to offer our customers a unique value proposition by bringing together our expertise with that of Airspan."

Commenting on the agreement, Eric Stonestrom, President and CEO of Airspan Networks, said: "The interest in AS.MAX following its launch at CeBIT in March has been very encouraging. We are delighted to have been chosen by a world leader such as Fujitsu as its WiMAX partner. Fujitsu is a leading supplier of access and transport products to many of the world's leading carriers. Together, we will be able to bring truly innovative access solutions to customers in Fujitsu's key markets."

Airspan's AS.MAX product family has been designed for indoor, self-installable deployment, an essential component for the economic rollout of broadband wireless. The EasyST is the first product of its type to offer fully indoor plug-and-play WiMAX services. The product family will be commercially available in the third quarter 2005. Fujitsu's GeoStream Access Gateway portfolio of products encompasses state of the art, highly scalable copper and fibre access solutions, specifically developed for the high density, high functionality requirements of Next Generation Multi Service Access Networks.

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About Fujitsu

Fujitsu is the leading Japanese information and communication technology (ICT) company offering a full range of technology products, solutions and services. Over 170,000 Fujitsu people support customers in more than 100 countries. We use our experience and the power of ICT to shape the future of society with our customers. Fujitsu Limited (TSE:6702) reported consolidated revenues of 4.5 trillion yen (US$54 billion) for the fiscal year ended March 31, 2012. For more information, please see:

Fujitsu UK and Ireland is a leading IT systems, services and products company employing 11,400 people with an annual revenue of £1.7 billion. Its business is in enabling its customers to realise their objectives by exploiting information technology through its integrated product and service portfolio. This includes consulting, applications, systems integration, managed services and product for customers in the private and public sectors including retail, financial services, telecoms, government, defence and consumer sectors. For more information, please see:

About Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe

Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Limited is a major supplier of Broadband Access equipment in Europe and is Fujitsu's worldwide design location for access network solutions - including a centre of excellence for the development of Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology. The company is also the leading provider of broadband solutions in the UK, with some 2 million lines deployed to date. Headquartered in Birmingham, UK, Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe is focused on providing strategic end-to-end solutions, supported by complete turnkey services. Fujitsu is playing a fundamental role in the creation of "Broadband Britain" - from world-leading products and technology, through project planning, community liaison, cable laying and civil engineering, to installation, implementation and ongoing maintenance.

About Airspan Networks

Airspan Networks is a worldwide leader in Broadband Access wireless communications, having delivered systems with more than 1 million lines of capacity to over 300 customers in more than 95 countries. Airspan's products are being used by carriers, service providers and in enterprise networks to deliver carrier-class voice, high-speed data and Voice over IP (VoIP) services. Airspan's product portfolio contains an extensive range of Point to Multipoint (PMP) and Point-to-Point (PtP) products covering both licensed and unlicensed bands between 700MHz and 6GHz, including both PCS and 3.5GHz international bands. Airspan is at the forefront of the WiMAX revolution as a founding member and Board member of the WiMAX Forum(TM).Airspan is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations centre in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.

About WiMAX Forum

The WiMAX Forum(TM) is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum's goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX-Certified(TM) products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed and Portable Applications.

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Date: 03 May, 2005