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Missoula MT (& Maui HI) 1st in US to roll out IP Wireless for data

Discussion in 'Western US Wireless Forum' started by amphibian, Jul 14, 2002.

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    Missoula MT (& Maui HI) 1st in US to roll out IP Wireless for data


    High-speed wireless rollouts begin in US next month


    mobile wireless service that blazes along at 256Kbit/s, or four to five times the speed of next-generation high-speed data services provided by US cellular carriers.


    Berkoff says the key to the speed and mobility of his operation is technology developed by IP Wireless in San Bruno, California, that takes advantage of multipath signals. Such signals are usually rejected by ordinary radio receivers, which zero in on a direct signal.

    But multipath signals are the Holy Grail of radio frequency engineering, according to Chris Gilbert, CEO of IP Wireless. His company has developed patented software that harnesses the power of the multipath signals to provide a quantum increase in throughput.

    Berkoff says when he started to investigate the IP Wireless technology, he approached it with skepticism, wondering "if it was smoke and mirrors." Not only does the technology work, Berkoff says, but also at far lower capital costs than so-called third-generation cellular wireless systems such as those offered by Nokia in Espoo, Finland.

    Berkoff estimated his capital costs per cell at $US100,000, as opposed to $US250,000 per cell for similar equipment from a vendor such as Nokia.


    Teewinot Wireless Data in Missoula, Montana, has also embraced the IP Wireless technology. It kicked off commercial service last month. Gene Twiner, Teewinot's CEO, says he looked at five different hardware suppliers and settled on IP Wireless because "I have not seen anything out there like this that is truly affordable." Lindsay Schroth, an analyst at The Yankee Group of Boston, called the IP Wireless technology "truly incredible," noting that it provides suppliers and customers with a high-speed fixed or portable service in one package.

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