Archive for January 29th, 2009

Nortel exiting mobile WiMAX completely

Nortel is ending its short-lived WiMAX partnership with Alvarion, announcing today it would exit the Mobile WiMAX business entirely to focus on its other businesses.

“We are taking rapid action to narrow our strategic focus to areas where we can drive maximum return on investment.  We will work closely with Alvarion to transition our mobile WiMAX customers to them and assure customers that they will continue to benefit from leading-edge technology and high-quality service,” Nortel president of carrier networks Richard Lowe said in a statement.  “Our continued success in the wireless business requires us to focus our energy on opportunities with long-standing customers. This will position Nortel more effectively to capitalize on future resurgence of carrier spend levels and drive value to the business.”

Last June, Nortel announced plans to discontinue its in-house WiMAX radio developmentand instead partner with Alvarion, a strategic sales agreement that paired Nortel’s access service network (ASN) gateway with Alvarion’s WiMAX base station. Nortel, however, filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectionearlier this month, forcing it re-evaluate the viability of its various business groups. The Alvarion venture appears to be one of the first casualties.

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