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Aviat CIO: Rebranding Means We're First in Mind for Next-Gen Wireless Migration

By Michael Dinan, TMCnet Editor

Saying it’s re-branding to culminate a 3-year-old merger and to mark the evolution of its IP wireless network solutions, Harris Stratex (News - Alert) Networks Inc. this week changed its name to Aviat Networks, Inc. and touted its ability to help operators migrate to all-IP broadband services.
The company – the result of a 2007 merger between the Microwave Communications Division of Harris Corporation and Stratex Networks (News - Alert), Inc. – says it’s addressing a need among carriers who have had a hard time harnessing the power of wireless network capacity upgrades due to high costs and a lack of innovative IP migration solutions.
In an interview with TMCnet, CIO Rich Pane said the company has the most compelling ability to move information from the access point to the core network.
“We paused long enough to look around and see what customers are facing in this network today and the challenges that operators will face to move to media-rich data content, so that it can be delivered to customers on any device, anywhere, at any time,” Pane told TMCnet. “We’re the best company to handle the transformation in what customers are going through.”
The company especially is touting its “LTE (News - Alert) Read” wireless backhaul solutions as a way to help operators who have been scrambling to evolve their networks to all-IP while still basically relying on TDM technology.
Pane said the company name change and emphasis on next-gen wireless technology certainly had been in people’s minds as far back as the merger in 2007. For customers, what fundamentally changes now is a recognition, Pane said, “that if you’re considering the migration to a full IP network in a wireless paradigm, that we’re the first guys that come to mind.”

Michael Dinan is a group managing editor for TMCnet, overseeing TMCnet's Web editorial team and covering news in the IP communications, CRM and VoIP industries. He also oversees production of e-Newsletters in the areas of 4G wireless technology and smart products. To read more of Michael's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Michael Dinan