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POWERWAVE FORMS TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD, LEVERAGING RENOWNED THOUGHT LEADERS IN INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT AND ACADEMIA — Press Release

by: Matthew Potter
October 2, 2009

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POWERWAVE FORMS TECHNICAL ADVISORY BOARD, LEVERAGING RENOWNED THOUGHT LEADERS IN INDUSTRY, GOVERNMENT AND ACADEMIA

Inaugural Members Professor Arogyaswami J Paulraj, Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, and the Honorable Governor Tom Ridge to Help Drive Technology and Business Development Strategy

SANTA ANA, Calif., Oct. 1, 2009 – Powerwave Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ:PWAV), a global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, today announced the formation of its Technical Advisory Board, and the appointment of its inaugural members who are renowned thought leaders in industry, government and academia – Professor Arogyaswami J Paulraj, Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport, and the Honorable Governor Tom Ridge.

The board’s charter is to provide guidance in the company’s technology development and long-term roadmap and assess relevant technology and industry trends that will shape the future of wireless and its adoption in a wide range of strategic vertical markets.

“We are privileged to have such an esteemed group helping guide Powerwave’s future technology and related business development strategy,” said Ronald J. Buschur, president and CEO, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. “It would be difficult to find a group of individuals who have been more influential and proficient in the respective areas of business, government, technology and academia. Their decades of experience, significant technical knowledge, global networks, and invaluable business and industry acumen will help Powerwave address existing and emerging vertical markets for wireless solutions, supporting initiatives in the public safety, military and Homeland Security sectors,” he said.

The newly created Technical Advisory Board will meet quarterly and will be chaired by Khurram P. Sheikh, Powerwave’s chief product and development officer.

“We’ve enjoyed regular and ongoing interaction with these individuals over the years, which has helped ensure Powerwave’s products and go-to-market plans are highly strategic, and that we continue to provide value and demonstrate competitive differentiation,” said Sheikh. “As we continue to benefit from this guidance via the Technical Advisory Board’s extensive industry expertise and valuable business insights, Powerwave will further its position as a leader in wireless communications across all our targeted industry segments and with new disruptive technologies.”

As mentioned previously, the Technology Advisory Board inaugural members are as follows:

Professor Arogyaswami J Paulraj

Widely acknowledged as the pioneer of multiple antenna communications, Paulraj has been a Professor at Stanford University’s Department of Electrical Engineering since 1993, where he supervises the Smart Antennas Research Group (SARG). His group has developed many key fundamentals of a new field called space-time communications theory and has helped shape a worldwide research and development focus on this technology.

Additionally, Paulraj is chief technology officer and co-founder of Beceem Communications Inc., a leading provider of mobile WiMAX semiconductors. Previous to this in 1999, Paulraj founded Iospan Wireless Inc., which pioneered MIMO-OFDM fixed wireless technology. The company raised $70 million in venture funds and developed layer one and two chipsets, and was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2002.

Over the years, Paulraj’s research has spanned several disciplines, emphasizing estimation theory (1970-75), sensor signal processing (1974-86), parallel computer architectures/algorithms (1986-90) and space-time wireless communications (1993-to date). His engineering experience includes development of large sonar systems (1971-82, India), massively parallel computers (1987-91, India), Airborne/ISARradars (1987-92, India) and broadband wireless systems (1999-2002, USA).

Paulraj holds 23 US patents in space-time wireless, is the author of more than 300 research papers, has edited four books and authored a text book, “Introduction to Space-time Wireless Communications,” published by Cambridge University Press in 2003. He is also on the editorial board of Wireless Networks.

Paulraj has received many national awards for his work in India for the development of sonar systems and parallel computers. He is a Fellow of the IEEE and of the Indian National Academy of Engineering, and in 2003 was the recipient of the IEEE Technical Achievement Award.

Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport

A pioneer in the fields of radio wave propagation, wireless communication system design, and broadband wireless communications circuits and systems at millimeter wave frequencies, Professor Theodore (Ted) S. Rappaport is the William and Bettye Nowlin Chair at The University of Texas at Austin and the founding director of the Wireless Networking and Communications Group (WNCG) at the university’s Austin campus, a center he founded in 2002.

His research has influenced many international wireless standard bodies over the past two decades, and his work has led to the broad acceptance of site-specific radio frequency (RF) channel modeling and design for broadband wireless network deployment.

Prior to his post at UT Austin, he was on the electrical and computer engineering faculty of Virginia Tech from 1988 to 2002, where he founded the Mobile and Portable Radio Research Group (MPRG), one of the world’s first university research and teaching centers dedicated to the wireless communications field.

Dr. Rappaport has served on the Technology Advisory Council of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), assisted the Governor and CIO of Virginia in formulating rural broadband initiatives for internet access, and has conducted research for the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and dozens of global telecommunications companies throughout his career.

In 2006, Rappaport was elected to serve on the Board of Governors of the IEEE Communications Society (ComSoc), and in 2008, to the Board of Governors of the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society (VTS). He is a Fellow of the IEEE and serves on the editorial boards of several academic and technical journals.

