TEL AVIV, Israel, October 8, 2009 - Ceragon Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ and TASE: CRNT),
a leading provider of high-capacity wireless backhaul solutions, today announced that it will
partner with Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ:ALVR) as wireless backhaul equipment provider to deploy a
network for Open Range Communications. The new network is planned to be the largest Rural
Utilities Service (RUS) funded deployment in the United States, spanning 17 states, 546 rural
communities, and reaching up to 6 million people.
Alvarion is a leading provider of WiMAX and wireless broadband solutions. The company
was recently selected as the WiMAX solution provider for the Open Range best-of-breed 4G
network. Alvarion is also acting as the prime system integrator of the project. Ceragon’s highcapacity
platforms will be used for backhauling rich voice and multimedia content over a newly
constructed wireless IP network.
“This Open Range network will bring high-speed broadband connectivity to millions of
Americans,” said Tzvika Friedman, CEO of Alvarion, Ltd. “The backhaul solution plays a critical
role in building such a high capacity network. Ceragon’s wireless IP backhaul solution provides a
variety of benefits including high-capacity and advanced networking capabilities while allowing for
simple, quick and cost-efficient deployment. Our partnership with Ceragon is another example of
our strategy to enable Open WiMAX networks.”
“We are very excited to partner with Alvarion for the Open Range network deployment,”
said Ira Palti, President and Chief Executive Officer of Ceragon. “Delivering broadband services
to rural communities brings new forms of enterprise, new sources of wealth and new forms of
social interaction to millions of new users. Our wireless backhaul solutions help operators around
the world to simplify their network deployments while driving down set up and maintenance costs.
We look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with Alvarion.”
Open Range Communications Inc. is a U.S. broadband wireless operator. The operator’s
new rural broadband access network will be built with an all-IP architecture leveraging the latest
4G technology. This solution will give millions of rural Americans the ability to enjoy wireless
broadband services across the communities where they live and work.