Dec 19, 2007
Recently Chosen by Tier 1 Operator as Global 802.16e Solution Supplier
Tel Aviv, Israel, December 19, 2007 - Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR), the world's leading provider of WiMAX(TM) and wireless broadband solutions, today announced that it has continued to extend its global leadership position in WiMAX during 2007, and that a Tier 1 operator recently joined more than 25 other operators in choosing Alvarion to provide a Mobile WiMAX(TM) solution. Alvarion's WiMAX solutions are the most widely-deployed in the industry.
Tzvika Friedman, President and CEO of Alvarion said, "2007 was a year of considerable success as we were chosen for projects by operators ranging from large incumbents such as Cable & Wireless and Telkom South Africa to innovative challengers such as Digital Bridge and Enforta, as well as rapidly growing mobile operators such as Digicel. We are gratified to conclude the year with a major competitive win in which we were selected as the global WiMAX supplier to a Tier 1 operator."
"The past year represented a shift toward a preference for 802.16e-based solutions for all types of WiMAX applications. Alvarion recognized this trend and was among the first to ship a solution based on 802.16e," said Berge Ayvazian, Chief Strategy Officer of Yankee Group. "During 2007, Alvarion continued to show strong momentum and reinforced its well-deserved reputation as a premier WiMAX solutions provider, even as they faced increased competition from larger equipment suppliers." Alvarion participated in important milestone events for the WiMAX industry during 2007:
Numerous interoperability testing events.
The approval of Profile C of the 802.16e standard that mandates open interfaces supporting Alvarion's OPEN(TM) WiMAX best-of-breed philosophy.
Intel's Developer Forum demonstrations of Alvarion's radio access network with new ultra mobile PCs and other devices based on new WiMAX chips.
Providing equipment for Taiwan's Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and first WiMAX Applications Lab as part of the M-Taiwan initiative.
Supporting the successful effort to obtain ITU approval of WiMAX as IMT-2000 standard.
"Looking ahead to 2008, we anticipate additional important milestones for WiMAX," continued Friedman. "Spectrum allocation in key regions, commercial availability of WiMAX enabled devices, and Wave 2 certification of 802.16e solutions are key factors to maintaining WiMAX momentum."
Alvarion management will be hosting an event for the investment community in New York City on January 15, 2008, to further elaborate on Alvarion's WiMAX vision and strategic view of the market. The company has invited operators and ecosystem partners from around the world to participate and offer their unique perspective. The event will feature a live webcast which will begin at approximately 8:00 a.m. EST. For further details, see the investor relations section of the company's website: www.alvarion.com.
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.