Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Alvarion unveils plan to expand 4G offering

ALVARION has unveiled plans to offer a unified high-performance 4Motion solution by migrating it to support future evolutions of Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX) and Time Division- Long Term Evolution (TD-LTE).

WiMAX is a telecommunications technology that provides wireless transmission of data using a variety of transmission modes, from point-to-multipoint links to portable and fully mobile internet access. While the Time Division Duplex (TDD) version of LTE also known as TD-LTE, is the project name of a new high performance air interface for cellular mobile communication systems.

Outlining this strategy to provide the most open and flexible platform for 4G networks that use TDD spectrum, president of Alvarion, Mr. Eran Gorev, said that by supporting the upcoming TD-LTE standard, his firm is incorporating its industry leading 4Motion solution.

Alvarion, he also said would continue to actively drive the WiMAX standardization activities, ecosystem development and state-of-the-art products that incorporate the latest features to meet global operators demand.

In addition, Alvarion, he said, would enable customers to take advantage of an expanding device ecosystem based on the LTE standard in relevant frequencies as it develops.

“Alvarion expects to engage in TD-LTE field trials in the first quarter of 2011,” the president said, stressing that insatiable demand for capabilities required broadband connectivity everywhere, thus it would continue to be addressed by a host of technologies.

“The trend in wireless spectrum availability around the globe supports the fact that unpaired TDD spectrum will have an even greater role to play for broadband wireless deployments in the future,” he said.

TDD spectrum, Alvarion boss said, uses unpaired channels that combine the uplink and downlink, and split resources on the basis of real-time demand.

“TDD spectrum is relatively plentiful, cost effective and creates attractive opportunities for broadband applications over this spectrum,” he said.

Pointing out that Alvarion has been instrumental in developing and commercializing broadband wireless solutions for various market segments for over 15 years, even as the company has played a key role in creating the WiMAX standard based on an open, flexible architecture model and commercializing and optimizing solutions over the last decade.

Particularly, he said, Alvarion was the first to offer a 4G platform using TDD spectrum in early 2006, and its 4Motion solution was designed to optimize networks using this spectrum.

“Our primary aim is to offer tailored broadband wireless solutions which can also evolve along with customers’ needs. Our development effort over the past two years has been designed to accommodate the support for TD-LTE as a natural extension of our existing solution,” Gorev said, stressing that Alvarion is moving full speed ahead both with its ongoing WiMAX development to bring the latest 802.16e enhancements, as well as incorporating TD-LTE into the platform.

“This approach allows our customers to offer the latest 4G features currently available and will also enable them to leverage the LTE device ecosystem as it evolves,” he said.

Alvarion’s ‘open network’ approach, he said, began a revolution in the wireless equipment market by creating an open all-Internet Protocol (IP) flat architecture that introduced significant innovation in the industry.

Further, he said, this network strategy lowers the cost of building the networks and allows high flexibility for service providers to build customized networks that fit their specific needs. Alvarion will bring a similar approach to its TD-LTE end-to-end solution.


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