WiMAX stalwart Alvarion appears to be bending to pressure from the TD-LTE camp. At the Mobile Broadband Summit 2010 conference in India, an Alvarion executive told the audience that the company will add TD-LTE to its platform in the next few years.
According to Light Reading, Santhanam Gopalakrishnan, head of Alvarion's Indian business, said the TD-LTE ecosystem will likely advance in the next three to five years and include the WiMAX spectrum bands and therefore Alvarion will support both WiMAX and TD-LTE on its platform.
Consulting firm Gerson Lehrman Group said that Alvarion's announcement is consistent with that of other vendors such as Motorola, Huawei and ZTE, adding that there is a lot of common technology between LTE and mobile WiMAX base stations. The firm added that this announcement was likely prompted by speculation that winners of the 2.3 GHz spectrum in India will deploy the current generation 802.16e mobile WiMAX and then migrate to TD-LTE.
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