Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Ceragon and Alvarion Collaborate OpenRange's 4G

Ceragon Networks will partner with Alvarion as the wireless backhaul equipment provider to deploy a network for Open Range Communications. The new network is planned to be the largest Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funded deployment in the United States, spanning 17 states, 546 rural communities, and reaching up to 6 million people.

Alvarion was recently selected as the WiMAX solution provider for the Open Range 4G network. Alvarion is also acting as the prime system integrator of the project. Ceragon's high-capacity platforms will be used for backhauling rich voice and multimedia content over a newly constructed wireless IP network.

  • In January 2009, Open Range Communications announced an investment of $100 million from One Equity Partners (OEP), the private equity arm of JPMorgan Chase & Co.

  • In March 2008, the United States Department of Agriculture's Rural Development Utilities Program (RDUP) approved a $267 million Broadband Access Loan for Open Range, with the prerequisite that private financing also be secured.

  • Openrange is based in Greenwood Village, Colorado.

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