He is a past recipient of the Marconi Young Scientist Award; an National Science Foundation Presidential Faculty Fellowship; the Sarnoff Citation from the Radio Club of America; the Fredrick E. Terman Outstanding Electrical Engineering Faculty Award from the American Society for Engineering Education, and the Stuart F. Meyer Award from the IEEE Vehicular Technology Society.

Rappaport has more than 100 U.S. or international patents issued or pending and has authored, co-authored, and co-edited 18 books in the wireless field. He is one of the most highly cited authors in the wireless field, according to ISI Highly Cited, having published more than 200 technical papers. In 1999, his work on site-specific propagation received the IEEE Communications Society Stephen O. Rice Prize Paper Award.

In 1989, he founded TSR Technologies, Inc., a cellular radio/PCS software radio manufacturer that he sold in 1993 to what is now CommScope, Inc. In 1995, he founded Wireless Valley Communications Inc., a pioneering creator of site-specific radio propagation software for wireless network design and management that he sold in 2005 to Motorola, Inc.

Rappaport has testified before the US Congress, served as an international consultant for the International Telecommunications Union, consulted for more than 30 major telecommunications firms, and continues to work on many national committees pertaining to communications research and technology policy. He is a highly sought-after consultant and technical expert. He holds B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from Purdue University, and is an Outstanding Electrical Engineering Alumnus from his alma mater.

The Honorable Governor Tom Ridge

A former soldier, congressman and governor of Pennsylvania, the Honorable Governor Tom Ridge is the president and chief executive officer of Ridge Global LLC. As the company’s chief executive, he leads a team of international specialists who help businesses and governments meet a range of needs, including security, economic development, strategic business generation, change management, technology integration, global engagement and other issues that encompass a diverse portfolio.

Tom Ridge was appointed by President George W. Bush in October 2001 to serve as assistant to the president for the hastily assembled Office of Homeland Security following the terrorist bombings of New York City’s World Trade Center and other targets in September 2001. Ridge was in the middle of his second term as governor of Pennsylvania, but stepped down from the post to accept the new position. Ridge was appointed secretary of the new Cabinet-level Department of Homeland Security in 2002.

During his tenure, Secretary Ridge worked with more than 180,000 employees from a combined 22 agencies to create an agency that facilitated the flow of people and goods, instituted layered security at air, land and seaports, developed a unified national response and recovery plan, protected critical infrastructure, integrated new technology and improved information sharing worldwide. He served as secretary of this historic and critical endeavor until Feb. 1, 2005.

Before the events of September 11, Secretary Ridge was twice elected governor of Pennsylvania. He served as the state’s 43rd governor from 1995 to 2001. His aggressive technology strategy helped fuel the state’s advances in economic development, education, health care and the environment.

Ridge earned a scholarship to Harvard, graduating with honors in 1967. After his first year at The Dickinson School of Law, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree and was in private practice before becoming assistant district attorney in Erie County.

He was elected to Congress in 1982, was one of the first Vietnam combat veterans elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, and was overwhelmingly reelected by Pennsylvania voters five times.

Ridge regularly addresses audiences throughout the world on issues such as security, terrorism, global engagement, leadership, technology and more. Additionally, he serves on public and private boards and is currently the chairman of the National Organization on Disability. His nonprofit work also includes service with the Council for Competitiveness, the Center for Excellence in Government and the Center for the Study of the Presidency. He continues to contribute to matters concerning our nation’s veterans and, along with Gen. Tommy Franks (Ret.), serves as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 Memorial Fundraising Campaign.

Throughout his public and private sector career, Ridge has received numerous honors, including the Woodrow Wilson Award, the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ Dwight D. Eisenhower Award, the John F. Kennedy National Award, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the American Bar Association’s John Marshall Award, the National Guard’s Harry S. Truman Award, the Pennsylvania Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year Award, U.S.-Mexico Chamber of Commerce’s Good Neighbor Award, the American Cancer Society’s National Medal of Honor, the Mister Rogers Award, the Champion of Public Television Award, the Intrepid Freedom Award and the Esperanza Leadership Award. Ridge has also been awarded honorary degrees and awards from many national and international academic institutions.

About Powerwave Technologies

A global leader in end-to-end wireless coverage and capacity solutions, Powerwave Technologies, Inc. offers cutting edge wireless infrastructure to address the demands of enterprise and commercial customers. Powerwave offers a comprehensive suite of solutions, including Antennas, Base Station Solutions and Coverage Solutions. Powerwave’s product line supports all wireless network protocols and frequencies including Next Generation Networks in 4G technology such as WiMAX and LTE. Powerwave solutions, products and services also help wireless operators and OEMs reduce capital and operating expenses, speed rollout of services, improve coverage and capacity, and reduce environmental impact. For more information, visit us at www.powerwave.com. Powerwave, Powerwave Technologies and the Powerwave logo are registered trademarks of Powerwave Technologies, Inc.

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