Lucent has developed an optical network that delivers high speed data networking through the air rather than through traditional fibre technology.
Wavestar Opticair uses lasers, amplifiers and receivers that can be placed on rooftops or in office windows to transmit voice, data or video traffic through the air. It is also based on dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) technology, which is usually used over fibre networks, to increase capacity in areas where fibre connections are impractical.
Lucent claims that transmission rates can hit up to 10Gbps, delivering 65 times more information than today's radio frequencies. Potential applications include transmitting data between high rise buildings, enabling naval ships to share information while in port, and establishing temporary, high capacity links for special events.
Carriers carrier, Global Crossing, will be the first to test the system when it begins field trials in December.
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