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Aerohive’s New “Dynamic Airtime Scheduling” Delivers Up To 10X Faster Wi-Fi Performance

Patent-Pending Technology Unlocks the Performance Potential of 802.11n


SANTA CLARA, Calif., Feb. 3, 2009 — Aerohive Networks, the award-winning creators of the controller-less “cooperative control” wireless LAN (WLAN) architecture, today announced the introduction of Dynamic Airtime Scheduling. Dynamic Airtime Scheduling dramatically improves wireless LAN performance by measuring each client’s instantaneous data rate and airtime use and scheduling airtime based on IT-specified policies. It can be used to ensure that fast clients, such as 802.11n clients, aren’t slowed down by lower-speed clients, and it can enforce IT-specified policies to ensure that critical applications and users receive adequate airtime. Dynamic Airtime Scheduling provides greater system capacity in busy wireless networks and can increase individual clients’ performance ten-fold. More information about Aerohive products is available at www.aerohive.com.


Unlocking the Full Value of 802.11n

On wireless LANs, only one network client may transmit data at a time. Traditionally, faster clients must wait while slower clients take their (relatively long) turns. Clients can be slow for many reasons, including lower-speed protocols (i.e., 802.11a), wireless interference, inconsistent RF coverage, and distant or obstructed network connections. On the vast majority of wireless LANs, there are slow clients that significantly degrade the performance of all clients. These factors prevent many enterprises from realizing the full value of their 802.11n investments, because their 802.11n clients operate far below their maximum data rates. Airtime Scheduling enables faster clients, such as 802.11n clients, to complete their transmissions without waiting for the slower clients to complete theirs, unlocking the performance potential of the faster clients without penalizing the slower clients.


“In wireless LANs, the worst client dominates the air, as only one client can transmit or receive at a time, and slower clients take more airtime to send the same data,” said Adam Conway, vice president, product management, Aerohive Networks. “Aerohive’s breakthrough Dynamic Airtime Scheduling technology resolves this issue, creating dramatic performance improvements in a wide array of common, yet challenging, wireless LAN environments.”


Dynamic Airtime Scheduling Provides Superior Scheduling

Because Dynamic Airtime Scheduling measures the actual airtime of each client’s packets, it delivers better performance improvements than protocol-based scheduling approaches that simplistically prioritize 802.11n clients over 802.11ag clients. Protocol-based scheduling does not address the issue of slow 802.11n clients impacting faster 802.11n clients, nor does it prevent slow 802.11n clients from restricting faster 802.11ag clients. In fact, protocol-based scheduling can inadvertently prioritize slow 802.11n clients at the expense of faster-performing 802.11ag clients.


“A fast radio isn’t sufficient by itself to produce great performance in large-scale production WLAN environments,” said Craig Mathias, principal, Farpoint Group, a wireless and mobile advisory firm. “As we’ve seen over the years with operating systems, how traffic is scheduled, along with QoS management, can make a huge difference in how well a WLAN system actually succeeds. Aerohive’s Dynamic Airtime Scheduling is a great step forward in assuring that mission-critical Wi-Fi installations provide the best possible service to users and their applications alike.”


Aerohive Architecture Enables Microsecond Feedback

Aerohive’s unique cooperative control architecture features a distributed control plane, which puts control and data intelligence in the HiveAP along with the radio, creating a microsecond-feedback air interface that is able to react to instantaneous changes in the RF network, such as clients changing their data rates.


Other New Features

Dynamic Airtime Scheduling is delivered in HiveOS 3.2, the latest version of Aerohive’s HiveAP operating system software. HiveOS 3.2 is a substantial release, with 20 other new features that are focused on application support, resiliency, and management, including firewall enhancements and Track IP path resilience.


A significant new feature of the latest HiveOS release is HiveUI, an easy-to-use embedded network management application that can quickly deploy a hive of up to 12 HiveAPs. An entire hive can be managed via the HiveUI Web interface on a single 802.11n HiveAP, providing configuration, status, and guest-management functionality to customers who do not require the advanced features of Aerohive’s HiveManager network management system. This free, intuitive interface reduces the cost of and simplifies small deployments, extending the benefits of Aerohive’s cooperative control architecture to smaller businesses.


Pricing and Availability

HiveOS 3.2 is available now as a free upgrade for all Aerohive customers.


About Aerohive Networks

Aerohive Networks’ cooperative control enterprise wireless LAN architecture provides all the management, mobility, and security of controller-based architectures without the cost, capacity, performance, and availability issues associated with controller deployments. The architecture also scales easily to support 802.11n. In addition, Aerohive solutions provide the reliability and scalability necessary for mission-critical networks and are optimized for voice over wireless LAN (VoWLAN) applications. Aerohive was founded in 2006 and is headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. The company’s investors include Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Lightspeed Venture Partners, and Northern Light Venture Capital. For more information, please visit www.aerohive.com or call 408-988-9918.


