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Broadband Wireless World Forum highlights

Tue, 02/12/2002 - 7:00pm
Mike Lafferty

ANAHEIM— Advanced non-line-of-sight wireless technology and fiber-to-the-home developments dominated the first day of the Broadband Wireless World Forum, being held this week in Anaheim, Calif. Also grabbing the spotlight were wireless components designed to protect equipment from electrical surges caused by environmental hazards such as lightning.

( BeamReach Networks is introducing its new BeamPlex system-a non-line-of-sight (NLOS) broadband wireless access system based on adaptive beamforming and null steering technology. The system has been designed to serve large cell areas with customer-installable CPEs (customer premise equipment) without compromising subscriber data rates or system capacity.

The new system incorporates the company's patented Adaptive MulitBeam OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) technology. The BeamReach product line includes the BeamPlex BRN 5000 Base Station, the outdoor BeamPlex BRU 100 Remote Unit, the indoor, customer-installable BeamPlex BRU 15o Remote Unit, and the BeamPlex Element Management System.

Commercial trials of the new system are scheduled to begin Q2 this year, with Verizon as one of its first trial customers.

( Optical Solutions announced that Roseville Telephone Company, an ILEC subsidiary of SureWest Communications, has powered up Optical Solutions' fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The new FiberPath 400 system is capable of delivering high-speed Internet access (up to 100 Mbps), multiple voice lines, hundreds of analog and/or digital cable TV channels and IP streaming media.

The Roseville Telephone Company is California's third-largest independent local exchange carrier, operating nearly 135,000 access lines. The ILEC began construction of the FTTH network last fall, augmenting the company's existing fiber-to-the-curb (FTTC) infrastructure.

The company also announced that Bristol Virginia Utilities has contracted to deploy a FiberPath 400 networking system in a competitive, aerial overbuild to businesses in Bristol (pop. 16,000). The new network will offer premise security services, voice-over-Internet-protocol (VoIP) and video conferences.

( Ensemble Communications unveiled its Fiberless 4200 Base Station and Fiberless 220 Access Multiplexer at the BWWF show.

The Fiberless 4200 is an entry-level base station that connects to fiber and supports a full complement of legacy and broadband services. The Fiberless 220 Access Multiplexer is a subscriber terminal that can serve the voice and data needs of one or two businesses or of many residences in a single building. Together, they can provide backhaul solutions for DSL, MMDS and mobile network deployments.

( Citel Inc. unveiled a new line of coaxial surge protectors for wireless systems, radios, antennas, GPS and satellite systems. The new surge protectors have been designed to prevent damage caused by lightning surges and electrical transients.

The new line of protectors use a fast-acting gas tube technology that makes them usable for wireless/radio, meters, RTUs and broadband applications. The Citel P8AX protector is available for any power from 1 watt to 1000 watts, and any frequency from DC up to 4 GHz. A variety of connectors are available including, N, BNC, TNC, SMA and 7/16.

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