Navigata Selects Dragonwave for Broadband Wireless

Navigata selects Dragonwave solution for enabling broadband wireless service

Canadian Service Provider Chooses DragonWave's AirPair Products for Performance, Reliability and Ease of Installation

Ottawa, ON - DragonWave Inc., a premier supplier of next-generation wireless networks, today announced that Navigata Communications Ltd has selected DragonWave AirPair Ethernet products for delivering broadband wireless services. Navigata, a service provider with a long history of bringing Canadian business customers high-speed wireless Internet access and other wireless offerings, is deploying the DragonWave solution because of its performance, reliability and ease of installation and management.

"The DragonWave wireless solution adds to our portfolio of broadband services, offering our customers greater choice and flexibility," said Thomas Laird, President and Chief Executive Officer of Navigata. "DragonWave delivers a combination of service, performance and reliability that is unprecedented in the broadband wireless industry and the AirPair product is so simple to install and use that it helps keep operational costs down."

Navigata is uniquely positioned to take advantage of both existing and new revenue opportunities because of its deployment of the DragonWave solution. With the AirPair product, Navigata is rolling out fiber extension capabilities over the air to offer reliable, high-speed data networking and Internet access to customers in locations where other access options are unavailable or uneconomical. Additionally, Navigata is using the DragonWave solution to extend wireless backup to customers seeking multiple forms of network redundancy for mission-critical data.

Jim Arseneault, President and Chief Executive Officer of DragonWave added, "We look forward to continuing to work closely with Navigata to address their customers' evolving needs for broadband services. Our solution enables Navigata to better serve their customers through faster deployment in a cost effective manner."

DragonWave's AirPair product operates within the licensed radio frequencies of 18-to-38-GHz range, ensuring interference-free performance for Navigata customers' Internet Protocol (IP) traffic. The DragonWave solution provides wire-speed, 50- and 100-Mbps connectivity in the millimetre-wave bands and 802.1q Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN) support. The system is extremely easy to deploy and manage. Navigata personnel can configure, calibrate and align the AirPair product with a personal digital assistant (PDA) as well as manage the DragonWave solution remotely, from its network operations center, via the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP)."

About Navigata

Navigata offers a full range of products to address the telecom needs of businesses, including data networking, high-speed Internet, hosting services, data centre co-location, managed security solutions, long distance, and local phone services. The company has offices in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.

Navigata is a member of the SaskTel group of companies. SaskTel is the leading full service communications company in Saskatchewan, offering complete wireline, wireless, Internet and e-business solutions over a state-of-the art, digital network.

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's intelligent millimetre wave radios provide the building blocks to rapidly introduce broadband access where fiber-optic or copper-line connectivity is either unavailable or impractical. DragonWave is headquartered in Ottawa, Canada's high-technology capital.

For further information, please contact:

Patrick Brophy
Marketing Manager, Advertising & Communication
Navigata Communications
Phone: 1.604.990.5975

Nadine Kittle
Phone: 1.613.599.9991