This week saw a fair amount of activity from the wireless backhaul space. Here are some of the top stories.
First up, Greenpacket was determined to be the leader in the Wi-Fi QoS market by Telecomindiaonline. Wi-Fi QoS handles the handover between Wi-Fi and mobile data networks by way of a client device.
Known for its breakthrough technology in Intelligent Network Selection and Seamless Network Roaming via Signal Assisted Switching, Greenpacket has embraced Wi-Fi QoS as it "opens the door to mobility driven market needs as the theme of mobility plays out in emerging heterogeneous networks and roaming abilities," according to Greenpacket senior general manager Kevin Lee (News - Alert).
Next, AT&T signed a roaming agreement with U.K. public Wi-Fi provider, The Cloud, allowing the operator to offer its customers enhanced connectivity in the U.K. This new roaming plan is available to customers subscribing to AT&T's (News - Alert) 300 and 800MB Data Global Add-On plans, providing access to an additional gigabyte of Wi-Fi data each month with no extra cost.
In other news, Ruckus Wireless and Intermec (News - Alert) partnered to deliver Wi-Fi-enabled rugged mobile solutions capable of deployment in distribution center and manufacturing operations. As such, Ruckus Smart Wi-Fi technology can be used to seamlessly link Intermec solutions to backed warehouse management and enterprise resource planning systems.
Smart Wi-Fi helps resolve performance issues in warehouse environments where dead spots are often an issue with boosted signal coverage, while Intermec delivers a lineup of rugged and versatile solutions suitable for the distribution center.
Meanwhile, MTI Wireless Edge announced that its new 71-86GHz 44.5 dBi and 50.5 dBi dish antennas are now in mass production. These products begin to a whole new lineup of high-performance, low-cost directional antennas that cover Point-to-Point 60/80GHz band applications. The newly released 80GHz antennas, which are already shipping in high volumes to radio companies, meet ETSI (News - Alert) Class 3 and FCC Electrical Masks, in addition to ETSI Heavy Duty Environmental Standards.
Lastly, BLiNQ Networks became part of the Cambridge Wireless ecosystem and as such will be displaying its new X-100 small cell backhaul solution in the Ontario, Canada, pavilion at Mobile World Congress (News - Alert). Members of Cambridge Wireless are focused on driving the development and application of wireless technologies.
"Innovation requires collaboration and we are very excited to be part of the Cambridge Wireless ecosystem. Small cell technology is enabling operators to add capacity in mobile networks to meet the data hungry demands of consumers," said Mickey Miller, cofounder and CEO at BLiNQ Networks. "Backhaul plays a very important role in making the economics of small cells a viable deployment option."