Millimeter Gigabit Gets Competition



BridgeWave Communications today announced a line of 100Mbps wireless links that can be upgraded in the field to full Gigabit Ethernet speeds. Designed for network operators and enterprises, the 18-to-38GHz FE80U and FE80XU offerings provide virtually unlimited frequency re-use in the 80GHz licensed spectrum to support a wide variety of metropolitan applications. The FE80U and FE80XU products are available now from BridgeWave’s partners worldwide at a starting MSRP of $26,900 and $29,900, respectively.

BridgeWave’s FE80U and FE80XU provide point-to-point bridges that can be increased from 100Mbps to Gigabit Ethernet by activating a web-enabled software key. When upgraded to GigE speeds, both products also include BridgeWave’s exclusive AdaptRate technology, which switches capacity from GigE to 100Mbps transmission. BridgeWave claims it provides continuous operation, even during moments of intense downpours. Additionally, the FE80XU features BridgeWave’s extended range antennas providing up to “five nines” availability over multi-mile distances.

Designed for network operators and enterprises, the 18-to-38GHz FE80U and FE80XU offerings provide virtually unlimited frequency re-use in the 80GHz licensed spectrum to support a wide variety of metropolitan applications. The FE80U and FE80XU products are available now from BridgeWave’s partners worldwide at a starting MSRP of $26,900 and $29,900, respectively.

Ceragon’s High-Capacity Solutions include their FibeAir Family which offers high-capacity wireless metropolitan ring and PTP solutions. Ceragon’s FibeAir delivers Internet access and integrated high-speed data, video and voice traffic in a cost-effective manner. The FibeAir 4800 family provides high capacity, low cost point-to-point broadband wireless system in the license-exempt 2.4- 5.8 GHz bands.

FibeAir’s 1500HP (right), features easily upgraded capacities from 45 Mbps up to N x 155 Mbps using a frequency range from 6-11 GHz for use by different network topologies, such as chain, ring, mesh, and star.

The City of Melbourne, Australia’s second most populous city, is deploying Ceragon’s FibeAir 1500P at 400 Mbps, upgradeable to 800 Mbps at 18 GHz in a ring topology, as well as the FibeAir 4800 unlicensed solution at 4.5 GHz in a spur configuration. It provides private network backhaul for a closed circuit TV network to capture and transmit video to a central storage location.

Loea Corporation, the first company to develop and sell 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave products, announced today the sale of its 75th wireless link operating at data rates above 1 gigabit per second.

Loea’s E-Band Wireless products in the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave bands include the L2500, L2700 and L2800. Loea says they allow full duplex data rates up to 1.5 Gigabits per second with 99.999% weather availability at distances greater than 1 km.

The FCC’s liberalized 70-90 GHz rules made the frequencies available for use in a broad range of new products and services, including high-speed, point-to-point wireless local area networks and broadband Internet access. Loea says it was the first company to develop the E-Band millimeter wave spectrum from 71.0 to 86.0 GHz and successfully petitioned the FCC to gain access to this spectrum for commercial use in 2001, with commercial FCC approval in July 2005.

Multi-point solutions for backhaul can include LMDS, WiMax or other system. Other companies with gigabit wireless solutions include:

Related DailyWireless articles on the Millimeter Band include; 70GHz Radios, Superbowl Unwired, UK Frees Millimeter Band, 60 GHz Radios, 60GHz Comes Home, 60 Ghz Long Shot and 10 Gig Wireless?.

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