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ARRIS DEPLOYS DOCSIS 2.0-BASED BROADBAND WIRELESS SYSTEMS.

ARRIS (NASDAQ:ARRS), in association with VCOM of Canada, has deployed one of the first DOCSIS 2.0-based broadband fixed access wireless systems in North America. Using its new wireless enhanced Cadent C3 Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) and WM450 modems, this technology package has been deployed at Sterling Cable in San Angelo, Texas to facilitate the addition of several hundred revenue based customers who are being served using the 700 MHz and 2.5 GHz licensed frequency bands.

"The combined ARRIS-VCOM solution makes a lot of sense for us to deploy in our market," said Sterling Cable president Bill Jones, on announcing the deployment. "Being a point to multi-point operator already, using MMDS frequencies and this 700MHz solution allows us to capture more of the market share."

DOCSIS 2.0 based technology uses a fixed modulation scheme on a sector basis, to offer the largest amount of data bandwidth over the greatest distance possible. This is essential in areas that are underserved with lower population densities where closely spaced cells of fixed terrestrial infrastructure are difficult to economically justify. As an example, in the newly licensed 700 MHz bands, where line of sight issues are minimized and cell coverage radius ranges of 20+ miles are possible, wireless broadband services are under serious consideration. As these systems are based on high volume DOCSIS based equipment, customer premise costs are kept in the sub $300 range versus some comparable systems with proprietary solutions which cost several hundreds of dollars more. Even adding VoIP to the system operation only adds slight additional costs, using ARRIS' latest high volume E-MTAs such as the TTM402 product line.

This new product line of wireless equipment based on ARRIS' recently certified DOCSIS 2.0 technology, is currently being shipped and installed by wireless operators worldwide using multiple frequency bands.

About ARRIS

ARRIS provides broadband local access networks with high-speed data and telephony systems for the delivery of voice, video and data to the home and business. ARRIS complete solutions enhance the reliability and value of converged services from the network to the subscriber. Headquartered in Suwanee, Georgia, USA, ARRIS has design, engineering, manufacturing, distribution, service and sales office locations throughout the world. Information about ARRIS products and services can be found at http://www.arrisi.com/.

About VCom

VCom Inc. (formerly Wavecom Electronics, Inc.), established in 1988, is a designer and manufacturer of high-quality, state-of-the-art products for the cable television (CATV), Data over Cable, Digital Video and Wireless Telecommunications industries. VCom is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada.

About Sterling

C&W Enterprise, Inc. is the parent company of Sterling Cable and Zipnet.us. Sterling Cable provides wireless cable TV to all of San Angelo, TX and the rural communities surrounding the Tom Green County area. Zipnet.us is C&W's two way data company employing DOCSIS-based cable modems and nonproprietary solutions in both "MMDS" or 2.1-2.7 GHz and 700 MHz frequencies. C&W Enterprises Inc. is a well diversified multifacetted organization which conducts business in retail marketing, real estate, oil and gas marketing, wireless cable and Internet services.

ARRIS can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.arrisi.com/.

For more information, call 678/473-8327.
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