Wireless High-speed, Last-mile Technology Unveiled

SCOTTSDALE, ARIZ. (03/13/2000) - A service provider today unveiled a technology capable of sending and receiving data through the air at gigabits-per-second speeds, with the intention of resolving issues pertaining to last-mile broadband connectivity.

TeraBeam Networks took the wraps off both a device and the company's Fiberless Optical network service at the PC Forum show here. The device is a transceiver about the size of a small satellite dish that can be mounted in an office window, which helps tackle many of the current problems with deploying last-mile broadband services, such as digging permits, building riser wiring, rooftop lease management, and spectrum rightsThe company's point-to-multipoint service provides wireless gigabit connectivity between local and wide area networks. The service can be deployed in a matter of days, according to TeraBeam. The company this spring will announce its plan to roll out service in the United States and internationally.

By duplicating the properties of broadband fiber networks, TeraBeam said its technology creates a network that transports data through the air anywhere within an established service area. The Fiberless Optical network is capable of transmitting data through the air at speeds reaching gigabits per second, which is thousands of times faster than the speed of current last-mile solutions, according to the company. The network lets Gigabit Ethernet performance in the LAN extend directly to the WAN, or across town to other LANs, according to TeraBeam.

During the second quarter, the company said it will announce strategic partnerships related to the technology and pricing for its services.

TeraBeam Networks Inc., in Seattle, is at http://www.terabeam.com.

Cathleen Moore is an InfoWorld reporter.

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