Airspan Networks, announced today the launch of two new 802.16a products, the AS4030, a multi-point WiMax radio and AS3030, a point-to-point 802.16a compliant (Wi-Max) radio. Interoperability is still an issue between the vendors of early 802.16a gear, as WiFi Planet points out.
The AS4030 is a high-end point to multipoint (P-MP) product for medium to large businesses and multi-tenant dwellings. It can also be configured for a wide range of backhaul applications. It allows an operator to deliver dedicated IP connections to end customers at speeds of up to 45Mbit/s, or 1-4 E1/T1s or combinations of IP and E1/T1 services.
The product is a full implementation of the new WiMAX 802.16 standard and can provide service in both line-of-sight (LOS) and full non line-of-sight (NLOS) deployments, covering distances of up to 50 kilometers. It uses licensed 3.5 GHz and the unlicensed 5.8 GHz frequency bands with 3.0, 3.5, 6.0, 7.0 and 14 MHz RF Channels. A base station is $9,045 and a subscriber unit is $7,025.
The AS3030 is a point-to-point (P-P) version of AS4030. It delivers IP bit rates of up to 45Mbit/s, or 1-4 E1/T1s or a combination of IP and E1/T1 and costs around $8,000 per link. NLOS P-P links may extend up to 10km and LOS links of up to 80km. In a P-P configuration, AS3030 will be able to backhaul traffic from a network that uses AS4020 or WipLL products or from 802.11 Wi-Fi hot spots.
Airspan Networks provides wireless DSL systems and solutions to both licensed and unlicensed operators. The company has deployments with more than 120 operators in more than 60 countries and is headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida with its main operations center in Uxbridge, United Kingdom.
VeriLAN in Portland, Oregon, may be the first commercial installation of 802.16a-like gear in the United States. VeriLAN is using Wi-Lan 802.16a-compliant gear on the Oregon coast and in the Portland metropolitan area.
Steven Schroedl, President of VeriLAN Inc., told DailyWireless that VeriLAN received the very first 802.16a-compliant Wi-Lan radios shipped. Schroedl says Verilan will shoot a Wi-Max connection from the roof of its internet presence at the Pittock Internet Exchange, to the KGW broadcast tower , the highest tower in the region. From the tower, Verilan can deliver T-1 speeds to businesses at less cost than The Phone Company. Verilan also will feed several Vivato Phased Array antennas surrounding Portland’s core. Verilan’s Vivatos will create a Wi-Fi “cloud” in Portland.