XO fills in fiber gaps with BridgeWave's microwave gear

XO Communications (OTC BB: XOHO.OB) is expanding its broadband wireless offerings to business customers that can't be reached by deploying BridgeWave's FlexPort80 links over its existing  80 market Local Multipoint Distribution System (LMDS) network.

Although XO may offer IP-based services to over 90,000 customers, a majority of which includes Fortune 500 corporations, the reality is it that even though these customers want Gigabit speeds it can't cost justify making a connection to every customer that does not currently have direct access to its fiber network.

With the BridgeWave equipment deployed on its fixed LMDS wireless network, XO said it will be able to not only quickly provide these Gigabit speeds, but also simultaneously support traditional TDM and IP enterprise and backhaul traffic without the need for pseudowire or another third-party device.

One of the features that's was attractive to XO about BridgeWave's FlexPort80 was deployment simplicity. Unlike other split mount microwave solutions that require two separate radios that typically don't provide Gigabit rates, the FlexPort80 consists of one all-outdoor unit meaning that XO did not have to dedicate or rent rack space inside a customer's cabinet or building.

Like Ethernet over Copper (EoC), XO's LMDS network is just one of the complementary technologies that the service provider will use to either extend services to customers where fiber is not available or even as a backup circuit in a disaster recovery scenario if a fiber pair is cut that serves is cut.   

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