fSONA Announces the SONAbeam™ 155-E, First in a New Series of Free Space Optical Wireless Products
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Vancouver, Canada – 4 June, 2003 - fSONA, producer of the award-winning SONAbeam™ series of optical wireless transmission equipment, announced today at Supercomm in Atlanta the release of the SONAbeam™ 155-E. The 155-E is the first in a new series. More products will be released throughout the year.

The SONAbeam™ E series completes fSONA’s SONAbeam™ product line with a solution for lower-data rate, shorter distance applications. The SONAbeam 155-E transmits data from 1.5 Mbps to 160 Mbps at distances from 50m up to 2350m.

“fSONA developed the E series in response to requests from our customers,” says Theresa Carbonneau, President and CEO of fSONA. “The small form factor, lower data rates and lower prices of the E series give SONAbeam™ customers the solution they have been asking for.”

The product is aimed at alleviating the bandwidth gap in developing nations with a cost-effective carrier-class wireless transmission solution. The SONAbeam™ 155-E is incredibly versatile, offering support for a number of different network protocols through interchangeable cards. The interface cards will support NxT1/E1, 10/100 Ethernet, E3/DS3 protocols and will all offer the added reliability of clock data-rate recovery (CDR). The E series will also be popular with enterprise customers who wish to connect corporate campuses with a high-quality solution.

The SONAbeam™ E series is unique in its category of Free Space Optical (FSO) products due to the fact that, like the entire SONAbeam™ product line, the E series operates at the inherently eye-safe wavelength of 1550 nm. The eye-safety characteristics allow the far greater laser output power and link margins than competitors operating below 1400 nm. The E series comes with a complete network management suite incorporating all the features and options of the existing SONAbeam™ series.

About fSONA
fSONA Systems is recognized as the preferred provider of optical wireless solutions for government, enterprise and service provider markets around the globe. Leveraging leading edge advancements in 1550nm optical transmission, the SONAbeam™ family of systems, based on free-space-optics (FSO), use a globally unlicensed, wireless technology to provide speeds up to 2.5 Gbps over distances up to 7km. For more information visit or

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