FTS signs up for broadband wireless link

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.

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