Texas municipality opts to deploy free-space optical wireless network

Jan. 4, 2011
City of Dumas, TX, chooses SkyFiber's free-space optical systems (FSO) to expand the broadband connectivity of such institutions as the city hall, fire station, and police station.

Optical wireless technology vendor SkyFiber says the City of Dumas, TX, has chosen its free space optical systems to expand the broadband connectivity of such city institutions as the city hall, fire station, and police station. The new network will support 100-Mbps connections, expanding usable bandwidth by almost 100 times.

SkyFiber says its Optical Wireless Broadband (OWB) technology uses infrared light to provide over 1-Gbps connectivity for much less cost than microwave, millimeter-wave, and fiber. Dumas city officials considered the technology’s low cost, ease of deployment, data security, and high capacity in making their final telecommunications technology decision, asserts SkyFiber.

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Rhonda McSpadden, the IT director for the City of Dumas said, “We needed to find a way to increase the bandwidth available to our critical municipal facilities without compromising the security of the data. Our key institutions need to share large amounts of data quickly and securely on a daily basis, but our previous networks would grind to a halt under the load."

McSpadden added, "Fiber access was an available option that we considered, but it was so cost-prohibitive that it really wasn’t a viable solution for our needs. In contrast, SkyFiber’s innovative Optical Wireless Broadband technology will allow us to increase our bandwidth between these important city buildings by almost 100 times, for a very low monthly cost.”

SkyFiber's Optical Wireless Broadband is offered via an on-demand licensing model. A monthly subscription fee provides bandwidth to meet the customer’s current capacity needs, eliminates ongoing equipment maintenance costs, and enables the customer to maintain flexibility to increase capacity, says the company.

For more information, visit: www.skyfiber.com.

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