Cambridge Broadband and Gemtek Systems are working together to enable broadband wireless operators to add carrier-grade WiFi to their service portfolio. The two companies have signed a commercial and technical collaborative agreement to integrate Gemtek Systems’ WiFi technology with Cambridge Broadband’s industry-leading VectaStar fixed wireless access technology.

Cambridge Broadband will integrate Gemtek Systems’ WiFi technology into VectaStar’s subscriber unit, creating a hot-spot-in-a-box with integrated backhaul to allow residential and mobile users to be served cost-effectively. The combination of Gemtek Systems’ and Cambridge Broadband’s sophisticated per-user QoS mechanisms facilitates not only a range of tariffing options for data services but also high quality voice-over-WiFi.

Cambridge Broadband provides a flexible, extendable platform capable of delivering multiple services allowing telecom operators to offer end users IP, VoIP, Ethernet, and E1 /T1. This multi-service capability is further expanded by the addition of Gemtek Systems’ carrier-grade WiFi access.

The commercial framework of the agreement outlines how Gemtek Systems and Cambridge Broadband will adopt a teaming approach, with sales handled by both companies to address customers’ specific needs worldwide, We are very pleased to be working with Cambridge Broadband, said Vincent Chen, Senior Customer Manager, Business Development, Gemtek Systems. Being able to offer carrier-grade WiFi public access, in conjunction with VectaStar’s wide service delivery platform, allows us to offer a perfect solution for our customers.

Commenting on the signing, Colin Abrey, VP, Business Development at Cambridge Broadband said, As the telecommunication market is fiercely competitive today, service differentiation is paramount in attracting new subscribers. With VectaStar’s ability to offer ATM or IP, operators can deploy Gemtek Systems’ integrated WiFi technology as part of a larger service portfolio.

Delivery of the new WiFi enabled CPEs will commence in the first quarter of 2005 and will be available for existing VectaStar customers or new entrants wishing to offer WiFi services.

About Gemtek Systems

Gemtek Systems is the world’s leading supplier of carrier-grade Wi-Fi public access solutions. Gemtek Systems was founded in 2002 and is a spin-off of Gemtek Technology Co. Ltd, a leading global manufacturer of Wi-Fi and 802.11 products for the consumer, SOHO and enterprise markets. Gemtek Systems is headquartered in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, with operating companies across Europe, Asia and China. Gemtek Systems is the world’s only vendor that is 100% dedicated to Wi-Fi public access solutions. Gemtek Systems is also the world’s only supplier of full, end-to-end access networks for WISPs, telcos and mobile network operators. Gemtek Systems enables its customers to enjoy the additional benefits of integrated and optimized hotspot solutions beyond the features and functionality of a multi-vendor network.

About Cambridge Broadband

Cambridge Broadband has pioneered the development of carrier-class, point-to-multipoint broadband wireless access equipment for network operators wishing to deploy high-capacity, multi-service networks. The company is focused on delivering high quality multi-service networks with the best price-performance in the licensed bands for operators worldwide. Cambridge Broadband was formed in January 2000 by an experienced team with a strong record of successful innovation in broadband wireless design.

About VectaStar

Cambridge Broadband’s VectaStar systems offer the most advanced combination of high bandwidth, high coverage and extended range on the market. It supports multiple carrier-class services simultaneously, each with robust QoS and has a 480Mbps (Megabits per second) base station capacity that can deliver up to 60Mbps full-duplex per customer. The VectaStar has excellent non-line-of-sight capability and self-backhaul at ranges beyond 20km, making it a compelling solution for network operators looking to deploy high-capacity multi-service networks.

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