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Omnilux Launches Broadband Alternative to DSL, Cable
Sep 2002
PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 26 -- Omnilux Inc. has launched a wireless broadband platform designed to supply internet service providers (ISPs) with an alternative to DSL or cable and a way to reach residential and commercial consumers who lack broadband Internet access.

Omnilux uses free-space optics to deliver bandwidth up to 100 Mbps to a small, rooftop "node" that in turn delivers access to computers and other devices inside the home using an Ethernet connection or Wi-Fi (802.11b) wireless technology. This combination of technologies enables ISPs to reach customers without having to access existing DSL or cable networks or to undertake their own costly "last-mile" construction, such as digging up streets to lay fiber-optic or copper cables to individual homes or businesses or installing expensive radio-frequency wireless towers.

Its first customers are with regional ISPs (Santa Rosa), (Yuba City) and RedWire Broadband (San Diego), whose customers may sign up for high-speed Internet access beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. Additional deployments are anticipated in early 2003.

"Free-space optics has unique benefits for service providers," said Carter Moursund, vice president of technology and co-founder of Omnilux. "By using an unregulated portion of spectrum known as IR light, our customers can avoid expensive and time-consuming radio spectrum allocation procedures. And unlike other unregulated spectrum, FSO signals do not interfere with each other, ensuring ISPs that their service is not degraded or interrupted."

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