Wireless Internet Service Providers Association

The wireless phone industry has many buzzwords and “broadband” is no exception. In fact, broadband is misleading just as the term wireless can be confusing since there are many mediums and technologies that allow communications to exist without wires. The 2010 Broadband Expo was no exception to the buzzwords but one thing that was unique was a large room full of operators, vendors, government officials who were discovering ideas and opportunities for wireless internet business.

Held at the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, the Broadband Expo provided information key to the design and deployment of wireless internet to rural areas of the United States. The Broadband Expo provided specific emphasis on rural America and in-depth educational sessions and exhibits of products and services about new technologies and systems to cost-effectively deliver broadband services.

LBA Group made a presentation on Radio Frequency (RF) Safety Awareness and Lightning Protection on Monday and also served as a panelist for a backhaul forum. Several firms reminded the audience the importance of safety in working with communication equipment including the use of personal RF monitors like the SafeOne as well as proper lightning protection equipment for antennas and outdoor radio access points. During the backhaul forum LBA presented “Keys to the Last Mile” and “Backhaul Bottlenecks”. Prior to Allied Fibers’ presentation on an all-fiber carrier-neutral nationwide network. There was good debate about the ease of deployment with wireless backhaul compared to leasing fiber from the often bureaucratic and slow local exchange carriers. Do we use wires or no wires (wireless) for IP backhaul?

Will the $ 7.2 billion public funding really see a return on our investment? According to some at the Broadband Expo, the government application process for rural network grants was extremely burdensome and lengthy. Will public funded access bring high-speed broadband to bona-fide rural areas serving critical needs, not just enhancing existing networks?

Backhaul “bottlenecks” is the key 2010 network issue for 3G wireless service providers. Advice to current and future broadband operators: Long term planning for IP based networks is crucial for high speed wireless including LTE, WiMax and 4G. Will your network be ready to meet customer demands?

Christopher K. Horne, Ph.D., P.E.

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LBA Group, Inc. has 60 years of experience in providing RF asset solutions and risk management for industrial and telecommunications infrastructure assets. The group is comprised of LBA Technology, a leading manufacturer and integrator of radio frequency systems, lightning protection and EMC equipment for broadcast, industrial and government users worldwide; the professional consultancy Lawrence Behr Associates and LBA University, providing on-site and online professional training. The companies are based in Greenville, N.C., USA.

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