Point-to-Point Wireless Backhaul (Ultra Low Latency 60/70/80 GHz radios)

All-weather Always-on Hybrid Wireless Bridges & Free Space Optics

Free Space Optics (FSO) Bridging Solutions

LightPointe Communications, one of the develops and
manufactures high capacity point-to-point broadband solutions for telecom carriers, businesses and government
agencies. Leveraging over $80 million in R&D and product development and more than a decade of industryacclaimed
customer support, LightPointe has deployed state-of-the-art systems worldwide. With its industry-unique
laser and radio frequency experience, one of LightPointe’s key competitive advantages is its ability to provide
customers with the ‘best of both worlds’ in wireless data transmission — the use of highly secure, ultra-fast laser
transmission and robust wireless/RF solutions. In addition, the company’s products do not require frequency
licensing, and there are no recurring costs as with leased-line data transmission solutions. LightPointe’s products
provide fiber-like throughput at a fraction of the cost of fiber, and can be quickly installed in applications ranging from
LAN backbone to carrier LTE backhaul/picocells to uninterceptable private networks for enterprise, defense and
homeland security. LightPointe is the leader in broadband laser transmission and hybrid laser/radio solutions
LightPointe Communications, one of the develops and
manufactures high capacity point-to-point broadband solutions for telecom carriers, businesses and government
agencies. Leveraging over $80 million in R&D and product development and more than a decade of industryacclaimed
customer support, LightPointe has deployed state-of-the-art systems worldwide. With its industry-unique
laser and radio frequency experience, one of LightPointe’s key competitive advantages is its ability to provide
customers with the ‘best of both worlds’ in wireless data transmission — the use of highly secure, ultra-fast laser
transmission and robust wireless/RF solutions. In addition, the company’s products do not require frequency
licensing, and there are no recurring costs as with leased-line data transmission solutions. LightPointe’s products
provide fiber-like throughput at a fraction of the cost of fiber, and can be quickly installed in applications ranging from
LAN backbone to carrier LTE backhaul/picocells to uninterceptable private networks for enterprise, defense and
homeland security. LightPointe is the leader in broadband laser transmission and hybrid laser/radio solutions.

Fifth generation Free Space Optics technology, from the pioneer in optical transmission

 

LightPointe's 5th generation Free Space Optics solutions provide Carriers, Businesses and Government Agencies the capability to quickly connect two or more buildings without regulatory licenses. Our next-generation software defined laser technology has been developed and refined for over 16 years. In fact, LightPointe's CEO, Dr. Heinz Willebrand, is one of the key pioneers in developing the core technology and critical patents in the free space optics sector.

 
Simply put, no other Free Space Optics transmission company has more experience. Dr. Willebrand has been widely acclaimed for increasing the reliability/availability and performance of laser systems to a level at which they are now used in 3G and 4G carrier networks with up to "5 nines" availability. Whether you are connecting buildings in a university/campus setting, or connecting cellular towers for mobile LTE traffic, LightPointe's next generation FSO solutions provide throughout at the speed of light, and cannot be intercepted.



Benefits of Free Space Optical transmission technology from LightPointe:


 

  • LightPointe is the pioneer in FSO technology, inventing many of the key patents in the space. No other company has more experience in FSO transmission.


 

  • Broadest FSO product line in the industry (a solution for any Enterprise or Carrier laser application).


 

  • Laser/FSO transmission cannot be intercepted. It is ideal for sensitive financial, government, medical and video security applications.


 

  • All products are designed and manufactured in the United States at LightPointe's headquarters. If there is a manufacturing or other issue, senior management is imediately available.


 

  • LightPointe offers the industry's only active tracking four-beam solution. This system eliminates mis-targeting and provides parallel beam redundancy, solving problems of first generation FSO systems such as a bird flying through the path. Transmit and receive tracking maintains 100% dead-on beam targeting, due to a larger virtual transmit aperture. The system can adapt to changes in the weather, maximizing availability under all conditions.


 

  • LightPointe offers exclusive automatic power level control (APC), eliminating short distance optical saturation found in first generation systems.

 

  • 100% Class 1m eye safe technology.

