Light Reading

Navy Network Serves Families

Light Reading
LR Mobile News Analysis
Light Reading
7/24/2006
50%
50%

Putting wireless technology to work for military families, Wireless Evolutions has installed a WiFi mesh network using gear from BelAir Networks Inc. in two housing developments for Navy personnel in San Diego.,

The two communities, the Gateway Center and the Naval Training Center, now have a wireless network that offers high-speed Internet connectivity to residents free of charge. The Naval Training Center network went live in May and the Gateway system in late June. Both areas have about 500 units each.

Lincoln Military Housing, a division of international real estate development and property management company Lincoln Property, built and manages the two communities. Since its inception in 2001, LMH has become the largest single operator of military housing in the United States.

In business since 2003, Dallas-based Wireless Evolutions has focused to date on wireless networks for student housing. The NTC deployment, says CEO Jim Harycki, was a natural next step for the company.

"This was our first mesh deployment, after we started looking closely at mesh about a year ago," Harycki recalls. "We thought this would be a much better product to bring these types of communities online, from a cost perspective especially. It's cheaper than the traditional Cisco applications we'd used previously."

Military husband James Wheeler, who has lived with his wife (a Navy CS2, or Commisarywoman Second Class) and infant daughter in Gateway for about 18 months, uses the Internet for all the usual applications -- in his studies at San Diego City College, playing video games, sending pictures to his family on the East Coast, and paying bills online.

"We used to have Internet service from Cox Cable," says Wheeler. "I can't tell any difference with this service, except for the $40 a month I'm not paying the cable company anymore."

The Wireless Evolutions network uses 39 mesh access points in the two communities, including a mix of Bel Air 100 and 200 Wireless Multi-service Nodes plus a sprinkling of 50s. The use of mesh technology made it a speedy and relatively smooth build-out: The network was installed in 30 days. Future enhancements, says Harycki, will include support for voice-over-WiFi so the residents will be able to communicate inexpensively with friends and family scattered across the globe.

Harycki also expects the NTC deployment to mark the beginning of long-term partnership with Lincoln Military Housing.

"This is the first of what we hope are several deployments with LMH," Harycki says. "We've done a site survey at Camp Pendleton, in Oceanside, Calif., for 3,000 housing units up there. We're also looking at military communities in Twenty-Nine Palms, Calif., and next month we're heading to Quantico, Va."

— Richard Martin, Senior Editor, Unstrung

(0)  | 
Comment  | 
Print  | 
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
Flash Poll
From The Founder
It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
LRTV Interviews
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration

11|21|14   |   04:29   |   (7) comments


At the Alcatel-Lucent Technology Symposium, Heavy Reading senior analyst Sterling Perrin talks about how SDN has reshaped the discussion around packet and optical integration.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Highlights at BBWF 2014

11|20|14   |   3:40   |   (1) comment


Broadband World Forum is one of the world's largest telecoms, media and technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing. BBWF is an exciting place to meet the entire industry under one roof and identify the latest in network innovation, service optimization and customer ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
How Will BCMS Stimulate Margin for Broadband Operators?

11|19|14   |   6:52   |   (0) comments


In BBWF 2014, Liu Shuqing emphasizes the value of FMC 2.0 based full service experience by throwing light on the BCMS solution. The underlying principle of this innovative technique is to create network robustness and driving network from connection oriented to ACE – BAND oriented infrastructure, in which applications, cloud, and user experiences will be an asset ...
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
SingleFAN3.0: Better Connected Experience

11|19|14   |   3:06   |   (1) comment


At the BBWF 2014, David Hu, the VP of Huawei Access Network Product Line, talked about the future of access networks – SingleFAN3.0: faster broadband, wider coverage, and smarter connection.
LRTV Interviews
Basil Alwan Interview: The Road to Cloud

11|19|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


Alcatel-Lucent's head of IP and Transport talks about the migration towards a web-like networking environment, the impact of the cloud, SDN and NFV, and the yet-to-be-announced FP4 chip.
LRTV Documentaries
FairPoint Makes a Fair Point About Analytics

11|19|14   |   1:56   |   (1) comment


The US-based communication service provider gets to grips with advanced analytics, tackling data and breaking down the silos within its own business.
LRTV Documentaries
Analytics Lets C Spire Get to Know Subs

11|19|14   |   3:01   |   (2) comments


It's all about the data for US operator C Spire as it uses analytics to personalize its customer service down to individual subscribers.
LRTV Interviews
Nuage Branches Out With SDN: CEO Interview

11|17|14   |   9:32   |   (0) comments


Sunil Khandekar, CEO of Alcatel-Lucent's SDN-focused unit Nuage Networks, talks about the opportunities and challenges of breaking out of the data center into wide-area networks.
Light Reedy
Telecom Analytics Grows Up

11|14|14   |   1:15   |   (4) comments


The big data analytics debate has moved on from a year ago, with some experts suggesting it's no longer a technology challenge.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei Compass

11|14|14   |   3:17   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Shuo Yang, Huawei Principal Cloud Infrastructure Architect introduced Huawei Compass, the software tool for solving customers' problems on the journey of OpenStack Cloud.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Cloud Strategy in European Region

11|14|14   |   2:56   |   (1) comment


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dr. Gotz, CTO of Huawei IT in European Region introduced Huawei's cloud strategy in European region.
LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
Huawei's Contribution on OpenStack

11|14|14   |   5:58   |   (0) comments


At OpenStack Summit 2014, Dennis Gu, Huawei Chief Architect of Cloud Computing introduced the relationship between OpenStack and cloud computing, and Huawei's contribution on OpenStack.
Upcoming Live Events
December 2, 2014, New York City
December 3, 2014, New York City
December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
February 12, 2015, Atlanta, GA
April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
Infographics
Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
Hot Topics
Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
$38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
Google, AT&T, BT Unite on Network Data Models
Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 11/20/2014
The New Wave of IP + Optical Integration
Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 11/21/2014
Like Us on Facebook
Twitter Feed