Mobile and Fixed Broadband Municipal Network Deployed in Wyoming

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA /BUSINESS WIRE/ -- Alvarion Ltd., a leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, announced the deployment of a citywide wireless broadband network in Cheyenne, WY, to support the communication needs of multiple public safety and public works departments. The fixed and mobile network employs Alvarion's BreezeACCESS 4900, operating in 4.9 GHz for multipoint backhaul, and its BreezeACCESS 900, operating in 900 MHz to give city workers mobile access in their vehicles, including connecting their WiFi-enabled personal digital assistants.

"Our rather ambitious goal for this first phase was to offer the broadest range of services of any municipal wireless broadband network in North America," asserted Theresa Snyder, chief information officer of Cheyenne. "We selected Alvarion because it offered all the desired functionality, but at significantly less cost than comparable solutions. Building on our success, we are now making plans to expand the network to offer T1 replacement services; real-time video for security, traffic, and utility use; and countywide mobile services to give access to the Sheriff's department."

With the launch of the network, built by certified Alvarion solution partners, Excelsio Communications and BIG Wireless, Cheyenne's municipal services now include centralized control of about 100 traffic lights, online processing for expedited building permits, access to GIS maps and data for firefighters and utility workers, and online parking tickets. In addition, the network provides public broadband access and online community services in parks, city pools, and malls, and mobile access for more than 80 city police and firefighters in vehicles.

"Cheyenne has created large efficiencies for their city, while greatly enhancing public safety in terms of response time, real-time information retrieval, and vital communications," said Greg Daily, president of Alvarion's North American Sales Division. "This network deployment shows once again that when the cost and performance of a municipal broadband wireless network are fully evaluated, broadband wireless and Alvarion solutions are the ideal choice. We look forward to working with Cheyenne on future phases of the network."

Taking advantage of advanced orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) technology, BreezeACCESS 4900 enables high-capacity, non-line-of-sight connections. Field proven features allow for point-to-multipoint access, point-to-point backhauling, and point-to-multipoint backhauling of other vendors' devices, such as sensors, cameras, and traffic systems. Also featuring advanced quality of service, critical traffic prioritization, and VoIP mechanisms, BreezeACCESS 4900 offers a combination of data, voice, and video services--all in real time. Built to comply with the FCC's maximum high-power mask, the 4900 is superior in range when compared with alternative solutions that only comply with the low-power mask. When combined with Alvarion's BreezeACCESS 900 system, it offers a comprehensive solution for public safety agencies, including broadband connectivity in vehicles.

BreezeACCESS 900 is especially designed with hybrid digital modulation to achieve superior range, reliability, and flexibility to support mobile subscribers with secure, robust, and reliable mobile access over metro or rural areas at a significantly lower investment than mesh systems. Both parts of Alvarion's Complete Spectrum Solution, the BreezeACCESS 4900 and 900, integrate seamlessly with existing BreezeACCESS deployments and leverage the capacity of BreezeACCESS 2.4 and 5 GHz networks. As a result, operators can significantly increase their revenues by growing their networks and subscriber base with little additional investment.

About the City of Cheyenne, WY
Cheyenne, with a population of about 55,000, is an active economic, cultural, and political center for the northern plains, and it is the capital of the state of Wyoming. The Magic City of the Plains is located at the intersection of Interstates 25 and 80 in southeast Wyoming, approximately 100 miles north of Denver, CO.

About Excelsio Communications and BIG Wireless
Excelsio Communications is based in Alpharetta, GA. More information on the company can be found on the Web.

BIG Wireless is based in York, PA. More information on the company can be found on the Web.

About Alvarion
With more than 2 million units deployed in 150 countries, Alvarion is a leading provider of innovative wireless network solutions, enabling personal broadband services to improve lifestyles and productivity with portable and mobile data, VoIP, video, and other applications. Providing systems to carriers, ISPs, and private network operators, the company also supplies solutions to extend coverage of GSM and CDMA mobile networks to developing countries and other hard-to-serve areas.

Leading the WiMAX revolution, Alvarion has the "most extensive deployments and proven product portfolio in the industry," covering the full range of frequency bands with both fixed and mobile solutions. Alvarion's products enable the delivery of business and residential broadband access, corporate VPNs, toll-quality telephony, mobile base-station feeding, hotspot coverage extension, community interconnection, public safety communications, and mobile voice and data. Alvarion works with several global OEM providers and more than 200 local partners to support its diverse global customer base in solving their last-mile challenges.

As a wireless broadband pioneer, Alvarion has been driving and delivering innovations for more than ten years, from core technology developments to creating and promoting industry standards. Leveraging its key roles in the IEEE and HiperMAN standards committees and experience in deploying OFDM-based systems, the company's prominent work in the WiMAX Forum is focused on increasing widespread adoption of standards-based products in the wireless broadband market and leading the entire industry to mobile WiMAX solutions.

For more information, visit Alvarion's Web site.

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