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TRIALS PROVE FEASIBILITY OF WIRELESS LMDS IN TAIWAN.

As Taiwan prepares to issue competitive local exchange carrier (CLECs) licenses in early 2000, Hughes Networks Systems (HNS), a unit of Hughes Electronics Corporation, has conducted trials of its local multipoint distribution system (LMDS) product AIReach Broadband 9000, to confirm that LMDS systems can provide high-quality broadband access in the tropical rain zones typical in Southeast Asia. LMDS offers CLECs a cost- effective means of rapidly deploying a wide range of telephony and telecommunications, and Internet services.

In partnership with a Zhongyang University in Taipei, and several third- party vendors, HNS demonstrated AIReach Broadband 9000's high-bandwidth capabilities with a variety of real-time applications including voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), Internet access, IP videoconferencing, local area network (LAN) interconnection PABX interconnection, and telephone access lines via wireless connections.

"We wanted to demonstrate that broadband wireless access in the LMDS bands is feasible in a country such as Taiwan, which is often subjected to heavy tropical rains, said Dr. Eric Wu, assistant professor of computer science and information engineering at Zhongyang. "We chose to test at 38 GHz, the high end of the LMDS frequencies, to investigate worst-case scenarios and we found that the system performed at a range many times greater than had been speculated, offering comparable quality and stability to fiber and terrestrial infrastructures."

"Once Taiwanese CLECs have installed metropolitan fiber networks the challenge will be to link customers into the network, the so-called "last- mile" access problem," said Thomas Hsu, senior vice president, wireless networks division, HNS. "AIReach Broadband 9000 is a simple, scalable and rapidly deployable system that offers high-bandwidth voice, video, data, multimedia, and Internet services. These tests show that by deploying AIReach Broadband 9000, the new Taiwanese CLECs can quickly provision wireless ATM services for their customers without the high costs and long delays of running fiber into each building."

AIReach Broadband is a fiber-class wireless access system designed to offer high bandwidth services to business and multidwelling residential customers. HNS' second-generation, point-to-multipoint radio product integrates access for services such as switched voice, high-speed data -- either circuit switched, time division multiplexer/multiplexing (TDM), or packet-based, frame relay and asynchronous mode transfer. Using high spectral efficiency modulation, the AIReach Broadband system provides 45 MBPS of information in a 12.5 MHz radio channel. In addition, the system is easily adaptable to the needs of service providers. It gives both established and emerging providers a scaleable solution with low entry and deployment costs.

Added Hsu, "Given the success of the testing at the 38GHz frequency in Taiwan, we believe that HNS products in the 24 to 28 GHz bands will offer even greater range and capacity, thus driving costs down even further."

A world leader in satellite products and network systems, HNS is one of the leading suppliers of DIRECTV(R) digital satellite systems and the provider of the award-winning DirecPC(R) satellite Internet service. In addition, HNS is the global VSAT market leader and has shipped more than 300,000 interactive and one-way terminals. Headquartered in Germantown, MD, the company has sales and support offices worldwide. Hughes Electronics (NYSE: GMH) is the world's leading provider of digital television entertainment, and satellite and wireless systems and services. The earnings of Hughes Electronics, a unit of General Motors Corporation, are used to calculate the earnings per share attributable to the GM Class H common stock.

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Title Annotation:Product Development; Hughes Networks Systems' AIReach Broadband 9000 local multipoint distribution system
Comment:TRIALS PROVE FEASIBILITY OF WIRELESS LMDS IN TAIWAN.(Hughes Networks Systems' AIReach Broadband 9000 local multipoint distribution system)(Product Development)
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Date:Feb 1, 2000
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