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NAVINI NETWORKS' NOMADIC, ZERO-INSTALL WIRELESS BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY LICENSED

12/05/01
California Amplifier to Supply End-User Customer Premise Equipment

 

CAMARILLO, California and RICHARDSON, Texas - December 5, 2001 - Navini Networks, Inc., the leading provider of zero-installÔ wireless broadband technology and California Amplifier, Inc. (NASDAQ: CAMP), a worldwide provider of integrated microwave solutions for satellite and terrestrial broadband communications, today announced that California Amplifier has licensed Navini's technology to develop and manufacture customer premise equipment (CPEs) for the broadband wireless market.

The license agreement allows California Amplifier to manufacture Navini-designed CPEs and to develop custom CPE solutions interoperable with Navini base station equipment. California Amplifier's custom solutions will integrate its high performance radio frequency (RF) and antenna technology and additional functionality, such as routing and voice capability, to address the residential, home office and small enterprise markets. The company will supply CPE products containing Navini technology directly to service providers.

"For over a decade, California Amplifier has developed broadband wireless access products and we recognize the capabilities of Navini's non-line-of-sight, zero-install, nomadic broadband technology," said Fred Sturm, president and chief executive officer, California Amplifier. "California Amplifier's CPE design expertise and our volume manufacturing capabilities will now be applied to help deliver cost-effective products to service providers, incorporating Navini's wireless broadband access technology."

"We're continually seeking relationships with key industry players to assist us in the deployment of our licensing and reselling programs," said Alastair Westgarth, chief executive officer, Navini Networks. "Through our partnerships with world-class organizations such as California Amplifier, we will be able to deliver superior price and performance solutions to the wireless broadband marketplace."

Navini is partnering with companies in the broadband wireless access market to deliver its non-line-of-sight, zero-install, nomadic wireless broadband technology to a larger number of carriers to create the best ROI in the industry. Additionally, Navini is expanding the company's distribution with the addition of licensing and reselling programs enabling companies, like California Amplifier, to manufacture and sell Navini's products and develop new products based on Navini's technology. These initiatives will enable the creation of multiple CPE form factors that address the residential, small office/home office (SOHO) and small/medium enterprise (SME) markets.

About California Amplifier
California Amplifier designs, markets and manufactures a broad line of integrated microwave fixed point solutions used primarily in conjunction with satellite and terrestrial broadband applications. The Company's wireless access business unit designs and markets integrated reception and two-way transmission fixed wireless solutions for video, voice, data, telephony and networking applications. The satellite business unit designs and markets reception components for the worldwide DBS television market as well as a full line of consumer and commercial products for video and data reception. California Amplifier is an ISO 9001 certified company. For additional information, visit California Amplifier's web site at www.calamp.com.

About Navini Networks
Headquartered in Richardson, Texas, the heart of the Telecom Corridor, Navini Networks offers patented wireless broadband technology that addresses the world's need and desire for high-speed Internet access. Navini was founded by successful Silicon Valley entrepreneur Wu-Fu Chen and industry expert Dr. Guanghan Xu, and provides nomadic, zero-install, non-line-of-sight infrastructure to allow for anytime, anywhere Web access. Navini Networks' Ripwave™ products consist of a base station, CPE, and element management system (EMS) and run in the 2.4 GHz ISM and 2.6 GHz MMDS spectrums. Navini's solution results in a price/performance combination that is superior to other broadband offerings in the marketplace. The product is currently being beta-tested and general availability is targeted for the first quarter of 2002. To date, Navini has received $66.5 million in funding from top-tier investors such as Austin Ventures, Sequoia Capital, Sternhill Partners, and Granite Ventures. For more information on Navini, please visit www.navini.com.

Statements in this release about California Amplifier's licensing agreement with Navini, customer relationships, initiatives to develop broadband wireless solutions, service provider reception to CPE products and the market potential of new products are forward-looking statements and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Words such as "may," "will," "expects," "intends," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "could," "estimates" and variations of these words and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Factors that could impact California Amplifier's future results include changes in product demand and market growth rates, the effect of competition, pricing pressures, supplier constraints, manufacturing yields, market acceptance of new products and the viability and market acceptance of new technologies. Although California Amplifier believes the expectations reflected in such forward-looking statements are based upon reasonable assumptions, it can give no assurance that its expectations will be attained. California Amplifier undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. More information about California Amplifier's risks is available in the Company's annual report on Form 10-K and other filings made from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Special attention is directed to the portions of those documents entitled "Risk Factors."

For more information:
Jeannette Grand-Hudler
Director of Marketing Communications
Navini Networks (972) 852-4247
jhudler@navini.com

Stacey Frantz
Media Relations
Springbok Cohn & Wolfe
(972) 480-9980, ext. 183
stacey_frantz@springbokcw.com

Greg Dare
Manager, Marketing Communications
California Amplifier, Inc.
(805) 987-9000
gdare@calamp.com

Crocker Coulson
Partner
Coffin Communications Group
(818) 880-0100
crocker.coulson@coffincg.com

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