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Nortel and Alvarion form strategic WiMAX agreement


June 16, 2008
By Alyssa Dalton

Nortel and Alvarion Ltd. have entered into a joint strategic WiMAX agreement to create an end-to-end WiMAX solution to meet the needs of the evolving wireless broadband market. The Nortel and Alvarion mobile WiMAX solution is expected to combine technologies from both companies to allow operators around the globe—including established service providers and new entrants to the wireless market—to deliver high-speed wireless broadband for a variety of applications, mobile or nomadic, including VoIP, streaming music and HD video.

“Nortel
and Alvarion […] are coming together to respond to the demand for
WiMAX solutions in all regions of the world,” said Tzvika Friedman,
president and CEO, Alvarion. “Alvarion’s mature, extensively deployed
WiMAX radio access network solution—together with Nortel’s core network
technology, applications and services—will address the requirements of
large WiMAX projects with the combined strength of both organizations.”




The
agreement covers the resale by Nortel of the Alvarion platform of WiMAX
access products to form an end-to-end solution for customers.
Alvarion’s development of its portfolio of WiMAX base stations will be
accelerated by Nortel’s contribution of resources, expertise, and
funding to enhance the development of the joint solution. Both
companies will also work together to perform Interoperability Testing
(IOT). Alvarion will focus on device to network interoperability
testing and Nortel will concentrate on the end-to-end network
integration with the IP core, and applications.




To
incentivize the parties to engage in these activities during the term
of the agreement, Alvarion will be Nortel’s exclusive supplier of WiMAX
IEEE 802.16(e) 2X2/2X4 macro base stations, and both parties have
agreed to designate account leads to go to market “in the most
efficient and effective manner”.