Commuters in the bustling streets and train stations in Japan, and many other countries, want the ability to check their e-mail, send text messages, update their Facebook statuses and browse the Web 24/7.
To this end, Hitachi Cable Networks has teamed up with Alvarion to deploy the wireless provider's carrier-grade Wi-Fi base stations in Toyko to produce 3G data offload.
Alvarion's base stations will offer wireless connections to individuals and commuters in major train stations and congested areas in Toyko's downtown business districts, thus lessening the burden of traffic on the current 3G network.
"We see this project as an important milestone in introducing Alvarion's Wi-Fi solution to the Japanese market," Teruaki Tsutsui, president and board director of Hitachi Cable Networks, said in a statement. "We believe that Alvarion's carrier-grade solution is the most effective solution for mobile data traffic in congested areas in Tokyo and in other major cities in Japan. Alvarion's Beamforming-based Wi-Fi solution allows us to provide our customer, a tier one mobile operator, the best coverage and capacity in challenging congested downtown areas, thus ensuring the highest quality of service to the end-user and a low cost of ownership."
Alvarion offered its gratitude to Hitachi Cable Networks for choosing its Wi-Fi solution to deal with Tokyo's high data demand.
"We are honored to serve this major customer in Japan and pleased that Hitachi Cable Networks selected Alvarion's carrier-grade Wi-Fi solution following a battery of strict testing and head-to-head comparison to our competitors," stated Hezi Lapid, president and CEO at Alvarion. "This win, allows the customer to seamlessly integrate our solution into their 3G network, enabling them to offload a major part of the data traffic in the most congested areas."
Alvarion's deployment in Tokyo hopes to expand in the future to become a solution to data usage in crowded public areas not only in other areas of Japan, but in the United States as well.
Edited by Braden Becker