Wi-LAN's LIBRA 5800 fixed wireless access product receives FCC approval.Wi-LAN Inc. (TSX TSX Toronto Stock Exchange (TSE before April, 2002)
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TSX True Space Extension : WIN), a provider of broadband wireless communications products and technologies, recently announced its LIBRA 5800 product series has been approved 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. for use in the 5.8 GHz frequency band in the United States. The LIBRA 5800 uses Wi-LAN's patented W-OFDM (Wide-Band Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing See FDM.
(communications) frequency division multiplexing - (FDM) The simultaneous transmission of multiple separate signals through a shared medium (such as a wire, optical fibre, or light beam) by modulating, at the transmitter, the separate signals into separable ) technology to achieve high-capacity NLOS NLOS Non-Line of Sight
NLOS No Line of Sight (satellite TV)
NLOS Near Line of Sight (non-line-of-sight) network performance.
"This is our first commercial W-OFDM product available for sale in the United States," said Dr. Sayed-Amr El-Hamamsy, president and chief operating officer Chief Operating Officer (COO)
The officer of a firm responsible for day-to-day management, usually the president or an executive vice-president. , Wi-LAN Inc. "The US is our largest product market and the 5.8 GHz frequency has proven to be very popular there. We expect the high-speed capacity, enhanced features, and non-line-of sight capabilities of the LIBRA 5800 series will significantly grow our sales in the US."
"LIBRA 5800 will complement the other fixed wireless access product series that Wi-LAN has to offer to the US market, including the 2.4 GHz VIP 110-24 and our other very successful 5.8 GHz product, the Ultima3," said Nico Roelofsen, vice president global sales, Wi-LAN Inc. "LIBRA 5800's use of W-OFDM technology makes it well suited to dense urban environments, where its high capacity and robust non-line-of-sight capabilities enable much better subscriber coverage than spread-spectrum systems or conventional single-carrier systems. This significantly improves the business model of urban broadband wireless service providers."
LIBRA 5800 is the 5.8 GHz version of Wi-LAN's third generation series of Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Fixed Wireless Access (FWA (Fixed Wireless Access) See fixed wireless. ) products. LIBRA is the only product series in commercial use today that uses the same W-OFDM technology, commonly known as 256-FFT OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) A digital transmission technique that uses a large number of carriers spaced apart at slightly different frequencies. , that has been approved as the mainstream physical layer in the IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, New York, www.ieee.org) A membership organization that includes engineers, scientists and students in electronics and allied fields. WirelessMAN Standard and in the current draft of 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. HiperMAN. This Wireless Metropolitan Area Network (WirelessMAN) W-OFDM delivers robust outdoor NLOS performance that Wi-LAN has proven in various commercial networks in over 30 countries worldwide. LIBRA 5800 delivers powerful and spectrally efficient performance of up to 32 megabits per second (unit) megabits per second - (Mbps, Mb/s) Millions of bits per second. A unit of data rate. 1 Mb/s = 1,000,000 bits per second (not 1,048,576).
E.g. Ethernet can carry 10 Mbps. (Mbps) data rate in narrow 10 MHz channels with a range of up to 66 kilometres (41 miles) in a point-to-point line-of-sight configuration, or an aggregated data rate of up to 192 Mbps per six-sector cell and a radius of up to 35 kilometres (22 miles) in a point-to-multipoint line-of-sight configuration. LIBRA 5800 also features multi-layered security and has tiered service management and user-friendly network management, all in a new, lightweight, easy to install and weatherproof single unit design.
LIBRA 5800's effective throughput is very competitive with other 5.8 GHz OFDM-based wireless offerings, and its effective spectral efficiency is best-in-class. This allows customers to provide more throughput with limited spectrum. The following table compares the throughput and spectral efficiency of LIBRA 5800 against wireless products based on 64-carrier W-OFDM that is similar to the IEEE Standard 802.11a. While 64-carrier IEEE 802.11a-like W-OFDM products boast a maximum link rate of 54 Mbps, the effective (TCP) throughput is comparable to LIBRA 5800, and the effective spectral efficiency of these products is much less than LIBRA 5800 because they use approximately twice as much spectrum.
LIBRA's multi-layered security makes it one of the most secure network solutions available in the market today. Physical layer security is built in through Wi-LAN's patented W-OFDM technology and user-configurable center frequencies. Security at the MAC layer features a proprietary radio frequency (RF) protocol, individual unit identification codes and VLAN See virtual LAN.
VLAN - Virtual Local Area Network tagging. The network layer features IP address filtering, and network management security is provided through protected SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) A widely used network monitoring and control protocol. Data are passed from SNMP agents, which are hardware and/or software processes reporting activity in each network device (hub, router, bridge, etc. , FTP, ping or TELNET access and a password-protected user menu.
LIBRA 5800's flexible and scalable design supports both point-to-point and point-to-multipoint applications, and can be configured with either an integrated antenna or an external antenna. For point-to-point applications, LIBRA 5800 series includes Rapid Deployment (RD) and Extended Range (ER) products, and for point-to-multipoint applications Access Point (AP), Customer Premises Equipment See CPE. (CPE (Customer Premises Equipment) Communications equipment that resides on the customer's premises.
CPE - Customer Premises Equipment ) and Long-range Customer Premises Equipment (LCPE) products are available. The point-to-point systems can deliver a data rate of up to 32 Mbps and a line-of-sight range of up to 66 kilometres (41 miles). The point-to-multipoint systems can deliver an aggregated data rate of up to 192 Mbps per six-sector cell and a line-of-sight radius of up to 35 kilometres (22 miles), with up to 2000 CPE's or LCPE's per sector. Subscriber coverage is further improved by LIBRA 5800's 10 MHz channel size. Only 12.5 MHz separation is required between center frequencies, allowing up to 10 non-overlapping channels to be deployed in the 125 MHz available in the 5.8 GHz license-exempt frequencies (5.725 GHz to 5.85 GHz). LIBRA 5800's narrow 10 MHz channel size makes it relatively simple for customers to avoid interference by utilizing radio frequencies that are not being used by others, compared to competitive offerings that use approximately 20 MHz per channel, making them less robust in crowded radio frequencies.
The current hardware is capable of supporting several generations of enhancement to the system software. Features such as dynamic modulation, dynamic power control, and additional network management features are being made available, as the market requires, via over-the-air software upgrades. Also, current products will have a migration path to future products based on the IEEE WirelessMAN (North America) and emerging ETSI BRAN HyperMAN (European and international) standards.