The recent bankruptcy filing by Alvarion Ltd, the Israeli developer of wireless access solutions, will have an impact on the South African market, according to local Alvarion products distributor, Duxbury Networking.
Despite news that private-equity firm Sigma Wave may acquire Alvarion, Duxbury is pressing ahead with the formulation of contingency plans in a bid to offer its SA resellers and dealers alternative solutions.
“Duxbury Networking is committed to our customers and will continue to offer carrier-grade point-to-point and point-to-multipoint devices,” says Andy Robb, chief technology officer at Duxbury Networking.
According to Robb, negotiations are well underway with suppliers who are expected to present migration plans to the Alvarion user base. “In conjunction with our sales and technical teams, we will work closely with current Alvarion partners to ensure that transitions to alternative vendor solutions are easily and cost-effectively achieved,” he says.
Against this backdrop, Alvarion shares have soared on press reports of a takeover. Elana Holzman, vice president of Investor Relations at the Tel Aviv-based vendor, is reportedly upbeat about “a positive end to the process” in the near future.