Wireless networking distributor Integrity Data Systems has penned an exclusive distribution agreement with high-end wireless component manufacturer Western Multiplex to distribute its Tsunami product range.
The Tsunami Gigabit Bridge, which has data rates of 480 to 760Mbps, is designed to provide organisations with broadband wireless (building to building) connectivity within the unlicensed radio frequency at distances up to 10km.
Integrity chief executive officer Ross Chiswell claims the company will be targeting universities, as well as high-end corporate and Government customers. Chiswell is convinced that once the technology takes off, specialised ISPs and carrier companies will follow suit.
Initially Integrity will be selective about what resellers it works with. Chiswell claims out of the 30 or so resellers Integrity has had "a lengthy and strong relationship" with, only five to 10 resellers will be used for the first few rollouts. Training will be provided by Integrity and encompasses one day for technical and one day for sales personnel.
While some concerns have been raised regarding wireless technology's reliability and security, Chiswell is confident the Tsunami will stand up to any storm it faces. The Tsunami Gigabit Ethernet Bridge uses "radio line of sight", as opposed to laser or microwave line of sight, which means it can still maintain a connection when blocked by incidental objects, explains Chiswell.
The product is scheduled for commercial availability in Australia in the first quarter of 2001. Pricing is yet to be announced.