Indian and Canadian telecoms agencies are working jointly to develop new broadband wireless networking technology to provide communication in rural and remote locations.

India’s Center for Development of Telematics (C-DoT) and Canada’s Communication Research Center have signed an agreement to look at the possibility of using MILTON, or Microwave Light Organized Network, a wireless technology developed in Canada, as a cheap, last-mile access solution.

The agreement signed between the two agencies last week takes broadband Internet from a central fiber optic cable and distributes it across several miles through a wireless antenna network.

The Milton system is a cognitive radio network that mines spectrum to provide cost-efficient telecommunications services at bi-directional, high data transfer rates. This technology aims to provide residential homes and businesses with broadband wireless Internet service, whether they are in an urban or suburban area.

The network, characterized as “cognitive”, has the capability to sense the radio environment for interference and identify poor quality radio links. Having sensed the environment it changes its own signal transmission characteristics in a manner that improves poorly performing links and mitigates interference. Designed to be a low cost commodity wireless radio network, it uses the license-exempt bands that operate at 5 Gigahertz.

A 24 beam MILTON might replace fiber or coax. Gee, how about 16 or 48 MIMO arrays at 60 GHz? Maybe a tractor beam…

One Response to “India & Canada Developing Cognitive Wireless”

[...] Caroline Gabriel says India is coming out of a period of bureaucratic hesitation and making energetic efforts to use wireless to help turn the country into a leading global economic powerhouse. With extremely low levels of wireline build-out, even at basic telephone line level, (50m telephone lines and 10m broadband lines in the whole country), India has seen rapid growth in mobile phone usage and so wireless is the natural medium for broadband expansion too, with a threefold focus encouraged by its visionary administration. Every WiMAX vendor is interested in India, of course, but those that stand to gain most immediately are the traditional suppliers, with products to offer right now, and those with expertise in GSM integration and multimode handsets. India will be a strong testing ground for what should be the most important WiMAX model in the medium term – in countries where 3G has not been built out or fails to find an economic model. [...]

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