fSONA Announces New Scalable 2.5 Gbps Free Space Optical Wireless System

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SONAbeam™ 2500-M Ideal for SONET Ring Protection, Physical Diversity for Core Backbone Networks, 2.5 Gbps Storage Area Networks (SAN), HDTV Transmission from Remote Field Locations

Vancouver, Canada – June 21, 2004 – fSONA Communications, at SUPERCOMM today announced a new optical wireless system targeted at the carrier market and capable of transmitting up to 2.5 Gbps of synchronous bandwidth. The SONAbeam 2500-M marks another step forward in fSONA’s SONAbeam™ product line offering higher speeds from semiconductor lasers and the longest range wireless system capable of operating at 2.5 Gbps.

The new systems are based on fSONA’s award-winning SONAbeam™ M platform that features four redundant transmitters operating at 1550nm wavelength with 560mW of laser power. Like the rest of fSONA’s SONAbeam™ line, the SONAbeam™ 2500-M is datarate transparent and features scalable bandwidth. The SONAbeam™ 2500-M transmits from 125 Mbps all the way up to 2.5 Gbps and supports the following protocols: Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, OC-3/STM-1, OC-12/STM-4, OC-48/STM-16. The SONAbeam™ 2500-M is the most powerful system in its class, with demonstrated error-free performance on our five kilometer test range in clear weather conditions.

SONAbeam™ 2500-M systems are ideal for carrier applications such as SONET ring protection and physical diversity for backbone networks, military and science applications like backhaul of high-resolution surveillance and multi-spectral imagery, and commercial applications such as 2.5 Gbps Storage Area Networks (SAN) and transmission High Definition Television (HDTV) from remote field locations.

“Our carrier and defense industry customers told us they require more bandwidth for certain applications and the decision to develop a 2.5 Gbps optical wireless product was based directly on this feedback,” comments fSONA’s Chief Technical Officer, Dr. Robert Carlson. “The SONAbeam™ 2500-M’s speed and range is ideal for satisfying customer requirements for optical connectivity in metro areas as well as for transmitting large amounts of data in the field. An important government customer has tested and purchased the first two links.”

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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