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Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America

Ceragon Wireless Backhaul Ethernet Solutions Selected by a Leading Carrier in North America

Leading national wireless communications carrier to deploy Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 in a multi-million dollar deal

Ceragon LogoTEL AVIV, Israel, April 1, 2009 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT), a leading provider of high-capacity LTE-ready wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that  a leading North American wireless communications carrier, has selected its advanced wireless Ethernet solutions. Ceragon’s FibeAir® IP-10 systems in combination with Ceragon’s High Power RF units will be deployed by the carrier to provide long-haul transport for high-speed data and voice services. This deployment will support the carrier’s geographical expansion and network capacity enhancement. Initial orders are valued at over US$6 million, of which $5 million has been recorded as revenue.

Ceragon was selected for this important build due to its ability to deliver a high performance IP-based solution that supports multiple radio configurations. With superior system gain, Ceragon can provide its new customer the ability to extend its network reach while using smaller antennas. This particular feature alone helps achieve significant cost savings without compromising the quality of the service.

 “This is an important strategic win for Ceragon as it delivers our most advanced platform into a new and prestigious customer” said Ira Palti, President and CEO of Ceragon. “The decision to choose our solutions for its high-speed, long haul IP network is a ringing endorsement of our technology and strategy.”

Ceragon’s FibeAir IP-10 is a unique migration-ready platform that supports native Ethernet and Native2 (hybrid) TDM/Ethernet over a single platform. The combination with Ceragon’s advanced high power RF unit, the FibeAir RFU-HP, provides a unique solution for long haul IP and TDM applications. The solution utilizes advanced Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) for unmatched link optimization, ensuring the highest available capacities under any weather conditions.  The solution can be deployed in both split-mount and all indoor configurations.

FibeAir IP-10 and FibeAir RFU-HP will be showcased at CTIA Wireless, Booth #6406, April 1-3, 2009, Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas.

Ceragon SystemsAbout Ceragon Networks Ltd.

Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT) is a leading provider of high capacity wireless backhaul solutions that enable wireless service providers to deliver voice and premium data services, such as Internet browsing, music and video applications. Ceragon’s wireless backhaul solutions use microwave technology to transfer large amounts of network traffic between base stations and the infrastructure at the core of the mobile network. Ceragon designs solutions to provide fiber-like connectivity for circuit-switched, or SONET/SDH, networks, next generation Ethernet/Internet Protocol, or IP-based, networks, and hybrid networks that combine circuit-switched and IP-based networks. Ceragon’s solutions support all wireless access technologies, including GSM, CDMA, EV-DO and WiMAX. These solutions address wireless service providers’ need to cost-effectively build-out and scale their infrastructure to meet the increasing demands placed on their networks by growing numbers of subscribers and the increasing demand for premium data services. Ceragon also provides its solutions to businesses and public institutions that operate their own private communications networks. Ceragon’s solutions are deployed by more than 150 service providers of all sizes, as well as in hundreds of private networks, in nearly 100 countries. More information is available at

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Gain Cost Efficiencies by Brining in the Real World in the Wireless Test Lab

Wireless operators and manufacturers traditionally rely on fleets of drivers to perform mobile field testing, also referred to as drive testing, to verify the operational and performance capabilities of mobile devices and services. This approach is neither repeatable nor cost-efficient.  

With flexible ‘Virtual Drive Test’ and ‘Fading Lab’ features mobile operators and device vendors can deliver cost efficiencies over field testing. At CTIA Wireless 2009, Spirent is unveiling new Virtual Drive Test and Fading Lab functionality on Spirent’s SR5500 Wireless Channel Emulator, the award-winning solution for wireless receiver performance testing. 

Virtual Drive Test allows rapid re-creation of RF conditions to bring real-world field testing of mobile devices into the lab. Fading Lab enables the creation or replay of highly-detailed, advanced radio environments from a wide range of data sources.  

“Virtual Drive Test reduces the amount of physical field testing required in a product’s life cycle resulting in significant cost savings,” said Rob VanBrunt, vice president of Spirent’s CDMA and Physical Layer market segment. “It also offers some clear technical advantages over field testing, enabling the same precise scenario to be repeated across multiple test runs, eliminating much of the uncertainty inherent to field testing.” 

Virtual Drive Test uses Spirent’s exclusive Dynamic Environment Emulation (DEE) feature to provide a more rigorous and sustainable alternative. Virtual Drive Test generates a set of controlled dynamic RF channels based on channel parameter data. Complex radio mobility scenarios can be created without deploying scores of vans, and the RF environment remains consistent between test iterations. 

 Spirent’s new Fading Lab supplements the SR5500’s existing real-time engine with a new “Fading Data Playback” engine. The Fading Lab engine converts data into a sample-accurate wireless RF environment. The Fading Lab’s universal interface accepts data from a wide range of sources including channel-sounding tools and software packages. Virtually any mathematical or ray-tracing software package can be used to synthesize the input data, as can custom software packages or scripts. The text-based template allows the user to create any customized fading model imaginable. 

“For wireless operators and device manufacturers, the Spirent SR5500 has been there to eliminate the risk of missing a critical RF issue.” added VanBrunt. “Now Fading Lab’s flexibility eliminates the risk of running up against a channel model your equipment can’t address.” 

The Fading Lab includes Fading Studio, a software package that creates advanced channel scenarios for testing MIMO and other multiple-antenna systems. These already include Spatial Channel Models (SCMs/SCMEs), with models defined by the European Wireless World Initiative New Radio (WINNER) consortium to follow shortly. 

Demonstrations of the Spirent SR5500 and the company’s wide range of other wireless device, application and infrastructure testing solutions will be showcased at Booth #744 at CTIA Wireless 2009, April 1-3 in Las Vegas. For more information visit  

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