Motorola spreads its Canopy

Motorola has signed a licensing agreement to use Orthogon’s point-to-point wireless broadband technology to provide backhaul for its Canopy wireless networks.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  December 27, 2004

Motorola has signed a licensing agreement to use Orthogon’s point-to-point wireless broadband technology to provide backhaul for its Canopy wireless networks. When integrated with the Canopy product line, the backhaul provides a high capacity data link for very dense multi point subscriber deployments. “The Orthogon team has worked closely with Canopy engineers and their design achieves an effective high speed backhaul which can be tuned to the same band as the Canopy systems,” says Tony Kobrinetz, VP & general manager of the Motorola Canopy Wireless Group. “The design is also consistent with the Canopy user interface for system-wide control compatibility,” he adds. As part of the deal, Orthogon Systems has raised US$8 million in financing to fund the continued high volume commercialisation of its OS-Gemini product line around the world. The financing round was led by new investor Motorola Ventures and also includes existing investors Atlas Venture and The Carlyle Group, as well as new investor Lighthouse Capital Partners. “This recent endorsement gives Orthogon Systems greater coverage of products and solutions to the Middle East market as well as underlining Orthogon System’s operations in the region,” says Graham Owen, sales & channel director, Orthogon Systems Middle East. Orthogon claims the OS-Gemini is the only point-to-point broadband wireless product that can negotiate obstacles and terrain to maintain an interference-free wireless link with carrier-class reliability. The system is designed to provide a secure broadband link, connecting separate networks around obstacles such as trees and buildings, over long distances and over large bodies of water. The platform is FCC and ETSI certified and operates in the unlicensed 5.8GHz band. Since shipping its OS-Gemini point-to-point broadband wireless system in July 2003, Orthogon Systems has successfully deployed the platform in more than 500 networks for approximately 200 customers in corporate, service provider, government and vertical markets.

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