Alvarion, a provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions, announced it was selected by U.S. broadband wireless operator, Open Range Communications, for the nation's Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funded deployment spanning 17 states, 546 rural communities, and reaching up to 6 million people. With this new broadband wireless network, Open Range will begin offering 4G services to un-served and underserved customers across rural America in the fourth quarter of this year.
As part of this contract, expected to be more than US$100 million over a five-year implementation, Alvarion will provide radio access equipment, customer devices (CPE) and systems integration for Open Range's broadband wireless network. In addition to selecting Alvarion for its WiMAX platform, Open Range will rely on Alvarion's experience for the end-to-end integration of the Open Range network solution, creating a best-of-breed 4G network in rural America.
"We are thrilled to collaborate with Open Range as they make history building 4G broadband infrastructure in a large footprint to provide personalized broadband services to consumers in un-served and underserved parts of the country,” said Tzvika Friedman, President and CEO of Alvarion. “Open Range's vision to connect rural America will stimulate local development for many rural communities across the US. Alvarion has a longstanding role enabling the delivery of broadband services to consumers here in the US and abroad. With our full portfolio of end-to-end, turnkey WiMAX solutions and extensive network deployment experience, we are enabling operators around the globe to deliver affordable broadband services to subscribers wherever they may reside.”
The new Open Range 4G network, based on Alvarion's WiMAX Forum Certified 802.16e BreezeMAX solution, will be built with an all-IP architecture leveraging the latest 4G technology. This solution will give millions of rural Americans the ability to enjoy wireless broadband services across the communities where they live and work.