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Optical's mesh bypasses last-mile copper

Wed, 03/21/2001 - 7:00pm
Anne Kerven

Optical Access Inc. just released the Optical Access Mesh, a meshed, wireless optical solution that lets service providers and carriers deploy fast, inexpensive, high-speed broadband access in the last mile, Optical reports.

The optical wireless system has a built-in radio frequency wireless backup system that designed to reduce the weather-related downtime of free-space optics. The company says deployment time also is reduced.

The Optical Access Mesh supports data transmission speeds of 56K to more than 2.5 Gbps; has built-in RF protection, protecting it from adverse weather including heavy rain and fog; uses a low-cost bypass of the copper local loop, thus reducing operating costs and provisioning expenses of leased lines, co-location and installation delays; features remote 56K to 1 Gbps bandwidth management; has service nodes to eliminate link failure and provide auto re-routing and link protection; has a camera-enabled alignment system to reduce calibration to minutes and allow ongoing alignment of lasers; and has eye-safe lasers with a total power factor of 100 less than car headlights.

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