Release date: 2006-01-16

DragonWave Expands AirPair Product Portfolio with the Addition of New Frequencies

(Newswire Today) —  Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 2006-01-16 - DragonWave Inc. today announced the expansion of the AirPair™ product family with the addition of 11, 13 and 15 GHz to their frequency portfolio and new protection options with the UpMast Radio Switch (UMRS).


DragonWave Inc. a leading global supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced the expansion of the AirPair™ product family with the addition of 11, 13 and 15 GHz to their frequency portfolio and new protection options with the UpMast Radio Switch (UMRS).

Further enhancing DragonWave’s rich IP-based product portfolio, the new frequencies builds upon AirPair’s IP wireless high-capacity, carrier-class product platform, the 11, 13 and 15 GHz will significantly increase deployment flexibility. These new frequencies will significantly reduced susceptibility to rain, especially in high rain-rate regions, and provide considerable improved reach and network availability.

The UpMast Radio Switch (UMRS) complements the industry leading mesh restoration capability of the AirPair product. For single links the UMRS will provide improved network availability at a low overall cost, by enabling radio redundancy with a single modem. This will reduce network downtime, and eliminate the need for fast response time to climb towers for radio repairs. UMRS will be compatible with existing AirPair equipment, enabling in the field network hardening.

DragonWave will showcase their new product expansion at the WCA International Symposium and Business Expo (Booth #206) taking place January 18- 20 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California.

“At DragonWave, we are committed to helping our customers maximize the return on their network investment by giving them the capability to deploy our AirPair products across a variety of frequency bands." said Peter Allen, President & CEO DragonWave Inc." AirPair is already a flexible and cost-effective radio system and these new frequency options add even more flexibility for operators.

These new product introductions will support all the major AirPair features, including gigabit Ethernet with capacity scalability to 200 Mbps full duplex in 50 MHz channels, and 170 Mbps in 40 MHz channels. The DragonWave solution is a flexible bandwidth radio platform which can scale from 10 to 200 Mbps in 10 Mbps increments providing scalable, ultra-low latency, wire-speed native Ethernet connectivity. Available in both full outdoor and indoor/outdoor configurations, AirPair can be installed to match any customer requirement providing a highly reliable platform enabling 99.999% service availability. The AirPair product operates within both licensed and unlicensed radio frequencies of 11-to-26-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for customers' traffic.

About DragonWave

DragonWave ( designs, markets and supports broadband, wireless networking products for service providers and enterprises requiring reliable, predictable, interference-free, high-bandwidth transmission of real-time, IP applications. DragonWave products meet the demands of a wide range of applications as well as delivering a value proposition that enables operators and service providers an "invest as you grow" capability that leverages profitable growth. DragonWave is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada's high-technology capital.


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