Receives Follow-On Order from Axione, France, as Part of Public Funding Initiative Paramus NJ,
October 26, 2010 – Ceragon Networks (NASDAQ: CRNT), the provider of high-capacity, 4G/LTE-ready wireless backhaul networks, announced that it has received a follow on order from leading French telecoms infrastructure operator, Axione. Ceragon will provide wireless backhaul to three rural regions of France ─ Hautes-Pyrénées, Finistère, and Drôme Ardèche.
The project is part of the French government’s investment in its economy part of which is being used to eliminate the “digital divide” in France. With approximately 20 percent market share, Axione is the leading player in this digital infrastructure initiative. Among other technologies, Axione is deploying a network of WiMAX base stations, bringing digital broadband to the most isolated regions of France.
“Our goal is to provide everybody living in the rural regions of France with digital broadband, even the most remote customers,” said Cyril Puiseux, Head of Networks of Axione. “Microwave technology is a cost-effective way to connect remote areas to the optical fiber backbone, and Ceragon’s microwave solutions have proven to be the most reliable backhaul solutions we have used on the market.”
“Ceragon is known for bringing broadband services to regions that until recently had no access to online services,” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “Ceragon’s proven wireless backhaul solutions give Axione the capacity and spectral efficiency they need to set up backhaul networks in the most remote areas of France at the lowest overall cost, in any deployment scenario.”
Axione chose Ceragon’s proven FibeAir IP-10 solution for wireless backhaul because the units can serve a wide range of capacity requirements ─ from a single base station to traffic-intensive hub sites. The FibeAir IP-10s will be paired with FibeAir RFU-Cs (Radio Frequency Units). This configuration optimizes the traffic capacity throughput and spectral efficiency of the networks, enabling longer distances and the use of smaller antennas. The combination of advanced Carrier Ethernet and Adaptive Modulation features, embedded into the FibeAir IP-10s, will offer a full end to end QoS management along the network.
Axione is a leading player in telecoms infrastructure for local authorities, operators and equipment suppliers. Part of the ETDE Group, Axione offers end-to-end telecoms capabilities encompassing design, installation, operation and maintenance of wireline and wireless infrastructure.
Axione operates in the following segments.
*Regional digital development within the scope of long-term projects on behalf of local authorities,
*Design/integration/maintenance of wireline and wireless networks on behalf of operators and equipment suppliers.
Axione currently operates 14 networks (12 public service delegation contracts and two partnership agreements), including: Limousin, Ardèche/Drôme Numérique and Pau-Pyrénées, and is majoc actor in the public initiative networks market, with approximately 20% of the market share at national level.
About Ceragon Networks Ltd.
Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity LTE/4G-ready wireless backhaul solutions that enable cellular operators and other wireless service providers to deliver voice and data services, enabling smart-phone applications such as Internet browsing, music and video. With unmatched technology and cost innovation, Ceragon’s advanced point-to-point microwave systems allow wireless service providers to evolve their networks from circuit-switched and hybrid concepts to all IP networks. Ceragon solutions are designed to support all wireless access technologies, delivering more capacity over longer distances under any given deployment scenario. Ceragon’s solutions are deployed by more than 200 service providers of all sizes, and hundreds of private networks in more than 130 countries. Visit Ceragon at www.ceragon.com<http://www.ceragon.com>.
Ceragon Networks®, CeraView®, FibeAir®, the FibeAir® design mark and Native2® are registered trademarks., and Ceragon™, PolyView™, ConfigAir™, CeraMon™, QuickAir™, QuickAir Partner Program™, QuickAir Partner Certification Program™, QuickAir Partner Zone™ and EncryptAir™ are trademarks of Ceragon Networks Ltd.
This press release may contain statements concerning Ceragon’s future prospects that are “forward-looking statements” under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These statements are based on current expectations and projections that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. There can be no assurance that future results will be achieved, and actual results could differ materially from forecasts and estimates. These are important factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from forecasts and estimates. These risks and uncertainties, as well as others, are discussed in greater detail in Ceragon’s Annual Report on Form 20-F and Ceragon’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date on which they are made and Ceragon undertakes no commitment to revise or update any forward-looking statement in order to reflect events or circumstances after the date any such statement is made.
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