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Cisco Systems Outlines Wireless Strategy for Malaysia

Global Internet leader offers leading- edge wireless networking solutions from Local Area Networks to Service Provider Networks
Mar 28, 2001

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- 28 March 2001 -- In anticipation of the tremendous potential of the wireless data market in Malaysia and the region, Cisco Systems, Inc., the worldwide leader in networking for the Internet, outlined today its strategy to provide leading-edge wireless networking solutions for Local Area Networks (LANs) all the way up to Service Provider networks. Cisco's end-to-end solutions extend from its Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN products to Broadband Wireless systems that deliver an alternative 'last mile access" solution for service providers, enabling them to complement traditional broadband access technologies.

Wireless LAN

Wireless LANs enable users to establish and maintain a wireless network connection throughout or between buildings, without the limitations of wires or cables. Cisco provides a family of wireless LAN products - the Cisco Aironet 350 series and 340 series - that combine the mobility and flexibility users want from a wireless LAN product with the throughput and security they demand from a business LAN.

GartnerGroup Dataquest projects the five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of the wireless LAN market in Asia Pacific to be at 28 per cent while IDC estimates that the market will be US$927 million in 2003. "The demand for wireless access to LANs is fuelled by the growth of mobile computing devices, such as laptops and personal digital assistants, and a desire by users for continual connections to the network without having to 'plug in'. Worldwide, there will be over a billion mobile devices by 2003, and the wireless LAN market is projected to grow to over US$3 billion by 2002," said En Shaifubahrim Saleh, Managing Director, Malaysia, Cisco Systems.

Broadband Wireless

The Cisco WT-2700 Broadband Wireless Solution includes both the WT-2750 Multipoint Broadband Wireless System and the WT-2710 Point-to-point Broadband Wireless System. These systems deliver an alternative 'last mile access" solution for service providers, enabling them to complement traditional broadband access technologies. The systems seamlessly integrate with Cisco networks and solutions, extending Cisco's end-to-end network through broadband wireless technology. These products support multiple frequency bands that are standardized on Vector Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing (VOFDM) and Data Over Cable Service Interface Specification (DOCSIS), which operate in both Line-of-sight (LOS) and Near-LOS environments.

Cisco's VOFDM technology, which was recently awarded the Technology Frontier Award by the Wireless Communications Association (WCA), increases subscriber coverage for high-speed, high-reliability Internet, packet local and long distance telephony services and Virtual Private Network (VPN) access. VOFDM also lowers the cost of provisioning and deploying infrastructure for a wireless network, and utilizes multipath signals to enhance or recreate transmitted signals, dramatically increasing overall system performance and scalability for service providers. This allows for high data throughput in a minimum of Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum and supports extreme multipath issues existing in obstructed or partially obstructed non-line-of-sight environments. The Broadband Wireless Internet Forum (BWIF) has adopted the technology in an effort to drive industry standards.

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