Network managers frustrated with limited last-mile broadband options could benefit from laser-based communications over fibre-based ones, according to a UK-based startup.
Showcasing to journalists in Budapest, Bela Gyoeri, chief executive of last-mile laser specialist, LaserBit, said that the once much-maligned free space optical (FSO) technology had now reached carrier grade reliability and performance, and was enjoying increasingly widespread support.
Gyoeri said that FSO connections, linking lasers with uninterrupted lines of sight at distances between five metres and five kilometres, had reached a reliability rate of over 99.9 per cent.
"To have achieved this level of reliability over such a distance is groundbreaking, and proves that lasers are a wireless solution for now and the future," he said.
Analysts have traditionally doubted the technology's ability to operate in extreme weather conditions, such as fog, snow and rain.
Gyoeri said that FSO connections offered flexibility of use for telecoms operators and corporations requiring broadband, providing connections for PABX to PABX, GSM base station connectivity, Lan interconnection, campus computer connections, and telephone networks.
Transmission speeds now range from 1.544Mbps to 155Mbps including 10Mbps and 100Mbps Ethernet Protocol, Gyoeri added.
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