Alvarion Wins in Canada

Summerside Community Network rolls out Alvarion broadband wireless network on Prince Edward Island

January 25, 2005

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. -- Alvarion Ltd, (NASDAQ:ALVR), the global leader in wireless broadband solutions and a provider of specialized mobile systems, today announced that the City of Summerside and its operator partner, Wireless Island Ltd., are deploying a wireless broadband network using Alvarion systems across the western half of the province of Prince Edward Island (PEI). PEI, one of Canada's most popular summer vacation destinations, has a population of around 135,000, and covers an area of approximately 5,600 square kilometers.

Alvarion's BreezeACCESS(TM) wireless broadband solution is being used to provide last mile connections for high-speed Internet access to homes and businesses, as well as to schools and public offices in the region. Alvarion has received orders totaling over $1 million U.S. in 2004, and Wireless Island indicates they expect to continue to expand the deployment during the upcoming months.

"The communities of Prince Edward Island are no different than those near the major urban centers, as reliable access to broadband services is now critical to economic development," says Christopher Ogg, CEO of Wireless Island, based in Summerside, PEI. "Summerside has a vision which recognizes the historic role of cities to provide infrastructure and services beyond their municipal boundaries since a city's prosperity is tied to the larger region. Fostering broadband across the region is a logical extension of this role. Alvarion's BreezeACCESS platform has proven its reliability and high quality way to deliver broadband. And since BreezeACCESS can cover entire regions with only a small amount of infrastructure investment, even an area like ours with a low population density can receive services quickly and cost-effectively."

The new broadband network is being deployed in partnership with the region's cities in order to spur economic development, and is being principally funded through an award by Industry Canada, a federal department with many responsibilities including telecommunications policy, under the Broadband Pilot Program. Launched in 2002, the program seeks to foster deployment of broadband to under-served communities. Significant additional financial support has been provided by the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, a federal agency that promotes economic development.

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