Broadband wireless link added to FTS satellite communications contract

Broadband wireless link added to FTS satellite communications contract

The General Services Administration's Federal Technology Service has added broadband wireless technology to a satellite communications contract held by Marshall Communications Inc. of Sterling, Va.

Loela Corp., a subsidiary of Trex Enterprises Corp. of San Diego, offers a narrow-beam, very high frequency, high-bandwidth wireless link that will extend satellite communications offered by Marshall.

Marshall is one of seven companies awarded FTS satellite service contracts in February 2000. Other companies on the $100 million, six-year program are Colsa Corp. of Huntsville, Ala.; Comsat Corp. of Bethesda, Md.; Electronic Data Systems Corp.; Hughes Global Services of El Segundo, Calif.; John Tidrow Associates of Fayetteville, N.C.; and Motorola Worldwide Information Networks Services of Chandler, Ariz.

Loela's virtual fiber is a point-to-point wireless product that transmits data at 1.25 Gbps in the 71- to 76-GHz spectrum. Each beam is one-half of a degree wide. The technology originally was developed for military use with passive millimeter wave cameras, which can penetrate fog. Loela claims 99.999 percent availability in all kinds of weather.

The technology is being installed between the Navy's Pacific Missile Range Facility and its radar site on Makaha Ridge on Kauai, Hawaii.

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William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.

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