Alvarion has announced the signing of a ‘master supply’ agreement with the Caribbean wireless group Digicel to deploy a mobile WiMAX network throughout the Caribbean region. Alvarion was selected following a successful commercial deployment of its 802.16e solution for Digicel in Grand Cayman in 2007. As part of the deal, Alvarion, along with its OPEN WiMAX partners, will provide an end-to-end WiMAX offering, as well as a comprehensive package of professional services. ‘Mobile WiMAX represents a unique opportunity for Digicel to leapfrog current technology to offer a wireless full service portfolio as an attractive alternative to the existing operators’ offerings,’ said Mario Assaad, CTO of Digicel Group. ‘Businesses and consumers are looking for an alternative wireless solution. Based on our successful Grand Cayman deployment and our experience with the high throughput and quality of service of Alvarion’s WiMAX solutions, we believe Alvarion is the best choice for enabling us to provide advanced services to our customers.’
Digicel’s 802.16e network in Grand Cayman offers residential and business customers maximum downlink speeds of up to 3Mbps and 1Mbps uplink and can be used in either fixed or portable modes. Digicel adds that the small size of the Alvarion residential CPE allows subscribers to take their broadband connection with them wherever they go, paving the way for Digicel to make full use of mobile WiMAX technology to provide personal broadband services in the future.