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$11.7M Round of Funding for Wavesat — 4G Chipsets Leader

Wavesat Closes $11.7M Round of Funding — Top Tier VCs Recognize Wavesat’s Leadership

in Multi-Protocol 4G Silicon


Montreal, QUE / Sunnyvale, CA – February 3, 2009 – Wavesat Inc., a leading supplier of Broadband Wireless semiconductor solutions, announced today the Company has secured its latest round of funding, raising $11.7 million CAD. Existing investors led by BDR Capital, BDC Capital and Multiple Capital participated in the round. Proceeds will be used to further strengthen the Company’s leadership position in the 4G Broadband market.


Introduced in May 2008, Wavesat’s unique Odysseyâ„¢ 4G multi-protocol architecture has been gaining wide-spread acceptance. Wavesat delivers silicon that enables customers to deploy multiple Broadband Wireless technologies such as WiMAX® Wave2 and XG-PHS today and to migrate seamlessly to future 4G technologies such as LTE. In recent months, Wavesat announced that Compal, a leading ODM for handheld devices, selected the Odyssey for mobile WiMAX USB dongles. Also, Willcom, a large wireless network operator in Japan, has chosen Wavesat to help develop XG-PHS services and equipment in that country.


“We are impressed by the great strides the company has made since the introduction of the Odyssey chipset and how they are executing and adapting their 4G strategy in this challenging environment,” said Jean Bédard, Managing Partner, BDR Capital. “The Odyssey architecture and product roadmap is right for the times, providing real world benefits to many customers in multiple markets and multiple geographies.”


Later this month, Wavesat will be presenting its Odyssey portfolio of 4G Broadband products at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.


About Wavesat


Wavesat is a global leader in mobile broadband, providing advanced semiconductor solutions to the world’s leading carrier and mobile device manufacturers to deploy future-proof broadband services and products. With award winning technology, Wavesat delivers silicon that enables customers to deploy multiple Broadband Wireless technologies such as WiMAX Wave2 and XG-PHS today and to migrate seamlessly to future 4G technologies such as LTE. Wavesat was awarded the 2008 Frost and Sullivan Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Excellence in Technology Award and was recognized as one of Canada’s Top Ten Technology companies for 2009. Wavesat is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum®. For more information, please visit www.wavesat.com.


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Agito Networks Joins Cisco Technology Developer Program; Completes Interoperability Testing

SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Feb. 3, 2008 – Agito Networks, Inc., the company delivering innovative solutions in enterprise mobility, today announced that it has joined the Cisco Technology Developer Program as part of the program’s IP Communications solution category.  In addition, the company announced that its RoamAnywhere Mobility Router has successfully completed interoperability testing with Cisco Unified Communications Manager, version 6.1.


The Cisco Technology Developer Program (http://www.cisco.com/go/ctdp) unites Cisco with third-party developers of hardware and software to deliver tested interoperable solutions to joint customers.  Members of the program share Cisco’s strong commitment to customer service and satisfaction, and are required to undergo interoperability testing based on criteria set forth by Cisco.  With Cisco Technology Developer Program member offerings such as Agito Networks’ RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, customers can more quickly deploy a broad range of Cisco-compatible business applications that can enhance the capabilities, performance, and management of their Cisco network.


According to Cisco, the interoperability testing is designed to simulate typical customer configurations, and does not replace the need for on-site testing in conjunction with actual implementation.


 About Agito Networks


Agito Networks is the award-winning technology leader in enterprise mobility.  Its product, the RoamAnywhere Mobility Router, is an innovative enterprise fixed mobile convergence (eFMC) platform enabling enterprises to extend voice and Unified Communications to cell phones.  RoamAnywhere is the first and only network appliance that fuses enterprise wireless LANs, carrier cellular networks, IP telephony and location technology to mobilize voice and data applications, while remaining agnostic to customers’ choices of carrier and equipment vendors.  Agito enables low-cost in-building voice coverage, reduced cellular costs, improved enterprise visibility and control over cellular usage, and better accessibility and responsiveness for mobile workers.  A Red Herring 100 winner, Agito was named a Coolest Emerging Technology Vendor by CRN.  RoamAnywhere has received numerous industry awards, including earning Product of the Year honors from Unified Communications and Internet Telephony magazines, and being named one of the Top 10 Products of the Year by eWEEK.  CTO Timothy Olson was also named one of the year’s Best CTOs by InfoWorld.  Founded in 2006 and headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif., the company is venture backed by Battery Ventures, Castile Ventures and ITX International.  Go to http://www.agitonetworks.com for more information.


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