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Cambium wireless platform supports rural broadband

Tue, 09/25/2012 - 2:43pm
Brian Santo

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Cambium Networks has introduced a new 4G wireless system customized to extend wireless broadband services to unserved and underserved areas.

The Canopy PMP 450 is a point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless platform that builds on previous products in the Canopy PMP family, providing better performance, including the ability to provide more than 90 Mbps of peak throughput in only 20 MHz of spectrum from a single access point (AP).

The system operates at 5.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz frequencies in Europe and at 5.8 GHz in the U.S. It uses OFDM and MIMO technologies and provides low 3–5 ms latency. GPS synchronization provides consistent operation at all capacities, with the ability to scale to large deployments without affecting performance, according to the company. Range is up to 20 miles. Cambium Networks' Canopy PMP 450

Phil Bolt, CEO and president of Cambium Networks, said, “The PMP 450 is a software-defined radio platform that will enable service providers to quickly power their network infrastructure to support more customers with greater bandwidth."

In particular, service providers currently are challenged to deliver total service enablement or converged multi-service networks that offer high capacity, availability and reliability for on-demand and streaming applications, such as video and gaming. DSL technology is exceptionally expensive to deploy in low-density areas due to the need to install extensive fiber networks, the company explained. In those circumstances, wireless broadband is an option as a cost-effective way to rapidly deploy solutions to support, expand or extend existing networks and enable rapid expansion of network connectivity.

With the PMP 450 4G platform, service providers can also meet the demands of enterprise customers who need both high uplink and downlink connectivity (symmetrical service) to support cloud computing and video conferencing.

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