Alvarion recently unveiled its OPEN WiMAX ecosystem revolutionizing the deployment of WiMAX networks. The operator centric, all IP best-of-breed ecosystem is open and standards-based, enabling the optimization of WiMAX networks from core network equipment to consumer electronics, service offerings, and even the end-user's experience. Moreover OPEN WiMAX enables network scalability and the rapid and simple integration of third-party applications and services.

In the all IP open architecture of OPEN WiMAX, service providers can choose any combination of vendors and partners to best fit their specific requirements, a revolutionary and operator centric approach in a telecom industry historically dominated by traditional vendor centric offerings from large companies. The result is that operators can have much greater flexibility to offer a variety of revenue-generating services while creating brand differentiation and increasing subscribers' loyalty. Referring to Open PErsonal broadband Networks, OPEN WiMAX is behind Alvarion's highly scalable 4MotionTM solution which combines BreezeMAXTM and best-of-breed systems from various partners. Alvarion, together with Cisco and other vendors, is promoting the definition and acceptance of open interfaces and modular solution designs based on the WiMAX ForumTM standard definition. Alvarion's basic WiMAX architecture includes multiple Cisco products such as Cisco's Service Selection Gateway (SSG) and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting server (AAA) enabling customers a smooth migration to Open WiMAX wave 1 and wave 2 certified networks." Alvarion has been a key WiMAX technology and market leader from the very beginning of wireless broadband," said Berge Ayvazian, chief strategy officer of Yankee Group. "And the WiMAX market will continue to benefit from Alvarion's thought leadership and field experience, including its new OPEN WiMAX strategy, offering a complete flexibility to take the best from each ecosystem layer, through the rest of the decade and beyond." Allowing vendors of all sizes to contribute in their respective fields of expertise, OPEN WiMAX reduces entry barriers and promotes multi-vendor solutions. This enables operators to freely choose from a nearly unlimited combination of best in class vendors offering WiMAX-certified products, services, and solutions. The resulting freedom of choice encourages competition and network innovation, reduces prices, and enhances industry product offerings with ultimate benefit to operators and their subscribers." Alvarion has been with the WiMAX Forum from the beginning as a major advocate of the technology, and their leadership on Open WiMAX will propel the market forward again," said Ron Resnick, president of the WiMAX Forum. "Alvarion's numerous BreezeMAX deployments confirm Forum claims of service quality, capacity, coverage and economics and have generated substantial market interest in WiMAX."As the thought leader of OPEN WiMAX, Alvarion empowers service providers to now choose the best combination of vendors and partners to fit their specific network requirements. This approach is creating a new reality in WiMAX and the telecommunications industry overall where alliances are formed through a coalition of industry leading partners - each an expert in its own field. Alvarion is showcasing OPEN WiMAX, along with its 4Motion solution and market leading BreezeMAX system, in Hall 2, Booth 225C at the 3GSM show being held here this week.