By Tammy Parker
Telrad Networks, which acquired Alvarion’s WiMAX division earlier this year, has committed to a WiMAX-to-LTE technology roadmap, said its new partner, systems integrator Wireless Connections.
Wireless Connections linked up with Tel Aviv-based Telrad so it can continue marketing the BreezeMax and BreezeCompact product families in North America and Latin America. Wireless Connections formerly carried the same product lines via an earlier agreement with Alvarion, which recently fell into receivership and has received bids for taking over the business.
Mike Cowan, president at Wireless Connections, said Telrad is offering it a clear migration path from WiMAX to LTE. “We have been anticipating an LTE product release for some time. Now with Telrad’s commitment and expertise, we will finally have the next-generation of LTE products which will enable us to future proof our customers’ networks and help drive further 4G adoption,” said Cowan.
The WiMAX Forum recently said that development of specifications for WiMAX Advanced Release 2.2, which focuses on WiMAX/TD-LTE radio access network (RAN) deployment, is progressing quickly, with the final document expected to be published by the end of 2013. The forum noted that Telrad is one of the companies that has been instrumental in specification development for WiMAX Advanced Release 2.2.
As for Alvarion, a 30-day operating plan submitted by receiver Yoav Kfir and approved by Tel Aviv District Court Judge Eitan Orenstin will expire on August 23. Among the companies confirmed to have bid for Alvarion, which still has a Wi-Fi gear business, is Sigma Wave, a private company based in Caesarea, Israel, according to Globes.