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Siemens Brings WayMAX@vantage Solution to U.S. Operators in Time for Upcoming Federal Spectrum Auctions


Boca Raton, Fla., Apr 5, 2006, Siemens Communications Inc. today announced the U.S. availability of its Siemens® WayMAX@vantageTM wireless solution, just in time for operators to take advantage of the soon-to-be-released federal allocations of broadband wireless spectrum that will be auctioned for the deployment of commercially advanced wireless services, including emerging third-generation (3G) mobile network services.

The Siemens WayMAX@vantage portfolio helps U.S. network operators cost-effectively deliver triple-play services - voice, data and video - over wide areas. The Siemens portfolio is one of the first WiMAX Forum-certified access solutions that includes base stations, interoperability with products from three major customer premises equipment (CPE) chipset vendors and outdoor-mounted CPE, as well as monitoring and control systems.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently announced plans to auction 90 megahertz of advanced wireless services spectrum - at 1,710 to 1,755 megahertz and at 2,110 to 2,155 megahertz - to facilitate rapid deployments of broadband technologies such as innovative 3G voice and data services. The spectrum will be available for commercial operators as early as June, according to the FCC.“Business and consumer demand for new, advanced wireless services - including 3G and local area networks (LANs), such as those using Wi-Fi (wireless fidelity) - is considered by many to be an engine for future growth in American and global economics,” according to a January Congressional Research Service report, Wireless Technology and Spectrum Demand: Advanced Wireless Services.

The solution’s Wireless Integration Platform (WIP) includes portals for authentication, subscriber management and back-end services. The Siemens WayMAX@vantage solution is capable of supporting a number of applications such as last-mile broadband connections, wireless digital subscriber line (DSL) services, voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), hotspot and cellular backhaul, and high-speed enterprise connectivity for small, midsized and home-based businesses.

“With the WayMAX@vantage portfolio, Siemens continues to open up new broadband market segments that include wireless mobility solutions for operators,” said Harald Braun, president, Networks Division, Siemens Communications Inc. “WayMAX@vantage radio technology is beneficial wherever laying cable is impractical or non-economical. This makes the WayMAX@vantage solution a useful complementary technology to digital subscriber line (DSL) services and the Universal Mobile Telecommunications System (UMTS).”

The WayMAX@vantage solution flexibly adapts to a range of frequency channels, from 1.75 megahertz to 14 megahertz, and the solution is adaptive up to 64 quadtrature amplitude modulation (QAM) - one of the highest capacities in the industry. WayMAX@vantage software optimizes system parameters for different application traffic demand and user position within a cell. The solution is capable of assigning different priorities to different user groups.

With industry-leading power and system gain, the Siemens WayMAX@vantage portfolio may help operators minimize the number of base stations needed. This may translate into reduced capital and operational expenses for the operators.

Siemens’ broadband wireless access portfolio includes a modular multi-standard base station (MBS) solution based on GERAN and UTRAN. This ultimately allows for the integration of all mobile communication technologies into this MBS system, from GSM and EDGE to 3G/W-CDMA and HSPA, right through to WiMAX and Flash-OFDM.

Siemens was the first major telecommunication provider to receive the designation of WiMAX Forum Certified for its WayMAX@vantage solution. The company has been a member of the WiMAX Forum since its beginning and Siemens is one of the main contributors to help define the IEEE 802.16 standard.

The Siemens LifeWorks Vision

The Siemens WayMAX@vantage portfolio is one of the critical components of the Siemens LifeWorksTM vision to help people interact, work and be entertained - without technology boundaries - in an always-on world. The company’s award-winning LifeWorks vision provides the building blocks for the ongoing development of secure, reliable and high-quality converged communication solutions that drive greater efficiencies and improve user satisfaction.

About Siemens

Siemens AG (NYSE:SI) is one of the largest global electronics and engineering companies with reported worldwide sales of $96 billion in fiscal 2005. Founded nearly 160 years ago, the company is a leader in the areas Medical, Power, Automation and Control, Transportation, Information and Communications, Lighting, Building Technologies, Water Technologies and Services and Home Appliances. With its U.S. corporate headquarters in New York City, Siemens in the USA has sales of $18.8 billion and employs approximately 70,000 people throughout all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Eleven of Siemens’ worldwide businesses are based in the United States. With its global headquarters in Munich, Siemens AG and its subsidiaries employ 460,000 people in 190 countries. For more information on Siemens in the United States:

About Siemens Communications Inc.

Siemens Communications Inc. offers its customers a broad portfolio of communication products and services and is a leader in convergent technologies, products and services for wireless, fixed and enterprise networks. The company’s portfolio ranges from devices for end users to complex network infrastructures and complementary services for enterprises, carriers and service providers. Siemens Communications Inc. is headquartered in Boca Raton, Fla. For more information, visit


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