Horizon Wi-Com Selects Navini for Its Wireless Broadband Deployment

2007-01-12 17:02 877

Deployment of First 802.16e WiMAX Network in the Northeast US Region

RICHARDSON, Texas, Jan. 12 /Xinhua-PRNewswire/ -- Horizon Wi-Com is launching its high-speed wireless broadband service in the Northeast US region using WiMAX 802.16e equipment from Navini Networks, the global leader(1) in providing plug-n-play broadband wireless access solutions with the most experience in commercial deployments.

The FCC recently approved Horizon’s purchase of the WCS A Block spectrum previously owned by Verizon. Phase I of the deployment will implement service in Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Baltimore, Pittsburgh, Buffalo, Richmond, and Cincinnati.

"We selected Navini due to their experience, customer base and proven technology," said Ron Olexa. "Our objective is to provide wireless last mile access to residential, business and emergency restoration markets. We will start building the network in 1Q07, with a view to ongoing expansion and additional network deployments in the latter part of 2007."

"We are delighted that Horizon has chosen us for this very significant network deployment in major U.S. cities," said Roger Dorf, Navini’s president and CEO. "Delivering WiMAX in the U.S. is a key strategic opportunity for us."

This is a turnkey Management and Support Services deal for Navini, which will allow Horizon to make the most of their network from day one. Services include Network IP Design, Turn-Key Deployment Services (Commissioning, Test and Turn-up/Cabinets and backhaul equipment), Network Management and Support Services, and Network Optimization.

The deployment features Navini’s Ripwave(TM) MX8 platform that is being certified for 802.16e mobile WiMAX with Navini’s Smart WiMAX(TM) solution. Smart WiMAX(TM) combines the Smart Beamforming technology currently in commercial service around the world, with beamformed MIMO, which can reliably double the data throughput for WiMAX subscribers.

This will allow Horizon Wi-Com to deploy less base stations with more complete coverage and higher speeds.

About Horizon Wi-Com LLC:

Horizon Wi-Com is a Wireless System Operator headquartered in Alexandria, VA. Horizon owns 10 MHz of A Block WCS spectrum in MEA 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 12, and 13. These MEA’s include the cities of Boston, New York, Buffalo, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington DC, Richmond, and Cincinnati Dayton. Horizon Wi-Com is currently planning deployments in these markets which will provide wireless broadband service to customers. Service is planned to commence in the second quarter of 2007.

About Navini Networks:

Navini Networks is the leader in providing portable, plug-n-play broadband wireless access solutions, with the largest commercial deployments in the world, over 70 commercial networks in 6 continents and strategic partnerships with industry leaders. Navini is the only company that has the patented Smart Beamforming technology, enabling personal broadband for the mass market today, with a seamless upgrade to the Mobile WiMAX standard to deliver Smart WiMAX(TM). (Smart WiMAX(TM) is the combination of mobile WiMAX with Smart Beamforming & MIMO). Navini’s Ripwave(R) MX portable, zero-install(TM), non-line-of-sight (NLOS) solution consists of customer modems, base stations, and element management systems (EMS) that run in the full range of spectrums with software upgrades to the IEEE 802.16e standard.

Navini Networks is a principal member of the WiMAX Forum and the IEEE 802.16e committee. Headquartered in Richardson, Texas. .

(1) "State of the Market Wireless Broadband Analysis Report 2006 - 2010 & SkyLight Research Wireless Broadband Five Year Forecast 2006 - 2010" by SkyLight Research (published June 2006)

Source: Navini Networks, Inc.