Alvarion

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Alvarion ltd.
Type Public (NASDAQALVR; TASEALVR)
Industry Electronics
Communications
Founded 1992
Headquarters Tel Aviv, Israel
Key people CEO Hezi Lapid[1]
Products Wireless Communications
Broadband wireless
Fixed wireless
Revenue Increase US$ 205.81 million (2010)
Operating income Decrease US$ 167.72 million (2010)
Net income Decrease US$ 98.47 million (2010)
Employees 715[1]
Website www.alvarion.com

Alvarion Ltd. is a 4G telecommunications company. The company manufactures and exports network products, including WiMAX, IEEE 802.16, PtMP, TD-LTE and Wi-Fi to service providers and enterprises covering a variety of industries such as mobile broadband, residential and business broadband, utilities, municipalities and public safety agencies.[2][3]

History[edit]

Alvarion's head office in Tel Aviv

Alvarion was originally incorporated as BreezeCOM Ltd. in September, 1992. In March 2000, BreezeCOM had an Initial Public Offering, selling 5 million shares of its common stock at a price of $20 per share. BreezeCOM's shares were listed on the NASDAQ under the symbol BRZE.[4]

In August 2001, BreezeCOM merged with another Israeli company, Floware Wireless Systems Ltd. (NASDAQ: FLRE), which was founded in 1993, changing its name to Alvarion.[5]

In April 2003, Alvarion acquired InnoWave ECI Wireless Systems Ltd, from ECI Telecom. In July 2003, Alvarion signed a strategic partnership agreement with Intel to co-develop WiMAX based Broadband wireless access systems, using Intel’s WiMAX chips.[6]

In December 2004, Alvarion acquired interWAVE Communications International (NASDAQ:IWAV) of Mountain View, California, which expanded the company’s product range into the mobile GSM equipment market and provided new expertise in mobile systems. Most of the interWAVE operations became Alvarion‘s Cellular Mobile business unit, which was sold to LGC Wireless, Inc. in November, 2006.[7]

In February 2009, Alvarion announced that it was hired by Orange Botswana for WiMAX deployment, initially to cover Botswana’s two largest cities Gaborone and Francistown.[8]

In November 2009, Alvarion started deploying a WiMAX wireless broadband network for the Australian ISP Adam Internet across metropolitan Adelaide, as a part of Australian government’s Broadband Guarantee Program.[2]

In November 2011, Alvarion acquired Wavion, a provider of outdoor Wi-Fi applications for metro and rural areas with deployments in more than 75 countries. This acquisition is part of Alvarion’s strategic plan for shifting its primary focus from WiMAX-based radio access network to becoming a multi-technology wireless broadband solution provider.[9]

In July 2013, Alvarion filed for bankruptcy.[10]

Products and technology[edit]

Alvarion was one of the first companies to produce IEEE 802.11 wireless LAN equipment and made a major contribution to the development of the IEEE 802.11 standard. In collaboration with the Swedish Space Corporation and using its own BreezeNET DS.11 product, it also claims to hold a World record of longest Wireless LAN link ever achieved – 310 kilometers (190 mi) from ground to a weather balloon (although it had been heavily amplified, used a huge dish antenna, and had an automatic tracking system).[11][12] This record is not found in The Guinness Book of Records, however.

Alvarion is also active in the development of the new IEEE 802.16x WiMAX standards and is one of the first manufacturers to offer mobile WiMAX systems.[13]

Countries operating Alvarion equipment[edit]

Commercial development[edit]

In November 2010, Alvarion was chosen by the telecommunication company 4G Africa[19] to deploy 4G network in Cameroon.[20] 4G Africa has the main goal to reduce digital divide by providing selected Sub-Sahara countries with the newly established 4G technology to reduce digital divide.

Wireless communications company ArrayComm announced the commercial availability of base stations from Alvarion using ArrayComm advanced beamforming software. ArrayComm officials said "using this technology, operators are able to see substantial improvement in system capacity, throughput, and range-yielding greater revenue from the investment in wireless infrastructure.[21]"

Alvarion announced it will supply base stations and related services to India cell phone carrier Bharat Sanchar Nigam for a 4G wireless broadband network. Alvarion president and CEO Eran Gorev said "India has significant potential for wireless broadband, and this agreement further enhances our presence in the country." The project is worth an estimated $10 million.[22][23]

Municipal officials in Houston selected Alvarion to deploy a citywide 4G network. According to city authorities, the network will improve traffic safety and congestion through remote control of 2500 traffic intersections and 1500 school zone flashers. Alvaron's WiMax network will also remotely monitor 500,000 water meters, reducing costs and improving customer service.[24] The agreement includes free access to the 4G network for more than 300,000 residents in underserved, underprivileged communities.[25]

Alvarion CEO Eran Gorev said,

Over the years we’ve been following the needs of our municipal and government customers and our solutions in this field are state-of-the-art. We’ve learned how to help cities offer their residents fundamental and advanced services such as connectivity hotspots, personal security and online municipal services, while allowing them to control costs.[26]

In Oct 2010 Alvarion announced a 75 Million dollar deployment in Canada working with Xplornet Communications deploying 4Motion base stations, NMS and services to provide rural Broadband throughout the Country[27]

In May 2011, Alvarion launched 4G mobile networks in Mozambique and Uganda. The network will provide broadband connectivity to residential and business users as well as local municipalities. According to CEO Eran Gorev, Alvarion operates over 70 commercial 4G deployments in Africa.[28]

