China's Guangdong to deploy Proxim wireless IP network

Proxim Corp. has received an order from a regional telecommunication operator in China for equipment to build what will be one of the country's largest 5.8GHz wireless communication networks, it said Tuesday.

Guangdong Unicom, a part of China Unicom Ltd., has ordered Proxim's Tsunami MP point-to-multipoint wireless network system to form the base of a broadband wireless network that will run throughout the province, said Proxim.

The value of the deal was not disclosed.

Tsunami MP operates in the 5.8GHz band and supports data transmission to up to 1,000 subscribers at speeds of up to 60M bps (bits per second) over a distance of up to 3 miles and 20M bps at up to 6 miles, said Ken Haase, director of product marketing at the Sunnyvale, California-based company. The system is typically used to provide a "last mile" connection between towers and rooftops from which an IP connection can be provided to an in-building network, he said.

The carrier has already ordered 180 base stations for use in cities in the province, which is in southern China and borders Hong Kong.

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