Point-to-point wireless offering promises to help quickly link distributed sites.
Although point-to-point solutions aren't the sexiest application of wireless technologies, they play a valuable role in connecting disparate sites that would otherwise be too expensive and time-intensive to pull fiber. This appears to be the first FCC-approved point-to-point product that takes advantage of a swath of 255-MHz spectrum in the 5-GHz range. According to Jeff Thompson, CEO of the wireless service provider Towerstream, there is a huge demand for midsize broadband in the 6 Mbps to 20 Mbps range. Towerstream confirmed that it plans to use Redline's equipment to deliver higher speeds at a lower cost. This relatively pristine spectrum is an effective way to do that. Frank Bulk NWC Contributing Editor
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has granted approval to wireless vendor Redline Communications to sell a broadband solution that uses the license-exempt 5.4-GHz spectrum.
Wireless providers will be able to use Redline's RedConnex AN-80i broadband wireless suite to quickly connect sites at distances that can exceed 50 miles in clear line-of-sight conditions, at speeds from 9 Mbps to 108 Mbps, the vendor said.