Corning's all-optical ONE platform unifies Wi-Fi, cellular connectivity for in-building wireless

May 20, 2013
Corning will unveil its new all-optical, converged in-building wireless platform at CTIA 2013.

Corning (NYSE: GLW) will unveil its new all-optical, converged in-building wireless platform at CTIA 2013, designed to satisfy increasing demand from enterprises, hotels, convention centers, and arenas for high-speed, high-capacity wireless hubs with virtually unlimited bandwidth.

Leveraging a high-performance optical backbone, the Corning ONE [Optical Network Evolution] Wireless Platform is designed to handle core cellular technologies and enable multiple applications, including wireless LAN, public safety and location-based services. In addition, the wireless platform offers Wi-Fi support through its built-in Gigabit Ethernet and Power over Ethernet capabilities.

Corning contends that, with the proliferation of smartphones and other devices, current networks cannot keep pace with bandwidth demands, and that the need exists for a new generation of easily installed, reliable and environmentally sensitive fiber-optic networking technologies that can meet the demands of today's users and anticipate those of the evolving mobile era. Corning says the ONE platform leverages fiber-to-the-edge technology to deliver more bandwidth, more operators, more services, and more applications via fiber links to an integrated, modular single-input, single-output/multiple-input, multiple-output (SISO/MIMO) antenna. The platform’s remote antenna units offer upgradable expansion modules for MIMO in a single antenna, allowing for future additions of active spectrum.

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“The wireless needs of the modern organization -- be they a large enterprise, an educational institution, or a hotel and convention center -- are changing faster than traditional technology approaches can manage,” asserts Mike O’Day, vice president of wireless networks with Corning. “The ONE Wireless Platform combines all of these distinct connectivity needs into a single, unified infrastructure. The platform not only meets the demands of today, but also includes a modular design that provides the scalability required to support future services and applications.”

With the launch of the ONE Wireless Platform, Corning notes that its distributed antenna system (DAS) portfolio now expands beyond traditional DAS, supporting nearly every connectivity need, from lower power deployments in small office buildings to the massive bandwidth and coverage needs of public venues such as convention centers and stadiums.

As described by a press release, Station Casinos, a premier gaming, hotel, and entertainment company operating in and around the Las Vegas area, turned to Corning and its new ONE Wireless Platform to provide the best possible wireless service to staff and guests. As the owner and operator of nine major hotel/casinos, including premier venues such as Red Rock Resort and Green Valley Ranch Resort, Stations’ technicians understand the challenge of providing mass-demand cellular and Wi-Fi coverage. CIO Abe Hong called on Corning and the distribution channel, Anixter, for a leg up in the hyper-competitive gaming and hospitality market.

"The Corning ONE Wireless Platform offers virtually unlimited bandwidth on which to deliver cellular and Wi-Fi right to the access point.” Hong says. “The converged, modular, and all-optical infrastructure will give us the capabilities we need today with the flexibility to expand in the future. Moreover, my team saw significant savings on equipment, space, and cabling when we extended our Wi-Fi upgrade over the platform. We are excited to be rolling out this new platform to Red Rock and other properties to provide our guests and staff unparalleled wireless services.”

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