Alvarion, Accton team for mobile WiMax

John Walko
EE Times Europe
(01/08/2007 5:53 AM EST)

LONDON — Wireless broadband and WiMAX equipment specialist Alvarion Ltd .and Accton Technology Corporation of Taiwan have formed a joint venture to develop mass market WiMAX consumer electronic devices.

Accton Wireless Broadband (AWB) will be based in Taiwan and focus on designing high volume customer premises equipments (CPEs) and other end user devices based on the 802.16e-2005 mobile WiMAX specification.

The joint venture will leverage Acctons IP networking and communications equipment experience, high volume manufacturing and strategic partnerships to design, develop and manufacture innovative products. Alvarion (Tel Aviv, Israel) is contributing its experience from helping to lead the development of the WiMAX specification and the development of its own WiMAX products from the beginnings of the industry.

Initially, AWB will concentrate on the production of PCMCIA cards, indoor self-installable, and outdoor residential gateways with an expected release date in Q2 of 2007.

AWB will sell its devices to Alvarion to be part of the Israelis groups Open WiMAX 4Motion range.

"This is a great opportunity to partner with one of the biggest broadband wireless companies in the world," said A.J. Huang, CEO of Accton Group. "The combination of Alvarions market leading core technology and long deployment history with Acctons research and development capabilities in wireless OEM products will greatly accelerate the introduction of next generation wireless broadband consumer products with advanced features."

According to a recent Maravedis market research, the WiMAX and proprietary CPE equipment market will reach an annual $3.7 billion in 2012, rising from $490 million in 2006.
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