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Alvarion, Barrett Xplore sign multi-year agreement valued at over $75m to deploy 4G network across Canada

New network will be first national 4G deployment in Canada.


Johannesburg, 08 Oct 2010
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Alvarion, the world’s leading provider of 4G networks in the broadband wireless access (BWA) market, and Barrett Xplore - Canada’s largest rural broadband Internet provider, today announced plans to deploy the first national 4G network in Canada.

Under the agreement, Alvarion will supply its end-to-end 4Motion 4G solution, including subscriber devices, along with professional services to support this significant countrywide rollout. The new state-of-the-art network will allow Barrett to expand its rural broadband offerings into new service areas while allowing additional service options to existing customers.

Barrett’s planned 4G wireless network will provide services across Canada’s vast geography. Initially, services will focus on high-speed data with expansion to include VOIP and other services in the future.

Barrett selected Alvarion following a comprehensive evaluation process as the sole provider for its 4G wireless network, which is designed for a smooth transition to TD-LTE as the operator’s strategy evolves.

“We are pleased to be working with Alvarion to expand our broadband offerings in large areas of the country. We plan to introduce the latest 4G services so our customers can enjoy the benefits of top-quality broadband, at competitive prices,” said John Maduri, CEO of Barrett. “Alvarion has a strong track record of deploying 4G networks around the globe and its solution provides the flexibility to evolve toward a TD-LTE network.”

This win reflects Alvarion’s success in deploying large 4G projects, and is another indication of its continued focus on high growth markets where the adoption of broadband services is expected to accelerate over the coming years.

“We are proud to have been chosen by Barrett for this significant 4G rollout that will bring broadband services to many underserved areas in Canada. We are known for delivering tailored, end-to-end broadband wireless networks that meet the specific requirements of our customers,” said Eran Gorev, president and CEO of Alvarion. “Our future-proof 4G network platform enables real-time high speed wireless services through a flexible architecture that helps operators minimise the total cost of ownership of networks. Together with Barrett, we will build the network with the latest 4G features and functionalities, some of which don’t exist in the market today.”

Alvarion’s 4Motion 4G solution provides state-of-the-art functionality in one of the industry’s most deployed 4G platforms with hundreds of commercial deployments in service around the globe.

Barrett Xplore

Headquartered in Woodstock, New Brunswick, Barrett Xplore operates Xplornet Internet Services, Canada’s largest rural broadband provider, with customers and dealers in every province and territory. Barrett Xplore aims to bridge the urban/rural divide by ensuring that every Canadian, regardless of where they live, has access to broadband, thereby enabling them to compete effectively in the global economy and gain access to essential government and educational services. For additional information, please visit www.xplornet.com.

Alvarion

Alvarion (NASDAQ:ALVR) is a global 4G communications leader with the industry’s most extensive customer base, including hundreds of commercial 4G deployments. Alvarion’s industry leading network solutions for broadband wireless technologies WiMax, TD-LTE and WiFi, enable broadband applications for service providers and enterprises covering a variety of industries such as mobile broadband, residential and business broadband, utilities, municipalities and public safety agencies. Through an open network strategy, superior IP and OFDMA know-how, and ability to deploy large-scale end-to-end turnkey networks, Alvarion is delivering the true 4G broadband experience today (www.alvarion.com).

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