Wireless News Desk
Alvarion Builds Island-wide Broadband Wireless in Hokkaido
Additional Municipalities Now Ordering BreezeACCESS VL in 4.9GHz
Nov. 18, 2005 08:00 AM
Alvarion has announced additional orders to extend the BreezeACCESS VL network, following a successful initial deployment in the town of Koshimizu, located on Hokkaido Island, Japan. Hokkaido Seiko Time Systems (HSTS), Alvarion’s local partner and the system integrator, is responsible for extending the network to additional municipalities throughout the island.
“We are pleased to be part of bringing the broadband revolution to northern Japan,” said Mr.Yasumasa Ito, President of Hokkaido STS. “We began deployment in Koshimizu with a 2.4GHz wireless network, but we soon realized that the band had too many limitations preventing access to many of the city’s residents, including line-of-sight, coverage, and slow speeds. Alvarion’s BreezeACCESS VL solved these challenges for us, due to its advanced OFDM technology for non line-of-sight operation (NLOS) and its use of the less congested 4.9GHz band where the channels are larger. Since this deployment, several other major cities in Hokkaido have contacted us to understand how they could take advantage of the system, and we are now following through on deployments and plans with each of them. We look forward to continued successful network launches with Alvarion,” Mr. Ito-san added.
Within the next three years, Hokkaido Seiko Time Systems plans to deploy thousands more Alvarion CPEs throughout Hokkaido Island and expand its installation in and around the city of Koshimizu to supply residences with broadband data services as well as provide connectivity among the municipality’s offices, libraries, schools, and in and around the train station.
BreezeACCESS VL’s enhanced features such as OFDM non-line-of-sight (NLOS), extended reach of more than 20 kilometers (12.5 miles), high capacity, encryption, and quality of service (QoS) mechanisms enable carriers, mobile operators, ISPs, enterprises and others to provide WiMAX services today. With its advanced features such as 10MHz channel spacing and automatic clear channel selection (ACCS) and its built-in spectrum analyzer to monitor the noise on each channel, BreezeACCESS VL enables greater flexibility in frequency planning.
“This network represents the further strengthening of Alvarion’s presence in Asia Pacific,” commented Tzvika Friedman, CEO of Alvarion. “BreezeACCESS VL’s high capacity and NLOS capabilities, combined with its compliance with strict Japanese regulations, make it the optimal solution to enable Japanese municipalities to have their own broadband networks while providing operators with an excellent business model.”