|Under the terms of this
agreement, Navini and ASUS will jointly develop certified Mobile WiMAX
subscriber modems to be marketed under Navini's Ripwave(R) brand. These
modems will use chips from several vendors and will support key Mobile
WiMAX features such as Beamforming and MIMO Matrix A (Space-Time
Coding). The agreement includes a commitment to Mobile WiMAX
interoperability certification by the WiMAX Forum(TM)certification test
"As Mobile WiMAX becomes a reality, operators will have multiple
suppliers for both their networks and their modems," said Sai
Subramanian, VP, Product Management and Strategic Marketing, Navini
Networks. "With certified interoperability, operators will be able to
choose not only the best wireless access network, but also select from a
range of modems from multiple vendors. Users of Mobile WiMAX certified,
Ripwave(R) modems will be able to roam onto networks built by other
vendors, while users of other certified modem types will be able to
connect to Navini's Smart WiMAX(TM)access networks."
Navini's Smart WiMAX (TM) solution combines the coverage and capacity
benefits of beamforming with the robustness and throughput enhancements
of MIMO. Smart WiMAX(TM) will include beamformed MIMO, which can double
received data rates and make mobile signals more reliable.
"We are pleased to join forces with the technology and market leader for
personal broadband -- the service that will ultimately be delivered by
Mobile WiMAX," said ASUS Wireless Director, Kevin Pi. "We envision a
series of advanced Mobile WiMAX modems with a range of features and
functions to meet every need and price point. Working with Navini helps
ASUS advance Mobile WiMAX certification and bring advanced subscriber
solutions to market more quickly."
Navini and ASUS plan to bring the initial selection of Ripwave(R) Mobile
WiMAX modems to market with desktop portable data modems in late 2007
and services -- enabled desktop modems to include VoIP in 2008.
About Navini Networks:
Navini Networks is the leader in providing portable, plug-n-play
broadband wireless access solutions, with the largest commercial
deployments in the world, over 70 commercial networks in 6 continents
and strategic partnerships with industry leaders. Navini is the only
company that has the patented Smart Beamforming technology, enabling
personal broadband for the mass market today, with a seamless upgrade to
the MobileWiMAX standard to deliver SmartWiMAX(TM). (SmartWiMAX(TM) is
the combination of mobile WiMAX with Smart Beamforming & MIMO). Navini's
Ripwave(R) MX portable, zero-install(TM), non-line-of-sight (NLOS)
solution consists of customer modems, base stations, and element
management systems (EMS) that run in the full range of spectrums with
software upgrades to the IEEE 802.16e standard.
Navini Networks is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum and the IEEE
802.16e committee. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas. http://www.navini.com/.
ASUS is a leading provider of 3C total solutions. With a global staff of
more than 100 thousand and a world-class R&D design team, the turnover
for 2006 was 17.4 billion U.S. Dollars. ASUS has been ranked in Business
Week InfoTech 100 for 9 straight years, and was ranked No.1 by the Wall
Street Journal for best quality products in Taiwan.