June 1, 2006; North Rock today announced they will be upgrading their current wireless offering to a next generation WiMAX platform and changing the pricing structure of their current wireless service. North Rock will be officially launching its' next generation WiMAX product, tentatively named ‘North Rock Max!', in the Summer of 2006, in a phased approach, while still offering service over its current Wireless Network. The upgrade will allow for higher speeds, up to 2mb, and better reach across the Island. As with the current generation platform ‘North Rock Max!' will offer both Internet access and a telephone line with unlimited local calling.
"WiMAX is the next big step for wireless Internet access. Over the next few years you will start to see WiMAX replace WiFi as the wireless standard of choice. With chip maker Intel, firmly behind WiMAX you will see it built into many different types of devices including laptops and phones in the near future." said General Manager of North Rock Communications Ltd, Vicki Coelho. Mrs. Coelho says that the new offering, solidifies Bermuda as a leader in technology and innovation. "Bermuda joins cities such as Toronto and Hong Kong as early adopters of the new WiMAX standard and North Rock is excited to be at the forefront of this new technology." North Rock Communications began offering their original fixed wireless to the corporate marketplace in January 2000, with residential wireless service coming on line in June 2002.
In September 2004 North Rock became the only alternative to the incumbent telephone company by offering a local phone line. "We have had great success with our current wireless product which has been providing high speed Internet for more than 6 years. During this time we have enjoyed tremendous growth and success, even weathering two hurricanes."
North Rock has done extensive testing of their new WiMAX product. "The testing process has been ongoing over a period of 2 years, while we evaluated various offerings from different manufacturers. We believe that we have implemented the most reliable and flexible product that will allow us to add products and features as they become available."
In the lead up to their WiMAX Launch, North Rock has teamed with two internationally recognized technology companies, Alvarion and Lucent Tecnologies. "Our partnership with Lucent and Alvarion allow us to ensure that our product not only meets the needs of the local market, but is built to an internationally recognized standard" Alvarion's BreezeMAX, WiMAX is built from the ground up based on the IEEE 802.16-2004 standard. BreezeMAX supports fixed, nomadic and portable services with a clear path for the emerging WiMAX mobile industry based on the IEEE 802.16e standard. The system has excellent sensitivity and market leading OFDM radio technology. It is robust and operates in adverse conditions and non-line-of-sight locations. North Rock Communications WiMAX offering is powered by Intel's PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface chip and is designed to provide reliable and stable broadband access services to a wide range of customers, including residential, SOHO, large enterprise and multi-tenant customers. In 2004 Alvarion recognized North Rock Communications for their outstanding performance through Hurricane Fabian. The customers were delighted with the stability and reliability of their Wireless Internet service.
Lucent Technologies is North Rock Communications systems integrator, providing the resources and skills to ensure a successful deployment of this significant project. From planning, coordination, control and management Lucent is assisting in the implementation of the WiMAX equipment and voice switch upgrade. The upgrade to North Rock's voice services will provide Caller ID, Conference Calling, Three-Way calling, and more. In addition, with full integration with the BreezeMAX equipment, voice calls will have a much higher quality. Pricing for the new offering will be announced when the new service comes online in July. North Rock's current wireless offering, which includes unlimited local calling and Internet access, will now be priced at $49.95 a month for access up to 256k. The installation fee has also been lowered by $75. "While there are a number of ways for customers to access the Internet, North Rock Wireless has a clear advantage over other offerings. With high-speed Internet access, a phone line offering unlimited local calling, and a single point of contact for support, all for our lowest rate ever, North Rock Wireless is Bermuda's best choice."
About North Rock
North Rock Communications Ltd is a Bermudian Telecommunications Provider offering Wireless Broadband, ADSL, Dialup Internet Service, Local calling and long Distance, Dedicated Internet Access, 2020-321 Long Distance Service, Pre-Paid Long Distance Calling Cards, Web Hosting, Co-location Facilities, Domain Name Registration, Consulting, Internet Roaming, Email to Pager Service, and BESS Internet Filtering.
VALLADOLID - Israeli company Alvarion opened a WiMAX technology R&D center in Spain. The laboratory, the first of its kind to be installed in Western Europe, is located in advanced Valladolid Technology Park in Boecillo. With an investment of €2 million, Alvarion wants to focus on the design and implementation of wireless broadband technologies. It will also support the Spanish operators using its devices.
WiMAX, which corresponds to Standard 802.16 for wireless broadband metropolitan access networks, is WiFi's older brother. While WiFi is designed for closed environments, providing coverage within a range lower than 350 m, a sole WiMAX base station may cover a ratio exceeding 30 km. This provides Internet connection without requiring the deployment of more cables.
With respect to rate, it can reach 80 Mbs per second. Moreover, this standard offers a quality of service that WiFi cannot provide. Although it has advantages in urban zones as well, the rural areas are showing the best acceptance for this technology in Spain.
