Navini is one of the companies on our short list of the WiMax companies that Cisco has been examining as acquisition prospects. The others are Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR), Aperto Networks Inc. , and Redline Communications Inc. . (See Cisco Wooing WiMax Vendors?.)
The analysts write:
We believe there are several reasons Cisco would choose Navini over a public company such as Alvarion: (1) Navini has beamforming technology which is critical for the best possible WiMax performance, (2) Navini is deployed with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) in several markets such as Florida, Georgia and Louisiana and (3) Navini has made good progress on the 802.16e standard having skipped 802.16d. In essence, beamforming makes MIMO [multiple antenna] technology really useful, allowing a cell to dynamically expand to reach specific users.
— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung