Motorola debuts products for 5.4 GHz spectrum

Mon, 10/01/2007 - 9:12am
Mike Robuck

Motorola has jumped into 5.4 GHz spectrum with the release of two new products today.

The Schaumburg, Ill.-based company announced the launches of its 5.4 GHz Canopy Point-to-Multipoint (PMP) and Point-to-Point (PTP) wireless broadband solutions in the United States and Canada.

The Federal Communications Commission recently opened up access to the 5.4 GHz radio frequency for commercial use. Part of the MOTOwi4 portfolio, Motorola’s new offerings will give network operators, enterprises, government and commercial customers access to the new spectrum in order to enable data, voice and video services.

The 5.4 GHz spectrum offers 255 MHz of bandwidth, which is double that available in the 5.8 GHz band. The new spectrum allows for the co-location of multiple radios on one rooftop or location with minimal interference, simplifying overall network design.

"Our network infrastructure currently consists of Canopy Point-to-Multipoint access modules and the Point-to-Point product for backhaul. The introduction of Motorola's 5.4 GHz unlicensed solutions will provide us with additional opportunities to leverage this newly available spectrum," said Brian Magnuson, president, Cascade Networks Inc., in a prepared statement. "These products bring more opportunities and greater flexibility as more radios can co-locate on existing infrastructure."

The 5.4 GHz PTP 400 and PTP 600 unlicensed products provide high-bandwidth and high-speed connectivity to support convergent, multimedia applications such as data transfer, Voice-over-IP (VoIP), video surveillance and audio downloads. It also provides a  backhaul solution for Canopy PMP and mesh networks and PTP links where wired access is not available or is cost-prohibitive.

According to Motorola, the Canopy 5.4 GHz product provides a greenfield opportunity in the U.S. and Canada, for business and residential service providers that require additional bandwidth to support services such as data transfer, video streaming, VoIP and gaming while conserving tower costs.


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