Is Wireless Broadband Ready for Prime Time?

Some unexpected delays prevented wireless broadband from cracking the big time last year. That may be changing. StaffFebruary 26, 2001

This week’s InfoWorld weighs the pros and cons of fixed-broadband wireless networks, a technology that makes use of the wireless spectrum for sending and receiving data. Signals are transmitted between telecom carrier base stations and customer sites within a 35-mile radius.

Regulatory hurdles and some technological problems have held back widespread adoption of the technology, but some vendors are now working their way around the so-called “line-of-sight” issues.

The line-of-sight problem saddled fixed wireless technology with stringent requirements that receivers be in an almost direct line with towers.

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In discussing some of the recent advances in wireless broadband networks, InfoWorld profiles the Memphis, Tenn., brokerage firm Morgan Keegan, which installed a wireless network partly because it could be done much more quickly than the installation of a fixe wire network. In addition, wireless networks can often move data at speeds up to 30 times faster than standard dial-up connections.

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