Dec 11, 2007
French Nation-wide Operator Signs New Agreement with Alvarion
Tel Aviv, Israel, December 11, 2007- Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR), the world's leading provider of WiMAX(TM) and wireless broadband solutions, today announced a frame agreement with Altitude to provide its Mobile WiMAX(TM) 4Motion(TM) solution, offering services using the 3.5 GHz frequency band.
Upon receiving regional-based WiMAX licenses, Altitude turned to Alvarion in order to provide corporate, ISP and residential users with primary broadband services based on Alvarion's IEEE 802.16e Mobile WiMAX technology. Implementation of the first phase of the contract has recently commenced and includes deployment throughout the region of Aveyron.
"After being awarded WiMAX licenses at the second spectrum allocation in France, we needed to find the most advanced, most reliable 802.16e Mobile WiMAX vendor," said Fabrice Ballart, Managing Director of Altitude. "We issued an industry-wide tender, open to all large equipment vendors, and again chose Alvarion. Our decision was strongly influenced by our excellent experience from the previous BreezeMAX(TM) 3.5 GHz deployment and Alvarion's continuous WiMAX market leadership. Alvarion has clearly developed unique and highly-advanced implementation abilities, offering us superior technology with emphasis on best-in-class operator-centric solutions and future Mobile WiMAX services."
"Altitude's approach to business is highly innovative, and we are pleased to be chosen by them once again," said Tzvika Friedman, President and CEO of Alvarion. "With proven performance and high capabilities, we have developed strong market relationships and are seeing the benefits from our early engagement in the WiMAX market. Highly dedicated, we are constantly working with key operators and continuing to lead the market in an even more challenging competitive landscape."
About OPEN(TM) WiMAX
Alvarion's all-IP OPEN WiMAX architecture is the foundation of its operator-centric best of breed 4Motion solution. Whether providing a complete Alvarion-based solution, or combining BreezeMAX's superior radio technology with network elements from its world-class ecosystem of partners, Alvarion delivers an end-to-end solution that is tailored to the specific requirements of each operator.
Altitude is a telecommunication operator, which invests in broadband technologies to provide solutions for voice, data and Internet businesses, everywhere in France. Altitude takes advantage on its expertise of all telecommunications technologies (xDSL, fiber optics, BLR-WiMAX, ISDN, Edge-GPRS, etc.), to offer its services to many administrations and large companies: MPLS IP VPN, voice over IP, Internet access, hosting, and convergence. For more information, visit www.altitudetelecom.fr.
With more than 3 million units deployed in over 150 countries, Alvarion (www.alvarion.com) is the world's leading provider of innovative wireless broadband network solutions enabling Personal Broadband to improve lifestyles and productivity with portable and mobile data, VoIP, video and other services.
Alvarion is leading the market to Open WiMAX architecture with 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 personal mobile broadband, 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.
As a wireless broadband pioneer, Alvarion has been driving and delivering innovations for over 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 Open WiMAX solutions.