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Canopy covers Republic

Wed, 07/31/2002 - 8:00pm
Susan Rush

Motorola Inc. has targeted a town in southwestern Missouri as the spot for the first rural deployment of its high-speed wireless broadband access product, dubbed Canopy.

NexLink communications Inc. has deploy the fixed wireless system in Republic, Mo., and is offering high-speed Internet access services to the residents and businesses. Before the official launch on July 25, NexLink had signed up 30 customers. The company expects to grow that number to 300 by early next year. The service packages range from $49 per month for data connections up to 128 kilobits per second to $299 per month for businesses that need download speeds of more than 1 megabit per second.

Motorola introduced Canopy in June. The Canopy system includes a community-sized access point with integrated antennas. Each access point has roughly a two-mile reach, but can be extended up to 10 miles with the addition of a Canopy reflector kit. The product can be deployed as a stand-alone system or it can be used to extend the reach of wired IP distribution systems, such as DSL and cable, Motorola said.

Separately, NextNet Wireless has teamed with Grand Forks Wireless Inc. to launch NextNet's non-line-of-sight high-speed wireless service to residential and business customers in Yuma, Ariz.

Grand Forks Wireless holds a MMDS license in Yuma and several other markets in the United States. The two companies have plans of expanding the Expedience NLOS service to other US markets in the future, although no timetable has been released.

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