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June 11, 2002
VANCOUVER -- fSONA announces at SUPERCOMM the release of the SONAbeam(tm) 52-M - a carrier-class Free Space Optical (FSO) system that addresses the needs of wireless carriers today and into the future. The SONAbeam(tm) 52-M is the first scalable-bandwidth FSO product to be offered in a carrier-class housing. It provides datarate-transparent transmission from 1.5 to 52 Mbps including NxT1/E1, DS3, E3, OC-1/STM-0 and SONET/SDH standards. As mobile wireless networks migrate from second-generation (2G) to third-generation (3G) technologies, bandwidth requirements will grow dramatically. Predictions are that the worldwide number of cell sites will nearly triple over the next 5 years. Backhaul for these networks will need to be scalable to adapt to this growing demand for bandwidth. SONAbeam(tm) FSO technology offers a rate-adaptable, carrier-class solution that is a perfect fit for backhaul applications. "By listening to our customers we discovered that wireless carriers are facing two challenges - the first is to minimize capital and operating expenditures in their current network, the second is to build that network to support an incremental migration to next-generation services." said Theresa Carbonneau, President and CEO, fSONA Communications. "Because the SONAbeam(tm) 52-M is able to multiply capacity as needed, carriers can update their network with FSO today and be ready to provide next-generation services in the future." fSona Communications Corp.
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