S-A Teams With Tropos on Wireless Coverage

Scientific-Atlanta is hooking up with Tropos Networks to develop and promote Wi-Fi products for cable operators seeking broad wireless reach. Under the deal announced earlier this week, S-A and Tropos will collaborate on strand-mounting, coaxial powering options and fiber converters for Tropos' line of 5210 MetroMesh indoor and outdoor routers to optimize them for cable's HFC architecture. S-A will also throw its sales might behind Tropos' Wi-Fi mesh topology, which is designed to enable the delivery of city-wide fixed and mobile broadband connectivity for IP-based voice, video and data services. The Tropos routers are now deployed in more than 200 large wireless networks in 25 countries around the world, none of them cable operations. S-A said it's developing both hardened optical and coaxial backhaul solutions for cable operators looking to enter the mobile wireless market. The company aims to have the products available later this fall.

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