– Is Wireless Broadband the New ‘Last Mile’ Technology?
– Get Fiber Close to the Home and Use Wireless Broadband from There
– A la Verizon, AT&T and Google’s Webpass
Here’s another technology company that has been developed and deployed fixed wireless broadband for that “last mile”.
For telcos and cablecos, the last mile is the most expensive, disruptive and time consuming section in wireline broadband services.
The concept is straightforward: install fiber to the neighborhood or MDU and use wireless broadband from that point to connect to a fixed device in the home – such as a Wi-Fi router or smart TV. It doesn’t matter whether the service provider uses 5G, as many cellcos have said they plan to do, or the point-to-point millimeter wave (mmWave) technology that Google got when it acquired Webpass in June.
Mimosa Networks, which makes advanced Wi-Fi-based fixed wireless broadband gear and which The Online Reporter first reported on in May 2014, has launched new gear that enables service providers to deliver gigabit wireless broadband in densely populated urban and suburban areas.
It says its Micro Point-of-Presence (MicroPoP) network architecture, which includes the new Mimosa A5 access point and the Mimosa C5 endpoint client device, can provide “massive geo-capacity quickly, reliably and economically – directly addressing the ‘last mile’ challenges of service delivery in these areas.”
It says it uses the most advanced Wi-Fi technology to design and manufacture outdoor gigabit wireless platforms. Founded in 2012, it says it has more than 2,000 customers in 80+ countries worldwide. Its Wi-Fi technology is based on Quantenna’s 10G Wi-Fi.
Mimosa Networks Offers a Wireless Last Mile Broadband Technology
Its MicroPoP technology can be used by new and existing wireless service providers.
New entrants can rapidly bring their services to market and compete against existing broadband providers in urban and suburban locations. Incumbent service providers can use their gear in areas where they are unable to offer broadband speeds that consumers now demand.
Jaime Fink, co-founder and chief product officer at Mimosa, said “Until now there hasn’t been a broadband solution that can be rapidly and cost-effectively deployed in urban densities, and provide the high level of performance required to deliver next-generation internet applications. The Mimosa MircoPoP architecture offers a unique opportunity for service providers of all sizes to reduce CAPEX and deliver a scalable, high-performance broadband network. They no longer have to dig trenches and try to bring cables underground, and can achieve the same speeds as fiber for a fraction of the cost.”
Mimosa told us in 2014 “Quantenna’s 10G Wi-Fi will empower us to create products capable of enormous scale MU-MIMO, radically increasing the num-ber of subscribers and the capacity of our customers’ networks. Our continued partnership with Quantenna will help establish Mimosa as an ongoing disrup-tive force in the outdoor wireless market.”
Mimosa calls itself “the leader in cloud-managed, fiber-fast fixed wireless networks.”
Sail Internet, which provides wireless broadband in California’s Bay Area, deployed a MicroPoP network in the suburban community of Fremont that was suffering from poor broadband speeds by the incumbents service providers.
Kevin Fisher, CEO at Sail Internet, said, “Mimosa provided us with an exciting opportunity to offer a level of service in suburban areas that was previously im-possible.
We were able to immediately compete with cable and phone providers in the area, offering dramatically better broadband speeds and network responsiveness. Customer satisfaction with our new broadband service has been off the charts!”
Mimosa’s A5 access point uses quad-sector antennas and massive MIMO technology to provide high-performance for high density short-range multipoint broadband.
It’s installed at a central point in a neighborhood and provides wire-less broadband to subscribers within 500 meters (yards).
It uses GPS sync-enabled time division multiple access (TDMA) protocol, “which ensures each client device precisely receives and transmits under the timing control of the access point, and eliminates the possibility of interference from neighboring A5 access points.”
Mimosa said the compact form-factor of the A5 makes suburban or urban in-stallations fast, easy and discreet, ideal for deployment on rooftops or street-level furniture.
It has more than 1 Gbps of aggregate capacity and, Mimosa says, “is the industry’s fastest multipoint solution purpose-built for high density deployments…
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