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Lucent Exhibits Free-Space Video

Photonics Spectra
Feb 2000
Lucent Technologies of Murray Hill, N.J., demonstrated its WaveStar OpticAir networking system for cable television providers at the Western Cable Show in Los Angeles in December. The laser-based free-space system transmits signals at up to 2.5 Gb/s per wavelength, enabling providers to broadcast high-definition television without optical fiber.

The demonstration used Lucent's VideoStar MPEG-2 encoding system to compress and multiplex television signals into standard transport-streams. A LinkRunner-TXA video gateway converted the streams on either side of the transmission system.

WaveStar OpticAir will be marketed as a solution to increasing network capacity where laying new fiber is not an option.

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