"This project will assist in the fight against the digital divide between the countryside and the city," confirmed Mr. Tzvika Friedman, CEO and President of Alvarion. The new R&D center joins a network of labs already deployed in Israel, United States, Romania and China. The company, located in Tel Aviv, is behind 80% of the WiMAX terminals installed worldwide.
In Spain, with 400 stations and over 30,000 devices in an equal number of homes, it supports operators such as Euskaltel and Telefónica, which are not able to reach may outlying zones of urban areas with their cable networks. Driven by the government program for the expansion of broadband access to rural areas, several autonomous communities have believed in WiMAX technology to carry quality Internet to their residents.
In Castilla and Leon, for example, where the awarded operator is Iberbanda, 20% of the population is still not able to benefit from broadband. In the words of Mr. Antonio Silvan, Incentive advisor of the Castillian Leonese community, all will have coverage before the end of 2007. For Mr. Friedman, in spite of being such a young technology, "When compared with other countries, Spain is very active in its implementation".
LAS VEGAS (April 5, 2006) - Texas Instruments' Incorporated (TI) [NYSE: TXN] today announced that Alvarion (NASDAQ: ALVR), the world's leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, has selected the company's portfolio of WiMAX infrastructure technologies as part of its mobile WiMAX solution, 4Motion. Alvarion's BreezeMAX system, the primary building block of 4Motion's radio access network, will leverage TI technology to address the growing demand for mobile broadband wireless technologies, including support for IEEE 802.16e standards, across a broad range of spectrum. These products enable carriers to offer high-performance broadband data, voice and multimedia services over wider coverage areas.
Alvarion's current BreezeMAX WiMAX platform is designed from the ground up according to the IEEE 802.16 standards and uses OFDM technology for advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer triple play services to thousands of subscribers in a single base station. Since its launch in mid-2004, Alvarion's BreezeMAX has been successfully deployed in over 150 installations in more than 30 countries around the world.
Alvarion is the first to provide WiMAX equipment incorporating TI's flexible analog and DSP-based infrastructure technology, compliant with the IEEE 802.16e standard and its BreezeMax system is well suited to meet the needs of fixed, portable and mobile wireless broadband applications. Developing products for fixed, portable and mobile WiMAX markets is a key to success in this growing industry, as Forward Concepts estimates that by 2009, sales of WiMAX equipment for both segments will total $2 billion.
"Alvarion works closely with carriers around the world to understand the diverse needs in different regions for delivering ‘personal broadband' to everyone, everywhere," said Rudy Leser, corporate vice president, strategy and marketing, Alvarion. "TI's WiMAX products offer us the high-performance and flexibility we need to meet this growing demand for current as well as next generation of services. Alvarion and TI have collaborated on past generations of broadband wireless products, and we are pleased to extend those efforts to the 802.16e market."
TI recently announced its complete solution for the WiMAX market based on its TMS320TCI6482 1GHz DSP, designed for wireless infrastructure applications. The chip is complimented with an advanced software library that reduces product development time, while allowing manufacturers to customize the software and add their own intellectual property. TI's flexible solution supports both fixed and mobile applications across multiple frequency bands, enabling equipment manufacturers to create cost-effective system configurations that can be used for multiple broadband wireless applications.
"We have worked closely with Alvarion to help define the right solution for this growing market and will continue to focus on providing optimized solutions to best meet industry demands," said Sandeep Kumar, worldwide strategic marketing manager with TI's Communications Infrastructure Group. "Our newest mobile WiMAX offering easily integrates with Alvarion's existing infrastructure products, allowing service providers to quickly meet market requirements."
Alvarion will continue to deploy products incorporating TI's WiMAX technology this year.
With more than 2 million units deployed in 150 countries, Alvarion is the worldwide leader in wireless broadband, providing systems to carriers, ISPs and private network operators, and also in extending coverage of GSM and CDMA mobile networks to developing countries and other hard to serve areas.
Leading the WiMAX revolution, Alvarion has the most extensive deployments and proven product portfolio in the industry covering the full range of frequency bands with both fixed and mobile solutions. Alvarion's products enable the delivery of business and residential broadband access, corporate VPNs, toll quality telephony, mobile base station feeding, hotspot coverage extension, community interconnection, public safety communications, and mobile voice and data. Alvarion works with several global OEM providers and more than 200 local partners to support its diverse global customer base in solving their last-mile challenges.
As a wireless broadband pioneer, Alvarion has been driving and delivering innovations for more than 10 years from core technology developments to creating and promoting industry standards. Leveraging its key roles in the IEEE and HiperMAN standards committees and experience in deploying OFDM-based systems, the Company's prominent work in the WiMAX ForumTM is focused on increasing the widespread adoption of standards-based products in the wireless broadband market and leading the entire industry to mobile WiMAX solutions.
For more information, visit Alvarion's World Wide Web site at www.alvarion.com
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