SOURCE: LightPointe


November 24, 2011 02:30 ET

LightPointe Introduces Next Generation 80 GHz E-Band Point-to-Point Ethernet Bridge Solutions, and Opens Larger Manufacturing Facility

SAN DIEGO, CA and BERLIN--(Marketwire - Nov 24, 2011) - LightPointe, a leading manufacturer of wireless point-to-point Gigabit Ethernet bridges utilizing millimeter wave RF and Free Space Optics technologies, announced the availability of new 70/80 GHz 4G/LTE backhaul solutions. The first products in the new AireBeam™ Series are the G80-LX long range and G80-MX medium range bridges. To ensure worldwide wireless backhaul compatibility, LightPointe used an independent FCC accredited and European Regulator approved Notified Body to certify compliance with latest North American Part 101 and European EN 302 217 regulations. The radios can be deployed in Germany, England, Austria and Switzerland, among other countries.

"The AireBeam Series represents a milestone for our millimeter wave business unit," said Heinz Willebrand, president and CEO for LightPointe. "The AireBeam Series provides next generation features including high gain antennas, industry leading low power consumption under 20 Watts, all-outdoor enclosures and low latency. In addition to releasing new radios, I'm excited to announce that our manufacturing is moving to a new facility with larger capacity and state of the art production equipment. The facility is the latest in a series of growth initiatives at LightPointe."

LightPointe's AireBeam Series is optimized for high bandwidth carrier networks such as those deploying LTE. LTE is the go-to architecture for operators such as Vodafone, T-Mobile/Deutsche Telekom, O2, A1/Mobilkom, Swisscom and France Télécom/Orange.

"We forecast at least 60 commercial LTE deployments for 2011 and over 164 next year, which should bode well for millimeter wave and Picocell manufacturers such as LightPointe," said Adlane Fellah, CEO of Maravedis Research, a leading global provider of market intelligence.

The AireBeam Series provides a choice of RJ45 copper, MM, or SM fiber connectors, and can be powered via PoE. LightPointe ensures maximum security and compatibility with 4G architectures by providing carrier-grade SNMPv.2, an add/drop networking port or LightPointe's DualPath™ 1+1 hot standby. Alarm reporting is available via SNMP traps, RMON counters, TELNET and separate RS232 terminal connection. To make the bridges easy to align and monitor, LightPointe includes an industry exclusive multi-function display on the rear panels with RSSI receive signal bar graph LEDs, network status indicator and various status LEDs.

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LightPointe manufactures wireless solutions for Enterprise and Carrier applications.

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