 

 

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Free Space Optics Technology


Imagine a technology that offers full-duplex Gigabit Ethernet throughput. A technology that can be installed license-free worldwide, and can be installed in less than a day. A technology that offers a fast, high ROI. That technology is free-space optics (FSO). This line-of-sight technology approach uses invisible beams of light to provide optical bandwidth connections. It's capable of sending up to 1.25 Gbps of data, voice, and video communications simultaneously through the air — enabling fiber-optic connectivity without requiring physical fiber-optic cable. It enables optical communications at the speed of light. And it forms the basis of a new category of products — optical wireless products from LightPointe, the recognized leader in outdoor wireless bridging communications. This site is intended to provide valuable background and resource information on FSO technology. Whether you're a student, an engineer, account manager, partner, or customer, this site provides the FSO insight you may require. And for providing high-speed connections, across Enterprises and between cell-site towers, it is the best technology available. FSO is a line-of-sight technology that uses invisible beams of light to provide optical bandwidth connections that can send and receive voice, video, and data information. Today, FSO technology — the foundation of LightPointe's optical wireless offerings — has enabled the development of a new category of outdoor wireless products that can transmit voice, data, and video at bandwidths up to 1.25 Gbps. This optical connectivity doesn't require expensive fiber-optic cable or securing spectrum licenses for radio frequency (RF) solutions. FSO technology requires light. The use of light is a simple concept similar to optical transmissions using fiber-optic cables; the only difference is the medium. Light travels through air faster than it does through glass, so it is fair to classify FSO technology as optical communications at the speed of light.

 

History of Free Space Optics

Originally developed by the military and NASA, FSO has been used for more than three decades in various forms to provide fast communication links in remote locations. LightPointe has extensive experience in this area: its chief scientists were in the labs developing prototype FSO systems in Germany in the late 1960s, even before the advent of fiber-optic cable. To view a copy of the original FSO white paper in German, published in Berlin, Germany, in the journal Nachrichtentechnik, in June 1968 by Dr. Erhard Kube, LightPointe's Chief Scientist and widely regarded as the "father of FSO technology," click on the link below:

 

"Information transmission by light beams through the atmosphere." (German; please check back for English translation)

 

While fiber-optic communications gained worldwide acceptance in the telecommunications industry, FSO communications is still considered relatively new. FSO technology enables bandwidth transmission capabilities that are similar to fiber optics, using similar optical transmitters and receivers and even enabling WDM-like technologies to operate through free space. Read more on the ultra high-speed multi-gigabit wireless laser.

How Free Space Optics / Laser Communications Works

FSO technology is surprisingly simple. It's based on connectivity between FSO-based optical wireless units, each consisting of an optical transceiver with a transmitter and a receiver to provide full-duplex (bi-directional) capability. Each optical wireless unit uses an optical source, plus a lens or telescope that transmits light through the atmosphere to another lens receiving the information. At this point, the receiving lens or telescope connects to a high-sensitivity receiver via optical fiber. This FSO technology approach has a number of advantages: Requires no RF spectrum licensing. Is easily upgradeable, and its open interfaces support equipment from a variety of vendors, which helps enterprises and service providers protect their investment in embedded telecommunications infrastructures. Requires no security software upgrades. Is immune to radio frequency interference or saturation. Can be deployed behind windows, eliminating the need for costly rooftop rights.

 

Choosing Free Space Optics or Radio Frequency Wireless

Speed of fiber — flexibility of wireless

Optical wireless, based on FSO-technology, is an outdoor wireless product category that provides the speed of fiber, with the flexibility of wireless. It enables optical transmission at speeds of up to 1.25 Gbps and, in the future, is capable of speeds of 10 Gbps using WDM. This is not possible with any fixed wireless or RF technology. Optical wireless also eliminates the need to buy expensive spectrum (it requires no FCC or municipal license approvals worldwide), which further distinguishes it from fixed wireless technologies. Moreover, FSO technology’s narrow beam transmission is typically two meters versus 20 meters and more for traditional, even newer radio-based technologies such as millimeter-wave radio. Optical wireless products' similarities with conventional wired optical solutions enable the seamless integration of access networks with optical core networks and helps to realize the vision of an all-optical network.


Free Space Technology in Communication Networks

Free-space optics technology (FSO) has several applications in communications networks, where a connectivity gap exists between two or more points. FSO technology delivers cost-effective optical wireless connectivity and a faster return on investment (ROI) for Enterprises and Mobile Carriers. With the ever-increasing demand for greater bandwidth by Enterprise and Mobile Carrier subscribers comes a critical need for FSO-based products for a balance of throughput, distance and availability. During the last few years, customer deployments of FSO-based products have grown. Here are some of the primary network uses:

 

Enterprise
Because of the scalability and flexibility of FSO technology, optical wireless products can be deployed in many enterprise applications including building-to-building connectivity, disaster recovery, network redundancy and temporary connectivity for applications such as data, voice and data, video services, medical imaging, CAD and engineering services, and fixed-line carrier bypass.

 

Mobile Carrier Backhaul
ing services, and fixed-line carrier bypass. Mobile Carrier Backhaul: FSO technology and optical wireless products can be deployed to provide up to 16xE1/T1 backhaul connectivity and Greenfield mobile networks.

