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Ottawa, Canada / Beirut, Lebanon, June 22, 2009 - DragonWave Inc. (TSX: DWI)  the worlds’ leading supplier of packet microwave radio systems for mobile and access networks, today announced that Cedarcom, the leading Lebanese telecommunications provider is deploying the Horizon Compact to deliver high capacity Ethernet backhaul throughout its Mobi and WiMAX networks.

Cedarcom’s network provides extensive coverage, both indoor and outdoor, using multiple wireless technologies. Global connectivity is delivered to its business and residential customers via innovative broadband packages providing bandwidth up to 2 Mbps. As the Mobi network continues to grow, the Horizon Compact is playing a key role in extending coverage to major cities in Mount Lebanon, North, South, and Bekaa valley.

Compared to traditional TDM or hybrid (TDM/IP) microwave solutions the Horizon Compact has many advantages. Extensive cost optimization can be realized through smarter network design and inherent scalability. The best characteristics of ring, mesh and traditional hub and spoke design can be combined to effect TCO (total cost of ownership) improvements of up to 40%.

Alan Solheim, DragonWave’s VP of Marketing noted that “cash flow is optimized throughout the product life-cycle and on multiple levels; training costs are lower, installation and commissioning costs are lower, operations and maintenance costs are lower. Site costs are driven down by product characteristics that include low power consumption, minimal tower or mast-loading and simplified cabling.”

Echoing those comments, Imad Tarabay, CEO at Cedarcom said “the Horizon Compact has become an extremely potent backhaul solution in our network. It has helped us drive our costs down while at the same time providing the bandwidth scalability we need to grow our business. Our objective is to consistently build and deliver new, attractive and competitively priced services. In this context a DragonWave powered backhaul network provides an excellent foundation for future expansion in our business.”

A class leading packet microwave product the Horizon Compact operates in bands from 6 GHz to 38 GHz and is capable of delivering scalable backhaul capacity from 10 Mbps to 800 Mbps. Introduced in 2007, it is the first packet microwave platform to deliver carrier grade Ethernet performance in an all outdoor, fully integrated enclosure. Combined with a comprehensive software-driven feature set the Horizon Compact enables operators such as Cedarcom to fully exploit the cost savings that can be generated using Ethernet backhaul.

About Cedarcom SAL

Cedarcom is the first and only Fixed & Mobile Broadband Wireless Data Provider in Lebanon, providing a breadth of data communication, secure access and last mile solutions to the local industry. Cedarcom holds a wireless data networking license under decree number 10172, allowing the deployment and operation of a country-wide wireless data network with the advanced Broadband technology.  Cedarcom has licensed spectrum in the 1.9 GHz, 2.5 GHz, 3.5 GHz, 7.5 GHz and 23 GHz frequency bands, and provides secure wireless access, data networking and last-mile solutions to banks, ISPs, ASPs, insurance companies, universities, multi-branch offices, etc. The company is the first wireless operator to deploy MPLS based services and MPLS VPN in the Middle East. For more information on Cedarcom, go to and for more info on MOBI service please visit

About DragonWave

DragonWave™ is a leading provider of high-capacity packet microwave radio systems used in emerging IP networks. DragonWave designs, develops, and markets carrier-grade packet microwave radio frequency networking equipment that transmit broadband voice, video and other data.  DragonWave’s products, which are based on a native Ethernet platform, function as a wireless extension to an existing fiber-optic core telecommunications network. The principal application for DragonWave’s products is the backhaul function in a wireless communications network. Additional applications for DragonWave’s products include point-to-point transport in private networks, including municipal and enterprise networks. DragonWave’s corporate headquarters is located in Ottawa, Ontario, with sales locations in Europe, Middle East and North America.  The company’s Web site is

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theWit Hotel Opens with Cutting-Edge Self-Service Technology from NEC

Amenities at the Touch of a Screen: theWit Hotel Opens with Cutting-Edge Self-Service Technology from NEC

Upscale boutique hotel in Chicago utilizes NEC’s integrated communications solutions to create a unique guest experience

IRVING, TX, June 23, 2009 — NEC Unified Solutions, Inc. (NEC), a leading communications solutions integrator, today announced that theWit Hotel, the recently opened downtown Chicago boutique hotel, is using NEC communications technology to deliver unprecedented access to luxury services and amenities for its guests.

