As far as I am concerned, wireless broadband is the wave of the future,
and I am not just saying that so people read my
TMCnet.com columns. Just as cellular phones have enabled us to roam
about and still be trackable by those that need to reach, or be reached,
by phone, so too can the wireless space bring high-speed Internet access
to the fringe. A few bold statements:
- Wireless will solve the last mile broadband issues.
- Wireless will cure the illness of the broadband famine in third
- Fixed wireless will be the first in many steps of consolidating a
global wireless infrastructure.
- There will be greater anti-trust sentiment that will grow out of the
convergence of services.
This big, new century is dawning of the era of wireless. Why shouldn't
it be? After all, our forefathers poked around in the same space and
provided us with television and radio -- to not take up that torch would
be a real shame. There are many, many telcos that are already sustaining
fixed wireless broadband throughout the world. The reason why I feel that
this technology will become so standardized is simple -- there is no room
in the dirt for all this cable. Across Europe and in big metro areas,
feeding the kind of "pipes" that could handle the growing need
for broadband access is near impossible when cost-analysis comes into the
picture. The telcos out there who want to get a leg up are peeking into
this rapidly developing area and finding some real solutions from forward
Ceragon Networks is one such
thinker. Not only has their FibeAir line of wireless broadband products
proven themselves in use: They are actively deployed in more than twenty
countries and five continents, boasting customers such as Winstar,
Firstmark, and Advanced Radio Telecom. Their new offerings are promising
some startling features and numbing bandwidth. Breaking the 155 Mbps
barrier was only the beginning for Ceragon, pushing now to the beta stages
of 622 Mbps--not just broadband, but ultra-high capacity broadband. Go
ahead and converge all your communications and heap it on, Ceragon's
networks seem to want to take it all and more, and they'll get it
installed before lunch.
The FibeAir product family allows the capacity of fiber (and then some)
without those pesky cost issues. Operating over multiple licensed
frequencies: 18, 23, 36, LMDS and 38 GHz, and providing for scalability
through an amazingly modular system, Ceragon is putting its wireless
footprint in the sands of communications breakthrough.
The brilliance of this type of system shines through in the development
of FibeAir. The system consists of an indoor networking unit, and outdoor
unit, and CeragonView--the SNMP-based network management software.
Ceragon's FibeAir is a practically plug-and-play wireless broadband
solution that scales to your needs and can be deployed in myriad fashions.
FibeAir can be deployed as a metropolitan ring, as a corporate Web, or as
a satellite location, which demonstrates its wide range of application and
scalability, offering something to everyone dining at the broadband table,
hungry for bandwidth.
We have some time to wait to see exactly where the entire industry is
heading, but soon we will be casting our collective gaze to the sky, and
saying "It's a bird, it's a plane, it's wireless broadband!"
Look up closely around some major metropolitan areas and you just might
spot a Ceragon outdoor unit perched on the cornice of a high-rise.
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