In June 2011, Winncom Technologies, a distributor of wireless broadband networking equipment and accessories, announced that it has extended its distribution agreement with Alvarion to cover the Eastern European, Russian, and CIS regions. Bernie Vaysenberg, director of Sales for Winncom, said "We are pleased to join forces with Alvarion to provide high-speed, reliable wireless broadband services to the Eastern European market."[29]

In June 2011, Dimension Data announced a partnership with Alvarion. Nicholas Shaw, general manager of Dimension's Advanced Infrastructure, described Alvarion's presence in Africa as "a strong support structure and services network on the continent." Shaw believes Alvarion will "bring connectivity to sites that fall outside of commercial networks or where fibre just isn't an option."[30]

In July 2011, Bandera Electric Cooperative announced it will deploy a 4G network from Alvarion to linemen and technical service personnel operating utility truck. The network will provide real-time information of the electric grid for BEC vehicles.[31]

In August 2011, Bloosurf, a broadband service provider in Maryland, chose Alvarion to deploy 4G wireless network that will serve the county and university campuses.[32][33]

In May 2012, a WiMAX network delivered by Alvarion to wireless broadband provider Skyline in Randers, Denmark, went bankrupt and was consequently closed down on June 30.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Company Profile for Alvarion Ltd (ALVR)". Archived from the original on 8 April 2010. Retrieved 2010-04-05. 
  2. ^ a b c Narain, Divya (November 12, 2009), "Alvarion to Deploy WiMAX Network in Adelaide", TMCnet 
  3. ^ Watt, Samantha. "New WiMax technology from Alvarion to help municipalities optimise utility network infrastructure". Gijima. Retrieved 14 July 2011. 
  4. ^ BNET (March 23, 2000), "BreezeCOM IPO Priced At $20 Per Share; To Begin Trading on NASDAQ Under Symbol BRZE", CBS Business Network 
  5. ^ a b Shapiro, Ahron (April 10, 2001), "BreezeCOM Merges With Floware", Wi-Fi Planet 
  6. ^ "Alvarion and Intel Sign Strategic Agreement to Develop WiMAX-Certified Broadband Wireless Access systems", Business Wire, July 9, 2003 
  7. ^ http://www.sec.gov/Archives/edgar/data/1108332/000114420408020367/v109542_20f.htm
  8. ^ Article about Alvarion hired by Orange Botswana on Wimax News, February 2009, Retrieved in 02-19-2009
  9. ^ "Alvarion buys WiFi co Wavion for $30m". Globes. 2 November 2011. 
  10. ^ "'Alvarion Finally Files for Bankruptcy'". 15 July 2013. Retrieved 19 July 2013. 
  11. ^ News & Events - Press Releases
  12. ^ [1]
  13. ^ Miron, David (March 25, 2010). "Alvarion Brings Wireless Broadband to 90 Cities in Brazil". TheWadi. 
  14. ^ Alvarion wins $2m Angola contract Globes, 5 October 2011
  15. ^ ref name="Skyline"http://www.skyline.dk/ Alvarion equipment is used by the danish ISP Skyline
  16. ^ ref name="India and Alvarion"Alvarion wins major deal in India
  17. ^ a b ref name="South and Nigeria">[2]. Retrieved on 2011-07-18.
  18. ^ ref name="Procurement of Alvarion in the UK">[3]. Retrieved on 2014-08-10.
  19. ^ [4]
  20. ^ [5]
  21. ^ http://www.eeherald.com/section/news/nws201103276.html Alvarion's base stations using ArrayComm's advanced beamforming software
  22. ^ http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000631172&fid=1725 Alvarion wins major deal in India
  23. ^ http://www.indusbusinessjournal.com/ME2/dirmod.asp?sid=&nm=&type=Publishing&mod=Publications%3A%3AArticle&mid=8F3A7027421841978F18BE895F87F791&tier=4&id=4E11A0AB521C4C8B9A97F98CA7C98D56 Alvarion to help build wireless network in rural India
  24. ^ http://www.wateronline.com/article.mvc/City-Of-Houston-Deploys-Alvarion-4G-Wireless-0001 City Of Houston Deploys Alvarion 4G Wireless Broadband Network For Advanced Municipal Services
  25. ^ http://civsourceonline.com/2011/03/30/houston-taps-alvarion-for-municipal-wifi/ Houston taps Alvarion for municipal wifi
  26. ^ http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000634292&fid=1725 Alvarion deploys 4G Smart City network in Houston
  27. ^ http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=37559:alvarion-barrett-xplore-sign-multiyear-agreement-valued-at-over-75m-to-deploy-4g-network-across-canada&catid=69
  28. ^ http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000648369&fid=1725 Alvarion launches 4G networks in Uganda, Mozambique
  29. ^ "Winncom and Alvarion Sign Distribution Agreement for Eastern Europe". Marketwire. Retrieved 21 June 2011. 
  30. ^ "Dimension Data aligns with Alvarion". Business Live. Retrieved 12 July 2011. 
  31. ^ http://www.fierceenergy.com/story/bandera-electric-deploys-alvarion-4g-network-mobile-workforce-customer-bene/2011-07-18 Bandera Electric deploys Alvarion 4G network for mobile workforce, customer benefits
  32. ^ http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20110801007061/en/wireless-broadband/alvarion/bloosurf http://eon.businesswire.com/news/eon/20110801007061/en/wireless-broadband/alvarion/bloosurf
  33. ^ http://www.globes.co.il/serveen/globes/docview.asp?did=1000669684&fid=1725 Alvarion wins Maryland deal

Alvarion Showcases4G WiMAX Infrastructure and Smart Grid Connectivity Solutions at UTC Telecom 2010 in Indianapoli s

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