LightPointe Launches World's Fastest Long Distance Outdoor Wireless Bridging Solution

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New AireForce™ product line boosts capacity of outdoor gigabit wireless bridges and sets new industry benchmark.

The AireForce system is probably not only the highest capacity longer distance outdoor wireless solution commercially available to date, it is also the only multi-gigabit Universal Wireless Transport Platform in the market for simultaneous transport of Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Fiber Channel for Storage Networks traffic

LightPointe, a leading designer and manufacturer of ultra high-speed outdoor wireless, point-to-point network bridging solutions, announced today the commercial availability of a new product line, capable of delivering multi-gigabit data rates, wirelessly, between remotely networked locations. The base configuration of the new AireForce™ product expands the capacity of a new or existing gigabit wireless point-to-point link to an astounding 4 gigabits per second over distances exceeding one mile and at a 99.99% availability rate under typical North American climate conditions. Multiple modules, supporting both Ethernet and Fiber Channel protocols, can be added to the same AireForce™ chassis, enabling the user to expand the throughput of up to three gigabit wireless links to over 10 gigabits per second (Gbps).

The modular AireForce™ system consists of Intelligent Indoor Unit (IDU) components interfaced with Millimeter Wave (MMW) or Free-Space Optics (FSO) wireless components to create a single, robust multi-gigabit wireless solution. Each Intelligent Indoor Unit can be equipped with up to three individual Data Network Muxes (DNM), delivering up to 4 Gbps each to the customer network premise equipment and offering a total capacity of up to 12 Gbps

With bandwidth and latency similar to fiber optic cable, the AireForce™ solution targets an increasing number of short to medium distance outdoor wireless bridging applications that require scalable bandwidth in excess of 1 Gbps. These applications are located particularly in the high-capacity enterprise campus, building-to-building and Metro Ethernet connectivity market where the challenge is to interconnect buildings that have no fiber access and/or where laying fiber is simply too time and cost prohibitive. In cases where customers already use a LightPointe outdoor wireless Gigabit Ethernet link, the AireForce™ indoor unit can be added to increase capacity of an existing link. Unlike other wireless bridging solutions that sacrifice distance and/or system availability for an increase in bandwidth, the AireForce™ system maintains system availability when the capacity of an existing installation is increased.

"The AireForce system is probably not only the highest capacity longer distance outdoor wireless solution commercially available to date, it is also the only multi-gigabit Universal Wireless Transport Platform in the market for simultaneous transport of Gigabit Ethernet LAN and Fiber Channel for Storage Networks traffic" said Heinz Willebrand, LightPointe CEO and President. "Due to the modular system architecture we are extremely pleased that not only new customers can take advantage of the advanced multi-gigabit transport capacity of the AireForce™ solution, but we will also be able to boost the capacity of existing LightPointe outdoor wireless installations where customers are seeking additional bandwidth without having to replace any of the existing infrastructure. This added value for the customer shows that his LightPointe wireless bridge investment allows him to grow when bandwidth needs increase without being locked in."

About LightPointe Communications, Inc
LightPointe designs, manufactures and distributes ultra high-speed wireless point to point network bridging solutions based on patented free-space optics (FSO) and millimeter wave (MMW) technology. The products are used in fixed wireless last mile access for campus or enterprise building-to-building connectivity, and in infrastructure applications such as broadband cellular networks and wireless backhaul for WiMAX or WiFi networks. LightPointe installation base of high capacity wireless bridges consists of more than 5000 systems deployed in more than 60 countries. The company is recognized worldwide for the highest standards of quality and service. For more information please visit http://www.lightpointe.com.

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