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[Ham-80211] 802.16e?

Rich Osman rich at osman.com
Tue Apr 12 00:02:14 UTC 2005


Since the 802.16e standard isn't complete yet, it's hard to understand 
how equipment would be available anywhere.   There *are* high speed 
wireless data networks in Australia.  None I am aware of are OFDM. 

Unwired Australia uses Navini Networks (CDMA based)
Personal Broadband Australia (was CKW Wireless) uses Arraycomm's iBurst 
(they are owned by Arraycomm) iBurst is not OFDM.

Since both of these companies are in Sydney I suspect you are taling 
about one of them. 

IQ networks will be deploying UMTS-TDD (3G Time Division Duplex CDMA 
from IPWireless) in the north, but I'm pretty sure that's later this 
year.  This is the same technology already used by Whoosh wireless in 
New Zealand. 

You also said: "OFDM, so now power limits"  I'm guessing that this is a 
typo and was intended to say "no power limits."  If that is what you 
intended, there are still power limits imposed by local regulators 
regardless of modualtion scheme.

You are absolutely correct that wireless broadband data is rolling out 
everywhere.  It's likely that 802.16e will eventually dominate, but 
right now no one makes equipement. Some manufacturers claim the ability 
to upgrade with software.  We'll see.

Darryl Smith wrote:

>I am not sure if anything has been said here, but one of the holy grails of
>this list has been to use the cheap 802.11 equipment on dedicated
>Now imagine a piece of equipment... OFDM, so now power limits; operates 2-6
>GHz, operates at 80 MPH, latencies in the Miliseconds; over 1 MBPS
>bandwidth, and point/multi-point.
>The 3.3 GHz version is available here in Sydney for US$120 with an Ethernet
>interface. This system requires base stations but it is fast, and it does
>seem to have the range thanks to power outputs.
>Now, what is this? Well, it is 802.16e. A new metropolitan version of 802.11
>on licensed frequencies.
>This might be a better way for hams to be doing thing... If we can get the
>base stations cheap, I am sure that the mobile hardware can be cheap, and on
>ham frequencies...
>In the next few days I will be trialing a tracker at 3.3 GHz using this
>Think about it...
>Darryl Smith, VK2TDS   POBox 169 Ingleburn NSW 2565 Australia
>Mobile Number 0412 929 634 [+61 4 12 929 634 Int] - 02 9618 6459
>www.radio-active.net.au/blog/ - www.radio-active.net.au/web/tracking/

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