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NETGEAR joins WiMAX Forum™ to drive adoption of emerging wireless standard

  • 06 September, 2005 13:48

<p>NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR), a worldwide provider of technologically advanced, branded networking products, has announced its membership in the WiMAX Forum™, an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to advance the IEEE 802.16, or WiMAX, broadband wireless networking standard. NETGEAR’s admission as a principal member into the group is among the first for vendors that provide networking solutions for homes and small- and medium-sized businesses. NETGEAR’s inclusion supports its strategy of maintaining close alliances with partners and consortiums on the cutting edge of networking technology.</p>
<p>“WiMAX extends the geographical reach of Wi-Fi and holds huge potential for the local market, particularly in Australia’s rural and regional areas where access to broadband has traditionally been restricted,” said Ian McLean, Vice President, NETGEAR Asia-Pacific. “As a market leader, we realise the importance of supporting emerging technologies like WiMAX that will benefit our customers and further progress the wireless industry.</p>
<p>“NETGEAR is already developing a range of home and business solutions that are tailored for portable and mobile use in a WiMAX environment, and we believe our commitment to this technology will be instrumental in driving its local adoption.”</p>
<p>WiMAX is a standards-based technology enabling the delivery of last-mile wireless broadband access as an alternative to cable and DSL. WiMAX will provide fixed, nomadic, portable and, eventually, mobile wireless broadband connectivity without the need for direct line-of-sight with a base station.</p>
<p>Formed in June 2001, the WiMAX Forum is a nonprofit association that promotes the adoption of IEEE 802.16-compliant equipment by operators of broadband wireless access systems. With the proliferation of several proprietary wireless standards creating great confusion and inconvenience for consumers and businesses, members of the WiMAX Forum will work together to promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of solutions for the new standards-based networking technology platform. Expecting mass adoption, support for WiMAX will be integrated into laptops and mobile devices, providing portable and nomadic communication in city- and enterprise-wide deployments.</p>
<p>About WiMAX Forum
The WiMAX Forum is an industry-led, non-profit corporation formed to help promote and certify the compatibility and interoperability of broadband wireless products using the IEEE 802.16 and ETSI HiperMAN wireless MAN specifications. The forum’s goal is to accelerate the introduction of these devices into the marketplace. WiMAX Forum CertifiedTM products will be fully interoperable and support Metropolitan Broadband Fixed, Portable and Mobile Applications. For more information about the WiMAX Forum and its activities, please visit www.WiMAXForum.org.</p>
<p>About NETGEAR
NETGEAR (Nasdaq: NTGR) designs technologically advanced, branded networking products that address the specific needs of businesses and home users. Headquartered in Santa Clara, California, NETGEAR’s suite of approximately 100 products enables users to share Internet access, peripherals, files, digital multimedia content and applications among multiple personal computers and other Internet-enabled devices. For more information, visit the company's website at www.netgear.com.au or call 02 8448 2072.</p>
<p>©2005 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR® and the NETGEAR logo are trademarks or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders. Information is subject to change without notice. All rights reserved.</p>
<p>Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.:
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR’s participation in the WiMAX forum, and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR’s products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management’s current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: there is no assurance that a WiMAX standard will be established or that NETGEAR will be able to successfully develop or market WiMAX-based products, the actual price, performance and ease of use of NETGEAR’s products may not meet the price, performance and ease of use requirements of end-users; the performance of NETGEAR’s products may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company’s periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including, but not limited to, those risks and uncertainties listed in the section entitled “Risk Factors Affecting Future Results”, pages 19 through 28, in the Company’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 3, 2005, filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on August 12, 2005. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events.</p>

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