Message in a laser beam

Laserbit wireless Cables is exhibiting a range of wireless communications equipment on the stand of its value-added distributor, Anixter International.

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By  Maddy Reddy Published  October 16, 2003

Laserbit wireless Cables is exhibiting a range of wireless communications equipment on the stand of its value-added distributor, Anixter International. The Hungarian company has developed free space optical (FSO) laser links that are capable of wireless, error-free point-to-point transmissions of voice, data and video for distances of up to 5 kilometres.

"For point-to-point wireless LAN application, we see FSO as a key technology. With the growing need for higher bandwidth in the backbone, FSO can provide up to 1 Gigabit over the air," says Jean-Philippe Deby, Laserbit Wireless Cables' EMEA marketing director, technologies.

Laserbit says that its products can usually be installed in a few hours and that they offer cost effective, reliable and interference-free optical connection between telecommunication equipment, computer network devices, and mobile telephone transmission sites. This thereby eliminates the need to install cables, pay rental costs or comply with licensing requirements. There are also no security fears, as the laser beams cannot be intercepted by handheld devices.

The usually sceptical money markets have seen great potential in the technology, as the company recently secured a third round of funding from venture capitalists. Intel Capital was one of a number of investors that put US$7 million into the company in June. Few technology companies have been able to attract a third round of investments since the collapse of the dot.com boom of the 1990's.

Anixter International, Lazerbit Wireless Cables' distributor, is one of the world's largest distributors of network infrastructure products. It boasts of more than 87,000 products and nearly Ç750 million in inventory, 100 warehouses with more than 340,000 square metres of space, and locations in 175 cities in 40 countries.

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