TowerStream WLAN Flows into New England Towns

By Matthew Peretz

July 09, 2001

Uses Cisco gear to build out high-speed fixed wireless network...even in those hard to reach places.

TowerStream, a privately held company based in Newport, R.I., today announced the expansion of its fixed wireless broadband network into eight New England Markets. Those markets now include Boston, Waltham, Quincy, Burlington and Needham, MA, and Providence, Newport and Cranston/Warwick, R.I.

Towerstream is using the Cisco WT2750 Multipoint Broadband Wireless System in its build-out. This system utilizes Vector Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (VOFDM), and is capable of multi-path signalling and non-line of sight transmission. The system is also interoperable with existing Cisco 2600 and 3600 routers, making it cost-effective and easy to install. Philip Urso, CEO of TowerStream, stated that by building an end-to-end Cisco point-to-multipoint broadband network, the company can address the 'last-mile' delivery problem that is particularly common with New England's older infrastructure.

To this end, TowerStream is building-out the fixed wireless network using the Cisco uBR7246 and 7223 series universal broadband routers at their headends. This router, with a multipoint line card and transverter creates a wireless link that allows the company to server areas where other wireline technologies are unavailable. It also uses the Cisco Catalyst 3524 PWR XL Switches, a Cisco 590 Cache Engine, along with the Cisco Wireless Manager Suite, CNR5.1 and Cisco CSRC DPR 2.0. The 2600 and 3600 series routers are deployed at the customer premise site.

Targeted towards small and medium sized businesses, TowerStream offers a basic package to which customers can add bandwidth in 1.0 MB increments without any additional installation or equipment costs. In fact, the company maintains a customer care Web site that enables customers to increase their bandwidth as needed via a password-protected Web account. More information can be found at the company's Web site.

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