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December 19, 2007

Alvarion Set to Continue WiMAX Momentum for 2008

By Susan J. Campbell, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Alvarion Ltd., a provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, has announced today that it has continued to extend it global leadership position in WiMAX during 2007, and that a Tier 1 operator recently joined more than 25 others in selecting Alvarion.

These companies all selected Alvarion to provide a Mobile WiMAX solution. Alvarion’s WiMAX solutions are arguably the most widely-adopted in the industry.

Tzvika Friedman, President and CEO of Alvarion said in a Wednesday statement: "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 (News - Alert), in Wednesday’s statement.

"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."

Important milestone events for the WiMAX industry during 2007 for which Alvarion played a significant role include numerous interoperability testing events; the approval of Profile C of the 802.16e standard that mandates open interfaces supporting Alvarion’s OPEN WiMAX best-of-breed philosophy; and Intel’s (News - Alert) Developer Forum demonstrations of Alvarion’s radio access network.

Alvarion also played a key role in the industry by providing equipment for Taiwan’s Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and first WiMAX Applications Lab as part of the M-Taiwan initiative; and 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 (News - Alert) 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.

Alvarion has definitely turned in a strong performance for 2007, by not only producing significant growth for the company, but by also having a significant impact on the industry itself. Such a success in one year can play into the next several as the company works to establish itself as the market leader and finds differentiation in a tightly competitive industry.
Susan J. Campbell is a contributing editor for TMC (News - Alert) and has also written for eastbiz.com. To see more of her articles, please visit Susan J. Campbell’s columnist page.
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