 

Mobile Carrier Base Station “Hoteling”
FSO-based products can be used to expand Mobile Carrier Network footprints through base station “hoteling” in tandem with ADC’s Digivance™ solution.




 

 

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Dr. Heinz Willebrand is an author of the best selling book on Free Space Optics (available on Amazon.com)












































 

 

 

 


 

TV Program: "Beams of the Future" (1969)
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LightPointe's point-to-point FSO wireless bridges are available via partners in: 


Afghanistan, Akrotiri, Albania, Algeria, American Samoa, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antarctica, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Ashmore and Cartier Islands, Australia, Austria, Azerbaijan, The Bahamas, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Barbados, Bassas da India, Belarus, Belgium, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bhutan, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Bouvet Island, Brazil (Brasil), British Indian Ocean Territory, British Virgin Islands, Brunei, Bulgaria, Burkina Faso, Burma, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, China, Christmas Island, Clipperton Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Cook Islands, Coral Sea Islands, Costa Rica, Cote d'Ivoire, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dhekelia, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Estonia, Ethiopia, Europa Island, Falkland Islands (Islas Malvinas), Faroe Islands, Fiji, Finland, France, French Guiana, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Gabon, Gambia, The Gaza Strip, Georgia, Germany, Ghana, Gibraltar, Glorioso Islands, Greece, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guam, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, Heard Island and McDonald Islands, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Jan Mayen, Japan, Jersey, Jordan, Juan de Nova Island, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kiribati, South Korea, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Latvia, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macau, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malawi, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Malta, Marshall Islands, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Mexico, Micronesia, Federated States of Moldova, Monaco, Mongolia, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nauru, Navassa Island, Nepal, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, Niue, Norfolk Island, Northern Mariana Islands, Norway, Oman, Pakistan, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paracel Islands, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Pitcairn Islands, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Saint Helena, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia and Montenegro, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Somalia, South Africa, South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands, Spain, Spratly Islands, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Suriname, Svalbard, Swaziland, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Togo, Tokelau, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tromelin Island, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Tuvalu, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Ireland), United States (America), Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Vanuatu, Venezuela, Vietnam, Virgin Islands, Wake Island, Wallis and Futuna, West Bank, Western Sahara, Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe.





And the following states:

Alabama, Alaska, American Samoa, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Florida, Georgia, Guam, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Marshall Islands, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Northern Mariana Islands, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Palau, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virgin Islands, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Armed Forces Africa, Armed Forces Americas, Armed Forces Canada, Armed Forces Europe, Armed Forces Middle East, Armed Forces Pacific


LightPointe FSO products are available via partners serving:

United States Army, United States Marine Corp, United States Air Force, United States Navy, United States Coast Guard.




Note: LightPointe AireBridge with HyBridge feature may be ordered with a turn-key backup radio or installed with certain models of legacy radios/bridges by various manufacturers, thus protecting the customer's investment while upgrading to Gigabit capacity and/or laser transmission security. Compatible radios may include, but are not limited to, Bridgewave, RAD, Dragonwave, Alvarion, Ceragon, Tranzeo, Trango, Solectek, Motorola, Siklu, Lancom, Exalt, Tessco, Hutton, Talley, E-Band, Sub-10, Infinet, Airspan, Connectronics, Wave 1, Wav Wireless Outfitters, Nexcomm Wireless, Araya, Strix Systems, Canon, Firetide, fSona, Ubiquiti, MRV Communications, Axxcelera, Proxim, Redline, Cambium Networks, Athena Wireless Communications, Geodesy, and Wincomm.  HyBridge is compatible with 4G LTE networks, including small cell backhaul applications, within networks including AT&T Wireless, Sprint, Clearwire, T-Mobile, Leap Wireless, Vivo, Embratel, Bell Mobility, SaskTel, Virgin Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Telefonica 02, Eurotel, Nordisk Mobiltelefon, Claro-Codetel, Telecsa, Reliance Telecommunications, Tata Teleservices, MTS India, Altel, KDDI, Flashcom, Triatel, Access Communications, Telma, Lusacell, Unefon, Wana, Nepal Telecom, Starcomms, System Support Solutions Free Space Optics Geodesy and MRV units, Zoom Mobile, VFone, Worldcell, Sierratel, Neotel, LG Telecom, ZTE, Sri Lanka Telecom, Zantel, Hutch, Peoplenet, Alaska Communication Systems, Alltel, Boost Mobile, Cricket, MetroPCS, Verizon Cellular, Voitel, and other Qualcomm based networks. 

 

All trademarks are the property of their respective company/owner. Please contact LightPointe for a complete list of HyBridge-compatible radios and Free Space Optics bridges, and networks, or to find out if your current radio bridge will interface with HyBridge links.