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Alvarion Hearts TD-LTE

3:50 PM -- When Alvarion Technologies Ltd. (Nasdaq: ALVR) unveiled its intentions to support TD-LTE on its broadband wireless access platform earlier this year -- at a Light Reading event in India, actually -- it was only a matter of time before it announced a WiMax deal that included a migration path to its newly supported alternative technology. (See Alvarion to Support TD-LTE.)

I thought that initial deal would come in India, where a bunch of newly licensed service providers are mulling over their WiMax/TD-LTE options. (See India's BWA Auction Ends in $8.2B Drama and Rumor: India Coup for WiMax Camp .)

But it hasn't happened in India. It's happened in Canada. (See Alvarion Wins in Canada.)

Alvarion today announced a multi-year deal, valued by the vendor at more than US$75 million, to provide access infrastructure, devices, and professional services to Canadian rural broadband service provider Barrett Xplore, which chose Alvarion as its sole technology provider in part because "its solution provides the flexibility to evolve toward a TD-LTE network."

Whether it was Canada, India, or the Antarctic, the implications are the same: WiMax, even with the imminent introduction of 802.16m (aka WiMax 2), has a relatively limited shelf life, because TD-LTE will dominate in the spectrum bands in which WiMax now operates. (See CommunicAsia 2010: Two Techs Set for 4G OK and WiMax vs. LTE: The Rematch.)

Alvarion knows that, and has adjusted its strategy accordingly.

— Ray Le Maistre, International Managing Editor, Light Reading

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