Motorola Adds 400 Series to Canopy Line

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Motorola Adds 400 Series to Canopy Line

Some interesting news from Motorola I thought I'd share... Motorola Inc. announced today that it is extending the reach of its field-proven Canopy wireless broadband system with the introduction of the 400 series of access points and subscriber modules in the 5.4 GHz spectrum. Based on Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM) technology, which provides improved near-line of sight (nLOS) and non-line of sight (NLOS) coverage, the Canopy 400 series allows service providers and enterprise network owners to extend broadband network coverage into urban areas where obstructions and foliage have limited system expansion.

By leveraging OFDM technology in the access and backhaul layers, the Canopy 400 series significantly enhances overall network performance and reach. The modules offer higher throughputs, up to 21Mbps, and extended range, accompanied with GPS synchronization to mitigate self interference. The Canopy 400 series modules, part of the MOTOwi4™ Fixed Point-to-Multipoint portfolio, are now available in Europe, Middle East and Africa and soon in Latin America. North America availability is pending final FCC certification.

With these capabilities, service providers can offer applications such as high speed data transfer, video surveillance, Voice over IP (VoIP), and gaming to subscribers who were not previously reachable. Enterprise network operators can also benefit from this series of products to extend connectivity to urban areas and business parks where line of sight is not always available or for inexpensive backhaul access.

“The Canopy 400 Series allows us to expand our network in environments not previously possible and do so cost-effectively, providing more revenue to our bottom line,” said Stig Petterson, CEO and Technical Manager, Totalnett AS, a Norwegian Wireless Service Provider. “We now have the ability to reach underserved customers with an economical, reliable solution.”

The Canopy 400 series AP and SM products easily integrate to existing Canopy networks and exhibit the same ease of deployment and reliable operation as the rest of the Canopy portfolio. Many of the Canopy accessories can also be used with this new series of products.

“Meeting the needs of a wide variety of customers can be challenging. The introduction of the Canopy 400 series is an additional option in our wireless broadband portfolio enabling service providers to reach more end users,” said Phil Bolt, Senior Director, Motorola Wireless Broadband Engineering and Product Management. “This new offering is one more way in which Motorola maintains the commitment to providing reliable, high-quality wireless broadband solutions at a low investment.”

The Canopy® 400 series is a component of the wi4 Fixed family of broadband solutions, part of the MOTOwi4™ portfolio of solutions for public and private networks which also includes wi4 Mesh, wi4 Indoor and wi4 WiMAX.

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