Deutsche Telekom's T-Com has launched a WiMAX field trial in Germany using Alvarion's BreezeMAX equipment. The trial will end in March 2006.

Alvarion's BreezeMAX base stations already have been deployed in Swisttal and St. Augustin, Germany to enable the delivery of wireless broadband services for the 100 T-Com customers participating in the test, which was made possible through regulatory testing licenses.

Siemens is acting as a systems integrator and maintenance supplier for the 6-month trial.

The field trial is an extension of BreezeMAX technology tests T-Com has been conducting in its Innovation Labs facility in Germany.

The Alvarion BreezeMAX 3500 system uses OFDM technology to enable non-line-of-sight capabilities. The platform was engineered to work with operators already offering broadband IP-based voice and data services.

Last month, despite a dip in second-quarter revenue and a reported net loss, Alvarion reported it remained upbeat about its WiMAX prospects, saying BreezeMAX growth was meeting its expectations.

Alvarion also is one of the companies working with Intel on its Digital Communities initiative, which is designed to assist municipal governments, businesses and local citizens to make effective use of wireless technology.