Strix Announces WiMAX Strategy

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Strix Systems, the leader in high-performance wireless mesh networking, announced its strategy for implementing WiMAX in its products. The company’s Access/One products provide WiMAX-like performance today, and their modular design means moving to WiMAX and ultimately to mobile WiMAX is a simple field upgrade. The company also announced today that it has joined the WiMAX Forum, a community of leading WiMAX product and service providers that are committed to developing solutions based on Intel technologies.

With per-channel network performance of 54 Mbps, Strix’s Access/One products already handle the kind of demanding applications such as VoIP and video streaming that WiMAX will support. Also, Strix’s WiFi-based mesh technology already provides ubiquitous broadband coverage with a range of several hundred meters outdoors. WiMAX promises to increase range and quality of throughput with an Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM)-based modulation technique that will achieve a maximum coverage radius outdoors using OFD Multiple Access (OFDMA)

“Our customers want to extract maximum advantage from their Strix deployments now and in the future; that’s why we’re committed to providing the best performance in the industry today with our multi-radio, multi-channel, multi-RF system and continuing that performance lead by making the upgrade to WiMAX simple,” said Cyrus Irani, Vice President of Advanced Development and Strategy at Strix Systems. “When interoperable WiMAX becomes available, our networks will be ready. We’ll support in-network upgrades to WiMAX radios that will enhance our high-speed backhaul inside the wireless mesh, and we’ll be able to offer our customers mobile access to broadband services when phase two of WiMAX becomes available in late 2006 or early 2007. Becoming a member of the WiMAX Forum ensures that we’ll be able to keep our Access/One solution in synch with the latest WiMAX developments.”

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