Alvarion sets up Wi-Fi in arctic environment

Israeli provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions keeps remote workers and rural communities logged on even in freezing temperatures.

An Israeli provider of broadband Wi-Fi recently announced that it would provide connectivity to workers and residents across one of the world’s coldest areas, the North Slope region of Alaska. Alvarion, a global provider of optimized wireless broadband solutions addressing the connectivity, coverage and capacity challenges of public and private networks, said it signed a deal with Arctic Slope Telephone Association Cooperative (ASTAC), a member-owned telephone utility cooperative providing telecommunications services, to keep remote workers and residents online.

“Wireless broadband is critical to the well-being and morale of remote workers and residents in the rural communities we serve. Alvarion’s solution has changed the way we deliver Internet services,” said Jens Laipenieks, Manager of Sales and Business Development, ASTAC. “Even when the arctic winds blow and temperatures drop well below zero, we know that Alvarion’s equipment will hold up to ensure our users stay online and connected 24-7.”

ASTAC provides local and long distance service, Internet, wireless and data services across a road-less, remote arctic area of more than 90,000 square miles.

ASTAC selected Alvarion’s Wi-Fi solution to deliver the wireless broadband connectivity necessary, while remaining flexible, cost-effective, and rugged enough to meet the unique needs of the arctic environment.

“Serving the oil and gas industry in Alaska is just one example of how Alvarion’s technology can be applied to help improve connectivity reliability and save overall wireless deployment and operation costs,” said Chris Daniels, Vice President of Sales, North America, Alvarion. “In a region of Alaska that truckers can only access in the winter via ice roads, providing reliable solutions plays a critical role in helping the workers and business to communicate and thrive.”

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