Proxim takes aim at 4G wireless

Proxim has released two new wireless broadband products, one for affordable, long-range backhaul, the second for high-capacity last-mile access.

Both the Tsunami QuickBridge-8100 point-to-point backhaul radio and the Tsunami MP-8100 point-to-multipoint product are proprietary radios that use the same underlying 4G technologies in WiMAX and LTE: MIMO and OFDM.

As a result, both radios provide high capacity and long range for their prices, and non-line-of-sight connectivity. That combination is a first for any platform. The radios operate in two bands: 2.3GHz-2.5 GHz, and 4.9GHz-6GHz, both licensed and unlicensed. It's a relatively low set of frequencies, which enables longer range and better building penetration.

There are already 1Gbps radios on the market, including the 1.6Gbps Horizon Dual from . But the Dragonwave product, designed for very high capacity backhaul, has a range of 5 to 7 miles, runs in licensed or unlicensed 11GHz-38GHz bands, and carries a price tag ranging from $12,000 to $30,000.

One of the key selling points for the new Proxim gear will be its prices: The QB-8100 starts at $6,600 and the MP-8100 at $1,550.

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