Nortel's Reunion broadband wireless access network tried out at Taiwan National University

Taipei 17 September 1998 Northern Telecom, commonly referred to as Nortel, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan National University to demonstrate the transmission capacities and the applications' potential of its Reunion broadband wireless access network. The try-out will serve as a "case study" to assess the quality of broadband wireless access technology in distance learning programmes, videoconferences, multimedia digital libraries and telemedicine.

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Northern Telecom, commonly referred to as Nortel, has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Taiwan National University to demonstrate the transmission capacities and the applications' potential of its Reunion broadband wireless access network. The try-out will serve as a "case study" to assess the quality of broadband wireless access technology in distance learning programmes, videoconferences, multimedia digital libraries and telemedicine.

Just like elsewhere, the telecommunications market in Taiwan in a few years has boomed into big business. The demand for larger bandwidth capacity still increases with the minute as well as the need for high quality transmission. Therefore, the Directorate General of Telecommunications in Taiwan has designed a policy framework to keep pace with the supersonic evolution in networking technology. In this way, both the future allocation of the frequency spectrum and the adoption of Local Multipoint Distribution Service (LMDS) can be regulated.

Nortel's trial network makes use of Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) to implement the company's Reunion broadband wireless access solution. This kind of technology allows the Taiwan National University to freely combine voice, data, Internet browsing, and videoconferencing services for transfer over high speed wireless links. The information is able to travel at a speed of 64 kilobit per second to E-1 services and 10 BASE-T services. Nortel will install LMDS connections between the University's main campus and two branches, located at other faculties.

The Reunion broadband wireless access technology includes radio base station equipment to facilitate interface with wireline backbone networks, customer premise and transmission solutions, as well as integrated network management. This approach is currently being commercially deployed by Nortel all over the world, as part of a complete family of fixed wireless access solutions. The MOU with Taiwan National University offers both partners a pioneering role in broadband wireless access network implementation.


Leslie Versweyveld

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