Wavion Brings Wi-Fi to the Great Outdoors

Wi-Fi 802.11n base stations for the US use beamforming and MIMO to go over the river and through the woods ... well, outdoors at least

Sarah Thomas, Director, Women in Comms

June 13, 2011

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Wavion Brings Wi-Fi to the Great Outdoors

Israel-based Wi-Fi vendor Wavion Inc. is moving on to U.S. turf with a new line of 802.11n base stations, designed to bring Gigabit capacity and 450Mbit/s speeds in outdoor areas, and promising service providers a 50 percent reduction in capital and operating expenditures compared to competing Wi-Fi offload systems.

"Wi-Fi emerged from the enterprise, indoor market," says Wavion CEO Tal Meirzon. "They just put an indoor [base station] outside, but people who want to design a real outdoor system have real challenges."

The main challenge in the outdoors is interference, and Wavion gets around that by combining adaptive beamforming technology and Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) technologies. Its boxes also support SIM-based authentication for a seamless handoff from the wireless network.

The company is also touting its Interference Immunity Suite, which is what it calls a series of unique capabilities that make the platform robust enough for the outdoors and easily installed on cell towers, poles and rooftops.

Why this matters
More wireless operators are turning to Wi-Fi to ease the strain of traffic on their network, and they have their pick of vendors from which to choose. Wavion isn't as well known in the U.S. as competitors like BelAir Networks Inc. and Ruckus Wireless Inc. , but it's hoping to make its mark by focusing on outdoor carrier installations. It already has customers in the U.S. in the muni-Wi-Fi market, and the company says it's in trials with operators for its new base stations.

Given how much ground they have to cover, wireless operators may be choosing more than one vendor to work with on Wi-Fi offload. Both AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Wireless , for example, are plotting large Wi-Fi deployments even as they deploy Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

For more
Check out our new Mobile Internet Offload Briefing Center and the following stories for more.

  • Report: AT&T to Put Wi-Fi in 20 NYC Parks

  • Wi-Fi's World Dominance

  • SK Telecom Goes Femto for Data Offload

  • Mobile Wi-Fi Offload

  • Mobile Internet Offload Grabs the Limelight

— Sarah Reedy, Senior Reporter, Light Reading Mobile

About the Author(s)

Sarah Thomas

Director, Women in Comms

Sarah Thomas's love affair with communications began in 2003 when she bought her first cellphone, a pink RAZR, which she duly "bedazzled" with the help of superglue and her dad.

She joined the editorial staff at Light Reading in 2010 and has been covering mobile technologies ever since. Sarah got her start covering telecom in 2007 at Telephony, later Connected Planet, may it rest in peace. Her non-telecom work experience includes a brief foray into public relations at Fleishman-Hillard (her cussin' upset the clients) and a hodge-podge of internships, including spells at Ingram's (Kansas City's business magazine), American Spa magazine (where she was Chief Hot-Tub Correspondent), and the tweens' quiz bible, QuizFest, in NYC.

As Editorial Operations Director, a role she took on in January 2015, Sarah is responsible for the day-to-day management of the non-news content elements on Light Reading.

Sarah received her Bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She lives in Chicago with her 3DTV, her iPad and a drawer full of smartphone cords.

Away from the world of telecom journalism, Sarah likes to dabble in monster truck racing, becoming part of Team Bigfoot in 2009.

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