Bonsai Networks, Sun Develop Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture

6/3/2003 - Bonsai Networks announced a solution for an end-to-end carrier grade Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture that was developed in conjunction with Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW). The solution will enable carriers to deploy cost effective and ubiquitous public Wi-Fi access zones utilizing readily available DSL technology. The Sun and Bonsai Networks solution gives carriers the ability to deploy a complete platform and to enable Wi-Fi solutions, services, and access for business and consumers everywhere using cost effective DSL and SHDSL network technologies. With the Services Delivery Architecture, service providers will be able to offer high-quality support and choice to their customers and business partners. These options include a wide range of pricing plans, promotions, settlements and revenue sharing with a diverse set of partners such as retail chains, venue owners, and other service providers. The Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture includes carrier, consumer, enterprise, and metropolitan solutions.

Bonsai components in the system enable significant cost of ownership and time-to-market benefits when compared to traditional carrier systems. Bonsai provides a single, tightly integrated platform that enables real-time authentication, service authorization, customer care, and network management support. In addition, carriers can leverage a wide range of pricing, roaming, payment and collections options that will give providers the resources they need to offer the most creative, service offerings and lower ongoing operating costs.

"Bonsai's software in combination with our Sun Netra products and Sun One software stack creates an scalable, robust solution for convergent Wi-Fi service delivery," said Donna Rubin, Director for Growth Industries, Sun Microsystems, Inc. "Wi-Fi is exploding in both the home and the public sectors. With this combined platform offering from Sun and Bonsai, Service Providers can now manage, bill, and deliver services that enable the personal network experience for businesses, and consumers alike."

"Customers want simple, affordable wireless Internet access from trusted suppliers. Sun has an unmatched track record in building incredibly scalable systems that power the Internet. We believe Sun's Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture is an important step forward in delivering the systems required to deliver highly reliable, widely available, easy-to-use wireless Internet access," said Jim Pflaging, President and CEO of Bonsai Networks.

The Wi-Fi Services Delivery Architecture is built using Sun's scalable network computing platform, including its Java technology, carrier-grade Netra systems and storage products, running on the robust Solaris Operating Environment, and Sun One Application Server to provide a cost-effective, scalable framework. Sun Netra 20 and 1280 systems power the Solaris based application and access management servers providing a highly reliable, scalable, and interoperable machine that is easily integrated into a Telco carrier's infrastructure. The end result is a solution that can manage all the data communication, session tracking, authentication, financial tasks, interfaces to the front and back office systems, that coordinates all service parameters within a deployed Wi-Fi network.

The Sun Wi-Fi System Delivery Architecture is available immediately and will be on display at SuperComm 2003 in Atlanta, June 1-5 in the Sun Microsystems #23221 and Alcatel #21923 booths.

About Bonsai Networks
Bonsai Networks is leading provider of Service Enabling Platforms (SEP) for convergent Wi-Fi networks. Unlike traditional OSS/BSS systems, Bonsai solutions integrate critical elements such as subscriber management, roaming, billing mediation, and support for heterogeneous access points into a single, secure, carrier-grade system. Bonsai Networks is headquartered in Herndon, Virginia, with offices in San Francisco and Chennai, India.

About Sun Microsystems, Inc.
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision -- "The Network Is The Computer" -- has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 100 countries and on the World Wide Web at

Sun, Sun Microsystems, the Sun logo, Java, Solaris, Sun ONE, Sun Netra, and The Network Is The Computer are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sun Microsystems, Inc. in the United States and other countries.

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