Reliance Infocomm, a subsidiary of the Reliance Group, has chosen Alvarion of Israel, along with Siemens Public Communication Networks, India, as the suppliers of an LMDS solution for an access network that it is building throughout India. In accordance with the contract, they will take responsibility for design, supply and installation/commissioning of all equipment.

Reliance Infocomm is using LMDS technology to complement its Wireline and Wireless CDMA network to offer integrated services, and is now building a trans-India converged network based on advanced CDMA, fixed-telephony and other technologies. It has secured necessary 10.5 GHz spectrum allocation in India’s major cities as the basis for its BWA network, which will be part of this initiative.

Over the next two years, the company plans to deploy Alvarion’s solution for last-mile connectivity throughout all major cities in India, using the 10.5 GHz licensed band. Alvarion has recently shipped equipment valued at over $2.5 M for first phase deployment.