|WiMAX to be launched in Spain|
Posted: 15-Nov-2004 [Source: Alvarion]
[Spain's Iberbanda brings broadband to Andalusia and Catalonia using Alvarion's BreezeMAX network targeted at small business and residential users.]
Tel-Aviv, Israel -- Alvarion Ltd., the leading provider of wireless broadband solutions worldwide, today announced that the Company has expanded its long-term relationship with Iberbanda, an emerging Spanish carrier. With the deployment of Alvarion's BreezeMAX(TM) system, a WiMAX-ready platform, Iberbanda will provide a host of high bandwidth applications to business and residential customers.
In its selection of Alvarion as its foremost broadband wireless technology partner, Iberbanda has ordered several millions of dollars of BreezeMAX 3500 to leverage their 3.5GHz licenses to serve small businesses and residential customers in several rural and suburban areas of Spain. The two areas to be served with BreezeMAX equipment are: Andalusia, Spain's second largest and most highly populated region whose capital is Seville; and Catalonia, including the city of Barcelona as well as towns located in the Pyrenees mountains.
Since 2001, Iberbanda has operated a wireless broadband network based on Alvarion's WALKair(TM) equipment to serve corporations and larger enterprises in 72 cities nationwide. Iberbanda's BreezeMAX network will operate in parallel with the WALKair network.
"Our business model is focused on providing broadband to rural and urban areas that are currently not reached and would be hard pressed to be served by DSL networks. Until now, we have been concentrating our efforts on delivering critical access to large enterprises- a strategy which has proved to be highly successful," said Carlos Morrell, CEO of Iberbanda. "With BreezeMAX, we can achieve the proper economics of WiMAX with smaller business customers and residential users. The BreezeMAX solution is the key element to rolling out broadband services to these types of users."
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