Avnet Technology Solutions expands wireless networking capabilities with BridgeWave in the UK

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Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, the IT solutions distribution company and an operating group of Avnet, Inc., has signed a new distribution agreement with BridgeWave Communications, a supplier of multi-gigabit wireless connectivity links. Under the agreement, Avnet will expand its wireless networking capabilities with BridgeWave's specialist point-to-point links that will provide Avnet's channel partners with robust, cost-effective wireless full-rate gigabit connectivity across complex multi-campus environments.

In a traditional campus environment, linking disparate buildings via a fixed-line cable that interconnects to the main telephony service provider is often time-consuming, disruptive and expensive.  Similarly, in some locations, such as in ports and harbours, fixed or underground cabling is not possible. BridgeWave solves both problems through the provision of high capacity, millimeter wave connections that are fast, easy and more cost-efficient to deploy.
Dan McCarthy, European sales director at BridgeWave, said, "Recently, we have seen phenomenal growth in the need to deliver bandwidth hungry applications and services, such as video and large database replications, to campus environments, and we have an attractive technology solution to meet the demand.  By combining our technical know-how with Avnet's size and proven distribution skills, we believe we can double our business in the coming year alone."
Avnet believes the new agreement with BridgeWave will appeal to wireless network specialists who have recognised the need for greater throughputs to meet client requirements. With technical and marketing support from Avnet, business partners will have access to this new area of Millimetric Wave Radio and the ability to deploy and sell BridgeWave's technology as part of a much larger solution. Similarly, it could also benefit businesses who sell carrier services from providers such as BT, Cable & Wireless and Virgin directly but for whom it might have been cost-prohibitive in the past to sell a single link in this way.  As licensed technology, BridgeWave also avoids the added complication of interference from non-licensed solutions. Avnet gives partners the option to provide services from a commercial point of view for almost any opportunity.
Bruce Hockin, head of business, networking and security, Avnet Technology Solutions, UK, added, "BridgeWave has a powerful business proposition. Until recently, there was no high capacity alternative to expensive leased lines and LAN extension services for increased network capacity. By adding BridgeWave to our portfolio, we can offer our existing and potential partners a choice of technology along with Avnet's exemplary support and marketing assistance. There is already a pent-up demand for this type of service across the wider wireless channel community and BridgeWave can trust in Avnet and its partners' experience to leverage the real business opportunity that exists today."
About BridgeWave Communications
Founded in 1999, BridgeWave Communications is a supplier of multi-gigabit wireless connectivity links for next-generation 4G mobile and WiMAX backhaul. The company's advanced millimeter wave technologies combined with innovative features such as native TDM+IP transport, flexible channel tuning, AdaptRate and AdaptPath, built-in 256-bit AES Encryption, and advanced Forward Error Correction, provide carrier-class performance at the highest availability and longest distances for multi-gigabit links. The FlexPort product delivers scalable capacity for the migration to 4G mobile network backhaul. BridgeWave's point-to-point wireless links are deployed worldwide in mainstream enterprise, government and service provider networks and play a key role in today's WiMAX networks. With the largest global installed base of GigE radios, BridgeWave delivers the highest levels of product quality and reliability.
About Avnet Technology Solutions
As a global solutions distributor, Avnet Technology Solutions collaborates with its customers and suppliers to create and deliver effective solutions that address the business challenges of their end-user customers locally and around the world. For fiscal year 2009, the group served customers in more than 30 countries and generated US $7.04 billion in annual revenue. Avnet Technology Solutions is an operating group of Avnet, Inc.
About Avnet
Avnet Inc., a Fortune 500 company, is one of the largest distributors of electronic components, computer products and embedded technology in the world. Avnet accelerates its partners' success by connecting the world's leading technology suppliers with a broad base of more than 100,000 customers and providing cost-effective, value-added services and solutions. For the fiscal year ended June 27, 2009, Avnet generated revenue of $16.23 billion.

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