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Friday, October 17, 2003


FCC approves commercialization of millimeter wave wireless technology

"The point-to-point technology, developed by Loea Communications of Lihue, Hawaii, got the nod by the FCC to operate commercially in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz, and 92-95 GHz bands, the FCC said in a statement. The spectrum bands, originally open only for use by the U.S. government, are to be offered for both federal and commercial use on a non-exclusive basis."

"Companies such as Cisco Systems and Microsoft have backed the Millimeter Wave (also referred to as Upper Millimeter Wave) bands for broadband service as a type of wireless "last mile," a way of connecting users to public fiber-optic networks without having to use cables. The system, also promoted by Loea as virtual fiber technology, uses millimeter-wave transceivers to send "pencil beams" of data at gigabit speeds."



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