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  • ActiveAction ActiveAction Nov 9, 2005 11:30 PM Flag

    Radionet's Strategic Partner was WiLAN

    WiLAN was Radionet's strategic partner. I'm going to guess this will change... unless Airspan buys them out too.

    To those that don't need a conference call... answer these: Does anyone know how much money Radionet made last quarter?
    Did they lose money?
    How many customers do they have?
    Why was Airspan able to get them so cheap?
    Airspan did not seem to be a partner with them in the past, why did they decide to buy them out?
    With mobile WiMAX coming, why would Airspan want a wifi provider?
    How much will the cost of operations go up due to this acquisition?
    Will they contribute profit this year or is this something they think they will see next year?

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    • "I'm going to guess this will change... unless Airspan buys them [Wi-Lan] out too."


      Airspan wants RadioNet to be profitable. Why would you remove one of RadioNet's customers? Doesn't make sense.

      Wi-fi is highly commoditized. If Airspan directs RadioNet to dump Wi-Lan (again, a stupid move), Wi-Lan has lots of other choices, and RadioNet looses a potential partner. Minor sales is better than no sales.

      You want RadioNet to be able to sell, even if the customers prefer Wi-Lan radios, etc. -- don't you?

      RadioNet / Wi-Lan partnership will remain intact. Wi-Lan is driving that one and it'll be more likely that Wi-Lan will drop RN, than RN droping Wi-Lan...

      BTW, IMHO, Wi-Lan is going to settle with CISCO, announce a new partner (CISCO??) and move on and be acquired. Possible, but smaller chance they'll go down in flames too, but not likely.

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      • Wi-LAN had acquired a California company and incorporated their wifi MESH networking technology, named VINES, into their product line a couple years ago. Radionet would be unlikely to stop selling products to any customer. However, this could shift priorities for further developments at both Radionet/Airspan and WiLAN. The reason for the acquisition is unlikley to have paid much consideration for the WiLAN connection.. the only reason for doing this was to further municipal sales efforts and seamless roaming between WiFi nets and other systems. The integration of disparate systems is a major focus of telecommunications: IMS and integration of WiFi with cellular and WBB/WiMAX systems. This certainly plays a role for many WiMAX deployments, particularly municipal and other metro area systems.

        One example of this is seen in today's announcement by Stoke, an integration system startup. We see the large telecomm systems providers and new startups offering integration capabilities. And Cisco is working on WMESH WiFi that is said to look similar to Tropos dual-radio systems. An announcement from Cisco is expected within weeks. These are all headed after the same basic set of market needs: higher integration between systems and extended WBB networks. The municipal market is just one aspect of how this will turn up.

      • Simply ,was Radionet that important , there are many contenders . Patent light significant , another work around ?

    • Thanks AA!

      WiFi hotzones/metro clouds are a small but growing segment of the market:

      Why have WiFi industrial grade and metro hotspot integration capabiliteis?
      -Because there are hundreds of millions of existing wifi enabled PCs, laptops out there already. This is an existing market that WiMAX can help backhaul, overlay and broaden.
      - It will be 2 years or more before there is a large installed base of customers for WiMAX SUs, laptops and other devices. And the viability of WiMAX for widely available unlicensed spectrums is yet to be proven... some think that at the more desireable 2.4 GHz spectrum WiFi has already reached a level of acceptance that WiMAX won't easily displace. Others think that once WiMAX is embedded in laptops, etc. that it will displace or work in conjunction with WiFi networks in unlicensed spectrum.
      - WiMAX can be used with WiFi via multi-mode SoC ICs.
      - The municipal market is a foot in the door for participation in municipal markets. Muni markets provide political leverage in developed regions and a low cost WBB capability for under-developed regions.

      WiMAX will become mobile but where will that be practical?
      Not at 5 GHz and not cheap at 3.5 GHz.
      WiMAX will need spectrums under 2.6 GHz (or lower) to compete as a mobile device system. There are several gradients to mobility - the market for 'simple mobility' for wireless devices is yet to develop fully. For the near term, simple mobility, that is mobility for larger devices such as laptops that have significant battery supplies, is dominated by cheap WiFi. The new generation of 3G cellular is making inroads, particularly in corporaste markets, for use in laptops and PDAs as well as media & data enabled cellphones. For the next few years, at least, WiMAX will have to battle for increased spectrum & 'agnostic use' of spectrums at lower frequencies that allow broader NLOS coverage and lower deployment costs.

    • The proliferation of WLAN technology has brought about a revolution in wireless networking. Wireless networks cover offices, homes, airports and cafes around the world, and applications such as VoIP and email are driving demand even further.

      Radionet takes this revolution one step further and broadens the scope of wireless broadband from Hotspots to Hotzones. Our solutions enable customers to extend WLAN from indoors to outdoors, from a single hot spot to cover an entire city, bringing users seamless mobility and ubiquitous, uninterrupted network access.

      Already in 2000, we at Radionet saw that WLAN technology provides a cost-effective alternative to both traditional landline broadband and 3G networks. Building on this vision, Radionet has become one of the leading providers of Wireless Hotzone solutions and technology. With Radionet�s products, customers can bring mobile broadband connections to areas and applications traditional solutions cannot reach.

