FCC gives nod to transverter for wireless links

FCC gives nod to transverter for wireless links

The Federal Communications Commission has given approval for the first two-way Multichannel Multipoint Distribution Service transmitter-receiver.

The Ultraflex transverter from Andrew Conifer, a Burlington, Iowa, subsidiary of Andrew Corp. of Orland Park, Ill., can upload and download data, voice or video over wireless local loop connections.

MMDS spectrum in the 2.1-GHz and 2.5- to 2.7-GHz frequencies, originally reserved for analog video signals, is now in use as a broadband delivery channel for wireless digital signals.

The service so far has targeted residential users and small offices.

A modem connected to an MMDS receiver can download digital signals to a computer or LAN hub. But without two-way capability, upstream signals must go over land lines via cable modem or digital subscriber line service.

The two-way Ultraflex can function as a multichannel analog and digital video receiver and at the same time transmit and receive data between multiple customer-premises modems and terminals.

The first Ultraflex product, the UX-2000, sells for $598.

Contact Andrew Corp. at 800-255-1479.

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