October 9, 2008

Thales and E-Band Communications Deliver Secure Wireless Solutions for US Government and Financial Clients

Thales, leader in information systems and communications security and E-Band Communications, the leading developer of multi-gigabit capacity wireless communication systems today announced an alliance to provide secure high-bandwidth wireless solutions for use by government entities and financial institutions. This partnership will deliver solutions that enable the U.S. federal government and local municipalities to meet the Department of Defense Directive (DoDD) 8100.2 and also enable large financial service organizations to meet security regulations, including Sarbanes-Oxley and Graham Leach Bliley.

The DoD mandate requires that all unclassified wireless transmission must be encrypted with Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2 Level 2 certified hardware utilizing the AES encryption algorithm. The partnership between Thales and E-Band will facilitate an accelerated deployment of secure outdoor wireless solutions by enabling the use of cost effective, high performance network encryption solutions with high-bandwidth E-Band solutions. The E-Band solution is based on Licensed Band 70/80 GHz millimeter wave radio technology and is ideal for government and military installations that demand rapid deployment of temporary high-bandwidth wireless links for quick restoration of communications in the event of a natural disaster or other emergency. E-Band products operate at OSI Layer 1 and are easily integrated with Thales' Datacryptor(R) family of network encryption solutions that meet FIPS 140-2 requirements. Thales encryption solutions throughput and low latency provide an ideal solution for protecting data, including voice and video over wireless networks. E-Band and Thales provides secure solutions at fiber-equivalent Gigabit Ethernet speeds for bandwidth-intensive applications such as video services, VoIP, digital imaging and disaster recovery.

"E-Band is impressed with the Thales/E-Band interoperability results and the simplicity of the solution," said Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing at E-Band Communications, Saul Umbrasas. "The alliance with Thales provides Government and Financial Institutions not only FIPS Security Compliance but a cost-effective wireless solution for 'Future Proofing' their networks". The need for more bandwidth intensive content, multimedia applications and visualization is a challenge for the Industry today and will become an even greater issue in the future. E-Band's fiber-equivalent GigE wireless technology, coupled with Thales products, can accommodate present and future communications needs for highly secure ultra-high capacity bandwidth with a simple, rapidly deployable and cost-effective solution.

"The alliance with E-Band creates a unique partnership in the information security industry for securing wireless connectivity. Thales is committed to supporting E-Band and their clients in securing sensitive data," said Cindy Provin, Americas President and Director of Strategy of the Information Systems Security activities of Thales.

About Thales

Thales is a leading international group, addressing Defence, Aerospace and Security markets worldwide. Thales's expertise in its core markets spans the entire value chain, providing all the capabilities its customers require, from equipment and systems to comprehensive support services, and including prime contracting on large-scale programmes. Thales's leading-edge technology is supported by 22 000 R&D engineers who offer a capability unmatched in Europe to develop and deploy field-proven mission-critical information systems. To this end, the group's civil and military businesses develop in parallel and share a common base of technologies to serve a single objective: the security of people, property and nations. The group builds its growth on its unique multi-domestic strategy based on trusted partnerships with national customers and market players, while leveraging its global expertise to support local technology and industrial development. Thales employs 70 000 people in 50 countries with revenues in 2007 of $ 13 billion.


Notes to the Editor:

Thales is one of the world leaders in the provision of Information and Communication Systems Security solutions for government, defence, critical infrastructure operators, enterprises and the finance industry. Thales's unique position in the market is due to its end-to-end security offering spanning the entire value chain in the security domain. Offers range from consulting through architecture design, security and encryption product development, evaluation and certification preparation to through-life management services.

Thales has forty years of unrivalled track record in protecting information from Sensitive But Unclassified up to Top Secret and a comprehensive portfolio of security products and services, which includes network security products, application security products and secured telephony products. In the financial world, Thales secures value bearing transactions, data preparation for card and PIN issuing, and provides advanced user and message authentication solutions supported by secure identity management and token issuing.

About E-Band

E-Band Communications Corporation (EBCC) is a developer of ultra-high capacity wireless communications systems for the 70/80 GHz E-band spectrum. EBCC products use leading-edge RF MMIC technology and provide best-in-class link performance. Their multi-gigabit capacity products address the requirements of carriers, enterprise, government, and Internet service providers building cost-efficient, wireless IP networks. EBCC provides solutions for interconnection and backhaul of 4G, WiMAX, mobile networks, distributed antenna systems (DAS) and remote radio heads (RRH), in addition to the traditional Gigabit Ethernet access, last mile access, fiber backup, and network extension applications. Learn more about E-Band Communications Corporation at http://www.e-band.com.