Offer Addresses Carrier Demand For Fully-integrated, “Pay-As-You-Grow” Solutions
Tel-Aviv, Israel and Woodbury, New York, September 10, 2003 –Alvarion Ltd. (NASDAQ: ALVR) and Starhome GmbH, a subsidiary of Comverse Ltd. (NASDAQ: CMVT), are joining forces to launch a unique carrier solution: a WiFi Hotspot service managed by Starhome using Alvarion’s end-to-end public wireless LAN service (PWLAN) platform. The innovative joint solution addresses carriers’ growing demand for a, low-cost, fast-to-market way to quickly enter the Hotspot services market while integrating a Hotspot capability into their value-added service offerings. Installed, marketed, and supported locally by fixed and mobile operators throughout the world, the HotSpot Service will be offered to Starhome’s current customer base of over 45 cellular carriers.
Alvarion, a leading wireless broadband equipment vendor, and Starhome, a leading mobile applications service provider, are offering this unique method for carriers to offer a Hotspot service on a branded basis to their general and business customers. Alvarion will supply its carrier-grade, end-to-end BreezeACCESS™ GO, solution. Starhome will contribute its expertise in developing, integrating and managing value added services for wireless carriers.
“We chose Alvarion’s field-proven solution following an extensive evaluation that confirmed its robust performance, flexibility, and automatic management of all HotSpot accounting and back-office functions,” said Mr. Alon Barnea, Vice President, Business Development at Starhome. “We are confident that the combination of Alvarion’s superb technology and Starhome’s service management expertise, global backbone, together with Starhome’s and ability to offer synergism and integration with other cellular voice and data services will result in the practical, low-risk HotSpot solution that our extensive list of carrier customers are looking for.”
“We are pleased to be working with an application service provider that has such an outstanding track record. Starhome has a reputation of dealing with the challenges of introducing new services,” said Mr. Rudy Leser, Vice President, Marketing at Alvarion. “In addition to supplying our Public Wireless LAN solution to Starhome, we have the opportunity to enjoy a source of recurring revenue from the partnership through our revenue-sharing arrangement, as well as to build future demand among Tier 1 carriers for our broadband wireless solutions. We look forward to collaborating with Starhome on this unique opportunity.”
Starhome, the leading mobile applications service provider, develops, integrates and manages value added services for wireless carriers. Starhome integrates its privately-managed IP network, multi-service platform and expertise in mobile networks to create a unique global service environment that empowers a rich portfolio of advanced roaming services, as well as specialized, best-of-breed services developed with Starhome’s partners. More than 45 leading mobile operators worldwide — with access to 160 million subscribers – leverage Starhome’s expertise to overcome the challenges of introducing new services, offering quick deployment with minimal technical and financial risks. Founded in 1999, Starhome is an affiliate of Comverse Technology, Inc., an S&P 500 and NASDAQ-100 Index company, a world leader in multimedia telecommunications applications.
For additional information, visit Comverse Technology’s web site at http://http://www.cmvt.com, Starhome's web site at http://http://www.starhome.com .
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. With over 1.5 million units deployed in 120 countries worldwide, 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.
Having recently acquired InnoWave's wideband access portfolio and expertise, Alvarion provides a complete wireless solution that supports a wide range of frequency bands, customer profiles and service types.
For more information, visit Alvarion’s World Wide Web site at www.alvarion.com
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