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July 22, 2010

Vecima Inks Agreement with the United States Air Force

By Jai C.S.
TMCnet Contributor

Vecima Networks Inc., a company that designs, manufactures and sells products that enable broadband access to cable, wireless and telephony networks, has signed an agreement with the United States Air Force to supply its VistaMAX 802.16-2004 compliant 5.8GHz wireless communications platform.

"We're happy to be able to bring non-critical communications to the men and women of the base," Robert Forget, assistant vice president of Product Management at Vecima (News - Alert) said.

"We understand the importance of being able to keep in touch with loved ones and hope to bring people a little closer together," Forget added.

Vecima’s core expertise is radio frequency (RF) technology. The company’s products incorporate software developed by it and are widely used for very high-speed digital signal processing, control and compensation functions in RF circuits and for implementation of high-level digital modulation. Vecima’s embedded software also facilitates the implementation of other network functions, such as media access control (MAC) and embedded system management, which are required by emerging broadband wireless standards like WiMAX (News - Alert).

This current contract of the company with the United States Air Force, is for an unclassified communications platform providing a ubiquitous network via a WiMAX/Wi-Fi hybrid deployment for up to 1000 service personnel at Bagram Air Force Base. It is believed to expand access to the internet for personal communications with friends and relatives home and abroad.

The platform, as stated, will be marketed via worldwide sales and distribution channels with the direction to assist other bases and communities around the world seeking similar turnkey services.

Vecima has also provided installation and training services on location in Bagram, ensuring a smooth maintenance transition to the base's IT staff.

Deployment and sustainment has been the keys to successful operations for the United States Air Force. From the stealthy F-22A Raptor and next-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter to bomb-disarming robots, remotely piloted aircrafts and the advanced V-22 Osprey tiltrotor, Air Force technology in the United States has been giving it the power to see and strike across the globe.

Jai C.S. is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Jai's articles, please visit his columnist page.

Edited by Patrick Barnard

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