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BreezeMAX now enables primary voice services over WiMAX
Posted: 30-Oct-2006 [Source: Alvarion]

[Alvarion's latest edition of its BreezeMAX WiMAX Certified system now delivers primary voice services in addition to its broadband service capabilities.]

Tel Aviv -- Alvarion Ltd., the world's leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, today announced the availability of primary voice services over WiMAX enabled by the latest edition of BreezeMAX, Alvarion's award-winning and market leading WiMAX Certified(TM) system. This ability to deliver primary voice services using existing TDM infrastructure, in addition to its broadband service capabilities, means incumbent (ILECs) and competitive local exchange carriers (CLECs) can adopt WiMAX as their basic network strategy. As the first commercial WiMAX system to support V5.2 interfaces, coupled with its existing VoIP capabilities, BreezeMAX can now interface directly with both legacy and next generation voice networks according to carrier needs.

Over the past few months, the primary voice services of BreezeMAX have been tested with carriers in Africa and South America, and approved as interoperable with various vendors' Class 5 switches. As a result of these trials, two operators in Africa are today leveraging their TDM switches by deploying this BreezeMAX voice and data solution. In addition, operators in Latin America are evaluating the solution for deployment in urban areas to cover unserved areas.

"Alternative and incumbent carriers can now use WiMAX to open their networks to major technology evolution in terms of applications," said Rudy Leser, Alvarion's corporate vice president of strategy and marketing. "By adopting WiMAX as their network strategy, carriers will enjoy 4G applications as well as significant capital and operating costs savings. We are seeing strong demand for this type of open infrastructure solution where new services can be made available while moving to services such as voice over IP."

Primary voice over WiMAX capability is of particular interest to innovative challengers looking to provide voice services, along with broadband, to areas with little or no existing telecom infrastructure. Alvarion voice and broadband data WiMAX networks can be built quickly and without heavy investments in a full scale VoIP network as it can be deployed using the existing TDM infrastructure capacity of V5.2 legacy switches.

In addition, the BreezeMAX integrated voice CPE includes one or two voice lines and battery backup which works to benefit VoIP network operators with its fast and seamless integration for residential and SOHO market segment. Commercially available in an outdoor version today, the new CPE will be available as an indoor, self-install version in Q2 2007.


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