Backhaul bid

Orthogon Systems has released OS-Spectra, its next generation broadband wireless Ethernet bridge. OS-Spectra provides a secure point-to-point broadband link to connect separate networks at up to 125 miles at up to 300Mbytes/s throughput.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  February 20, 2005

|~|GrahamOw_m.jpg|~|“Spectra is a high bandwidth technology, which will prove very useful for ISPs in the region.” - says Graham Owen, sales and channel director, Orthogon Systems.|~|Orthogon Systems has released OS-Spectra, its next generation broadband wireless Ethernet bridge. OS-Spectra provides a secure point-to-point broadband link to connect separate networks at up to 125 miles at up to 300Mbytes/s throughput. This performance is equivalent to 100 T-1 lines and claims that the system is WiMax compatible. “The demand for bandwidth is increasing as fast as enterprises and service providers can add capacity to their networks,” says Phil Bolt, CEO of Orthogon Systems. “OS-Spectra takes Orthogon’s proven technology and introduces industry-leading new features and performance. It is the only platform that enables internet service providers (ISPs) and large enterprises to quickly deploy a solution that brings excess capacity as well as cost-saving and revenue-generating benefits,” he adds. OS-Spectra operates in the unlicensed 5.8GHz band and is Federal Communications Commission (FCC), European Telecommunications Standards Institute, (ETSI) certified. The company claims the technology maintains up to 99.9999% availability in long-range line-of-sight (LoS) and non-line-of-sight (NLoS) environments, as well as over large bodies of water. The product uses dynamic frequency selection (iDFS) to cut down interference. It does this by constantly monitoring the link for congestion and automatically switching to the most interference-free channel. The solution connects to Ethernet, fibre, T1 and E1 and in terms of security offers a proprietary data scrambling technique as well as AES encryption. In the region, Orthogon is aiming at wireless ISPs and enterprises with high bandwidth needs. “Spectra is a high bandwidth technology, which will prove very useful for ISPs in the region,” says Graham Owen, sales and channel director, Orthogon Systems. “It is especially appropriate for those companies that are looking to carry out wireless backhaul. We expect demand for Spectra to grow as IT technology grows and drives bandwidth needs ever higher,” he adds. The firm has dubbed the technology WiMax compatible, however, with the WiMax standard not yet ratified, and unlikely to be ratified in the next few months, the claim is a little presumptuous. Orthogon has qualified its claim by saying that Spectra is compatible with the draft WiMax specification as it is now. That said, with the standard undergoing rapid changes in the last few months, particularly with the addition of Nortel to the WiMax Forum and the inclusion of its multiple input, multiple output (MIMO) and Orthogonal frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) experience into the equation, there can be few commentators who can say with total confidence that the specification will not be tweaked or adjusted by the time it is finally ratified. “Of course, the standard has not been finalised yet and so no product is WiMax compliant. We are in step with the specification as it stands, but we are monitoring it closely and if it changes we will have to adapt to comply. That is the situation with all companies,” says Owen. “The WiMax standard is a fast changing one and recently was widened to conclude OFDM and MIMO technology when Nortel came on-board. Our technology already includes OFDM and MIMO, so we are confident enough to say we’re WiMax compatible,” he adds.||**||

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