Network Used for Public Safety, CCTV and Enterprise Mobility Applications to demonstrate business case for Mobile WiMAX
July 9 2009 – Alvarion Ltd, the world’s leading provider of WiMAX™ and wireless broadband solutions, and MLL Telecom, Alvarion’s partner in the UK, today announced that the Mobile WiMAX™ network built for the UK’s Mobile WiMAX Acceleration Group (M-WAG, www.mwaguk.com) has been used to test a wide variety of applications for consumer, business and local government market segments.
Established in 2007, M-WAG is a consortium of companies formed to create a WiMAX ecosystem in the UK to showcase the WiMAX business case in anticipation of Ofcom’s auction of the 2.6 GHz spectrum which is expected to take place during 2010.
The pilot network in Maidstone went live in July 2008 with the support of Maidstone Borough Council and has been used to trial a number of different applications such as mobile data, mobile VoIP and mobile video streaming.
An open day for those wishing to visit the network and talk to M-WAG members is scheduled to be held on Wednesday 22 July in Maidstone. More details are available on www.mwaguk.com.
MLL Telecom, an M-WAG member, was responsible for the design, integration and management of the WiMAX network and used Alvarion technology to deliver the service.
“The success of this trial shows the maturity of WiMAX technology,” said Eddie Minshull, CEO of MLL Telecom. “We have been proactively managing the network on a 24 x 7 basis and found it to be extremely stable. With the right sort of planning and design expertise WiMAX is now ready for mainstream use.”
Alvarion’s Mobile WiMAX BreezeMAX base stations have been positioned in the centre of Maidstone and communicate with different end-user devices including Alvarion Indoor CPEs (customer premise equipment), laptops equipped with Mobile WiMAX PCMCIA cards, USB Dongles and digital cameras and encoders.
Individual member companies of M-WAG are running a number of different trials over the network together with end users from various market segments:
Public safety trial: EADS Defence and Security, together with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, tested the use of Mobile WiMAX for delivering real-time video between an incident scene, a mobile command unit and the Headquarters control room. The trial validated the use of real-time visual communications that can be set up on the go improve the decision making capability of a first-responder service.
CCTV trial: Bluenowhere, a wholesale WiMAX network operator supporting local government applications, in conjunction with Maidstone Borough Council, demonstrated the capability of WiMAX to replace 3G and fixed CCTV connections in a cost effective manner to provide 24/7 IP-based video surveillance services on a fixed and mobile basis. Also piloted was the use of WiMAX to save costs in building inspection and for live data capture by the community safety team. (www.bluenowhere.net)
Mobile worker trial: Bluenowhere worked with Maidstone Borough Council whose employees have also been using the network via PCs with indoor modems and laptops with PC Cards and USB Dongles whilst out of the office. This has been so successful that they have insisted on using the dongles in the office instead of the fixed connection.
The results of these trials will be documented in a comprehensive report by Mott MacDonald, an M-WAG member.
“As evident from our many commercial Mobile WiMAX deployments around the world, the technology is here and ready in the UK as well,” said Zeev Strahl, regional director from Alvarion. “M-WAG has brought together several leading companies across the telecoms and media industries to build a state of the art Mobile WiMAX showcase in the UK. The results of these trials will show unique capabilities of WiMAX necessary for multiple market segments in UK.”
Kerl Haslam, Chairman of the Mobile WiMAX Acceleration Group, said: “The members of M-WAG have successfully shown the capability of WiMAX to deliver a range of applications in a number of different markets. Through the trials M-WAG has proved the business case for local government and business services.”
About M-WAG www.mwaguk.com
The Mobile WiMAX Acceleration Group (M-WAG) brings together companies from across the telecoms and media industries to provide the components for the delivery of a commercially viable mobile WiMAX service.
About MLL Telecom www.mlltelecom.com
MLL Telecom specialises in delivering carrier-grade wireless and fixed connectivity that allows customers to effectively integrate all locations on their network. The company delivers fully managed 24x7 network services and currently manages more than 5000 links nationwide. Customers and channel partners include BT, Vodafone, Affiniti, ntl:Telewest, Azzurri, Argus Media, East Sussex County Council, North Yorkshire County Council, Dorset Police and North Dorset District Council.
Alvarion is the largest WiMAX pure-player with the most extensive WiMAX customer base and over 250 commercial deployments around the globe. Committed to growing the WiMAX market, the company offers solutions for a wide range of frequency bands supporting a variety of business cases. Through its OPEN WiMAX strategy, superior IP and OFDMA know-how, and ability to deploy end-to-end turnkey WiMAX projects, Alvarion is shaping the new wireless broadband experience (www.alvarion.com).
Media contact for MLL Telecom:
+44 (0)7930 301601
Media contact for Alvarion:
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