TEL AVIV, Israel, April 9, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Alvarion® Ltd.(Nasdaq:ALVR), a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, today announced that its point-to-point and point-to-multipoint solutions have been deployed by Burgeo Broadcasting System (BBS), to help power its wireless offerings for businesses and residents in rural Newfoundland, Canada.
The goal of the BBS Information Communications Technology (ICT) Project is to create a high-speed, wireless network link to enhance essential services and to facilitate economic development across Newfoundland's southwest coast in the five remote communities of Burgeo, François, Grand Bruit, Grey River and Ramea.
"Alvarion's wireless broadband technology enables the people of our five communities to connect with each other and the world at large," said Dave MacDonald, Project Manager, BBS. "This connectivity is a critical life-line for our residents and essential to the health of our people and our economy."
Using Alvarion's point-to-point solutions, the BreezeULTRA and BreezeNET® B, and point-to-multipoint solution, the BreezeACCESS® VL, BBS is delivering a range of high-speed, wireless data, voice and video applications across the region such as:
- Healthcare: Doctors are using telemedicine to serve patients, who typically travel great distances to the nearest care facility, by using video to care for individuals in rural communities. Alvarion's high-bandwidth capabilities enable the telemedicine networks to wirelessly connect providers and patients 24/7.
- Education: Videoconferencing solutions are leveling the playing field for students across rural Newfoundland. For example, Alvarion's low-latency solution can allow a music teacher to stream a symphony or a science teacher to broadcast a live dissection without picture disruption or jitter.
- Tourism: At the Gross Morne National Park Alvarion is enabling Wi-Fi access for visitors and workers where cellular coverage is unavailable to connect a concession building, point-of-sale terminals and real-time weather information boards to enable a better visitor experience.
"Rural communities such as the one BBS serves have unique requirements when it comes to wireless network implementation environment, scalability, application needs and cost," said Chris Daniels, General Manager Americas, Alvarion. "We understand what it takes to deliver connectivity to remote areas and we take special care to deliver reliable, flexible and powerful solutions to keep communities connected, wherever they are located."
To allow for energy efficient operation of the network, part of the Alvarion solution is powered by solar panels or a generator with solar backup which also lowers operational costs of the network.
BreezeULTRA is a point-to-point solution offering 250 Mbps net-throughput best suited for high capacity IP backhauling and connectivity. The BreezeULTRA is software upgradable to a two-radio double capacity system to be released in the second quarter of 2013.
BreezeNET B solution is a point-to-point solution providing highly reliable connectivity and support distances of more than 60 kilometers (37 miles).
BreezeACCESS VL is a point-to-multipoint solution optimized for voice, video and data applications in urban and rural settings. With strong QoS and security features the BreezeACCESS VL can meet the needs of a wide variety of mission critical applications.
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About Burgeo Broadcasting System (BBS)
Since its inception in 1981, the Burgeo Broadcasting System (BBS) has operated as a non-profit company that is owned by the subscribers of the local cable system. The company is managed by a group of ten volunteer board members and has six volunteer programming assistants with four paid employees. The main purpose of the Burgeo Broadcasting System is to ensure that all residents in Burgeo have the best television, radio and Internet possible for its subscribers at a low monthly rate. Burgeo Broadcasting System recognizes the economic situation in these communities and has continued in its efforts to keep the monthly fees to a minimum, while maintaining a viable not- for profit business. All monies realized each year go directly into the company to provide such services.
In February of 2001, Burgeo Broadcasting System began the BBS ICT Project. The BBS ICT Project was an innovative undertaking to connect the remote rural communities of this area. One of its objectives was to bring Internet connectivity to the remote communities via the Community Access Program. The project conducted educational sessions to help teach the general public first how to use computers, and secondly how to use the Internet as a productivity tool to help enhance rural sustainability. BBS ICT Project is an effort to enhance essential services and to facilitate economic development of the five project communities Burgeo, Francois, Grand Bruit (now resettled), Grey River and Ramea, all of which are located on Newfoundland's southwest coast. While Burgeo is very much an isolated community, being at the end of a 146 km highway, Ramea, Grey River and Francois are only accessible by boat or by air. These are arguably some of the most remote communities in the province and in the Rural Secretarial Region of Stephenville – Port Aux Basques. Burgeo Broadcasting System recognizes access to modern telecommunication infrastructure and service is vital in many aspects of education, businesses, entertainment, personal, and public relationships, healthcare, business and community life.
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