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Alvarion's WiMAX System to be deployed in Africa
Posted: 29-Jan-2006 [Source: Alvarion]

[Gulfsat Madagascar to expand its current network using Alvarion's BreezeMAX WiMAX platform.]

Tel-Aviv, Israel -- Alvarion Ltd. announced that African broadband provider, Gulfsat Madagascar, will expand its current network using Alvarion's BreezeMAX, its award winning WiMAX system. Since 2003, Gulfsat has been providing broadband services to corporate subscribers using Alvarion's BreezeACCESS OFDM system operating in 3.5 GHz. The addition of the BreezeMAX network, also operating at 3.5 GHz, is part of the operator's strategy to target residential subscribers with greater coverage and increased capacity. As part of the deployment, Gulfsat plans to use Alvarion's BreezeMAX PRO customer premise equipment (CPE) that uses the Intel PRO/Wireless 5116 WiMAX chip.

"We are excited to be the first service provider to bring WiMAX to Madagascar," said Mr. Mohib Pirbay, CEO of Gulfsat Madagascar. "Initially, this network will offer broadband services to residential subscribers in the capital city of Antananarivo, adding to our current base of corporate customers. We look forward to accelerating growth in this market segment with Alvarion in the future."

BreezeMAX is Alvarion's WiMAX platform designed from the ground up according to the IEEE 802.16 standards and uses OFDM technology for advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer triple play broadband services to thousands of subscribers in a single base station. Since its launch in mid-2004, BreezeMAX has been successfully deployed in over 140 installations in more than 30 countries around the world.

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