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Wireless Backhaul Radio Provides Multifrequency, Always-on Reliability

LightPointe has announced the AireBeam G60-DP, a 60-GHz backhaul radio. It includes the DualPath Always-on technology, which utilizes multiple radios and frequencies, and automatically determines the best transmission method at any given time, in any type of weather. LightPointe’s solution has the capability to maintain an active data link between buildings and towers with much higher reliability, which is critical in the 60-GHz wireless bridge category, because the 60-GHz frequency range is subject to atmospheric oxygen absorption. In the event that the 60-GHz transmission becomes insufficient during temporary environmental conditions, LightPointe’s solution switches in real-time to alternative frequencies.

“The new AireBeam G60-DP series with DualPath Always-on technology provides our carrier and enterprise customers with the benefits of 60-GHz transmission — which is license-free in many countries — and also provides availability up to 99.999 percent for reliable, uninterruptable service,” said Heinz Willebrand, president and CEO of LightPointe, in a company statement. “These state-of-the-art radios can be deployed in a variety of applications such as connecting office buildings, school campuses, hospital wings, military installations, or providing bandwidth augmentation and small-cell backhaul in 4G LTE carrier networks.”

License-free 60-GHz radios have grown in popularity in recent years, which set them apart from licensed-band millimeter-wave and other radios. In the United States, the FCC has allocated an unprecedented 7 gigahertz of un-channelized spectrum for license-free operation between 57 and 64 GHz. This provides sufficient spectrum for multi-gigabit radio- frequency bridges. In addition, LightPointe’s solutions utilize narrow-beam antennas, which enable radios to be co-located in close proximity by using small angular separations and by using the use of cross-polarized, 1- and 2-foot-diameter antennas. In addition, for end-users concerned about signal security, oxygen naturally attenuates 60-GHz signals, which limits the signals’ ability to travel much beyond the intended target receiver. This, combined with the “pencil-beam” signal characteristics of 60 GHz, makes such transmissions secure.

“We’ve really made installation of these backhaul radios fast and easy, with power over Ethernet and a choice of connectors, depending on the customer’s requirements,” said Kim Sparrow, director of engineering for LightPointe, in a company release. “Not only is our new aluminum radio enclosure light and strong, it also includes an industry-exclusive LED display, which speeds installation and makes troubleshooting a network easier.”

LightPointe, GCI Science & Technology to Pursue China Market for Wireless Backhaul Solutions

LightPointe has signed an agreement with GCI Science & Technology Co., Ltd. to purchase and distribute its fourth-generation free space optics wireless bridges and millimeter-wave e-band 4G/LTE backhaul radios in China.

“We are excited that a major public corporation in China, recognized as one of the leaders in CDMA and GSM mobile telecom products and services, has selected LightPointe technology for rollout to key enterprise and 4G carrier customers,” stated Heinz Willebrand, president and CEO for LightPointe, in a company statement. “With a market cap of over CNY$2 billion, experience in telecom manufacturing, system engineering, distribution, and broadband network deployment, GCI is well positioned in China and already has key relationships with such leading companies as China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom.”

“After a thorough review of available wireless backhaul technology partners, and numerous meetings with both free space optics and millimeter-wave companies in the United States, we chose LightPointe due to their broad range of point-to-point wireless bridges, their performance and feature advantages, quality U.S. and Germany components, and leadership position in many parts of the world,” said Qiyue He, president of GCI, in a press release.

LightPointe produces all three of the leading wireless bridge technologies, including free-space optics bridges, 60/70/80- GHz backhaul solutions and patented hybrid optical radios, which combine the advantages of laser transmission with RF backup for up to 99.999 percent reliability. The company’s point-to-point solutions are designed for enterprise building connectivity and for 4G/LTE carriers in their small cell backhaul infrastructure.

Inspired by lightRadio Cube, Novelist Creates Pico Site of the Future

Vancouver writer and artist Douglas Coupland unveiled a proposal for a future utility pole that would include wireless data transmission on May 14 at the New Cities Summit in Paris.

Dubbed the V-Pole (‘V’ for Vancouver), the slim, multipurpose utility pole would provide Wi-Fi, mobile wireless, LED street lighting, electric vehicle charging and parking transactions, as well as acting as an electronic neighborhood bulletin board.

Coupland was joined by Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson during the announcement.

“Vancouver is a leader in urban innovation and we are always looking at ways to stay on the sharpest edge of technology,” Mayor Robertson said. “The V-Pole is an example of future-driven design for cities that we are excited to see.”

