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Motorola Expands Canopy(tm) Wireless Broadband Portfolio
Posted: 15-Dec-2003 [Source: Motorola]

[Motorola's Canopy(tm) wireless broadband portfolio now includes 2.4GHz system.]

Schaumburg, Ill -- Motorola is introducing a new 2.4GHz product for its Canopy(tm) wireless broadband portfolio. The new solution is a cost-effective option for Internet service providers, and for enterprise and private network operators that may be looking to add capacity to cover larger geographic areas or to extend reach to customers in difficult terrain.

The 2.4GHz system allows network operators to add new subscribers to existing Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) networks and is well-suited for working in challenging topologies, such as areas with foliage. The Canopy system's ability to provide a robust high-speed connection, even in the presence of interference, is a critical competitive advantage when compared to existing 2.4 GHz outdoor solutions.

The 2.4GHz point-to-point backhaul modules can be used as a cost-effective, low-latency Ethernet bridge between any two networks or between a network and remote user. There is also a 2.4 GHz 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) product available with the most advanced layer of encryption available on wireless networks.

In international markets where other frequencies are limited, the 2.4GHz can become the critical second band to complement solutions in other bands, such as 5.7GHz ISM band or even a licensed band such as 3.5GHz.

"We added a 2.4GHz solution because it will help our customers extend their systems further into areas they can't reach in other frequency bands. One of the greatest benefits of the 2.4GHz solution is the longer range. Subscribers can now be reached without installing additional access point sites, saving hardware and installation labor costs," said Tom Hulsebosch, senior director of sales and marketing for Motorola's Canopy system.

"Motorola has made a number of recent announcements regarding the expansion of its Canopy wireless broadband portfolio, including enhancing the performance, security and operational processes of the Canopy system," said Emmy Johnson, principal analyst for Sky Light Research. "Over the last year, wireless DSL has gained significant traction as a technology that meets the needs of the market in terms of affordability and scalability."

The 2.4GHz backhaul modules are offered in four models: a 10 megabit per second (Mbps) model and a 20 Mbps model, with AES models available for each. The 10 Mbps backhaul model operates with a raw data rate of 10 Mbps with an approximate throughput of 6 Mbps and has a maximum range of about 35 miles when reflectors are used. The 20 Mbps backhaul module operates with a raw data rate of 20 Mbps with an approximate throughput of 14 Mbps and has a maximum range of about 35 miles when reflectors are used. In point-to-point or point-to-multipoint configurations, the uplink/downlink ratio is configurable by the operator.

For more information, please visit and visit the Motorola Canopy e-magazine at


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