“Technology is a cornerstone of theWit; every piece has to integrate in order to create a truly unique guest experience. NEC’s communications server and phones automate guest services, enabling our customers to enjoy the unparalleled comfort and amenities we provide while our employees can efficiently focus on high-touch services,” said Lou Carrier, chief brand officer for ECD Company / theWit Hotel. “When it comes to NEC, we feel like we have the best products on the market; what they helped us create speaks directly to our brand.”

“From the very beginning, the technology vision for theWit has been to provide guests with an experience that is second-to-none with features that are both convenient and easy to use,” said Darrin Pinkham, chief technology officer for ECD Company / theWit Hotel. “NEC has been an integral partner in helping us achieve a seamless converged and ubiquitous network for an impeccable guest experience.”

theWit, a Doubletree Hotel, opened its doors in May with 298 rooms, all dedicated to providing guests with deluxe accommodations through advanced technology. Guest rooms at theWit feature touch-screen access to a variety of services, such as valet notification, setting restaurant reservations, ordering wake-up calls, requesting towels from housekeeping, and looking up airline flight or weather information, all using easy-to-navigate applications from DOCOMO interTouch on NEC’s UNIVERGE® DT750 IP phones. Guests with a sense of humor can request wake-up calls with a message recorded by a celebrity impressionist from the Second City Chicago. Celebrity voices include President Barack Obama, Chicago Mayor Richard Daley, Al Capone and Harry Caray. NEC’s UNIVERGE SV8500 enterprise-class communications server provides voice over IP (VoIP) service to both guests and hotel staff.

“Without a doubt, theWit Hotel is raising the bar in hospitality by leveraging NEC’s communication solutions to help facilitate excellent guest service and staff efficiency,” said Lou Van De Water, vice president and general manager for eastern regional sales, NEC. “theWit is a prime example of the UNIVERGE360 concept: by making guests and staff the central components of their technology decisions, they achieve outstanding results for their customers.”

Headquartered in Singapore, DOCOMO interTouch provides integrated hospitality applications and is a wholly owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO and a member of the UNIVERGE Solutions Partner Program, NEC’s worldwide program that gives technology providers the opportunity to fully integrate their products and applications with NEC’s UNIVERGE portfolio.

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About NEC Unified Solutions

NEC Unified Solutions helps companies unify their business communications through innovative software, applications, development tools, and services. NEC offers a complete portfolio for unified communications, wireless, voice, data and managed services, as well as systems integration and application development. NEC Unified Solutions serves as the North American communications integration arm of global giant NEC Corporation for Fortune 1000, as well as small to mid-sized businesses in vertical markets such as hospitality, education, government, and healthcare. For more information, visit

NEC and UNIVERGE are registered trademarks of NEC Corporation.

About theWit Hotel

theWit Hotel is a new luxury boutique property located in the heart of Chicago’s energetic Loop theater district. TheWit is a flagship property developed by Scott Greenberg of the ECD Company and operated by the Doubletree brand of Hilton Hotels, and clients enjoy the benefits of membership in HHonors, Hilton’s reward program for loyal guests. Four-diamond service with a clever twist is the hallmark of theWit experience, and the hotel’s stylishly irreverent character is inspired by the culture and self-expression so inherent in its urban surroundings. Designed by Chicago architect Jackie Koo with interiors by Cheryl Rowley, theWit feature 298 rooms (including 60 suites); two full floors of meeting and event space; SCREEN, a state-of-the-art multimedia theater; and three dining concepts: cibbo matto, STATE AND LAKE, and a 27th-floor lounge, ROOF. The property also offers guests an opportunity for tranquility at its full-service spa (Spa@theWit) and health club. TheWit is a sleek, contemporary hotel offering a new kind of luxury hospitality experience that fuses charm and good humor with relaxation and opulence. Visit us online at

