Lucent to Resell Alvarion

Lucent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: LU) has turned to broadband wireless vendor Alvarion Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) in its efforts to gain a foothold in the 802.16 wireless MAN market.

The network incumbent has revealed details of its initial WiMax market strategy, integrating Alvarion’s BreezeMAX kit into its own product offering (see Alvarion Breezes Into WiMax and Lucent Joins WiMax Forum).

Last June the latest version of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc. (IEEE)’s 802.16d fixed wireless standard was ratified, amid hopes that the mobile version of the specification -- 802.16e -- will be completed sometime this year (see WiMax Spec Ratified).

“Right now, we will resell Alvarion’s WiMax-ready 802.16d line of products,” says Lucent spokesman Ichiro Kawasaki.

Last week Alvarion talked up plans to launch 802.16e products in 2006, but Lucent appears unwilling to commit to this further step together just yet (see Alvarion Targets Mobile WiMax).

“We will make sure that any e products will be compatible with our IMS portfolio, but whether we actually resell Alvarion’s 802.16e kit remains to be seen.”

Today’s announcement marks the second major 802.16 OEM network vendor win for Alvarion, following an earlier deal with German incumbent Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE). (See Siemens Chooses Alvarion.)

"Lucent won't be the last," insists Alvarion's VP of marketing, Carlton O'Neal. "We are talking to everybody." [Ed. note: And, while we're on the subject, why do all WiMax companies sound as if they're named after Star Trek villains. I mean... Aperto... Alvarion... Wi-Lan... What gives?]

— Justin Springham, Senior Editor, Europe, Unstrung

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