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WiMAX trial at France's Cote D'Azur
Posted: 13-Jul-2009 [Source: Alvarion]

[French operator, Bolloré telecom, and Alvarion piloting WiMAX in Cote d'Azur offering applications including internet access, video streaming and VoIP services to docked boats located in the marina, as well as the surrounding beach, school and municipal buildings.]

Alvarion Ltd., the world’s leading provider of WiMAX™ and wireless broadband solutions, today announced a WiMAX pilot with French operator Bolloré telecom in Marina Port Vauban in the south of France. The pilot is based on Alvarion’s end-to-end mobile WiMAX 4Motion® solution operating at 3.5 GHz frequency band.

The pilot is conducted in cooperation with the Antibes municipalities and will showcase Alvarion’s end-to-end 4Motion solution integrated with the Service Controller (AAA) from Bridgewater Systems. Bolloré telecom will pilot a variety of applications including internet access, video streaming and VoIP services to docked boats located in the marina, as well as the surrounding beach, school and municipal buildings. In addition, video surveillance applications will be tested at Port Vauban using camera from Axis.

“This collaboration highlights our interest in the various broadband applications and rich user experience enabled by 4G”, said Dominique Roux, Chairman of Bolloré telecom. “This pilot is commissioned as part of Bolloré telecom’s forward planning to spread wireless broadband to a large part of the country. It demonstrates the capabilities of WiMAX technology and provides a peak into Bolloré telecom’s planned initiatives to bring cutting edge broadband communications to France.”

The live pilot will connect many USB devices and PC cards given to owners of docked boats in the marina. The pilot, which could potentially extend to an additional 350 marinas in France, aims to demonstrate the next generation wireless applications to tourists, visitors and local businesses in the area.

“The pilot is conducted using Alvarion’s end-to-end mobile WiMAX solution that consists of latest technology and feature sets,” said Tzvika Friedman, CEO of Alvarion. “Bolloré telecom’s planned network makes an excellent platform to test the delivery of cutting edge WiMAX services. This test network will allow people to experience a variety of wireless broadband services in real time.”

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