Finnet Deploys WiMax

Two Finnet Group operators deploy WiMax network using Alvarion's BreezeMAX 3500 distributed by Daimler Finland

January 4, 2006

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TEL AVIV, Israel -- Alvarion Ltd., (NASDAQ: ALVR - News), the world's leading provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, and its partner Daimler Finland, a local Finnish distributor, today announced that two Finnet Group operators have begun deployment of a WiMAX network using Alvarion's BreezeMAX 3500. Savonlinnan Puhelin (SPY) and Mikkelin Puhelin (MPY) will offer broadband data services to permanent residents and the large influx of summer tourists in the Saimaa Lake District, in the South Savo region of southeast Finland. As part of the government's commitment to 'universal broadband', up to 29 percent of funding for the network, known as the eSavo Project, is derived from the various municipalities in the region and the European Union. The Finnet Group consists of 37 telephone operating companies focuses primarily on local telecommunications services.

"We are pleased to be working with Daimler Finland and Alvarion on a WiMAX network, and this network in Savo promises to be the largest broadband access network we have ever deployed in a rural area. Our solution was based on the successful experiences of other Finnet operators with BreezeMAX in other regions of the country," said Mauri Valkonen, Chief of Department Network Services of MPY. "Our overall target is to increase the broadband service coverage of households and businesses in the South Savo region from its current level of 70% to 96%, and the eSavo Project is a key part of that effort," said Ari Pussinen, Planning Manager of SPY.

BreezeMAX(TM) is Alvarion's award winning, WiMAX platform that has been designed from the ground up according to the IEEE 802.16 standards using OFDM technology for advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer triple play broadband services to thousands of subscribers from a single base station.

"With these new deployments, we have now implemented more than ten BreezeMAX networks with Finnet Group operators throughout Finland," said Janne Paldanius of Daimler Finland. "Our partnership with Alvarion has been instrumental in closing the gap of our country's digital divide by increasing the overall number of homes and businesses that benefit from broadband services in rural areas and we plan to continue to offer WiMAX technology to operators delivering broadband to the unserved in Finland."

Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR)

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