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September 21, 2005

Vendor Unveils Wireless Broadband System For Trains

Courtesy of Mobile Pipeline

A wireless broadband vendor Wednesday said it has a new product line aimed at deployment on fast moving trains.

IPWireless said that, in tests, its UMTS RailLink provided uninterrupted wireless broadband access in trains going as fast as 220 kilometers an hour. It said it tested the system over 39 kilometers of track.

The system is based on the company's UMTS TD-CDMA technology aimed at mobile operators. The technology competes with Flarion's FLASH-OFDM and, eventually, with mobile WiMAX when the specification for that technology is ratified. The system works over cellular networks based on GSM technology. The company said that the system works in the 1900MHz portion of spectrum, which is widely available, particularly in Europe.

"We believe that UMTS RailLink is the optimal solution that will allow mobile operators to serve the many rail systems that want to provide mobile broadband services right now," Dr. Bill Jones, chief operating officer, IPWireless, said in a statement.

The company said that the technology has the potential to support speeds as high as 400 kilometers per hour.

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