GigaBeam WiFiber(R) Receives European Certification.HERNDON, Va. -- GigaBeam Corporation (NASDAQ NASDAQ
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European Community (EU) and 4 European Free Trade Association European Free Trade Association (EFTA), customs union and trading bloc; its current members are Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, and Switzerland. EFTA was established in 1960 by Austria, Denmark, Great Britain, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, and Switzerland. (EFTA EFTA: see European Free Trade Association. ) countries. This certification follows formal publication of technical specifications by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (body) European Telecommunications Standards Institute - (ETSI) A European version of the ITU-T(?). (ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute, Sophia Antipolis technical park, Nice, France, www.etsi.org) A non-profit membership organization founded in 1988, dedicated to standardizing information and communication technologies (ICT) throughout Europe. ) and allocation for commercial use of the 71-76 and 81-86 GHz frequency spectrum by the European Conference of Postal and Telecommunications Administrations
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In anticipation of this certification, GigaBeam previously and successfully installed test links with potential customers in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Spain, Italy and Switzerland.
Lou Slaughter, GigaBeam's Chairman and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. , stated, "We are thrilled to be the first company to achieve CE-Mark certification for a high data rate product operating in the 71-76 and 81-86 GHz frequency spectrum. We believe there is a significant market in Europe for high data rate communications services and in most cases it is too expensive to install terrestrial fiber. Achieving this certification will enable us to take advantage of this considerable market opportunity. GigaBeam is proud to have participated with ETSI, CEPT and many EU regulatory administrations during the writing and release of European rules for this new frequency spectrum."
GigaBeam WiFiber products operate in the 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz radio frequency spectrum. This portion of the spectrum has been authorized by the Federal Communications Commission Federal Communications Commission (FCC), independent executive agency of the U.S. government established in 1934 to regulate interstate and foreign communications in the public interest. in the United States for wireless point-to-point commercial use. Use of these frequency bands for commercial use in the United States was pioneered by GigaBeam's founders.
GigaBeam's technology, utilizing these large blocks of authorized contiguous spectrum, enables multi-Gigabit-per-second communications through use of Gigabit Ethernet and other standard protocols. The current speed achieved by GigaBeam's WiFiber G-1.25 product series is full duplex at one Gigabit-per-second (equivalent to 647 T1 lines or 1,000 DSL connections) which supports GigE protocol. GigaBeam recently announced its WiFiber G-2.7 series, to be released this year, which will operate at 2.7 Gbps. The protocols to be supported by the G-2.7 product series include 2 x GigE (2 x 1 Gbps); OC-48 / STM-16 (2.488 Gbps); SMPTE 292M (1.485 Gbps) and both 1 and 2 Gbps fiber channel. GigaBeam also plans deployment of future products capable of 10 Gigabits-per-second utilizing either the 10 Gigabit Ethernet or OC-192 protocol standards.
GigaBeam's WiFiber technology is similar to terrestrial fiber in terms of speed and reliability for deployment in Metropolitan Area Networks (MANS). However, WiFiber has a substantial advantage over terrestrial fiber because WiFiber can be deployed in a day and costs less to deploy than terrestrial fiber. Terrestrial fiber can take months to deploy and also require significant regulatory and environmental approvals prior to installation.
About GigaBeam Corporation
GigaBeam is a provider of high-performance wireless point-to-point communications access solutions that operate in the licensed 71-76 GHz and 81-86 GHz radio spectrum bands. GigaBeam equipment operates at multi-gigabit-per-second speeds. GigaBeam Corporation headquarters is located at 470 Springpark Place, Suite 900, Herndon, VA 20170. For more information, visit www.gigabeam.com.
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