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BelAir combines cellular, Wi-Fi, wireless mesh

Tue, 04/04/2006 - 8:34am
Brian Santo, CED

BelAir Networks has integrated its multi-service wireless mesh network with a GSM base station and optional T-1/E-1 circuit emulation modules (CEM).

The integrated system, the BelAir300 multi-service wireless mesh network, is aimed at service providers looking to combine cellular and Wi-Fi networks. The company believes it is the first to combine cellular, Wi-Fi, and wireless mesh.

Built to deliver legacy TDM and high-value broadband 2G and Wi-Fi services today, the BelAir300 features a modular IP architecture that easily evolves to support UMTS and W-CDMA. The BelAir300 has six slots supporting any combination of base station, backhaul and Wi-Fi radios for configuration flexibility.

Cable operators have been carefully considering the use of mesh networks a way to start providing mobile voice services. In January, BelAir established a technical advisory board of cable industry participants.

The company said the system will reduce capex by converging the functions of multiple products into a single, easy to manage node. Using carrier-class wireless mesh for backhaul reduces installation costs by eliminating the need for wired backhaul at each microcell location, BelAir said, and reduces operating cost by aggregating traffic from multiple microcells to a single wired connection.

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