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Alvarion and Swedish Space Corporation achieve wireless broadband connectivity over 310km

Alvarion (Nasdaq: ALVR) and The Swedish Space Corporation (SSC) today announced that they have entered the record books with the transmission of information via a broadband wireless link over a distance of 310km.

Guinness World Records have officially recognized this as the longest distance achieved using Wi-Fi wireless connectivity.

The link was made at the end of 2002 between a stratospheric balloon that was launched from Esrange near the town of Kiruna in northern Sweden and a base station located near Esrange.

Onboard the balloon was a BreezeNET DS.11 outdoor bridge unit, supplied by Alvarion, the world’s most successful provider of broadband wireless products. The BreezeNET DS.11 unit was connected to a high-power amplifier with 6 watts power output, a camera and a server.

Data, such as environmental conditions and weather patterns, was collected and the information was sent back to Esrange via the Alvarion BreezeNET DS.11 unit, connected to a 2.4 meters dish antenna. The antenna with 6 watt power output was controlled by automatic tracking system using GPS (Global Positioning System) technology.

Information received at the base station was then sent back to Esrange via an internal network. The information between the balloon and the base station was transmitted over the 2.4GHz spectrum.

The weather balloon reached a maximum height of 29.7 km and drifted steadily. It finally touched down east of Sodankylä in the northern part of Finland, having travelled approximately 315 Km.

David Hawksett, head of science and technology from Guinness World Records, said: “This cutting-edge achievement illustrates just how far broadband technology has advanced. Given the expertise of both companies, I’m sure it won’t be long before we have to rewrite this particular record.”

Lars-Olov Jonsson, System engineer RF and microwave, at SSC Esrange commented: “This is an amazing technical achievement, the difficulty of which should not be underestimated. Alvarion has developed extremely robust equipment capable of operating in a very harsh environment. Its technology has helped us save money, time and energy.”

Rudy Leser, VP Marketing of Alvarion, added: "Wi-Fi seems to be a very fashionable subject with the media at the moment. Fact is, we've been doing it for years and here is the result - the ability to send data over a wireless connection 315km long. We are consistently invested heavily into research and development and the broadband wireless industry as a whole has benefited from our innovations."

About Swedish Space Corporation

The Swedish Space Corporation is a state-owned, commercial company with about 300 employees at its locations in Solna (near Stockholm) and Kiruna. SSC operates the Esrange facility outside Kiruna for rocket and balloon launches for scientists from the whole world. SSC also operates one of the world’s busiest satellite ground stations at Esrange, supporting a growing number of satellites. In Solna, SSC develops state-of-the-art satellites, space vehicle subsystems, payloads for rockets as well as airborne systems for maritime surveillance. These products are sold on the international market. Swedish Space Corporation owns fifty percent of Nordic Satellite AB, which distributes television and offers other telecommunication services on its geostationary Sirius satellites.

About Alvarion

Alvarion is dedicated to delivering seamless wireless broadband networking infrastructure to carriers, ISPs and private network operators, in order to leverage their broadband opportunities into sustainable profits.

Alvarion offers premier wireless broadband solutions for access in the last mile, backhauling connection to the backbone and private network connectivity. Featuring the industry's most extensive range of products and international support, Alvarion is a pioneering leader of the converged wireless broadband network.

Together with key partners, Alvarion provides secure rich-media networks for business or residential Internet access, corporate VPNs, cellular base station feeding, community interconnection, public safety connectivity and extended hotspots.

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