Participants From Four Countries Demo
Advanced Broadband Applications at Pacific Telecommunications Conference
Vancouver, Canada – January 7, 2005 - Pacific Wireless
Communications and fSONA Systems today announced their participation in
the Broadband Playground at PTC’05, Pacific Telecommunications Council’s
prestigious annual event in Honolulu, Hawaii January 17-19th, which will
be held at the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa.
The Broadband Playground will demonstrate advanced network technology that
enables live, leading-edge broadband applications for global collaboration,
education and entertainment. This showcase of network-enabled applications,
coordinated by the Communications Research Centre of Industry Canada, will
bring together participants at international research and education institutions
from four different countries – Japan, Australia, Canada and the United
The Broadband Playground is reliant upon connectivity to the University
of Hawaii GigaPop which has direct connections into major advanced networks
including Internet2 (U.S.), AARNet (Australia) and international networks
such as APAN (Asia Pacific Area Network) as well as peering relationships
with other networks such as CA*net 4 (Canada), SURFNet (The Netherlands)
and others. While this international network provides the long-haul connections
between educational facilities around the globe, it did not extend to the
PTC’05 Exhibit Hall at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.
Enabling the applications on display at the Broadband Playground requires
high capacity, reliable and dedicated bandwidth throughout the three-day
event. Deploying dedicated fiber for an event of such short duration would
be cost prohibitive. Pacific Wireless Communications (PWC) suggested optical
wireless technology from fSONA for the line of sight path between the University
of Hawaii’s Manoa campus and the Hilton Hawaiian Village. “Optical
Wireless is like “virtual” dark fiber that matches the throughput
performance and latency characteristics of Fiber Optics”, says Jim
Conroy, Director of Marketing, Pacific Wireless Communications. “The
Broadband Playground is an ideal application to highlight the benefits of
this advanced technology.”
Unlike other forms of wireless, optical wireless does not suffer from interference
or licensing issues that can stall deployments. PWC used their expertise
in deploying wireless systems to get the 2.6-mile link up and running quickly
One of the significant and challenging applications that will be supported
on the link will be multiple streams of bi-directional HDTV. The SONAbeam™
1250-M deployed in Hawaii is an ideal choice as it supports standard video
protocols, including the uncompressed HDTV (SMPTE 292M) @ 1.085 Gbps and
SDI (SMPTE 259M) @ 270Mbps. The SONAbeam™ link will also support Internet
traffic for the entire Pacific Telecommunications Conference Broadband Playground
by “beaming” over existing gigabit Ethernet services from the
University of Hawaii to the Hilton Hotel conference center via 640 mW of
certified eye-safe 1550 nm lasers.
About Communications Research Centre Canada
The Communications Research Centre Canada (CRC), an agency of Industry Canada,
is Canada’s leading laboratory specializing in research and development
(R&D) in advanced communications technologies and applications development.
CRC has researchers and facilities dedicated to R&D on the technologies
that form the basis of new and emerging telecommunications systems across
Canada: terrestrial wireless, satellite communications, broadcast technology
and broadband network technologies. The emphasis is to develop and demonstrate
how these technologies can work together to form cost effective and reliable
telecommunications networks that can serve all Canadians, especially the
remote and underserved.
About Pacific Telecommunications Council
PTC is an international, non-profit, non-governmental, membership organization
in Honolulu, founded in 1980. Its mission is to promote the development
of telecommunications and related industries in the Asia-Pacific region.
PTC’s annual conference each January in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA is a
premier telecommunication and information technology event for the Asia-Pacific
region. More information on PTC is available at www.ptc.org.
About Pacific Wireless Communications:
Pacific Wireless Communications is the premiere wireless systems integrator
in the State of Hawaii. Previously known as Motorola Hawaii, Pacific Wireless
Communications (PWC) focuses on providing best in class service and sales
to Hawaii's government and commercial customers. PWC has 100 employees consisting
of Project managers, Radio System Engineers, Factory trained technicians,
Information Technology Network Engineers, fSONA Certified Engineers, and
Customer Service Support Technicians.
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit www.fsona.com
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