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October 21, 2013

Redline Communications Nets FCC, Industry Canada Certifications on RDL-3000 Wireless

The world, particularly these days, runs on bandwidth. At work, at play, at home and beyond, many of the things we enjoy and need every day requires some level of connectivity. Redline Communications Group, meanwhile, has made some big strides in the field of wireless broadband, and is poised to offer a way to present a kind of “supercharged white space” to give us all better access to the broadband we need every day. In light of this, the RDL-3000 wireless system, has recently garnered a set of regulatory approvals that put it in a whole new class.

The RDL-3000 is set to offer some serious capability when it comes to connectivity, including the fastest data rates, the longest range, and the broadest coverage of white space products around. Better yet, the RDL-3000 offers these capabilities in a package that's both ruggedized against potential damaging elements—wind, water, dust and impact are just some possibilities—but also requires much less power to operate than is commonly seen in such devices, making it a great solution in remote regions that need connectivity, like mineral exploration or the like.

“White space,” as it's called, represents the area of the wireless spectrum that runs between 50 MHz and 698 MHz, the space formerly used for analog television signals, which was largely vacated in the move to digital television in the United States. But with measures like Redline Communications' measures, that white space can be used to deliver a broadband signal over a long distance, in some cases as far as 35 miles away. That means fewer base stations needed to cover a wider area, which means in turn a rollout that costs much less than the ordinary but still provides excellent service, the kind of thing that rural dwellers who have been dying for high-speed Internet access have been longing to hear for some time. Reports suggest that the RDL-3000 can offer speeds of up to 27 Mbps over that range using 6 MHz channels, and stepping up to 12 MHz channels allows for 54 Mbps in that same 35 mile range.

This is a huge development in white space use, which some refer to as “super Wi-Fi.” But it's far from the only development in super Wi-Fi, and that's evidenced nicely by the upcoming Super Wi-Fi Summit, January 29-31, which will address an array of topics from hetnets and mobile carriers to the commercial rollout of white space use in unusual places like India and Brazil.

At any rate, the development in the white space field is steadily growing, and may well pose the answers to several critical problems, including finding out how to get rural broadband Internet access into play in a cost-effective and worthwhile fashion. Just where it goes from here isn't clear, but with places like Redline Communications involved, development is likely to proceed apace and realize significant results.




Edited by Stefania Viscusi


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