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Unwiring Ethernet

12:40 PM -- NEW YORK -- Ethernet Expo 2007 gets its first mention of wireless Ethernet access -- that is, service providers using wireless as a means of getting Ethernet services to customers. XO Communications Inc. Chief Technology Officer Randy Nicklas noted it during the morning panel on "Carrier Ethernet Service Innovators."

Problems abound, in the cost of radios, the technology being only line-of-sight. And "it's a little bit of work -- more work that it needs to be, I would say -- in getting roof rights for radios," Nicklas said.

I think that sums it up nicely, and it might be about all we learn on the topic this time around. Seems like more a 2008 discussion.

— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading

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