News | July 7, 1999

Ericsson Signs First LMDS Contract

Stockholm, Sweden-based Ericsson has signed the first contract for its wireless broadband access system, MINI-LINK BAS. According to the company, a Nordic operator will use Ericsson's MINI-LINK BAS system during the rollout of a Local Multipoint Distribution Services (LMDS) network.

Ericsson's MINI-LINK BAS system is optimized for wireless Internet protocol (IP)-based services. It handles bandwidth-demanding IP services such as high-speed Internet, LAN-LAN interconnection, new real-time IP services, and video conferencing together with telephony services.

Through open interfaces, the MINI-LINK BAS system can be integrated with other vendors' IP and asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) products. It can also be linked with Ericsson's IP router family and ATM packet switching line.

The system operates in the 21 to 31 GHz frequency band. Therefore, engineers can employ this system during the rollout of networks operating across the European, US, and Canadian broadband wireless bands.

The Nordic LMDS system will be in full operation within six months. This LMDS network will deliver wireless access speeds of up to 37.5 Mb/s.