Harris Stratex Networks Inc., a provider of wireless solutions that enable the evolution of next-generation fixed and mobile broadband networks, announced it has signed a five-year agreement with Open Range Communications Inc., a wireless broadband services provider to rural America, to provide network operations center (NOC) managed services based on Harris Stratex’ NetBoss XT™ integrated services assurance technology. The deal enables Open Range to reduce operational expenses, and concentrate on product innovation and development, rather than investing in tactical network needs for its high-speed WiMAX network. This agreement marks another milestone in the Harris Stratex managed network services business, which recently expanded in July with the commissioning of the company’s newest NOC in Research Triangle Park, NC.

“Delivering broadband Internet access to un-served and underserved communities across the country is critical, and it’s a vision we share with Harris Stratex,” said Bill Beans, Jr., Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Open Range. “Harris Stratex is providing us with a comprehensive, cost-effective suite of technologies and services, and they’ve demonstrated expertise and flexibility as a business partner.”

Harris Stratex’ managed NOC services are designed to manage and monitor multi-vendor, multi-protocol network infrastructure, including 4G/WiMAX access, wireline, transport and IP network technologies, as well as network elements providing energy, security and surveillance controls. It provides operators like Open Range around-the-clock network surveillance, performance monitoring and trouble ticket management for voice, video and data networks. The service monitors customer networks to identify network problems before they can impact business functions or productivity, and seeks to resolve issues remotely from the NOC or by dispatching technicians to customer sites. Network operations services are conducted in a secured environment with 24-hour on-premise security and are backed up by other network monitoring at other Harris Stratex facilities.

“Open Range has secured $374 M in private and federal funding for its high-speed mobile WiMAX network, enabling the operator to launch affordable high-speed broadband Internet and voice services to more than six million US citizens,” said Harald Braun, President and Chief Executive Officer, Harris Stratex. “With a network of this size and stature, service continuity is critical. By harnessing our managed network services expertise, we’re tackling the tactical network functions, allowing Open Range to focus on delivering innovative services that attract and retain customers, and open up additional revenue streams.”