Last Mile Goes Wireless

Stump, Matt
September 2004
Multichannel News;9/27/2004, Vol. 25 Issue 39, p57
The article reports that there are 8 million small businesses in the U.S. that spend $100 billion on voice and data services. Yet operators can't reach nearly half of that group economically, even though they're close to cable plant. What's worse, with Wall Street pressure to curb capital expenditures, traditional plant extensions have been frowned upon. Enter last-mile wireless technology, which provides a cheap alternative for the business divisions of MSOs looking to make further inroads in the commercial space. Arcwave Inc., which already supplies wireless gear to four of the top five MSOs, has introduced the Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification 2.0 version of its ARCXtend product, which consists of a network hub device and corresponding antennas deployed at business sites to provide high-speed cable- modem service.


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