Laser-Radio Technology: The Future of the Internet?
Mobile data usage continues to grow, pushing the limits of the Internet’s existing infrastructure. More and more service providers are looking to add more cables on land and sea in order to reach regions that don’t have quality Internet connections. Although today, fiber optic cables are still the ideal transmission channels for high volume data, in the future they may no longer be the best option to manage the data deluge, as trenching for fiber comes with high costs in terms of time and labor.
More and more service providers are looking to add more cables on land and sea in order to reach regions that don’t have quality Internet connections, as well as the fact that the increasing growth of mobile continues to push the limits of the Internet’s infrastructure.
Laser-Radio technology from AOptix is a new wireless technology that provides a solution to some of the issues that fiber optic cables present, but with the same performance benefits of a high quality, fast Internet connection. This solution offers lower Total Cost of Ownership than fiber optic solutions, as it uses a combination of laser and radio waves that can bring the Internet anywhere, wirelessly. The use of laser and radio together generates performance that is greater than the sum of its individual parts. The two technologies complement one another, creating a transmission that works in any weather condition.
AOptix Intellimax® is built around Laser-Radio technology, and can transmit data at speeds of up to 2 Gbps. AOptix is also already developing a 10 Gbps product. AOptix Intellimax and Laser-Radio technology are currently deployed in seven different countries across four continents in a variety of applications and environments, including mobile backhaul, fiber extension, fiber diversity and financial markets. Laser-Radio is also receiving a lot of interest for providing high capacity networks to under-served markets and rural areas.
Putting It to the Test
Recently, Car-sa, a Mexico-based alternative carrier, deployed AOptix Intellimax and Laser-Radio technology in order to deliver fiber-like performance for all weather conditions. Car-sa’s first client to put Laser-Radio to the test was a Monterrey university – the Universidad Autonoma de Nuevo Leon (UANL). Car-sa installed an Intellimax link in parallel with the existing 23GHz radio, which was immediately put to the test when a heavy rainstorm rolled into Monterrey, dumping almost 200 mm of rain along the length of the wireless link in a single day. Despite the extreme weather conditions, the 6.8 kilometer AOptix Intellimax link performed flawlessly during the storm, continuing to send 2 Gbps of data even during the worst of the deluge.