Monday, November 22, 2004

SAIC Licensed by the FCC to Test Mobile 4.9 GHz Solutions

Science Applications International Corporation's (SAIC) Telecom Services Business Unit was granted a new experimental license from the FCC to test fixed and mobile experimental wireless networks and client devices at 4.9 GHz. The experimental license allows the company to conduct multi-city trials of new low cost solutions for public-sector metropolitan area networks (MANs) using technologies in the new, exclusive-use 4.9 GHz public safety band.

Cities have seen the successes of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) 802.11a/b/g and the emerging 802.16d/e standards and products, through the interoperability assurance of the WiFi and WiMAX consortia. Standardization of mesh network protocols, as in the draft 802.11s also is proceeding in concert with open solutions for the new band.

SAIC said that by adopting these standards and products for the 4.9GHz band, the public sector stands to benefit from low cost outdoor-rated infrastructure equipment adapted for the 4.9GHz band while still preserving the benefits of standards- based air protocols and high volume chipsets.

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