Netro, a wireless ATM start-up, has announced a broadband solution for Europe.
Its ATM mode architecture is targeted at local exchange carriers and service providers and is independent of BT and its copper solutions, said Martin Clark, a director of the company in Europe.
"This product is a multipoint technology which Scottish Telecom has already adopted," he claimed.
That means the technology will give broadband wireless coverage with one base station over 10 kilometres, a way of multiplexing that lets carriers generate revenues quickly and offers other benefits, said Clark.
Every base station, the company claimed, will support data rates of between 64Kbps and 8Mbps.
The wireless connectivity covers ATM, frame relay, ISDN, Lan, and fractional T1/E1 networks.
Amanda Murray, a representative for Scottish Telecom, said: "The last mile has hitherto presented the greatest barrier to bring ATM, frame relay and other high speed services to the small and medium enterprise."
She continued: "Technology developed by companies like Netro will give new operators a competitive edge in the local loop."
Airstar, the company said, will give the same technologies to other carriers. It will allow smaller customers to get higher bandwidth speeds.
But neither Netro nor Scottish Telecom were able to specify which kinds of small companies would want or need high bandwidth access to the Internet at the price charged.
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