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News | 08/21/2000 4:00 am EDT

CRC releases new licence-exempt terminal
The Communications Research Centre (CRC) has completed development and testing on a new piece of wireless gear designed to operate in the licence-exempt 5.2/5.8 GHz frequency range. The terminal, first developed for DVB satellite applications, is a wireless Ethernet bridge capable of providing links over distances of up to six kilometres at 32 Mbs.
John Sydor, project management who led the development, said this terminal is better suited for high-density wireless line-of-sight applications than other technologies. Being based on the ETS 300 421 standard provides the terminal with more effectiveness than other equipment based on the popular IEEE 802.11 standard. The throughout of the new equipment is significantly higher with better spectral efficiency and interference resiliency.
With emerging antenna techniques coming to fruition in the near future, there is a distinct reality that this new terminal will be able to handle as much bandwidth as LMCS systems and offer complete functionality through trees and vegetation in an urban environment. Line-of-sight has always been one of the major problems of last mile solutions.

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