New product line to extend market reach
HANNOVER, GERMANY, March 22, 2001 – BreezeCOM (NASDAQ: BRZE), a leader in the design and manufacture of high-speed wireless access solutions, today announced its plans to release BreezeACCESS OFDM, a rich complement to its current line of BreezeACCESS broadband wireless access solutions for carriers, cellular operators and Internet service providers. The new OFDM line rounds out the BreezeACCESS family of products and working together provides a full solution from residential to large business – utilizing the cost-effectiveness of BreezeACCESS XL with the speed and capacity of BreezeACCESS OFDM.
The OFDM (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) product line will extend BreezeCOM’s reach into the market enabling carriers to now service medium to large enterprises as well as employ the technology for high-speed backbone applications. Delivering exceptional speed and spectral efficiency, the new BreezeACCESS OFDM products promise non-line-of-sight operation with robust resistance to multipath and other types of interference.
"With the addition of BreezeACCESS OFDM, we expect to see our customers expand their existing networks incorporating new infrastructure models that do not require line of site between the base station and the subscriber," said BreezeCOM CTO, Naftali Chayat. "Many operators in the 3.5GHz band are severely restricted in bandwidth making it extremely difficult to reach a large enough customer base to offer cost-effective broadband services. The high spectral efficiency provided by the new BreezeACCESS OFDM products will make this possible."
BreezeACCESS OFDM will also deliver the rich functionality offered by the BreezeACCESS network management software enabling it to easily integrate and co-exist with existing BreezeACCESS networks. Other features include Quality of Service, protocol filtering, toll quality voice and VPN support. As well as the signature of all BreezeACCESS product lines … the user installable CPE which virtually eliminates the need to send a technician or roll a truck -- a must for cost effective and timely deployments.
BreezeACCESS OFDM will initially be offered in the 3.5GHz frequency band, one of the most popular licensed bands around the world. BreezeACCESS OFDM will be capable of operating in various channel bandwidths, including 1.75MHz, 3.5MHz and, in the future, up to 20MHz. Later releases of BreezeACCESS OFDM will address the 2.4GHz, MMDS (2.5GHz) and 5 GHz bands. Data rates of 6Mbits/sec in 1.75MHz channels, going up to 72Mbits/sec in 20MHz channels will be possible.
BreezeACCESS OFDM will be deployed in trials beginning in April and is planned for general release during the summer of 2001.
BreezeCOM is the leading provider of Broadband Wireless Access (BWA) solutions used by service providers and enterprises. Its products provide a wireless alternative to wired access solutions, such as DSL and cable modems, and facilitate indoor and outdoor, as well as fixed and mobile wireless LAN connectivity. BreezeCOM products are based on a packet switching point-to-multipoint wireless platform, optimized for high-speed Internet and intranet access. Core technologies include spread spectrum radio, digital signal processing, modems, networking protocols and VLSI. For more information on BreezeCOM, visit www.breezecom.com.