WiMAX vendor Alvarion adds TD-LTE
One week after the head of Alvarion's operations in India said at a conference that the company was adding support for TD-LTE, the WiMAX stalwart has made the news official.
Alvarion, which before today's announcement had been a pure-play WiMAX vendor, is expanding its offerings to include TD-LTE, which can use the same unpaired spectrum as WiMAX. The LTE services being built out by Verizon Wireless and later AT&T is FDD-based and runs on paired spectrum.
Alvarion CEO Eran Gorey said the company had been working to incorporate support for TD-LTE in its existing WiMAX solution for the past two years and said Alvarion is still "moving full-speed ahead" with further development of its 4Motion WiMAX solution.
"This approach allows our customers to offer the latest 4G features currently available and will also enable them to leverage the LTE device ecosystem as it evolves," he said in a statement. Alvarion expects to engage in TD-LTE field trials in the first quarter of 2011.
TD-LTE has gained significant momentum on support from China Mobile, which wants to roll out the technology to provide fourth-generation wireless services in China. Qualcomm is also backing the technology with a planned TD-LTE network in India, and Russian operator Yota has decided to deploy TD-LTE in frequencies it had previously slated for WiMAX.