Alvarion, provider of wireless broadband solutions and specialized mobile networks, announced on Monday that Microcom, the leading Internet Wireless Access services provider in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has ordered a large-scale BreezeMAX(TM) 3500 system to be deployed in the country in the coming year. When this first WiMAX-ready network in Central Africa goes live, corporate and residential users in the city of Kinshasa will receive high-speed data services. Microcom previously deployed Alvarion's BreezeACCESS(TM) II networks.

"Wireless broadband is the most cost effective means to provide high-speed data to our customers in the city of Kinshasa, a city of approximately 8 million inhabitants with little wired infrastructure. Our selection of Alvarion as the preferred vendor was easy due to our positive past experience with the company and their equipment," said Mr. Leon NTALE, President of Microcom.

"Our decision was finalized to expand with WiMAX to offer our customers wider coverage, higher data speeds for Internet access and VoIP, and other services which were not possible with our previous network. Our first deployments will be in the areas where connectivity was proved to be extremely difficult due to the non-line-of-sight conditions. With Alvarion's BreezeMAX(TM) 3500, we believe that Microcom will be in a position to easily expand its service offering in DRC and quickly increase capacity for its customers," Mr. NTALE added.

BreezeMAX(TM) is an OFDM platform with advanced non-line-of-sight (NLOS) functionality designed for operators to offer broadband IP-based data and voice services, allowing for the easy, cost-effective transition to WiMAX. Its carrier-class design supports broadband speeds and quality of service (QoS) to enable carriers to offer multi-services to thousands of subscribers in a single cell. BreezeMAX networks are already installed in more than 30 countries worldwide.