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October 21, 2010

Alvarion Expands BreezeMAX Portfolio of Base Stations

By Rajani Baburajan
TMCnet Contributor

Operators are faced with the high site costs in challenging geographies in urban and high density areas as well as rural under-developed, sparsely populated areas.

To enable customers to effectively deal with these issues, Alvarion, a provider of 4G networks in the Broadband Wireless Access or “BWA” market, announced it has expanded the BreezeMAX portfolio with the addition of two new high-performing outdoor two-channel base stations.

The new BreezeMAX Micro and BreezeMAX Macro were introduced at 4G World 2010.

The new portfolio provides more flexible options to address various deployment needs cost effectively, company officials said.

The new all-outdoor, WiMAX (News - Alert) 802.16e base stations grant operators maximum deployment flexibility and performance. The weatherized base stations offer high level of reliability and superior network performance based on operators’ current and foreseeable needs, they said.

BreezeMAX Micro features an all-in-one radio and modem solution offering high performance, single-sector service delivery in the 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz licensed frequency bands.

The small form factor of BreezeMAX Micro allows for simplified installation and maintenance and reduced site leasing.

Operators can integrate Micro base station with existing 4Motion RAN solution. It allows full integration based on common Alvarion (News - Alert) architecture because it utilizes field-proven BreezeMAX Macro modules and ecosystem elements, such as ASN-GW, AAA, EMS and end-user devices

The BreezeMAX Macro Outdoor two channel base station is included in Alvarion’s RAN portfolio. It allows operators to flexibly design the optimal network configuration.

The modular platform enables a flexible scale from single sector to multi-sector, multi-carrier configuration. Additionally, with the newly introduced 2Tx/2Rx RRH, BreezeMAX Macro Outdoor two channel provides cost effective second-order diversity solution

The BreezeMAX Macro Outdoor 2CH and Micro Outdoor base stations have successfully completed beta testing with 4G Solutions in Austria in the 3.5 GHz frequency band, company officials said.

Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion, said, “These new additions to the BreezeMAX portfolio promote optimized deployment flexibility and lower total cost of ownership, allowing our customers to effectively deal with space-related deployment issues and therefore substantially improve their business case.”

Recently Alvarion announced a partnership with Barrett Xplore, Canada’s largest rural broadband Internet provider, to deploy the first national 4G network in Canada. Read the full report here.

Rajani Baburajan is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Rajani's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Tammy Wolf

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