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Johanne Torres[October 28, 2004]

Motorola’s Canopy Launches Wireless Broadband Platform


Motorola’s Canopy Wireless Broadband group just announced it has launched the Canopy Advantage platform. The company says Canopy Advantage will improve existing network performance, enabling more bandwidth and the ability to deliver high quality voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) to Canopy subscribers on the network.

Motorola has been providing high-speed broadband connectivity to government agencies, enterprises, ISPs and carriers’ private networks. The launch of its Canopy Advantage platform continues the company’s rollout of Canopy wireless broadband products.

“Backward compatibility is a key component of our strategy,” said Tom Gruba, director of marketing and customer support for Motorola. “We understand the significant investment in customer premise equipment (CPE) that our customers have made and the importance of not stranding that investment.”

With the Canopy Advantage Platform, participating service providers will be able to deliver high-quality VoIP and high speed data to enterprise, small office, home office ( SOHO) and residential customers. Motorola says because its new platform is based on software-defined radio technology, the constraints imposed with traditional hardware designs would be eliminated. The platform is also customizable and open to new enhancements as technology changes through continued software-based upgrades.

“We’ve been able to test Canopy’s Advantage platform with some of our new 900 Megahertz radios and we experienced significant improvements in data throughput and reduced latency.  Not only are these important for data services, but as a result we can provide VoIP and virtual local area network (VLAN) enhanced services to our customers,” said Robert Zakarian, president and chief executive officer of Community WISP, a Wireless Internet Solutions Provider in the Greater Boston Area.

Through this release, Motorola clearly reveals its big investment in WiMax technologies. The company believes that “WiMax could provide the means to achieve increasing data rates for the license exempt wireless broadband access industry and we want to help our customers with a seamless migration from today’s networks to license exempt WiMax without stranding any CPE investment,” said Tom Hulsebosch Motorola’s senior director of sales and marketing.

Motorola, Inc.

Johanne Torres is contributing editor for TMCnet.com and Internet Telephony magazine. Previously, she was assistant editor for EContent magazine in Connecticut. She can be reached by e-mail at [email protected]


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