Hitachi Teams With Alvarion

Japanese wireless player Hitachi Ltd. (NYSE: HIT; Paris: PHA) has inked a joint development agreement with Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR), the second notable deal for the Israeli wireless broadband provider this week. (See Hitachi, Alvarion Team.)

The Hitachi Communications unit says it plans to work with Alvarion on developing mobile WiMax technology that can be used both in Japan and "the overseas market." The pair are working on gear using the 2.5GHz band that is licensed for WiMax usuage by the Japanese Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications.

Hitachi is developing a mobile WiMax gateway for the system. It is promising better performance from the box -- thanks to improvements in WiMax silicon technology -- and says it is intended to work with networks both large and small.

Alvarion is developing a "micro-base-station" for this project. This will conform to so-called "Wave 2" mobile WiMax specifications, such as supporting multiple input and output antennas to speed data transmissions. (See Welcome to Acronym Hell.)

Hitachi has been working with WiFi and other wireless technolgy for years now and has won major cellular contracts in Japan. The firm, however, has been surprisingly quiet on WiMax up until now. Over the last couple of years, South Korean giant Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC) has emerged as the major WiMax vendor in the region. (See Who Makes What: Wireless Infrastructure .)

Alvarion, meanwhile, has been very visible on the wireless broadband scene recently. The firm inked a mobile WiMax deal with AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) Monday and posted revenues up 31 percent for the second quarter on wireless broadband sales. (See AT&T Deploys AL WiMax and Alvarion Reports Q2.)

— Dan Jones, Site Editor, Unstrung

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