Next Gen Canopy Solution Launched

We often discuss BWA (Broadband Wireless Access) technologies here at Techdirt, but don’t often enough mention Motorola’s Canopy solution. Canopy is an OFDM, interference resistant solution that operates mostly in unlicensed spectrum, and has been deployed by a number of smaller, under-the-press-buzz-radar WISPs. Add to the fact that it is greatly overshadowed by WiMAX hype, and strangely under-hyped by Motorola, and you get the sleeper story of the BWA game. Today, Motorola unveiled the Canopy Advantage Platform, which features faster speeds, and built-in QoS for supporting VoIP. Perhaps we don’t see as much of Canopy since it’s proprietary and uses unlicensed spectrum – it isn’t quite what we consider carrier-grade (it’s tough to guarantee service without licensed spectrum). Carrier-grade or no, Canopy is not a flash-in-the-pan, so we’ll try to follow it more closely going forward.

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