AIRFIBER ATTACKS URBAN BANDWIDTH CRUNCH.(free-space optics for broadband)

Byline: Dan O'Shea

AirFiber, the San Diego-based free space optics vendor, will formally announce its technology strategy this week, including an application for mobile backhaul that the company said will be the chief use of FSO technology in the short-term.

Scott Bloom, chief technology officer of AirFiber, said FSO can backhaul cellular traffic more cost-effectively in urban environments than fiber or other wireless technologies.

"One carrier we know of spends $400 million per year on backhaul, and the backhaul need will only increase by two to three times with the migration to the bandwidth requirements of 2.5G, 3G and 802.11," he said.

Though FSO won't solve carriers' long-distance backhaul needs, the company understands that they may use a variety of backhaul solutions depending on the deployment scenario. …

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