Field Trials of BreezeMAX™ in WCS Band Expected by Year End, Followed by BRS System
TEL AVIV, Israel, June 7, 2005 --- Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR), the world’s leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, today announced at SUPERCOMM 2005 (Booth # 68049) the extension of its BreezeMAX products to include the WCS (2.3 GHz) and BRS (formerly called MMDS, 2.5 – 2.7 GHz) frequency bands for North America. With a widely deployed WiMAX-ready system now in use by over 80 operators in more than 30 countries, U.S. carriers will be able to experience the benefits of WiMAX with BreezeMAX field trials in WCS offered at the end of 2005, followed by BRS system trials.
The new BreezeMAX 2300 and 2500 products will operate in the 2.3 GHz WCS spectrum and the 2.5 to 2.7 GHz BRS (formerly MMDS) spectrum, respectively. On the CPE side, the platform will use the new BreezeMAX CPEs with the Intel® PRO/Wireless 5116 broadband interface, as demonstrated at the WiMAX labs in Malaga, Spain in April. Similar to Alvarion’s widely-deployed BreezeMAX 3500, the new BreezeMAX 2300 and 2500 will feature advanced OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) technology, toll-quality VoIP, and will be WiMAX-ready, so it will be available for WiMAX Forum Certification TM. In addition to North America, the WCS and BRS frequencies are relevant in other regions of the world, notably Asia-Pacific, Russia and Africa. This represents another step in the company’s dedication to lead the WiMAX market in its migration as it drives market players to adopt standards-based fixed, nomadic and mobile solutions.
The market-leading BreezeMAX™ is a third-generation OFDM platform with advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality designed for operators to offer broadband IP-based data and voice services. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer multi-services to thousands of subscribers in a single cell.
“Alvarion is already engaging U.S. and other North American operators in their WiMAX activities and will begin to support their BreezeMAX 2300 and 2500 field trials during the upcoming months”, said Amir Rosenzweig, President of Alvarion, Inc. “We are especially encouraged by the interest we have received from large carriers. Given our broad presence in the North American market with Alvarion wireless broadband products currently deployed with thousands of service providers, ISPs, and other operators throughout U.S. and Canada, we are quite optimistic about the future potential of BreezeMAX with North American operators.”
With more than 2 million units deployed in 130 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 Forum™ 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.
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