Cambium pitches new 5 GHz platform for broadband access in rural, unserved markets

Cambium Networks is touting its latest 5 GHz wireless access platform as a solution for connecting the underserved and unconnected in markets worldwide.

Cambium 5 GHz ePMP

(Image source: Cambium)

Cambium's ePMP is an integrated point-to-point (PTP) and point-to-multipoint (PMP) fixed wireless access solution, which the vendor said can deliver at least 200 Mbps of throughput using 2x2 MIMO-OFDM technologies. The vendor said ePMP is able to handle up to 120 subscribers per unit without service degradation due in part to spectral efficiency achieved through GPS sychronization. 

Cambium may be hoping its pitch regarding serving remote and rural communities can ride the coattails of high-profile efforts to extend online access to emerging markets. In announcing its ePMP wireless broadband hardware, the vendor specifically referenced initiatives such as Google's Project Loon as well as Internet.org--the coalition of Facebook (NASDAQ:FB), Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC), MediaTek, Nokia (NYSE:NOK), Opera Software, Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) and Samsung.

However, Cambium is clearly open to selling its technology for use in considerably more developed markets, such as Seattle's Chinatown International District, where WISP Cascade Networks used ePMP to replace an unreliable existing mesh networking architecture used for video surveillance.

Cambium offers ePMP in two modules: the ePMP 1000 Integrated Radio and the ePMP 1000 GPS Sync Radio. "Both can be configured in GPS synchronized networks as synchronization is a necessity in any environment, regardless of spectral competition," the vendor said.

For more:
- see this Cambium release

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