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June 29, 2007

Australia Chooses WiMAX for Rural Broadband Nets

By Prabhala Ranga Sai, TMCnet Contributing Editor

Alvarion (News - Alert) (www.alvarion.com), a provider of innovative wireless broadband network solutions, hailed the decision of Australian government for choosing WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions for its rural and regional networks.

Through a competitive tender process, Australian government awarded the Federal Government Broadband Connect Project to OPEL Networks, a joint venture of regional service provider Elders and integrated communications company Optus. OPEL has to complete the projects by mid-2009.
OPEL will deploy WiMAX solutions for broadband connectivity in Australia’s rural and remote areas. OPEL found after 18 months of survey and evaluation that WiMAX (News - Alert) would be an appropriate solution for the thinly populated geographies of Australia.
OPEL, under this project, has to develop broadband infrastructure in 638,000 square kilometers area spread across all Australian states and territories. Furthermore, OPEL will expand ADSL2 installations and deploy over 1,300 broadband wireless sites using WiMAX-based technology. OPEL installs such wireless site for every 20 kilometers.
“Alvarion is pleased that the Australian government is supporting WiMAX and congratulates OPEL for being awarded such a visionary project,” said Tzvika Friedman president and CEO of Alvarion.
Australia’s decision proved the suitability of WiMAX for variety of Applications, Friedman said. It helps to provide primary broadband access in technologically backward areas, he added.
So far, Alvarion deployed over three million units in 150 countries, enabling personal broadband to improve lifestyles and productivity through portable and mobile data, VoIP, video and other services.
P.R. Sai is a contributing writer for TMCnet
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