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Wavesat, CRC and C-DOT Team Up For Developing Fixed Wimax Wireless Rural Broadband Solutions.

NEW DELHI, India, Ottawa, Ontario & MONTREAL -- Low-Cost Fixed Wireless WiMAX Compliant Platform to Provide "Last-Mile" Broadband Wireless Access in Rural and Remote Areas, especially in a Country like India

Wavesat, a leading developer of WiMAX silicon chips, C-DOT, the premier telecom technology centre of the Government of India and the Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), the Government of Canada's primary research facility into telecommunications technologies, today announced they have begun working together to build a cost effective fixed wireless access solution, based on IEEE 802.16-2004 standard suitable for long reach broadband communication solutions.

C-DOT and CRC have taken steps to embark on the joint development of a MILTON based core broadband platform for India, powered by Wavesat's WiMAX silicon chip technology.

Vijay Madan, Executive Director of C-DOT said, Wavesat's innovative and readily available chipset will help C-DOT deliver point-to-multipoint broadband systems in a short span of time. We also see this collaboration as a driving force to speed up broadband implementation in India complementing existing fiber and DSL networks."

"CRC is focused on finding technological solutions that extend broadband services to rural and remote communities," stated Dr. Veena Rawat, Acting President of the CRC. "Having a private sector partner like Wavesat join this team effort will allow us to take advantage of their market expertise, helping get us closer to addressing long range broadband communication needs."

"C-DOT and CRC join the growing number of Wavesat clients and partners to develop solutions based on our EvolutiveTM set of WiMAX products and tools," commented Michel Guay, President an CEO of Wavesat. "We are pleased to be part of this three-way collaboration to address the large broadband need in India; it will undoubtedly benefit the entire WiMAX community."

About C-DOT

C-DOT is a developer of cost effective switching, routing and transport network solutions. C-DOT's telecom technology solutions include IP/MPLS routers, next generation VoIP systems, Broadband Wireless Access Nodes, Gigabit Passive Optical Network (GPON), Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) and satellite communication systems. C-DOT provides ATM systems for defense applications and its PSTN fixed line systems have been the cornerstone of telecom revolution in rural India. C-DOT was established in 1984 by the Government of India as a national center of excellence in telecom technology research. It was vested with full authority and total flexibility to develop state-of-the-art telecommunication technologies to meet needs of the Indian telecommunication networks. C-DOT is headquartered at New Delhi. www.cdot.com.

About Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC)

CRC, an agency of Industry Canada, is the Canadian government's primary laboratory for research and development (R&D) in advanced telecommunications. R&D is used for public policy purposes and to strengthen the Canadian economy through technology and knowledge transfer. Under its four research branches, CRC specializes in taking an interdisciplinary approach to longer-term R&D in wireless systems, radio fundamentals, communication networks, photonics and interactive multimedia. More information about CRC is available at: www.crc.ca. Further details about the MILTON technology are available at www.crc.ca/milton.

About Wavesat

Founded in 1993, Wavesat Inc. is a fabless semiconductor company focused on the development and supply of modem chips for WiMAX compliant systems. Wavesat is headquartered in Montreal, Canada where it conducts research and development activities. Wavesat is a privately held company.Key investors include, BDC Venture Capital, Multiple Capital Montreal, Monet Capital, Pac-Link Management Corp., Skypoint Capital Corporation, Solidarity Fund QFL and Sunsino Ventures Group. Wavesat is a Principal member of the WiMAX Forum, a nonprofit corporation formed to certify the compatibility and interoperability of Broadband Wireless devices conforming to the 802.16 wireless MAN and ETSI HiperMAN specifications and to help accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. Please visit the company's web site at www.wavesat.com
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