      Business critical applications, mobility and outdoor operation place a unique set of challenges on network infrastructure. Radionet addresses these challenges with its carrier-grade products and solutions that are designed for demanding environmental conditions, to handle thousands of users and devices, and offer carrier-grade features such as central management and easy scalability. Our Wireless Hotzone solutions are optimized for WLAN traffic and provide a modular approach to building wireless networks, so that the networks can easily be configured and extended to meet changing needs. Our solutions also adhere to common standards as we believe that interoperability is key to building a successful wireless broadband infrastructure.

      These innovations have enabled us, together with our customers and partners, to take WLAN technology to places and applications where traditional solutions have not been able to reach. Today, our networks cover several villages, cities, ports and industrial sites all over Europe, Middle-East and the Americas, and we operate in 24 countries through our network of certified Distributors, Value Added Resellers and System Integrators.

    • 2. Link Solutions

      Point-to-Point: Radionet�s point-to-point links provide a cost-effective and efficient way to link up two locations or build wireless backhaul infrastructure, without needing to resort to expensive leased lines or licensed band wireless alternatives. Radionet�s link solutions offer proven reliability and high performance by utilizing 5 GHz technology, which provides excellent throughput and multiple channels. With their optimised architecture, Radionet links can provide high throughput and data rates at distances of over 20 km for a single links and over 40 km for a repeater links.
      Point-to-Multipoint: Backhaul is often the most expensive part of a hot spot/zone solution, and Radionet�s unlicensed band Point-to-Multipoint solutions offer a cost effective alternative to leased landlines. Radionet�s Point-to-Multipoint solutions can cost-effectively link multiple locations together and they serve as an excellent backhaul alternative for hotspots, hot-zones and community networks. Radionet Point-to-Multipoint solutions support connection distances of up to 16 km and over 250 remote connections.

      3. Vertical Solutions

      Radionet�s robust outdoor Wireless Hotzone equipment provides an ideal foundation for solving communication challenges in industrial applications and demanding environments such as ports and mines.
      Port networks. Radionet�s port solution can be used to connect both ships and other vehicles operating in the port, such as forklifts, with logistics systems. A unique challenge to network design in port installations is that network coverage areas, such as rows of container stacks, are continuously changing. Radionet�s solution to this challenge is a redundant, sectorised antenna system, where all areas are covered by at least two Access Routers. Together with Radionet�s MageIP mobility enabling technology, this offers unmatched reliability when connecting to business critical applications such as logistics handling.
      Industrial networks. Radionet�s Heavy Industry WLAN solution brings mobile broadband connections to industrial and logistics applications and connection-critical wireless networks such as mines, ports and public transport. The solution provides wireless broadband connections moving vehicles, enabling new kinds of high-bandwidth applications such as real time video, VOIP or rich control data. Radionet�s heavy industry solutions have proven their reliability in toughest of environments in several installations. Heavy industry applications require very high reliability from the network infrastructure, and for example in mine, metro and transporting networks. Radionet addresses this challenge with wireless network solution that provides uninterrupted high throughput connections.

    • This company appears to be private so financial data is hard to come by.

      Valkj�rventie 7 C
      Espoo FIN-02130

      Telephone: 358-9-4392-1070
      Fax: 358-9-4126-762
      Last Update: April 20, 2005

      Stage:Shipping Product

      Company Description

      Enabling city wide networks for broadband wireless access

      Radionet is a pioneer in developing WLAN enabled city-wide broadband network technologies, creating solutions for mobile "last mile" access with increased access performance, network scalability and management features.

      The future-proof modular, multi-platform base station system offers a broad range of service options for network and telecommunication operators. Low up-front investments and scalable network architecture ensure cost-efficient ramp-up approaches for growth.

      The technical innovations (patents pending) provide unique possibilities to extend and differentiate ISP services. The Radionet technology is especially developed to optimize network traffic and maximize throughput for next-generation wireless networks.

      Radionet provides technology and products for Wireless Hotzone networks, link solutions and vertical applications such as ports and mines. The company�s solutions are based on common Wi-Fi standards, designed for outdoor operation, and feature unique innovations such as seamless mobility and secured wireless connections in connection critical networks. The company�s solutions have proven their reliability in many citywide, port and industrial networks across Europe, Middle-East and the Americas.

      1. Wireless Hotzones

      Hotzones: Radionet extends the scope of WLAN from single a Hot Spot to a Hot Zone, which provides true mobile Internet access across a larger area than a single �spot�. Radionet�s Wireless Hotzone solutions cover shopping malls, villages and even entire cities with mobile broadband. Radionet�s solutions can be simultaneously used for both public and private networks and provide built in IP roaming for seamless mobility within the network. Radionet is a pioneer in the field and company�s networks include the largest Wireless Hotzone in Europe, Zonet.
      Community Networks: With Radionet�s Wireless Hotzone technology, cities, towns and villages that were are left without high-speed Internet connections, can create community networks, which bring mobile broadband access to town centres and rural villages. Radionet provides the technology to quickly and cost-effectively set up community networks using standards based Wi-Fi technology. Radionet�s solutions are already installed in several towns and villages across Europe and Americas - such as Radionet�s networks in Chile, which bring wireless broadband to tens of villages, which previously did not have broadband Internet connections.
      Hot Spots: Radionet�s technology enables building Wireless Hotspots to outdoor spaces and environmentally challenging locations. Examples include train stations, gas stations, football stadiums etc. Radionet products, which have proven their reliability in harsh winters and moist port environments, are ideal for environments where traditional WLAN equipment cannot cope.


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