FSO rivals team up

Two leaders in the optical wireless communications industry — fSONA Systems and LaserBit — are joining forces to deliver what they claim is the most comprehensive selection of FSO products available in the market.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  April 20, 2005

Two leaders in the optical wireless communications industry — fSONA Systems and LaserBit — are joining forces to deliver what they claim is the most comprehensive selection of free space optics (FSO) products available in the market. The strategic agreement allows both companies to sell the complete combined product portfolio globally. The products offered by the two companies will range from LaserBit’s low-cost Power over Ethernet (PoE) Pluto solutions to fSONA’s military-grade, high-performance SONAbeam M Series. Both companies are recognised as significant players in the FSO market and have strong, yet complementary product lines and business strategies. fSONA’s high-performance systems are preferred by military, federal and service provider customers while LaserBit’s lower cost, distribution friendly products are used largely within the enterprise market. “This agreement is the first of its kind in the burgeoning free-space optical wireless marketplace and will coordinate the efforts of two of the leading players in the industry. By joining forces, fSONA and Laserbit immediately become the dominant force in the optical wireless industry,” says fSONA System’s CEO, Sunny Taylor. Walter Koenig III, CEO and chairman for LaserBit adds. “This bilateral agreement creates the strongest FSO product portfolio in the industry. This agreement effectively unites the two companies creating the ability to provide unparalleled technology, service and support to the distribution and end user marketplaces.” Optical wireless, also known as free-space optics (FSO) is an advanced technology for wireless communications that is unlicensed all over the world. Optical wireless avoids the cost of digging to lay fibre or licensing for radio frequencies, is immune to interference and is highly secure.

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