BelAir has two products on the market, BelAir 100 and BelAir 200. What new technologies are in the pipeline? We see great applicability and have built a suite of products, around backhaul. In the carrier business and, in particular, the wireless carrier business, the backhaul of cell sites back to the switching locations is really the largest operational cost and generally the highest single point of failure. BelAir has particularly focused on leveraging the mesh architecture and product evolution to meet that need. Youll see quite a bit from BelAir focused on what we call a backhaul product. It really is optimal for mesh architecture. There are multiple paths so the capacity is high. The redundancy is high. If theres a failure in the network theres automatic rerouting. This is very, very exciting, and thats one big area where youll see a lot in the coming months. Again, its about performance of the networks, its about speed of deployment, and its about operating expense and keeping that operating expense very low.It seems many vendors, like BelAir, have tried to avoid the political battles over municipal wireless and maintain harmonious working relationships between carriers and municipalities. Do you see happy middle grounds being worked out as this political battle continues? Yes. I actually do. We work closely to provide product solutions, technology solutions and economic solutions so that that middle ground can be met. At the highest leveland Im new to the muni market but, as I see it and the way I think, broadly, BelAir sees itthe city does not have to own the network. They can if it makes sense for them to own it, or they can do so in conjunction with another party. And thats personally what I see as a great solution, where the municipality doesnt necessarily have to raise the bonds and have its citizens pay for it. This is not just about mobile Internet or municipal Internet access. There are so many different types of services that can ride over this common network. We touched on a lot of these earlier. The BelAir products allow very low latency, very high capacity and these are very fundamental attributes to be able to support voice over IP, voice over Wi-Fi, video, streaming video, surveillance so we do see a common ground where the service provider works with the municipality as the anchor tenant and provides those public services while being able to sell additional services that would meet the broad needs of both of the targeted areas. The wireless carriers will buy and build networks. Municipalities will raise bonds and build them, but I see a better solution being a mix of the two and a broader collaboration between the municipalities and the service provider so that a common set of infrastructures can be leveraged for both. Thus the operating costs can be much better and the municipalities can get out of that relationship what they need to provide appropriate services at appropriate costs to their local citizens. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.
Theres also an announcement we made at CTIA focused on unified architecture for various air interfaces. WiMax is coming soon, both for access and the 802.16d for backhaul, and we have very specific plans to introduce multiservices access, such as GSM, CDMA and even third-generation. We see the products becoming very flexible and creating a new architecture, a new economic model for the industry.