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Marketing Communications

NEC Unified Solutions


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Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to Integrate IP and Optical Technologies

Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks to Integrate IP and Optical Technologies

Industry Leaders Work Together to Create Unique End-to-End Solution to Enable Seamless Interworking between IP and Optical Networks to Improve Network Efficiency and Reduce Operator Opex

Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper Networks, Inc., (NASDAQ: JNPR), the leader in high-performance networking, are combining their respective strengths in Optical and IP networking to create a solution that brings the two complementary technologies closer together. The integrated IP-Optical solution will provide operators with a highly flexible, reliable and cost efficient way to scale their networks to manage growing volumes of data, voice and multimedia applications. The scope of cooperation includes the development of cost-optimized 10G, 40G and 100G IP over DWDM solutions with management integration and GMPLS control plane interworking.

“Juniper brings world-class IP routing expertise while Nokia Siemens Networks brings forth world-class Wavelength Division Multiplexing transport technology including operational management systems for both technologies. To have both worlds under one network management roof means the highest possible quality in terms of simplicity and efficiency,” said Uwe Fischer, Head of DWDM Business Line at Nokia Siemens Networks. “As carriers consolidate their IP and DWDM environments to ensure cost efficient growth, our solution will form the bedrock of the vision that breaks the barriers between optical and electrical layers.”

”As trends such as video, virtualization and cloud computing continue to drive the need for core networking capacity, operators will be looking for ways to scale their networks efficiently and cost-effectively,” said Opher Kahane, senior vice president and general manager, High-End Systems Business Unit, Juniper Networks. “The combination of IP and optical transport technologies increase the efficiency of the network, and we are very excited to be working with Nokia Siemens Networks to bring this innovative solution to market.”

The implementation of long-haul DWDM optics on router line interface cards will increase network efficiency by reducing the need for redundant transponders, but can present network management challenges because IP and optical networks are traditionally managed separately. To address these concerns, Nokia Siemens Networks and Juniper are creating an innovative solution which manages the entire router–to-optical link as a single entity. Using Juniper’s T Series Core Routers, the router-integrated optical DWDM interfaces will interoperate seamlessly with Nokia Siemens Networks’ hiT7300 WDM platform and be managed by the company’s carrier grade Transport Network Management System (TNMS).

Complemented by Nokia Siemens Networks’ unique network planning software, TransNet, the joint solution will improve overall efficiency in the network. In addition, the operator will be able to enjoy faster service provisioning times as only one DWDM interface will need to be installed and configured, not to mention improved reliability through early link failure detection, enhanced troubleshooting and overall simplicity.

About Juniper Networks

Juniper Networks, Inc. is the leader in high-performance networking. Juniper offers a high-performance network infrastructure that creates a responsive and trusted environment for accelerating the deployment of services and applications over a single network. This fuels high-performance businesses. Additional information can be found at

About Nokia Siemens Networks

Nokia Siemens Networks is a leading global enabler of telecommunications services. With its focus on innovation and sustainability, the company provides a complete portfolio of mobile, fixed and converged network technology, as well as professional services including consultancy and systems integration, deployment, maintenance and managed services. It is one of the largest telecommunications hardware, software and professional services companies in the world. Operating in 150 countries, its headquarters are in Espoo, Finland.

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Find out if your country is exploiting the full potential of connectivity at

Juniper Networks, JUNOS and the Juniper Networks logo are registered trademarks of Juniper Networks, Inc. in the United States and other countries. All other trademarks, service marks, registered trademarks, or registered service marks are the property of their respective owners.

This press release contains statements which may be considered forward-looking within the meaning of the U.S. federal securities laws, including statements relating to the expected future benefits of Juniper Networks products. These statements are subject to known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual achievements to differ from those expressed or implied in this press release, including unforeseen delays or other risks associated with the product development and release process. Additional information concerning these and other risk factors is contained in the Risk Factors sections of Juniper Networks’ Form 10-Q for the quarter ended March 31, 2009. Juniper Networks assumes no obligation to update any forward-looking information contained in this press release.

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