Designing futuristic technology is a new venture for Coupland, who has published 13 novels, a collection of short stories, seven nonfiction books, and a number of dramatic works and screenplays for film and television. He envisions the V-Pole as a more energy-efficient and cost-effective version of today’s utility structures, which would reduce visual clutter along the streetscape.

“I’m not interested in this as a personal business venture,” Coupland said. “I’m presenting this only to get people thinking about the future. The V-Pole is a whole new way of approaching how we develop and democratize what can only be described as an inevitable force that’s headed toward us like an asteroid at full speed. And we can turn it into art.”

More than a year ago, Coupland began investigating ways of creating open source wireless when he encountered lightRadio technology while doing research for a book at Bell Labs in New Jersey.

“It’s a remarkable coincidence that just as I was looking for an enabling technology, the lightRadio dropped in my lap,” said Coupland. “The wireless data game has changed. Data transmission is no longer something scary you don’t want in your backyard. Now you want it directly in front of your house.”

LightPointe Honors Chief Scientist and Optical Wireless Innovator’s 80th Birthday

Dr. Kube

Dr. Erhard Kube

LightPointe, a manufacturer of point-to-point gigabit-capacity wireless FSO bridges and 60-GHz small cell and 80-GHz backhaul radios for broadband transmission, is honoring its chief scientist, on his 80th birthday this month, and for his contributions in optical wireless transmission. Kube is regarded as the father of optical wireless transmission technology. His career spans more than 50 years and has been dedicated to optical communications and data transmission innovation since the early 1960s, Dr. Heinz Willebrand, LightPointe’s CEO, told Backhaul Bulletin.

Kube has been with LightPointe since the company’s founding in 1998 and has been its chief scientist since 2000. His study of the transmission of light through the atmosphere has led to today’s fourth-generation free-space optics wireless bridges, which are the fastest point-to-point data transmission technology. They provide up to 99.999 percent availability and enable laser-precise secure delivery of data.

According to Willebrand, Kube’s discoveries have led to many of the products used to interconnect high-speed networks for businesses, schools, military, security applications and 4G/LTE mobile telecom backhaul. Innovations in optical fiber and optical wireless networks enable the broadband connections and telecom services, which make it possible to use bandwidth- intensive devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets, as well as IP video streaming services such as Netflix and video conferencing.

“As Dr. Kube celebrates his 80th birthday this month, and during an especially exciting time of growth for us with revenue up 42 percent this year, it reminds all of us at LightPointe of his contributions to our company,” said Willebrand in a company statement.

Willebrand told the Bulletin that the time for optical communications is much better now than it was 10 to 15 years ago. “Dr. Kube has made quite a contribution in this space to make optical communications much more reliable,” he said.

LightPointe Honors Chief Scientist and Optical Wireless Innovator’s 80th Birthday

Dr. Kube

Dr. Erhard Kube

LightPointe, a manufacturer of point-to-point gigabit-capacity wireless FSO bridges and 60-GHz small cell and 80-GHz backhaul radios for broadband transmission, is honoring its chief scientist, on his 80th birthday this month, and for his contributions in optical wireless transmission. Kube is regarded as the father of optical wireless transmission technology. His career spans more than 50 years and has been dedicated to optical communications and data transmission innovation since the early 1960s, Dr. Heinz Willebrand, LightPointe’s CEO, told Backhaul Bulletin.

Kube has been with LightPointe since the company’s founding in 1998 and has been its chief scientist since 2000. His study of the transmission of light through the atmosphere has led to today’s fourth-generation free-space optics wireless bridges, which are the fastest point-to-point data transmission technology. They provide up to 99.999 percent availability and enable laser-precise secure delivery of data.

According to Willebrand, Kube’s discoveries have led to many of the products used to interconnect high-speed networks for businesses, schools, military, security applications and 4G/LTE mobile telecom backhaul. Innovations in optical fiber and optical wireless networks enable the broadband connections and telecom services, which make it possible to use bandwidth- intensive devices such as laptops, smart phones and tablets, as well as IP video streaming services such as Netflix and video conferencing.

“As Dr. Kube celebrates his 80th birthday this month, and during an especially exciting time of growth for us with revenue up 42 percent this year, it reminds all of us at LightPointe of his contributions to our company,” said Willebrand in a company statement.

Willebrand told the Bulletin that the time for optical communications is much better now than it was 10 to 15 years ago. “Dr. Kube has made quite a contribution in this space to make optical communications much more reliable,” he said.