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May 13, 2010

Italian Operator NGI Selects Alvarion for WiMAX Network Expansion
By Anil Sharma
TMCnet Contributor

NGI, part of the BT Italia Group , announced it is expanding its network using Alvarion’s BreezeMAX Extreme 5000, a 802.16e WiMAX (News - Alert) solution for license-exempt frequency.

NGI’s network, operating in the 5.4 GHz license-exempt band, provides high-speed broadband services to Italian residential and business customers in underserved areas.

The new expansion will occur in Lombardia, Veneto, Emilia Romagna, Liguria, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Valle d’Aosta and Piemonte regions, covering approximately 100,000 square kilometer, targeting the many locations in Italy that are not covered by or receive DSL services.

The expansion of the network will be implemented with the BreezeMAX Extreme solution.

“We are confident that the new network based on Alvarion’s (News - Alert) 802.16e WiMAX technology will provide significant benefits to the residents of Italy,” said Luca Spada, CEO of NGI, in a statement.

Spada said that Alvarion was the natural choice for this expansion, given the company’s excellent experience with their equipment and their leadership position in building WiMAX networks in challenging environments.

He said that the BreezeMAX Extreme 5000 provides an attractive business case, giving the company the flexibility to increase the network capacity and allows adding more subscribers per sector with improved quality of service and customer experience.

“We are excited to expand our long-standing partnership with NGI. As an industry leader in WiMAX and wireless broadband, Alvarion is committed to help operators such as NGI make their networks more profitable and future proof”, said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion.

Gorev said that the company remains focused on assisting this highly capable, valued customer bring broadband services to a large subscriber base in northern Italy, and will continue to enhance their network together with them to deliver advanced features and expanded capacity.

Alvarion is a global player in 4G wireless communications with the industry’s most extensive customer base with hundreds of commercial WiMAX deployments.

According to Alvarion officials, the company’s BreezeMAX Extreme solution brings standardized WiMAX 802.16e technology benefits to the license-exempt frequency bands enabling a superior business case.

Company officials said that it provides an enhanced quality of service and security in very challenging interference prone frequencies, features highly desired by the broadband wireless industry but never available before.

Anil Sharma is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anil’s articles, please visit his columnist page .

Edited by Marisa Torrieri


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