Aperto Networks Introduces Point-to-Point Wireless Bridge, Enabling High Speed, Long Range Applications

Easy to install, high-capacity alternative to leased T1/E1 connections also enables cost-effective Wi-Fi hotspot backhaul networks, high interference resilience  

Milpitas, Calif., (January 13, 2003) – Aperto Networks, a leading provider of new generation broadband wireless access systems, has released a new carrier class point-to-point product, the PacketWave® 600 Series Wireless Bridge, to complement its award-winning PacketWave 1000 point-to-multipoint system now installed in over 20 countries. The PacketWave 600 Series Wireless Bridge delivers a high speed, cost effective IP Ethernet bridge connection between locations up to 30 miles apart, with unprecedented interference resilience and minimum spectrum usage.  

Driven by demand from carriers with heavy corporate users located far away from the base station, the PacketWave 600 provides a dedicated air interface at a 20 Mbps data rate to locations as far as 30 miles from the carrier’s wireless base station. It delivers unprecedented range and resilience through its adaptive coding and modulation, automatic packet re-transmissions, adaptive packet size and 20 non-overlapping channels in 125 MHz of spectrum. Carriers can also use the PacketWave 600 to provision high-speed backhaul for Wi-Fi hotspot networks, and as a higher-capacity alternative to leased T-1/E-1 connections.  

"Aperto’s PacketWave 600 leverages our new generation fixed wireless innovations that have proven so popular with carriers," stated Alan Menezes, Aperto vice president of marketing. "Unlike conventional point-to-point systems on the market, our 6 MHz narrow channel utilization is three to four times more spectrally efficient than other systems, making PacketWave 600 less susceptible to interference and easier to co-locate with other point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems operating in the same band."  

"Interference resilience is a key attribute for our high end users. It ensures long range and robust operation across metropolitan areas," said Thomas Harker, president of Rock River Internet, a full service ISP based in Rockford, Illinois. "We want decreased reliance on wireline T-1 and with this solution, our high volume users get four times the bandwidth of a T-1. In addition, we can monitor the link performance directly rather than having to go to the phone company for statistics. The PacketWave 600 provides a sure path for scalable backhaul connections."  

Similar to the flagship PacketWave 1000 point-to-multipoint system, the new point-to-point system will be available in the 5.8 GHz frequency band (now shipping, with multiple antenna options), as well as the 3.5 and 2.5 GHz frequency bands (scheduled to ship starting in 1Q 2003). Pricing per link starts at $3695 in the 5.8 GHz frequency band, providing a rapid return on investment. By eliminating the recurring charges incurred using standard T-1/E-1 services, PacketWave 600 can pay for itself in less than 6 months.  

"At price points comparable to 802.11 bridges currently sold," continued Mr. Menezes, "Aperto’s robust systems with interference resilience are designed to provide carrier class reliability with service levels much greater than any other system available."

About Aperto Networks

Aperto Networks is a leading provider of multiservice broadband wireless access systems for global markets. The company was founded to provide a breakthrough solution to one of today’s critical network bottlenecks - last-mile broadband access. Aperto’s practical, scalable systems and patent-pending technologies support new wireless builds and complement existing wireline broadband access technology. Shipping to carriers since 4Q 2001, the company has delivered commercial systems to over 20 countries, meeting their need for rapid network deployment, multiservice scalability, ease of installation, IP-rich network functionality, and cost-effectiveness. Aperto dramatically shortens the lengthy provisioning cycles for broadband services by enabling rapid service provisioning across dense urban to suburban locations. Investors in Aperto include Alliance Ventures, Canaan Partners, Tyco Ventures, Innovacom (France Telecom), Stratex Networks, Oki Electric Industry Company, Mitsubishi International Corporation, Ridgewood Capital, Satwik Ventures, Redwood Ventures and Labrador Ventures. For more information on Aperto Networks, go to